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 in the AMC television drama series The Walking Dead. McBride began her television and movie acting career in the 1990s, and in the 2000s worked as a casting director. McBride has been nominated for – and is the recipient of – multiple awards for her work on The Walking Dead.
Life and career
Early life and career
McBride was born in Lexington, Kentucky and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the mid-1980s, where she began her professional acting career in 1991. She acted in several commercials for clients such as Rooms To Go and was a spokeswoman for Ford. McBride made her television debut in a 1993 episode of ABC legal drama series Matlock. She later guest starred in several other television 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, but playing a different character.
In 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 with the same name by Dominick Dunne. McBride worked as a film and commercial casting director in Atlanta, Georgia from 2000 until 2010. She also starred in several short films along with her work as casting director.
In 2007, director Frank Darabont cast McBride as the Woman With Kids at Home in the ensemble cast science-fiction horror film The Mist, alongside Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden and Marcia Gay Harden. She was considered for a bigger role but she didn't want to take so much time away from her job. In next year she appeared in the Lifetime television movie, Living Proof about breast cancer.
The Walking Dead
In 2010, McBride was cast in the AMC television drama series The Walking Dead. She plays the role of Carol Peletier, the middle-aged widow and caring mother to daughter Sophia. 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, and as of the first episode of season 4, McBride's name appears in the opening credits sequence. Originally, her character was supposed to be killed off in the episode "Killer Within", but the producers eventually decided against it.
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.
As the series progresses, McBride's character develops from a weak and dependent woman into a strong warrior. The direction of her character is contrasted between the two mediums. In the comic series, Carol is displayed much younger, and exhibits a neurotic, self-centered, and naive demeanor. Throughout her time in the comics, she grows increasingly unstable, to the extent of self-destruction. 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 in 2014 says 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." She was, in March 2015, nominated for her role as Carol, for an Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actress in a Television series.
|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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