Melissa Benoist

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Melissa Benoist
BornMelissa Marie Benoist
(1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 26)
Littleton, Colorado, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2000–present
Known forGlee
Partner(s)Blake Jenner (2013–present)
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Melissa Benoist
BornMelissa Marie Benoist
(1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 26)
Littleton, Colorado, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2000–present
Known forGlee
Partner(s)Blake Jenner (2013–present)

Melissa Marie Benoist (born October 4, 1988)[1] is an American actress and singer known for her portrayal of Marley Rose on season four and the start of season five on the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee. Aside from her role on Glee, she has appeared in a number of television series including Homeland, The Good Wife and Law & Order. Benoist's first film was in singer Mariah Carey's Tennessee.[2] She appeared in director Damien Chazelle's film Whiplash (2014),[3] which won top prizes (Grand Jury and Audience awards) at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 2014. She has completed filming Danny Collins[4] set for a 2015 release, starring Jennifer Garner, Al Pacino, and Annette Bening.

Early life[edit]

Melissa Benoist, the daughter of Jim and Julie Benoist, was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. Benoist has four sisters and three brothers.[5][6][7] She graduated from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado in 2007[8] and from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2011.[9]


Benoist made her film debut in Tennessee in 2008. In May 2012,[10] she auditioned for Glee in New York at the Roundabout Theatre Company, singing a different song for each of her five auditions including: "Fidelity" by Regina Spektor, "King of Anything" by Sara Bareilles, a Colbie Caillat song, and several musical theater pieces. In July,[10] she had two screen tests in California for series creator/writer, Ryan Murphy, the casting directors, and executive producers. As the show's executives had been looking for an actress who could play the part of Marley for some time, Benoist began work immediately.[citation needed]

In July 2013, Benoist was cast for the film Danny Collins. She will play the role of Jamie, a desk clerk at a hotel frequented by one of Jamie's all-time favorite rock stars.[11]

Media appearances[edit]

She and Glee co-star Darren Criss appeared with Josh Duhamel in the opening of the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards.[12] She was also selected as an ambassador for Coca Cola's new product, P10 300 ml Coke Mismo.[13][14] In June 2013, they were flown to Manila, Philippines to endorse the product by visiting different malls and meeting with fans.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Benoist has been dating her Glee co-star Blake Jenner since 2012; the two announced their engagement on July 11, 2013.[17][18]


2008TennesseeLaurel Michaels - age 18Film debut
2014WhiplashNicoleIndie film
2014Danny CollinsJamieIndie film - Completed
2015The Longest RideMarciaFilming
2015Billy BoyJenniferPost production
2010Law & Order: Criminal IntentJessalyn KerrEpisode: "Delicate"
2010Blue BloodsReneeEpisode: "Privilege"
2010Law & Order: Special Victims UnitAvaEpisode: "Wet"
2010The Good WifeMollyEpisode: "Nine Hours"
2011HomelandStacy Moore2 episodes
GleeMarley RoseSeason 4 – Recurring
Season 5 – Main Cast
2013Master ChefHerselfSeason 4: Episode 10


2000The Sound of MusicLittle BrigittaLittleton Town Hall Arts Center production
2006Bye Bye BirdieKim McAfeeLittleton Town Hall Arts Center production
A Month in the CountryVeraLittleton Town Hall Arts Center production
A Chorus LineBebeLittleton Town Hall Arts Center production
2007Rodger and Hammerstein's CinderellaTitle CharacterLittleton Town Hall Arts Center production
FootlooseArielLittleton Town Hall Arts Center production
EvitaPeron's young mistressCountry Dinner Playhouse's final production
2009Thoroughly Modern MillieMillie DilmountMarymount Manhattan College production
As You Like ItRosalindMarymount Manhattan College production
2011The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha BrownKellyGoodspeed Musical production

Other projects[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2013Teen Choice Awards 2013Choice TV Breakout StarGleeNominated


Main article: Glee discography


  1. ^ Benoist, Melissa (October 4, 2012). "@itsmmbenoist: @druidDUDE hey thanks, mister! :)". Twitter. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tennessee".  IMDb.
  3. ^ "Whiplash at Sundance Film Festival 2014".  IMDb.
  4. ^ "Imagine". 
  5. ^ Can't Miss Kids Moore, Denver Post, September 2006.
  6. ^ "Littleton, Colorado". 
  7. ^ "Arapahoe High School". 
  8. ^ Congratulations, Arapahoe High School grads May 2007
  9. ^ From MMC to McKinley High: Alumna Melissa Benoist October 2012.
  10. ^ a b Who Is Melissa Benoist? All About Glee Season 4's Marley November 2012.
  11. ^ "Melissa Benoist Joins 'Imagine'",; accessed August 19, 2014.
  12. ^ [ YouTube (March 2013).
  13. ^ "The Cast of GLEE for Coke,, June 2013.
  15. ^ "‘Glee’ cast members invade 3 malls",; June 2013; accessed August 19, 2014.
  16. ^ "Newest ‘Glee’ stars overwhelmed by Pinoys’ welcome", (June 2013).
  17. ^ Blake Jenner and Melissa Benoist engaged,; July 11, 2013; accessed August 20, 2014.
  18. ^ "Glee newcomers Blake Jenner-Melissa Benoist engaged". Retrieved August 19, 2014. 

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