Melissa Benoist

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Melissa Benoist
Born Melissa Marie Benoist
(1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 26)
Littleton, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2000–present
Known for Glee
Partner(s) Blake Jenner

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 appears in a new film by director Damien Chazelle, Whiplash [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]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Tennessee Laurel Michaels - age 18 Film debut
2014 Whiplash Nicole Indie film
2014 Danny Collins Jamie Indie film - Completed
2015 The Longest Ride Marcia Filming
2015 Billy Boy Jennifer Post production
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jessalyn Kerr Episode: "Delicate"
2010 Blue Bloods Renee Episode: "Privilege"
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ava Episode: "Wet"
2010 The Good Wife Molly Episode: "Nine Hours"
2011 Homeland Stacy Moore 2 episodes
Glee Marley Rose Season 4 – Recurring
Season 5 – Main Cast
2013 Master Chef Herself Season 4: Episode 10


Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Sound of Music Little Brigitta Littleton Town Hall Arts Center production
2006 Bye Bye Birdie Kim McAfee Littleton Town Hall Arts Center production
A Month in the Country Vera Littleton Town Hall Arts Center production
A Chorus Line Bebe Littleton Town Hall Arts Center production
2007 Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella Title Character Littleton Town Hall Arts Center production
Footloose Ariel Littleton Town Hall Arts Center production
Evita Peron's young mistress Country Dinner Playhouse's final production
2009 Thoroughly Modern Millie Millie Dilmount Marymount Manhattan College production
As You Like It Rosalind Marymount Manhattan College production
2011 The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown Kelly Goodspeed Musical production

Other projects[edit]

  • Appeared in a Tampax Radiant commercial.
  • Appeared in a Clean and Clear commercial.
  • Appeared in an Apple Facetime commercial.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Teen Choice Awards 2013 Choice TV Breakout Star Glee Nominated


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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