List of Melrose Place characters

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The following is a list of cast and characters from the original and updated versions of the Melrose Place television series.

Cast of original series, 1992–1999[edit]

Main article: Melrose Place
Actor Character Seasons Year
Thomas Calabro Dr. Michael Mancini 1-7 1992–1999
Josie Bissett Jane Andrews Mancini McBride Mancini 1-5; 7 1992–1997, 1998–1999
Andrew Shue Billy Campbell 1-7 1992–1998
Courtney Thorne-Smith Alison Parker Armstrong 1-5 1992–1997
Grant Show Jake Hanson 1-5 1992–1997
Doug Savant Matt Fielding 1-6 1992–1997
Vanessa A. Williams Rhonda Blair 1 1992–1993
Amy Locane Sandy Harling 1 1992
Marcia Cross Dr. Kimberly Shaw Mancini 1-5 1992–1997
Daphne Zuniga Jo Foster Reynolds 1-4 1992–1996
Laura Leighton Sydney Andrews Mancini Field 1-5 1993–1997
Heather Locklear Amanda Woodward Parezzi Blake McBride Burns 1-7 1993–1999
Jack Wagner Dr. Peter Burns 3-7 1994–1999
Kristin Davis Brooke Armstrong Campbell 3-4 1995–1996
Patrick Muldoon Richard Hart 3-5 1995–1996
Brooke Langton Samantha Reilly Campbell 4-7 1996–1998
Rob Estes Kyle McBride 5-7 1996–1999
Lisa Rinna Taylor McBride 5-7 1996–1998
Kelly Rutherford Megan Lewis Mancini 5-7 1996–1999
David Charvet Craig Field 5-6 1996–1998
Alyssa Milano Jennifer Mancini Campbell 5-7 1997–1998
Jamie Luner Lexi Sterling Cooper 6-7 1997–1999
Linden Ashby Dr. Brett Cooper 6-7 1997–1998
John Haymes Newton Ryan McBride 7 1998–1999
Rena Sofer Eve Cleary 7 1998–1999

Michael Mancini[edit]

Portrayed by Thomas Calabro. See main article.

Jane Mancini[edit]

Portrayed by Josie Bissett. See main article.

Billy Campbell[edit]

Portrayed by Andrew Shue. In the pilot, he moves in with Alison Parker after her roommate moves out in the middle of the night. In the first season he is an aspiring writer and taxi driver. He later works for a newspaper, and later starts working at D&D Advertising with Alison and Amanda. His relationship with Alison starts off platonic. In season one, he dates Amanda briefly and she becomes pregnant with his child, but soon miscarriages. After this, he and Alison become a couple. He and Alison get engaged in season two, but she gets cold feet on the day of the wedding due to personal issues with her father. Despite no having a romantic relationship with Alison, he's always there to help her during times of need. At the end of season three, after Alison moves to Hong Kong for a job offer, he marries his coworker Brooke Armstrong. His marriage to Brooke puts a strain on his friendship with Alison. After Brooke's death, Billy became very angry and hostile towards others. This feelings eventually go away, after he visits Brooke's grave.

In season 5, he begins a romance with Samantha Reilly, and in season 6 they get married. The marriage ends after Samantha has an affair with baseball player, Jeff Baylor, the same time that Billy became interested in Jennifer Mancini. Billy and Jennifer fell in love, and in season 7, Billy receives a job offer in Rome, and the two leave Melrose Place together.

Alison Parker[edit]

Portrayed by Courtney Thorne-Smith. She is originally from Wisconsin. Alison has many romances during the show, perhaps the most notable being with Billy Campbell. She works at D&D Advertising during much of the series. Alison also experiences many traumas during the course of the show. In season two, her ex-boyfriend Keith Gray returns to Los Angeles, and when she tells him she does not want a relationship with him, he attempts to rape her, and later commits suicide while talking to her on the phone. It is revealed in the season two finale (before marrying Billy) that her father molested her. In season three, she develops a drinking problem, which causes many problems with her friends and coworkers, and she is sent to a rehab center. When Kimberly Shaw blows up the apartment complex in the season four premiere, Alison becomes blind temporarily. After recovering, she dates and marries Hayley Armstrong, Brooke's father. Hayley dies soon after by accidentally falling off of his yacht. When he dies, she finds out that he tricked her into signing divorce papers, and therefore Alison did not receive any of his money.

