Melissa George


Melissa Suzanne George is an Australian-American actress and entrepreneur. 

Date of birth

She was born on 6 August 1976.

Family

George was born in Perth, Western Australia, to Pamela, a nurse, and Glenn George, a construction worker. She is of Scottish descent. William Ward, a grandfather on her mother's side, worked as a prison warden at Rottnest Island, offshore from Perth. The second of four children, she is also a cousin of the opera singer Taryn Fiebig.

Early life & Education

George attended Warwick Senior High School and developed an interest in dancing and began studying jazz, tap, ballet, and modern dance at the age of seven. Her enthusiasm for dance eventually evolved into a passion for artistic roller skating. She is an Australian national roller skating champion and won bronze medals in the National Championships in 1989 and 1990. She won a silver medal at the Junior World Championship in 1991.

Love life

Melissa George began a relationship with Chilean furniture designer and film director Claudio Dabed after meeting him in Bali in 1998. They exchanged wedding vows on September 22, 2000. The couple formally divorced on October 12, 2012. In 2011, she became acquainted with French entrepreneur and investor Jean David Blanc, who is credited to be the founder of AlloCiné. Their oldest son, Raphaël, was born on February 6, 2014. The couple welcomed their second son, Solal Samuel Glenn, into the world on November 3, 2015.

Net worth

Not yet established.

Career

Melissa George started working as a model in her early teens and found some success in the profession. In 1993, she made her first on-screen appearance, portraying Angel Parrish in the series ‘Home and Away’. She played the role for over three years, eventually departing from the show in August 1996. For her performance, George received two Logie Awards.

In 1997, she shared screen space with Heath Ledger in Fox’s short-lived fantasy adventure series ‘Roar’. Later that year, she moved to Los Angeles from Australia. Her big screen debut came about in 1998 when she essayed the role of May in the mystery thriller ‘Dark City’.

In 1999, she portrayed Jennifer 'Jenny' Wilson in Steven Soderbergh’s critically acclaimed mystery drama ‘The Limey’. She then worked with David Lynch in his 2001 neo-noir mystery film ‘Mulholland Drive’. That year, she also appeared in the teen crime comedy film ‘Sugar & Spice’.

Between 2003 and 2004, she played Lauren Reed in the ABC spy thriller ‘Alias’. For her performance as Laura Hill, an anaesthesiologist who is sexually attracted to the series protagonist Dr Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne), in the HBO drama ‘In Treatment’ (2008), she was nominated for a Golden Globe award.

She portrayed surgical intern Dr. Sadie Harris in the fifth season of the ABC medical drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in 2008-09.

She essayed the roles of espionage operative Samantha "Sam" Hunter in the BBC spy series ‘Hunted’ (2012), political campaign staff Marilyn Garbanza in the CBS legal and political drama ‘The Good Wife’ (2013-14), and Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Alexandra Panttiere in the NBC medical drama ‘Heartbeat’ (2016). At present, she is portraying Charlotte in Nine Network’s ‘Bad Mothers’ (2019).

After making her successful transition into a lead actress by playing Kathy Lutz in the remake of ‘The Amityville Horror’ in 2005, she has portrayed various important characters in films like ‘Derailed’ (2005), ‘Turistas’ (2006), ‘WΔZ’ (2007), ‘30 Days of Night’ (2007), ‘Triangle’ (2009), ‘A Lonely Place to Die’ (2011), ‘Felony’ (2013), ‘Don’t Go’ (2018) and The First (2018).

Melissa also starred in The Mosquito Coast, a drama television series developed by Neil Cross and Tom Bissell based on the book of the same name by Paul Theroux. It premiered on Apple TV+ on April 30, 2021. 

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Melissa George
First Name Melissa
Surname George
Born 6th August, 1976
Home City Perth, Western Australia
Current City