McBride at the 40th annual Saturn Awards
|Born||Melissa Suzanne McBride
May 23, 1965
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, casting director|
Melissa Suzanne McBride (born May 23, 1965) is an American actress and former casting director best known for her role as Carol Peletier on The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama series (2010-present). McBride began her television and movie acting career in the 1990s, and in the 2000s worked as a casting director. She has been nominated for and has won multiple awards for her work on The Walking Dead.
McBride began her acting career in 1991, appearing in several television commercials for clients such as Rooms To Go as well as being a spokeswoman for Ford. She made her series television debut in a 1993 episode of ABC legal drama series Matlock. She later guest starred in several other television drama series, including In the Heat of the Night; American Gothic; Profiler; Walker, Texas Ranger; and Dawson's Creek. In the latter, she played Nina – a film buff who charms Dawson after his breakup with Jen – in the season one episode "Road Trip" in 1998, and in 2003 returned to show in the series finale playing a different character.
In the 1990s, McBride had supporting roles in several made-for-television movies, such as Her Deadly Rival (1995) opposite Annie Potts and Harry Hamlin, Close to Danger (1997) with Rob Estes, Any Place But Home (1997) and Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999). In 1996, she appeared on the CBS miniseries A Season in Purgatory, based on 1993 novel by Dominick Dunne with the same name. She worked as a film and commercial casting director in Atlanta, Georgia, from 2000 until 2010. She also starred in several short films during this time. In 2007, director Frank Darabont cast McBride as the "woman with the kids at home" in the ensemble-cast science-fiction horror film The Mist, alongside Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden and Marcia Gay Harden. She was in contention for a bigger role in the film but didn't want to take a significant amount of time away from her job as a casting director. The following year, she appeared in the Lifetime television movie Living Proof.
The Walking Dead
McBride's earlier relationship with Darabont led him to cast her as Carol Peletier in the AMC television drama series The Walking Dead – her biggest role to date. Peletier is a middle-aged widow and caring mother to daughter Sophia, fighting to survive in a violent apocalyptic world populated with flesh-eating zombies and the few surviving humans, some of whom are even more diabolical and dangerous than the zombies themselves. McBride did not audition for role, which she thought was temporary. She was a recurring cast member in the first season and promoted to series regular for season 2. McBride's name appeared in the opening credits sequence beginning with the first episode of season 4. Carol Peletier was supposed to have been killed off in the episode "Killer Within", but the producers eventually decided against it.
As the series progresses, McBride's character develops from a weak and dependent woman into a strong, loyal warrior. The direction of her character is contrasted between the two mediums. In the comic series, Carol is much younger and exhibits a neurotic, self-centered, and naive demeanor. Throughout her time in the comics, she grows increasingly unstable to the point of being self-destructive. The television show differs in these regards, as she is shown to be a stern, pragmatic, and compassionate individual who has been gradually building inner strength. Producers of the series, Scott M. Gimple and Robert Kirkman, said in 2014 that "Carol is her own unique character; it would be a disservice to Melissa McBride to say she's evolved into the Carol from comics. The Carol in the TV show is a wholly original creation that we'll continue to explore on the show to great effect. Everyone in writers' room loves that character, and we're thrilled with what Melissa has brought to the table. She has definitely become a character that is one to watch, and there's some really exciting stuff ahead for her."
McBride has received critical acclaim for her performance as Carol and won generally favorable reviews from critics during the third, fourth and fifth seasons. Many critics praised McBride's performance in her character's centered episode "The Grove" of the fourth season. Others singled out the actions of Carol in the season 5 premiere No Sanctuary, which earned critical praise and positive fan reception. Despite the praise of some critics and a fan campaign, McBride did not receive a nomination for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She was, however, nominated for the 40th Annual Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television, and the 2014 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in season 4. In March 2015, McBride was nominated for an Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actress in a Television series for her role as Carol.
|1995||Mutant Species||Tiffany's Mom|
|1995||Her Deadly Rival||Ellie||Television film|
|1996||Season in Purgatory, AA Season in Purgatory||Mary Pat Bradley||Television film|
|1997||Close to Danger||Natalie||Television film|
|1997||Any Place But Home||Brett||Television film|
|1999||Pirates of Silicon Valley||Elizabeth Holmes||Television film|
|2002||Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, TheThe Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys||Mrs. Doyle|
|2007||Promise, TheThe Promise||Stacey Johnson||Short film|
|2007||Mist, TheThe Mist||Woman with Kids at Home|
|2007||Lost Crossing||Sheila||Short film|
|2008||Delgo||Miss Sutley / Elder Pearo (voice)|
|2008||Living Proof||Sally||Television film|
|2014||The Reconstruction of William Zero||Dr. Ashley Bronson|
|1993||Matlock||Darlene Kellogg/Waitress||Episode: "Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream"|
|1994||In the Heat of the Night||WPMM Reporter||Episodes: "Give Me Your Life: Part 1" and "Give Me Your Life: Part 1"|
|1995||American Gothic||Holly Gallagher||Episode: "Dead to the World"|
|1996||Profiler||Walker Young||Episode: "Insight"|
|1997||Walker, Texas Ranger||Dr. Rachel Woods||Episodes: "Lucas: Part 1" and "Lucas: Part 2"|
|1998||Dawson's Creek||Nina||Episode: "Road Trip"|
|1999||Nathan Dixon||Janine Keach||Television pilot|
|2003||Dawson's Creek||Melanie||Episodes: "All Good Things..." and "...Must Come to an End"|
|2010–present||Walking Dead, TheThe Walking Dead||Carol Peletier||Season 1 (Recurring; 4 episodes)
Season 2-present (Series Regular; 45 episodes)
|2013||The Conan O'Brien Show||Carol Peletier||Guest Actor/Cameo|
|2006||The Last Adam|
|2009||This Side Up|
Awards and nominations
|2012||Satellite Awards||Best Cast – Television Series||The Walking Dead||Won|
|2013||Shorty Awards||Best of Social Media||Herself||Nominated|
|2014||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama||The Walking Dead||Nominated|
|2014||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress on Television||The Walking Dead||Won|
|2014||Gold Derby TV Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama||The Walking Dead||Nominated|
|2014||EWwy Awards||Best Supporting Actress||The Walking Dead||Nominated|
|2015||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress on Television||The Walking Dead||Pending|
|2015||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best TV Supporting Actress||The Walking Dead||Pending|
|2015||ComicBook TV Awards||Best Actress in a #ComicBook Television Series||The Walking Dead||Won|
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