Eventually, Alison leaves D&D advertising, and she was working at Shooters, during which she fell in love with Jake. Initially, Alison and Jake wanted to keep their relationship a secret from their exes, Billy and Jane, respectively. In season 5, Alison becomes pregnant with Jake's baby and he proposes to her. Although she does not feel ready to have a kid just yet, and considers an abortion. She and Jake go to a courthouse to get married, but she gets cold feet. She eventually decides to keep the baby, and after a brief separation from Jake, they get back together. Eventually, Alison is told that her pregnancy is life threatening, and must get an abortion in order to survive. She is later told that she can never have kids. Jake is okay with this, and they get married. During their honeymoon, Alison's alcoholism returns. They are later rejected by an adoption agency when the agent discovers that they own a bar and that she's an alcoholic. Alison feels that she is taking away Jake's dream to start a family, and she pushes him back to his son and the boy's mother, Colleen.

After her break-up with Jake, Alison moves to Atlanta, leaving the show. A year later, Amanda, having kept in touch with Alison, reveals that she had problems adjusting to Atlanta, and that she is back in rehab.

Jake Hanson[edit]

Portrayed by Grant Show. See main article.

Matt Fielding[edit]

Portrayed by Doug Savant. See main article.

Rhonda Blair[edit]

Portrayed by Vanessa A. Williams. Rhonda is an fitness instructor and Sandy's roommate. She moves out of the apartment building at the end of season one after becoming engaged to Terrence Haggard.

Sandy Harling[edit]

Portrayed by Amy Locane. Sandy is an aspiring actress from South Carolina, and Rhonda's roommate. During the show she works at Shooters, the group's favorite bar. It is revealed that she was once in a relationship with Jake Hanson. She leaves in the 13th episode of season one, after getting a job on a soap opera in New York City.

Kimberly Shaw[edit]

Portrayed by Marcia Cross. See main article.

Jo Reynolds[edit]

Portrayed by Daphne Zuniga. See main article.

Sydney Andrews[edit]

Portrayed by Laura Leighton. See main article.

Amanda Woodward[edit]

Portrayed by Heather Locklear. See main article.

Peter Burns[edit]

Portrayed by Jack Wagner. Dr. Peter Burns first appears in the third season as the chief of staff at Wilshire Memorial Hospital, where Michael, Kimberly and Matt also work. He has been in a relationship with Amanda several times. He is often very manipulative around people, particularly Michael and Amanda. In season four, after Kimberly is institutionalized, he takes a romantic interest in her, and also tries to help her get her life back together. Towards the end of season four, while Kimberly is running a mental hospital under the personality of "Betsy", she gets Peter institutionalized, despite the fact that he is sane, while she is not. Michael and Amanda eventually rescue him with help of Detective Wylie. After he is rescued, it is revealed that his real name is Peter Howell, and that he was once married to a woman named Beth, who is now deceased.

In season five, it is revealed that Beth is Taylor's sister, and he eventually starts a relationship with Taylor, while still married to Amanda. This affair would put an end to both his marriage, and Taylor's marriage to Kyle. As his relationship with Taylor began to deteriorate, Taylor told him she was pregnant in an attempt to save him. This plan does not work however, as he finds out the truth and humiliates her at their wedding.

Peter then entered a relationship with Lexi, but he broke up the relationship because he still had feelings for Amanda. Peter attempted to get Amanda back with no success, so he began a relationship with Eve. Soon after, Peter and Eve got married. Although Lexi tried to break them up, Peter and Eve stayed together. Their relationship began to fail however when Peter and Amanda went on a business trip and became close again, realizing that they have always loved each other no matter who they are with, resulting in Peter being unfaithful to Eve. Eve and Peter then get divorced.

When Eve discovers that Amanda was guilty of a murder that she was imprisoned for prior to the show, Eve becomes mentally unstable, and becomes destructive towards their relationship.

At the end of the series, Peter and Amanda became rich and moved to an island, escaping the country to avoid jail time. The couple then gets married and decides to have a family, and Peter says they will name their kids after the former residents of Melrose Place, promising Amanda that they will not name any of their children after Kimberly.

Brooke Armstrong[edit]

Portrayed by Kristin Davis. Brooke is introduced in season three as the daughter of Hayley Armstrong, a wealthy businessman, and she is an employee at D&D Advertising. She immediately took an interest in Billy, and since she did not want Alison to get in the way of their relationship, she convinced her father to offer Alison a job in Hong Kong, and made Billy believe Alison didn't want him. During this time, Brooke and Billy become engaged, but when Alison hears about the wedding, she crashes it and unsuccessfully convinces Billy to not go through with the marriage. The two get married anyway, which puts a strain on Brooke's relationship with Hayley, as he no longer wishes to support her financially.

