Melissa McBride

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Melissa McBride
Melissa McBride 2013.jpg
McBride at Starfest in April 2013
Born Melissa Suzanne McBride
(1965-05-23) May 23, 1965 (age 48)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Actress, casting director
Years active 1993 - present

Melissa Suzanne McBride (born May 23, 1965)[1] is an American actress and former casting director, known for her role as Carol Peletier in the AMC television series The Walking Dead. Her performance garnered her a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2014.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

McBride autographing in 2013
McBride at Season 3 premiere of The Walking Dead in 2012

McBride was born in Lexington, Kentucky and began acting in film and on television in the early 1990s.[1][2] McBride began her professional acting career in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia.[2] She made her debut on television in 1993 on an episode of ABC legal drama Matlock and in later years appeared in TV movies, such as In the Heat of the Night: Give Me Your Life, Her Deadly Rival, Close to Danger, Any Place But Home, Nathan Dixon and Pirates of Silicon Valley. In 1996 she appeared on the CBS miniseries A Season in Purgatory based on 1993 novel with the same name by Dominick Dunne.

McBride guest starred in several television series, including American Gothic, Profiler, Walker, Texas Ranger and Dawson's Creek. She also starred in several short films, and appeared in Lifetime movie Living Proof in 2008.

McBride worked as a film and commercial casting director in Atlanta, Georgia from 2000 until 2010.[3]

In 2007, director Frank Darabont cast McBride as the "Woman With Kids at Home" in the ensemble cast science-fiction horror film The Mist based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King.[1]

The Walking Dead[edit]

In 2010, McBride joined the cast of the AMC television drama series The Walking Dead based on the comic book series of the same name.[4] She plays Carol Peletier, the middle aged widow and caring mother to her daughter Sophia. She was promoted to series regular as of season 2,[5] and as of the first episode of Season 4, Melissa McBride's name now appears in the opening credits. Originally, her character was supposed to be killed in episode "Killer Within," but the producers eventually decided against it.[6]

McBride has been critically praised for her work on the show, especially on the last two seasons.[7] For her performance in Season 4, McBride was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2014.[8][9]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mutant Species Tiffany's Mom
2002 Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, TheThe Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Mrs. Doyle
2006 Nailed! Olga / Waitress / Agent Short film
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)
2012 Proxy, TheThe Proxy Dr. Ashley Bronson Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Matlock Darlene Kellogg / Waitress Episode: "Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream"
1994 In the Heat of the Night: Give Me Your Life WPMM Reporter TV movie
1995 Her Deadly Rival Ellie TV movie
1995 American Gothic Holly Gallagher Episode: "Dead to the World"
1996 Season in Purgatory, AA Season in Purgatory Mary Pat Bradley TV movie
1996 Profiler Walker Young Episode: "Insight"
1997 Close to Danger Natalie TV movie
1997 Any Place But Home Brett TV movie
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Dr. Rachel Woods Episode: "Lucas: Part 1"
Episode: "Lucas: Part 2"
1999 Nathan Dixon Janine Keach TV movie
1998 Dawson's Creek Nina Episode: "Road Trip"
1999 Pirates of Silicon Valley Elizabeth Holmes TV movie
2003 Dawson's Creek Melanie Episode: "All Good Things..."
Episode: "...Must Come to an End"
2008 Living Proof Sally TV movie
2010–present Walking Dead, TheThe Walking Dead Carol Peletier Season 1 (recurring; 4 episodes)
Season 2-present (series regular)
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
Nominated — Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress (2014)
Casting Director
Year Title Notes
2006 The Last Adam
2007 The Promise
2009 Golden Minutes
2009 This Side Up
2010 The Party
2010 Broken Moment

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Satellite Awards[10] Best Cast (or Best Ensemble) - Television Series The Walking Dead Won
2013 Shorty Awards Best of Social Media Herself Nominated
2014 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television The Walking Dead Pending


  1. ^ a b c "Melissa McBride Biography". BuddyTV. Retrieved March 20, 2012
  2. ^ a b Melissa McBride Biography
  3. ^ Q&A - Melissa McBride (Carol), AMC, March, 2011, Retrieved March 20, 2012
  4. ^ James Hibberd, AMC adds 'Walking Dead' cast, The Hollywood Reporter, November 30, 2010, Retrieved March 20, 2012
  5. ^ Michael Ausiello. "Melissa McBride Clears Up Walking Dead Contract Mystery, Declares: 'I Am a Series Regular'". TV Line. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  6. ^ 'The Walking Dead': Glen Mazzara talks about T-Dog's death and Carol The Walking Dead News (December 17, 2012)
  7. ^ ' + data.results.personName + '. "Melissa McBride deserves an Emmy for ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 - Zap2it". Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  8. ^ Nikara Johns @NikaraJohns. "“Gravity,” “Desolation of Smaug” lead Saturn Award nominations". Variety. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  9. ^ "40th Annual Saturn Awards Nominations Include The Conjuring, The Walking Dead". Daily Dead. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  10. ^ Satellite Awards Nominates 10 Films for Best Motion Picture, The Hollywood Reporter, Retrieved December 4, 2012

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