Melissa McBride

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Melissa McBride
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McBride at the 40th annual Saturn Awards
BornMelissa Suzanne McBride
(1965-05-23) May 23, 1965 (age 49)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
OccupationActress, casting director
Years active1993–present
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Melissa McBride
Melissa McBride 40th Saturn Awards (cropped).jpg
McBride at the 40th annual Saturn Awards
BornMelissa Suzanne McBride
(1965-05-23) May 23, 1965 (age 49)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
OccupationActress, casting director
Years active1993–present

Melissa Suzanne McBride (born May 23, 1965)[1] is an American actress and former casting director.

McBride began her professional acting career in the 1990s appearing in supporting and guest-starring roles in the number of made for television movies and series, and in 2000s worked as a film and commercial casting director in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2007 she had a short but key role in the science fiction horror film The Mist written and directed by Frank Darabont, who in 2010 cast her in his television series The Walking Dead.

McBride is best known for her role as Carol Peletier in the AMC post-apocalyptic television drama series, The Walking Dead. In 2014, for her performance in show, McBride has won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television and was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

McBride at Starfest in April 2013

McBride was born in Lexington, Kentucky and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the mid-1980s.[2] She began her professional acting career in 1991 in Atlanta.[1][3] She acted in a number of commercials for clients such as Rooms To Go and was a spokeswoman for Ford for a couple of years.[2] She made her debut on television in 1993 in an episode of ABC legal drama series Matlock.[3] McBride later guest-starred in several television series, including In the Heat of the Night, American Gothic, Profiler, Walker, Texas Ranger and Dawson's Creek. In Dawson's Creek, she played Nina, a film buff that charms Dawson after his breakup with Jen, in season 1 episode called "Road Trip" in 1998, and in 2003 returned to show in the series finale, but playing a different character.[4]

McBride at Season 3 premiere of The Walking Dead in 2012

In 1990s, McBride had supporting roles in the number of made for television movies, such as Her Deadly Rival (1995) opposite Annie Potts and Harry Hamlin, Close to Danger (1997) with Rob Estes, Any Place But Home (1997), and Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999). In 1996, she also appeared on the CBS miniseries A Season in Purgatory based on 1993 novel with the same name by Dominick Dunne. McBride worked as a film and commercial casting director in Atlanta, Georgia from 2000 until 2010.[5] She also starred in several short films along with her work as casting director.

In 2007, director Frank Darabont cast McBride as the Woman with Kids at Home in the ensemble cast science-fiction horror film The Mist, alongside Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden and Marcia Gay Harden.[3] She was considered for a bigger role but she didn’t want to take so much time away from her job.[2] In next year she appeared in the Lifetime television movie, Living Proof about breast cancer.

The Walking Dead[edit]

In 2010, McBride was cast in the AMC television drama series The Walking Dead.[6] She plays the role of Carol Peletier, the middle aged widow and caring mother to her daughter Sophia. McBride did not audition for role, which she figured was temporary.[2] She was a recurring cast member in the first season. She was promoted to series regular for season 2,[7] and as of the first episode of season 4, McBride's name appears in the opening credits sequence. Originally, her character was supposed to be killed off in the episode "Killer Within", but the producers eventually decided against it.

McBride has received critical acclaim for her performance as Carol and won generally favorable reviews from critics during the third, fourth and fifth seasons.[8] Many critics praised McBride's performance in her character's centered episode "The Grove" of the fourth season.[9][10][11] Others singled out the actions of Carol in the season 5 premiere No Sanctuary, which earned critical praise and extremely positive fan reception. In 2014, McBride was a promising contender for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category,[12][13][14][15] though she did not receive a nomination.[16] For her performance in season 4, McBride also won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television,[17][18] and a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.[19]

As the series progresses, the McBride' character develops an insecure and weak and dependent woman into a strong warrior. The direction of her character is contrasted between the two mediums. In the comic series, Carol is displayed much younger, and exhibits a neurotic, self-centered, and naive demeanor. Throughout her time in the comics, she grows increasingly unstable, to the extent of self-destruction. The television show differs in these regards, as she is shown to be a stern, pragmatic, and compassionate individual who has been gradually building inner strength. Producers of the series, Scott M. Gimple and Robert Kirkman in 2014 says that "Carol is her own unique character; it would be a disservice to Melissa McBride to say she's evolved into the Carol from comics. The Carol in the TV show is a wholly original creation that we'll continue to explore on the show to great effect. Everyone in writers' room loves that character, and we're thrilled with what Melissa has brought to the table. She has definitely become a character that is one to watch, and there's some really exciting stuff ahead for her."[20]

Personal life[edit]

McBride lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She has two cats and a dog.[4] She has a strong interest in psychology.[3]