Later, Brooke believes she is pregnant. When her father dies, she finds out that he had cut her out of the will, but had set up a trust fund for the baby. However, Brooke later finds out that she was never pregnant. Rather than telling Billy the truth, she tells him she suffered a miscarriage. After Billy finds out the truth, he wants to leave her for good and Brooke then attempts suicide, as a way of forcing him to stay with her. Billy then decides to leave her for good when she becomes too controlling over his friendship with Alison. Brooke dies when she becomes drunk one evening and hits her head on the side of the pool.

Richard Hart[edit]

Portrayed by Patrick Muldoon. Although never credited as a main character, he appears in nearly every episode since his debut in season three until his death in season five. Richard is introduced as the husband of fashion designer, McKenzie Hart, whose business he runs. After McKenzie dies when Kimberly blows up the apartment complex, he begins dating Jane. Richard and Jane become engaged in season four, but he breaks it off with her after learning from Jo that she does not really love him. After a brief relationship with Jo, while Jane is dating Jake, he rapes her. In the season four finale, plotting revenge, Jane attempts to kill him, but that does not go as planned when Sydney secretly removed the bullets from her gun. He then attacks Jane again, but Sydney knocks him unconscious with a shovel, believing him to be dead. The two girls then drive out and bury him in a remote location. In the final scene of season four, it is revealed that he is still alive. After he escapes, he begins playing mind games with Jane and Sydney, leading them to believe he is still alive, this is later confirmed when he confronts them directly. He eventually dies in a police stand-off.

Samantha Reilly[edit]

Portrayed by Brooke Langton. Samantha first appears in season 4, as an artist from Maryland, who has moved to Los Angeles to be an artist and Jane's roommate. She began dating Billy, but it did not last as she realized he still had feelings for Alison. She then started dating Craig, who was working with Billy at the time at D&D Advertising, who eventually bought her a studio, but Samantha later broke it off with Craig. She was working at Jane's store (later Sydney's), but lost her job after the store closed down due to a lawsuit. While she began dating Billy again, her convict father, Jim, escaped from prison in Maryland. As she was protecting him, Samantha and Billy got arrested for aiding a known criminal. Although they were released, Jim continued to blackmail them. One time, Jim robbed Samantha in the middle of a retail store, and took her hostage. As they were speeding away in a car, the car crashed into Sydney's wedding, killing Sydney and Jim in the process.

In season 6, Billy and Samantha got married. During the marriage, both parties harbored romantic feelings for other people. Samantha began an affair with a baseball player, Jeff Baylor, while Billy became attracted to Jennifer. In an attempt to keep Billy away from Jennifer, she sent a fake fax, pretending to be Alison, before he left with Jennifer to Rome. Jeff became disgusted with Samantha's behaviour, and he broke up with her and moved to Florida. However, Samantha followed him there, and proposed to him. He accepted her proposal, and she moved to Florida to be with him, concluding her time on the show.

Kyle McBride[edit]

Portrayed by Rob Estes. First appearing in season five, along with his wife, Taylor, Kyle is a former Marine, and a chef from Boston. It is revealed that prior to the show, he had an affair with Jennifer. After he had a fight with Taylor, he had a brief affair with Sydney, while Taylor had an affair with Peter. He owns his own restaurant called Kyle's. After Amanda proposed a business arrangement in which she would invest in a jazz club called The Upstairs, which Kyle had dreamed of owning, the two planned to get divorces that way each of their unfaithful spouses (Taylor and Peter) would have no legal rights over the business. Kyle was devastated about the divorce because his parents were married for 35 years, and he had hoped for the same thing. During this time, he and Amanda kissed, but they both agreed not to continue a relationship. However, they did eventually start a serious relationship, and they got married in season 6. Before their wedding, Kyle began having nightmares over a woman, Christine Denton, whom he knew during his time in the Marines. Christine had died in the Gulf War, but Taylor, along with Kyle's former friend and fellow Marine, Nick Reardon, hired a woman to pose as Christine in order to split Kyle and Amanda up. When Kyle was not interested in going back to the fake-Christine, she faked being suicidal on their wedding day, postponing the wedding, as Kyle went out to save her. However, Nick accidentally killed Tiffany ("Christine"), and he and Taylor put her on railroad tracks, making it appear that she did commit suicide.

Kyle and Peter were able to put their differences aside and become friends. Kyle and Amanda later decide to have a baby together, but Kyle is informed that he is sterile. After finding out, he develops a drinking problem. When Amanda discovers she is pregnant, he accuses her of cheating on him, and he throws her off a balcony, causing a miscarriage. He later finds out was misdiagnosed, the baby was his, and Amanda was faithful. However, his drinking problem caused he and Amanda to divorce, and she reunited with Peter.

