Benoist at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
October 4, 1988
Littleton, Colorado, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Blake Jenner (m. 2015; separated 2016)|
She rose to prominence for her portrayal of Marley Rose on the fourth and fifth seasons of the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee, and has appeared in a number of television series including Homeland, The Good Wife and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Benoist has also appeared in films such as Danny Collins, The Longest Ride, Patriots Day and the Oscar-winning 2014 film Whiplash.
Benoist was born in Littleton, Colorado. Benoist has two sisters, Jessica and Kristina. She graduated from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado in 2007, and from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2011.
In May 2012, she auditioned for Glee in New York at the Roundabout Theatre Company, singing a different song for each of her five auditions including: "Fidelity" by Regina Spektor, "King of Anything" by Sara Bareilles, a Colbie Caillat song, and several musical theater pieces. In July, she had two screen tests in California for series creator/writer, Ryan Murphy, the casting directors, and executive producers.
She and Glee co-star Darren Criss appeared with Josh Duhamel in the opening of the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards. That same year, she was selected as an ambassador for Coca Cola's new product, P10 300 ml Coke Mismo. In June 2013, they were flown to Manila, Philippines to endorse the product by visiting different malls and meeting with fans.
She had a role in the 2015 film Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, and Annette Bening. She played the part of Jamie, a desk clerk at a hotel frequented by one of Jamie's all-time favorite rock stars.
In October 2015, the first episode of the superhero fiction adventure drama series, Supergirl with Benoist in the lead role of Kara Zor-El aired on CBS. The second season of the series moved to The CW.
She appeared as a presenter in the 42nd People's Choice Awards, which aired on January 6, 2016 on CBS, and at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, broadcast January 10, 2016, she presented along with The Flash star Grant Gustin. In June of that year, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Benoist and others told the stories of the people killed there.
|2015||The Longest Ride||Marcia|
|2015||Band of Robbers||Becky Thatcher|
|2016||Patriots Day||Katherine Russell|
|TBA||Sun Dogs||Tally Petersen||Post-production|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Jessalyn Kerr||Episode: "Delicate"|
|2010||Blue Bloods||Renee||Episode: "Privilege"|
|2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ava||Episode: "Wet"|
|2010||The Good Wife||Molly||Episode: "Nine Hours"|
|2011||Homeland||Stacy Moore||Episodes: "Grace", "Clean Skin"|
|2012–2014||Glee||Marley Rose||Recurring role (season 4); main role (season 5); 35 episodes|
|2015–present||Supergirl||Kara Danvers/Supergirl||Lead role|
|2016||The Flash||Kara Danvers/Supergirl||Episodes: "Welcome to Earth-2" (archival footage), "Invasion!"|
|2016||Arrow||Kara Danvers/Supergirl||Episode: "Invasion!"|
|2016||DC's Legends of Tomorrow||Kara Danvers/Supergirl||Episode: "Invasion!"|
|2000||The Sound of Music||Brigitta von Trapp||Country Dinner Playhouse|
|2003||The Sound of Music||Liesl von Trapp||Littleton Town Hall Arts Center|
|2006||Bye Bye Birdie||Kim McAfee||Littleton Town Hall Arts Center|
|A Month in the Country||Vera Aleksandrovna||Littleton Town Hall Arts Center|
|A Chorus Line||Bebe Benzenheimer||Littleton Town Hall Arts Center|
|2007||Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella||Cinderella||Littleton Town Hall Arts Center|
|Footloose||Ariel Moore||Littleton Town Hall Arts Center|
|Evita||Perón's Mistress||Country Dinner Playhouse|
|2009||Thoroughly Modern Millie||Millie Dilmount||Marymount Manhattan College|
|As You Like It||Rosalind||Marymount Manhattan College|
|2011||The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown||Kelly||Goodspeed Musical|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Teen Choice Awards 2013||Choice TV Breakout Star||Glee||Nominated|||
|2016||42nd Saturn Awards||Breakthrough Performance Award||Supergirl||Won|||
|Best Actress on a Television Series||Supergirl||Nominated|||
- Glee: The Music Presents Glease
- Glee: The Music, Season 4, Volume 1
- Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 3
- Glee Sings the Beatles
- Glee: The Music, A Katy or a Gaga
- Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 4
- "Melissa Benoist". TV Guide. Archived from the original on May 4, 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
- Rose, Lacey; O'Connell, Michael; Sandberg, Bryn Elise; Stanhope, Kate; Goldberg, Lesley (August 28, 2015). "Next Gen Fall TV: 10 Stars Poised for Breakouts". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 29, 2016. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
- Moore, John (September 22, 2006). "Can't Miss Kids". Denver Post. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
- "Arapahoe High School – Warriors, Always Take Care of One Another". Arapahoe High School. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
- Congratulations, Arapahoe High School grads May 2007
- From MMC to McKinley High: Alumna Melissa Benoist October 2012.
- "Who Is Melissa Benoist? All About Glee Season 4's Marley". wetpaint.com. November 2012.
- "Darren Criss & Melissa Benoist With Josh Duhamel on Kids Choice Awards 2013 23/03/13". YouTube. March 24, 2013. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
- "The Cast of GLEE for Coke, raindeocampo.com, June 2013.
- Butler, Peppermint (June 10, 2013). "Shaken, Not Stirred: Coke Launch with Glee Stars". Status Magazine online. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
- "‘Glee’ cast members invade 3 malls", rappler.com, June 2013. Accessed 2014-08-19.
- Yang, Tatin (June 9, 2013). "Newest ‘Glee’ stars overwhelmed by Pinoys’ welcome". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
- "'Fast & Furious 7' Adds Djimon Hounsou; 'Glee's Melissa Benoist Gets 'Whiplash'; Liana Liberato Joins 'If I Stay'". Deadline Hollywood. September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
- Yamato, Jen (June 24, 2014). "'Glee's Melissa Benoist Joins 'The Longest Ride'; 'Sicario' Adds 'Captain America 2's Maximiliano Hernandez; Shane Black Rebooting 'Predator'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
- "Melissa Benoist Joins 'Imagine'; Natalie Dormer Cast In 'Posh'; Carter Jenkins Leads 'Skate God'". Deadline Hollywood. July 11, 2013. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
- Hipes, Patrick (May 21, 2015). "'Supergirl' Star Melissa Benoist Climbs Into 'Lowriders' Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
- Fleming, Mike Jr (August 27, 2015). "'Supergirl's Melissa Benoist, 'Outlander's Sam Heughan Set For Screen Gems Love Story 'Oxford'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
- "CBS Fall 2015 Schedule: 'Supergirl' Opens Monday, 'Life In Pieces' Follows 'Big Bang'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-12-11.
- "49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy | Human Rights Campaign". Hrc.org. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
- Rothaus, Steve (June 12, 2016). "Pulse Orlando shooting scene a popular LGBT club where employees, patrons 'like family'". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
- Toomey, Alyssa (July 13, 2015). "Glee's Melissa Benoist and Blake Jenner Are Married! | E! News". Eonline.com. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
- Mizoguchi, Karen (December 29, 2016). "Supergirl's Melissa Benoist Files for Divorce from Blake Jenner: Report". People. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
- Maglio, Tony (July 1, 2013). "'Glee,' 'Pitch Perfect' Lead Second Wave of Teen Choice Awards Nominations". The Wrap. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- McClendon, Lamarco (May 11, 2016). "'Better Call Saul,' Melissa Benoist, Nichelle Nichols To Be Honored at Saturn Awards". Variety. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- Bryant, Jacob (February 24, 2016). "'Star Wars,' 'Mad Max,' 'Walking Dead' Lead Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
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