1995Mutant SpeciesTiffany's Mom
1995Her Deadly RivalEllieTelevision film
1996Season in Purgatory, AA Season in PurgatoryMary Pat BradleyTelevision film
1997Close to DangerNatalieTelevision film
1997Any Place But HomeBrettTelevision film
1999Pirates of Silicon ValleyElizabeth HolmesTelevision film
2002Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, TheThe Dangerous Lives of Altar BoysMrs. Doyle
2006Nailed!Olga/Waitress/AgentShort film
2007Promise, TheThe PromiseStacey JohnsonShort film
2007Mist, TheThe MistWoman with Kids at Home
2007Lost CrossingSheilaShort film
2008DelgoMiss Sutley/Elder PearoVoice
2008Living ProofSallyTelevision film
2014The Reconstruction of William ZeroDr. Ashley Bronson


1993MatlockDarlene Kellogg/WaitressEpisode: "Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream"
1994In the Heat of the NightWPMM ReporterEpisodes: "Give Me Your Life: Part 1" and "Give Me Your Life: Part 1"
1995American GothicHolly GallagherEpisode: "Dead to the World"
1996ProfilerWalker YoungEpisode: "Insight"
1997Walker, Texas RangerDr. Rachel WoodsEpisodes: "Lucas: Part 1" and "Lucas: Part 2"
1998Dawson's CreekNinaEpisode: "Road Trip"
1999Nathan DixonJanine KeachTelevision pilot
2003Dawson's CreekMelanieEpisodes: "All Good Things..." and "...Must Come to an End"
2010–presentWalking Dead, TheThe Walking DeadCarol PeletierSeason 1 (Recurring; 4 episodes)
Season 2-present (Series Regular; 37 episodes)
2013The Conan O'Brien ShowCarol PeletierGuest Actor/Cameo
Casting Director
2006The Last Adam
2007The Promise
2009Golden Minutes
2009This Side Up
2010The Party
2010Broken Moment

Awards and nominations[edit]

2012Satellite Awards[21]Best Cast – Television SeriesThe Walking DeadWon
2013Shorty AwardsBest of Social MediaHerselfNominated
2014Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actress in a DramaThe Walking DeadNominated
2014Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionThe Walking DeadWon
2014Gold Derby TV Award[22][23]Best Supporting Actress in a DramaThe Walking DeadNominated
2014EWwy AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Walking DeadNominated


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  2. ^ a b c d "Atlanta actress Melissa McBride transforms Carol, her ‘Walking Dead’ character - Radio and TV Talk". Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Melissa McBride Biography
  4. ^ a b "Melissa McBride: 6 Things to Know About the Walking Dead Actress". Wetpaint. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Q&A - Melissa McBride (Carol), AMC, March, 2011, Retrieved March 20, 2012
  6. ^ James Hibberd, AMC adds 'Walking Dead' cast, The Hollywood Reporter, November 30, 2010, Retrieved March 20, 2012
  7. ^ Michael Ausiello. "Melissa McBride Clears Up Walking Dead Contract Mystery, Declares: 'I Am a Series Regular'". TV Line. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
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  9. ^ "TVLine's Performer of the Week: Melissa McBride". TVLine. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley. "'Walking Dead' Dissection: Melissa McBride Talks Carol's Devastating Decision". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ John, Allen St. "'Look At The Flowers': Carol's Wrenching Choice Changes 'The Walking Dead' Forever In A Shocking Episode 414". Forbes. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ Schwartz, Terri. "Emmys 2014: Melissa McBride deserves 'The Walking Dead's' first acting nomination". Tribune Media Services,. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ Woodard, Darryl. "The Walking Dead: Melissa McBride, an Emmy Worthy Actress". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  14. ^ Moye, Clarence. "FYC Best Supporting Actress – Drama: Melissa McBride". Awards Daily. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Give Melissa McBride an Emmy! The Walking Dead Fans Launch "McEmmy Campaign"". 
  16. ^ Michael Ausiello (July 10, 2014). "Primetime Emmy Nominations 2014: My Snappy Judgements". TV Line. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  17. ^ Nikara Johns @NikaraJohns. ""Gravity," "Desolation of Smaug" lead Saturn Award nominations". Variety. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  18. ^ "40th Annual Saturn Awards Nominations Include The Conjuring, The Walking Dead". Daily Dead. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  19. ^ Bacle, Ariana. "Critics' Choice TV Awards 2014: And the nominees are...". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  20. ^ "'Walking Dead': Is Carol Becoming the New Andrea?". The Hollywood Reporter. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  21. ^ Satellite Awards Nominates 10 Films for Best Motion Picture, The Hollywood Reporter, Retrieved December 4, 2012
  22. ^ Daniel Montgomery (July 7, 2014). "". Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  23. ^ Daniel Montgomery (Aug 20, 2014). "'Orange is the New Black,' 'Breaking Bad' sweep Gold Derby TV Awards". Retrieved 12 September 2014. 

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