Afterwards, he started a relationship with Jane. When Jane found out she was pregnant with Michael's baby, Kyle agrees to help her raise it, and they continue living together happily.

Taylor McBride[edit]

Portrayed by Lisa Rinna. First appearing in season five when she and her husband, Kyle, move to Los Angeles from Boston. It is eventually revealed that her late sister, Beth Davis, was married to Peter. She eventually has an affair with Peter, while he is still married to Amanda, and this puts an end to both her marriage and Peter's marriage. When her relationship with Peter began to deteriorate, she told him that she was pregnant in an attempt to keep him around. The attempt was unsuccessful, and she leaves her at the altar at their wedding. After being humiliated by Peter, she tries to win Kyle back. In an attempt to break up Kyle and Amanda, Taylor and Kyle's friend, Nick, hired a woman to pretend to be Christine, a woman who Kyle knew when he fought in the Gulf War. Although the real Christine actually did die in the war, Nick led Taylor to believe Tiffany (the fake Christine) to be the real Christine. Taylor and Nick wanted the fake Christine to pretend being suicidal, that way Kyle would try to go and save her on his and Amanda's wedding day. This does not go as planned, as Nick and Taylor accidentally kill "Christine", and make it look like a suicide.

Eventually, Taylor became pregnant with Michael's baby after a short fling, and the two were living together, though they were not in a relationship. Michael then reunited with his ex-wife, Jane, and Taylor gives birth to a son, Michael Davis. Shortly after giving birth, Taylor moves back to Boston with her son.

Megan Lewis[edit]

Portrayed by Kelly Rutherford. First appearing in season five, Megan was a prostitute that Kimberly hired to have sex with Michael, during a time that Kimberly did not feel well enough to do so herself. Megan became a prostitute after she ran away from home at the age of 14, due to an alcoholic father. Michael and Megan's relationship became more romantic than Kimberly had planned. Michael then divorces Kimberly without her knowledge, and then marries Megan in Las Vegas. Although Michael was divorced from Kimberly, he still stayed close to her while she was sick, which Megan was annoyed with. Megan's former pimp, Josh Laughlin, in attempt to force Megan to continue working for him, told Michael that she was still working for him, even though she was not. This caused her and Michael to separate temporarily, but they later get back together when he finds out that Kimberly hired her.

Eventually, Megan becomes disgusted by Michael, and she divorces him.

Craig Field[edit]

Portrayed by David Charvet. First appearing in the fifth season, he is introduced as the son of Arthur Field, the chairman of D&D Advertising. After his father's death from a heart attack that came after an argument with Craig, Craig did not have any money. He began working at D&D Advertising, during which he became romantically interested in Amanda, but she declined his advances, as she was still married to Peter. During a brief period in which Amanda and Peter were separated, Craig framed Amanda for adultery, leading an end to her and Peter's marriage. Craig and Amanda then had sex for real, but she did want to further their relationship.

Eventually, Craig fell in love with Sydney. In the season five finale, they got married. Unfortunately, Sydney was killed at the wedding after being hit by a car that Jim Reilly, Samantha's father, was driving. Sydney's death caused Craig to become depressed. While mourning Sydney's death, he was comforted by Jennifer, whom he eventually had a brief relationship with, but it did not last because of his unfaithfulness. He eventually committed suicide by gunshot, stating that he missed Sydney.

Jennifer Mancini[edit]

Portrayed by Alyssa Milano. First appearing in season five, Jennifer is Michael's younger sister. When she was attending college in Boston, she had an affair with Kyle before all of them moved to Los Angeles. After failing to get a job at D&D Advertising, she briefly starts a job at a strip club as a waitress, until Megan, a former prostitute, convinces her not to. Trying to win Kyle back, she continuously taunted Amanda, but eventually gave up on it. She then develops a romantic interest in Craig, who had just lost his wife, Sydney. The romance does not last, as Craig eventually takes his life due to his grief.

In season 6, she has an affair with Billy, who was married to the also-unfaithful Samantha, at the time. In season 7, after Billy and Samantha divorce, Billy receives a job offer in Rome. Jennifer and Billy then move to Rome together, leaving Melrose Place for good.

Lexie Sterling[edit]

Portayed by Jamie Luner. See main article.

