Melinda Clarke

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Melinda Clarke
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Born Melinda Patrice Clarke
(1969-04-24) April 24, 1969 (age 44)
Dana Point, California, U.S.
Other names Mindy Clarke
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Ernie Mirich (1997-?: divorced)
Children 1

Melinda Patrice Clarke (born April 24, 1969)[1] is an American actress who has primarily worked in television. Clarke is known for playing Faith Taylor on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives, the manipulative and cunning Julie Cooper on The O.C., and the professional dominatrix Lady Heather on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. From 2010 to 2013, she portrayed Amanda on the action-thriller television series Nikita. She was added as a recurring character on Vegas in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Clarke was born in Dana Point, California, the daughter of Patricia Lewis, a ballet dancer, and John Clarke, an actor who was an original cast member of the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives.[2] One of three siblings, Clarke's sister, Heidi, died in 1994 of a malignant heart tumor. She has a brother, Joshua.[3]

Career[edit]

Clarke appeared on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives as Faith Taylor (where her father was a senior cast member), and starred on Soldier of Fortune, Inc. for both of its seasons. She also guest starred on Xena: Warrior Princess as the Amazon chieftain Velasca, Firefly as the brothel madam Nandi, Charmed as the Siren, and has had six appearances on CSI where she played the dominatrix, Lady Heather. She also appeared in the Seinfeld episode "The Muffin Tops", playing Jerry's girlfriend who likes anything hairless. She also appeared in the 1993 horror film Return of the Living Dead 3[4]

She appeared on the Fox drama The O.C. as Julie Cooper, a cunning socialite who marries for money. Her character in the show is mainly portrayed as a manipulative, morally wrong woman, but as the show progresses the reasons behind her choices are explained. She was originally billed as a guest star in the first few episodes, and due to fan response was offered a series regular contract; Clarke accepted the role and her character became an integral part of the show's storylines. As well as starring on The O.C., she has appeared on HBO's hit series Entourage as a fictionalized version of herself, married to Malcolm McDowell's Terrance McQuewick. Clarke also appeared as the Devil's girlfriend in The CW's 2007 series Reaper. She also auditioned for the role of "Number Six" on SCI-FI's smash hit Battlestar Galactica but the role ultimately went to Tricia Helfer.[5]

In 2010, she appeared on The CW show The Vampire Diaries as Kelly Donovan.[6] Other projects included the television film She Drives Me Crazy, which was produced by her former The O.C. co-star Kelly Rowan. She appeared as a guest star on Chuck, another series from The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. She starred on The CW drama Nikita, where she played Amanda from 2010 to 2013.

She lent her voice to several voice acting projects, voicing Alexa in The Animatrix: Matriculated, Sofia Ivanescu in the video game Mission Impossible: Operation Surma, Madame Macmu-Ling in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Charlene in King of the Hill.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Hot Under the Collar Monica
1992 Out for Blood Laura
1993 Young Goodman Brown Faith Brown
1993 Return of the Living Dead 3 Julie Walker
1995 Return to Two Moon Junction Savannah Delongpre
1996 Mulholland Falls Cigarette girl
1996 La lengua asesina Candy
1997 Critics and Other Freaks Mrs. M
1997 Soldier of Fortune Margo Vincent Television film
1997 Spawn Jessica Priest
2002 Cold Sweat Starring
2002 .com for Murder Agent Williams
2003 Animatrix, TheThe Animatrix Alexa (voice) Segment: "Matriculated"
2004 Dynamite Beta
2007 She Drives Me Crazy Blithe Meacham Television film
2013 Evelyn English How Divine Chelsea Kirk Television film; post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989–1990 Days of Our Lives Faith Taylor 17 episodes
1991 Jake and the Fatman Angel Alexander Episode: "Every Time We Say Goodbye"
1994 George Carlin Show, TheThe George Carlin Show Christy Episode: "George Helps Sydney"
1994 Heaven Help Us Lexy Monroe Main cast
1996 Strange Luck Lola Vale Episode: "Lightning Strikes"
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess Velasca 2 episodes
1997 Nash Bridges Karen Decker Episode: "Out of Chicago"
1997 Seinfeld Alex Episode: "The Muffin Tops"
1997 Sliders Allasandra Episode: "This Slide of Paradise"
1997–1999 Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Margo Vincent Main cast; 11 episodes
2000 Pretender, TheThe Pretender Miss Eve Episode: "Meltdown"
2000 Nash Bridges Insp. Abby Gordon Episode: "End Game"
2001 Star Trek: Enterprise Sarin Episode: "Broken Bow: Part 2"
2001–2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lady Heather 6 episodes
2002 First Monday   Episode: "Pilot"
2002–2003 District, TheThe District Detective Olivia Cahill 5 episodes
2002 Charmed Siren Episode: "Siren Song"
2002 Everwood Sally Keyes Episode: "Till Death Do Us Part"
2003 Tremors Dr. Megan Flint Episode: "Night of the Shriekers"
2003 Firefly Nandi Episode: "Heart of Gold"
2003–2007 O.C., TheThe O.C. Julie Cooper Main cast; 86 episodes
2005–2011 Entourage Melinda Clarke 6 episodes
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Madame Macmu-Ling (voice) Episode: "The Tales of Ba Sing Se"
2007 Man, TheThe Man Brooke McCluskey Unsold CBS pilot
2007 Reaper Mimi Episode: "Ashes to Ashes"
2008 King of the Hill Charlene (voice) Episode: "Untitled Blake McCormick Project"
2008 Chuck Sasha Banacheck Episode: "Chuck Versus the Seduction"
2008–2009 Eli Stone Dr. Lee 3 episodes
2010 Ghost Whisperer Donna Episode: "Old Sins Cast Long Shadows"
2010 Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries Kelly Donovan 4 episodes
2010–2013 Nikita Amanda Main cast; 55 episodes
2013 Vegas Lena Cavallo 4 episodes
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Mission: Impossible – Operation Surma Sofia Ivanescu Voice
2012 Nikita: Codebreaker Amanda

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
  2. ^ Profile at FilmReference.com
  3. ^ Melinda Clarke Biography at Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ "Return of the Living Dead III (1993) - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (January 8, 2010). "'Vampire Diaries' exclusive: Melinda Clarke is the mom from hell!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 

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