|Born||Melissa Marie Benoist
October 4, 1988
Littleton, Colorado, U.S.
|Partner(s)||Blake Jenner (2012–present)|
Melissa Marie Benoist (born October 4, 1988) 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. She appeared in director Damien Chazelle's film Whiplash (2014), 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 set for a 2015 release, starring Jennifer Garner, Al Pacino, and Annette Bening.
Melissa Benoist, the daughter of Jim and Julie Benoist, was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. Benoist has four sisters and three brothers. She graduated from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado in 2007 and from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2011.
Benoist made her film debut in Tennessee in 2008. In May 2012, 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, 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.
She and Glee co-star Darren Criss appeared with Josh Duhamel in the opening of the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards. She was also selected as an ambassador for Coca Cola's new product, P10 300 ml Coke Mismo. In June 2013, they were flown to Manila, Philippines to endorse the product by visiting different malls and meeting with fans.
|2008||Tennessee||Laurel Michaels - age 18|
|2015||The Longest Ride||Marcia||Post-production|
|2015||Billy Boy||Jennifer||Post production|
|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|
|2012–14||Glee||Marley Rose||Season 4 – Recurring
Season 5 – Main Cast
|2013||MasterChef||Herself||Season 4: Episode 10|
|2015||Supergirl||Kara Zor-El / Supergirl||Lead role, upcoming|
|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||Cinderella||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|
- Appeared in a Tampax Radiant commercial.
- Appeared in a Clean and Clear commercial.
- Appeared in an Apple Facetime commercial.
Awards and nominations
|2013||Teen Choice Awards 2013||Choice TV Breakout Star||Glee||Nominated|
- Glee: The Music Presents Glease
- Glee: The Music, Season 4, Volume 1
- Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 3
- Glee Sings the Beatles
- Glee The Music, A Katy or a Gaga
- Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 4
- Benoist, Melissa (October 4, 2012). "@itsmmbenoist: @druidDUDE hey thanks, mister! :)". Twitter. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
- "Tennessee". IMDb.
- "Whiplash at Sundance Film Festival 2014". IMDb.
- Can't Miss Kids Moore, Denver Post, September 2006.
- "Littleton, Colorado".
- "Arapahoe High School".
- Congratulations, Arapahoe High School grads May 2007
- From MMC to McKinley High: Alumna Melissa Benoist October 2012.
- Who Is Melissa Benoist? All About Glee Season 4's Marley November 2012.
- "Melissa Benoist Joins 'Imagine'", deadline.com; accessed August 19, 2014.
- 'Supergirl' found: CBS casts 'Glee' actress
- [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYVPmXZGi2k YouTube (March 2013).
- "The Cast of GLEE for Coke, raindeocampo.com, June 2013.
- SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED: COKE LAUNCH WITH GLEE STARS, June 2013.
- "‘Glee’ cast members invade 3 malls", rappler.com; June 2013; accessed August 19, 2014.
- "Newest ‘Glee’ stars overwhelmed by Pinoys’ welcome", entertainment.inquirer.net (June 2013).
- Blake Jenner and Melissa Benoist engaged, hollywoodlife.com; July 11, 2013; accessed August 20, 2014.
- "Glee newcomers Blake Jenner-Melissa Benoist engaged". Retrieved August 19, 2014.