Melinda Page Hamilton
Melinda Page Hamilton
Melinda Page Hamilton (born August 22, 1974) is an American actress, best known for her role as Odessa Burakov in the Lifetime comedy-drama series Devious Maids, and for her leading role in the independent film Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006). She has had recurring roles on Desperate Housewives, Mad Men, and Big Love.
Life and career
Hamilton was born in New York City. She attended Princeton University and later the Tisch School of the Arts in New York University. She starred in the number of theatre productions, including role of the title character in the original stage production of Cornelia, written by Mark V. Olsen. She made her television debut in the episode of NBC legal drama Law & Order in 1997, and as of 2003 began playing regular guest-starring roles, in shows like Star Trek: Enterprise, Nip/Tuck, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, The Closer, Castle, NCIS, Modern Family and True Blood.
Her memorable 2003 Star Trek Enterprise role of Feezal, the alien scientist and second wife of Doctor Phlox, explored the concept of Polygamy.
Hamilton played a supporting role in the 2004 film Promised Land, and the leading role in the 2006 film Sleeping Dogs Lie. She also appeared in the films Corporate Affairs (2008), Not Forgotten (2009) and God Bless America (2011).
On television, she had a recurring roles in the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives as Sister Mary Bernard, a nun trying to pursue married man Carlos Solis, and well on the AMC period drama Mad Men where she played the role of Anna Draper, polio survivor and widow of the man whose identity Don Draper stole in Korea. She also guest-starred on Grey's Anatomy and its spin-off Private Practice, and all of CSI shows: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CSI: NY, and CSI: Miami. She also appeared in HBO drama series Big Love from 2009 to 2010.
In 2013, Hamilton was cast as Odessa Burakov in the Lifetime comedy-drama series Devious Maids. She worked with a dialogue coach to hone a Russian accent for her role in show. She appeared in the first two seasons. In 2015, she had the recurring roles in the USA Network series, Dig, and SundanceTV drama, Rectify.
|2006||Sleeping Dogs Lie||Amy||Nominated - Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough|
|2007||Driftwood||Blaire Farrow||Short film|
|2009||Not Forgotten||Deputy Mindy|
|2009||The Horseman||Abigail Cooper||Short film|
|2011||God Bless America||Alison|
|1997||Law & Order||Jane Spoonser||Episode: "Denial"|
|2003||Star Trek: Enterprise||Feezal||Episode: "Stigma"|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Julie Bryant||Episode: "Slow Burn"|
|2004||Everwood||Mary Kelly||Episode: "There Is a Reaction"|
|2004||Medical Investigation||Sarah Doyle||Episode: "Alienation"|
|2005||Numb3rs||Jennifer Nash||Episode: "Soft Target"|
|2005||Nip/Tuck||Colleen Eubanks||Episode: "Hannah Tedesco"|
|2005||CSI: NY||Kayla Stanfield / Tara Stanfield||Episode: "Bad Beat"|
|2005–2006||Desperate Housewives||Sister Mary Bernard||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2007||Nurses||Margo MacDonald||TV Pilot|
|2005–2007||Cold Case||Janie Stillman||Episodes: "Revenge" and "Blood on the Tracks"|
|2007||Raines||Connie Webb||Episode: "5th Step"|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Jane Taylor||Episode: "Holiday Spirit"|
|2008||Criminal Minds||Claire Bates||Episode: "The Instincts"|
|2008||Without a Trace||Dr. Sally Moss||Episode: "Push Comes to Shove"|
|2009||The Closer||Beth Gibson||Episode: "Good Faith"|
|2009||The Mentalist||Katie||Episode: "Crimson Casanova"|
|2009||Castle||Diana Harris||Episode: "Nanny McDead"|
|2009||Private Practice||Donna Keating||Episode: "What You Do for Love"|
|2009||Bones||Georgia Hartmeyer||Episode: "The Goop on the Girl"|
|2010||NCIS||Vanessa Tillman||Episode: "Ignition"|
|2009–2010||Big Love||Malinda||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2010||The Glades||Sara Weston||Episode: "Cassadaga"|
|2008–2010||Mad Men||Anna Draper||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|2010||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Jennifer Stanley||Episode: "That's Me Trying"|
|2011||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jody Cambry||Episode: "The List"|
|2011||Law & Order: LA||Attorney||Episode: "Angel's Knoll"|
|2012||Modern Family||Sandy||Episode: "Election Day"|
|2012||True Blood||Jill Steeler||Episode: "Whatever I Am, You Made Me"|
|2013–2014||Devious Maids||Odessa Burakov||Recurring role, 10 episodes|
|2014||Hart of Dixie||Marian||Episode: "Star of the Show"|
|2014||Killer Women||DEA Agent||Episode: "Queen Bee"|
|2014||Masters of Sex||Anne Palmateer||Episode: "Kyrie Eleison"|
|2015||Dig||Sandra||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2015||Jane the Virgin||Alexis Falco||Episode: "Chapter Eighteen"|
|2015||iZombie||Dr. Maddy Larson||Episode: "Astroburger"|
|2015||The Whispers||Ms. Bellings||Episode: "X Marks the Spot"|
|2015||True Detective||Gena's Attorney||Episode: "Other Lives"|
|2015||Rectify||Therapist||Episode: "Thrill Ride"|
|2017–2018||Damnation||Connie Nunn||Main role|
|2017–2019||How to Get Away with Murder||Claire Telesco||Recurring role, 20 episodes|
- "Melinda Page Hamilton as Odessa Burakov". Lifetime. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
- "Melinda Page Hamilton Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
- amctv.com (2011-05-16). "Q&A – Melinda Page Hamilton (Anna Draper)". Blogs.amctv.com. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
- Nellie Andreeva (November 26, 2012). "Melinda Page Hamilton & Matt Cedeno Join Lifetime's 'Devious Maids'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
- The Deadline Team. "James Martinez Joins 'Aquarius'; Melinda Page Hamilton In 'Dig'". Deadline. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
- "'Rectify' Casts 'Mad Men' Alum Melinda Page Hamilton (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved July 20, 2015.