Melissa McBride

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Melissa McBride
Melissa McBride 40th Saturn Awards (cropped).jpg
McBride at the 40th annual Saturn Awards
Born Melissa Suzanne McBride
(1965-05-23) May 23, 1965 (age 49)
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, 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[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

McBride at Starfest in April 2013

McBride was born in Lexington, Kentucky and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the mid-1980s,[2] where she began her professional acting career in 1991.[1][3] She acted in several commercials for clients such as Rooms To Go and was a spokeswoman for Ford.[2] McBride made her television debut in a 1993 episode of ABC legal drama series Matlock.[3] 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.[4]

McBride at Season 3 premiere of The Walking Dead in 2012

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.[5] 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.[3] She was considered for a bigger role but she didn't want to take so much time away from her job.[2] In next year she appeared in the Lifetime television movie, Living Proof about breast cancer.

The Walking Dead[edit]

In 2010, McBride was cast in the AMC television drama series The Walking Dead.[6] 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.[2] She was a recurring cast member in the first season and promoted to series regular for season 2,[7] 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.[8]

McBride has received critical acclaim for her performance as Carol and won generally favorable reviews from critics during the third, fourth and fifth seasons.[9] Many critics praised McBride's performance in her character's centered episode "The Grove" of the fourth season.[10][11][12] 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[13][14][15] and a fan campaign,[16] McBride did not receive a nomination for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.[17] She was, however, nominated for the 40th Annual Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television,[18][19] and the 2014 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in season 4.[20]

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."[21] She was, in March 2015, nominated for her role as Carol, for an Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actress in a Television series.[22]

Personal life[edit]

McBride lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog and two cats.[4] She has a strong interest in psychology.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
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
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)
2008 Living Proof Sally Television film
2014 The Reconstruction of William Zero Dr. Ashley Bronson
2015 The Happys


Year Title Role Notes
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
Casting Director
Year Title
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[23] 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[24][25] 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[26] 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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  18. ^ Johns, Nikara (February 25, 2014). "'Gravity,' 'Desolation of Smaug' lead Saturn Award nominations". Variety. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  19. ^ "40th Annual Saturn Awards Nominations Include The Conjuring, The Walking Dead". February 27, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  20. ^ Bacle, Ariana (May 28, 2014). "Critics' Choice TV Awards 2014: And the nominees are...". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  21. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 16, 2014). "'Walking Dead': Is Carol Becoming the New Andrea?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  22. ^ Hanely, Ken W. (March 2, 2015). "For Your Consideration: The 2015 Chainsaw Award Nominees for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series!". Fangoria. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  23. ^ Kilday, Gregg (December 3, 2012). "Satellite Awards Nominates 10 Films for Best Motion Picture". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
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  26. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (March 3, 2015). "'Captain America,' 'The Walking Dead' lead 2015 Saturn Awards nominations". Hitfix. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 

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