Brett Cooper[edit]

Portrayed by Linden Ashby. Introduced in season six, Brett was a surgeon who was initially revealed as having had an affair with Kimberly while he was treating her from her car accident in season two, while he was married to Lexi. After he and Lexi got divorced, he moved to Los Angeles, after hearing about Kimberly's death. Afterwards, he began seeing Megan. However, he soon learned that Lexi's father left him an inheritance, which he could only obtain if he remarried her. Though he initially declined, but later discovered that Lexi had been set up to take the fall in her father's embezzlement scheme, and needed five million dollars as a result. To help solve this problem, he entered a platonic marriage with Lexi, and both claimed the inheritance. Although the marriage was supposed to be platonic, Lexi managed to seduce Brett, causing Megan to leave him. Highly resentful, Brett lured Lexi on a sailing trip and attempted to kill her during a storm. Megan however, secretly followed them and saved Lexi's life. Afterwards, Brett left Melrose Place, and Megan and Lexi became friends.

Ryan McBride[edit]

Portrayed by John Newton. Introduced in the seventh and final season, Ryan is the Kyle's estranged brother. They were estranged because Taylor claimed that Ryan tried to hit on her, and Kyle believed Taylor over Ryan. They reconnected when Amanda found out about their relationship from reading Matt's diary after he passed. Shortly after he arrived in Los Angeles, he began working at Amanda Woodward Advertising, and expressed romantic interest in Megan. Although Megan was initially reluctant to his attraction, the two eventually grew closer and started a relationship.

Later, it was revealed that Ryan is a widower with a young daughter. Prior to the show, his wife, Callie, and daughter, Sarah, were in a car accident, and he saved Sarah, with intent to save his wife afterwards, but the car then blew up, killing her. After that, he sent Sarah to live with her aunt Terry in New York, where she was attending boarding school. He vowed to never remarry again, having been engaged three times in the subsequent years. After he visited Sarah in New York, she ran away from the school and Terry to find her father. Meanwhile, Ryan went to New York to look for her, and she was staying with Megan in the meantime. Later, Terry tried to kidnap Sarah, but it did not work as they crashed into a pole while trying to escape. Both survived, but Ryan was granted full custody of Sarah. After gaining custody, Ryan and Megan got married and decided to raise Sarah together.

Eve Cleary[edit]

Portrayed by Rena Sofer. Although never credited as a main character, she appears in every episode from her first appearance in season 7 all the way to the finale. Eve is introduced as a high school friend of Amanda's. While they were in high school, Eve's boyfriend, Kent, tried to rape Amanda on the bleachers, and she pushed him off the bleachers, killing him in self-defense. Because Amanda's parents were wealthy, she did not have to serve any time for the murder, while Eve was sentenced to 20 years. She was paroled after 15.

After being released from prison, she comes to Los Angeles as a singer at Kyle's club, where she met Peter. Eve initially had some adjustment issues, almost ruining her relationship with Peter by coming on too strong, but Peter stuck with it and eventually fell in love with her. Eve and Peter were eventually married, but Lexi was determined to get Peter back with her, even coming to blows with Eve. Eve was also harassed by a former prison guard, Travis Hill, who threatened to tell everyone her secret about being in prison, but Kyle took care of the problem for her by pummeling the guy and telling him to leave town. After Peter's father died, Eve and Peter become rich, when they find out that the land his father lived on had oil on it. She then buys Kyle's club, while Peter bought Wilshire Memorial Hospital.

When Amanda wanted to land a big client named Tony Marlin, Tony demanded that Amanda help him seduce Eve in order to keep his business. The plan backfired, because when Eve found out about the plan, she threatened Amanda and told her to stay out of her life. In time, Peter's old feelings for Amanda brought his relationship with Eve to an end. Feeling resentful toward Peter and others, Eve undergoes hypnosis in order to understand what happened when she murdered Kent. She discovers that while she after she threw him into the ditch, he was still alive, and Amanda then beat him with a rock, killing him. Now mentally unstable, she attempted to run Peter and Amanda over, pretending to be Lexi. She gets Lexi and Michael arrested, but they are soon released. In the series finale, she goes to Peter and Amanda's "funeral" and tosses Peter's "ashes" all over Lexi. She is then arrested.

Cast of second series (2009–2010)[edit]

Actor Character Seasons Year
Katie Cassidy Ella Simms 1 2009-2010
Stephanie Jacobsen Lauren Yung 1 2009-2010
Shaun Sipos David Breck 1 2009-2010
Colin Egglesfield Auggie Kirkpatrick 1 2009–2010
Ashlee Simpson-Wentz Violet Foster 1 2009–2010
Jessica Lucas Riley Richmond 1 2009-2010
Michael Rady Jonah Miller 1 2009-2010
Laura Leighton Sydney Andrews 1 2009-2010
Thomas Calabro Dr. Michael Mancini 1 2009-2010
Heather Locklear Amanda Woodward 1 2009-2010