Melissa Fumero

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Melissa Fumero
Melissa Gallo

(1982-08-19) August 19, 1982 (age 36)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2004–present
David Fumero
(m. 2007)

Melissa Fumero (née Gallo; born August 19, 1982) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Amy Santiago on NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Early life[edit]

Fumero was born Melissa Gallo in Lyndhurst, New Jersey,[1] on August 19, 1982,[2] the daughter of Cuban parents who had moved to the U.S. as teenagers. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from New York University in 2003.


The second actress to portray Adriana on One Life to Live, Fumero joined the series on January 20, 2004. Adriana is the long-lost daughter of longtime character Dorian Cramer Lord, portrayed on-and-off since 1979 by Daytime Emmy winner Robin Strasser. Fumero won the role of Adriana on her last day as a student at NYU.[3] In late 2007 she decided not to renew her contract with the series, but remained on a recurring status to wrap up Adriana's storyline that concluded June 11, 2008. Fumero returned to One Life to Live in September 2008 for a 15-episode run.[4] Fumero did a guest stint on OLTL on February 12, 2010, to help usher in the return of Kelly Cramer (Gina Tognoni).

Fumero made her big-screen debut as the lead in the 2009 independent film Tiny Dancer. In 2010, she appeared in six episodes of The CW's Gossip Girl as Zoe, one of Blair Waldorf's minions. In 2013, she was cast in NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Amy Santiago, the female lead opposite Andy Samberg.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Fumero married her One Life to Live co-star David Fumero on December 9, 2007, and has been credited as Melissa Fumero since then.[2][1] On November 16, 2015, she announced that she was expecting her first child.[6] On March 24, 2016, she gave birth to a son named Enzo.[7][8]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Descent Dorm Girl #2 Uncredited
2009 I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell Melissa
2009 Tiny Dancer Ati Credited as Melissa Gallo
2013 The House That Jack Built Lily
2017 DriverX Jessica


Year Title Role Notes
2004–2011 One Life to Live Adriana Cramer 208 episodes
2005 All My Children Adriana Cramer 2 episodes
Credited as Melissa Gallo
2009 Important Things with Demetri Martin April Episode: "Coolness"
2010 Gossip Girl Zoe 6 episodes
2010 The Mentalist Carmen Reyes Episode: "Red Letter"
2011 Royal Pains Brooke Episode: "Pit Stop"
2012 CSI: NY Michelle Rhodes Episode: "The Real McCoy"
2013 Men at Work April Episode: "The New Boss"
2013–present Brooklyn Nine-Nine Amy Santiago Main role
2014 Top Chef Duels Herself Episode: "Jen Carroll vs. Nyesha Arrington"
2015 Hollywood Game Night Herself Episode: "Your Popcorn Made a Messing"
2016 Mack & Moxy The Admirable Episode: "A Bop-Topus' Garden"
2017 Hell's Kitchen Herself Episode: "A Little Slice of Hell"
2018 The $100,000 Pyramid Herself Episode: "Bobby Moynihan vs. Melissa Fumero"


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Haute & Bothered Jo 2 episodes
2011 Half Empty Jill Short film
2017 Mourners, Inc. Monica Herrera Episode: "Pilot"



Year Title Role
2018 The Land I Lost (Ghosts of the Shadow Market 7) Narrator

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
2006 ALMA Award Outstanding Performance in a Daytime Drama One Life to Live Nominated
2015 NHMC Impact Awards Outstanding Achievements and Contributions to the Positive Portrayals of Latinos in Media Brooklyn Nine-Nine Won
Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actress – Television Nominated
2016 Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actress – Television Nominated


  1. ^ a b "SOAP STAR STATS: Melissa Fumero (Adriana, OLTL)". Archived from the original on January 12, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Soap Opera Digest, Vol. 33, No. 1, January 1, 2008, page 5. "Gallo will now go by Melissa Fumero" following her December 9, 2007 marriage to OLTL costar David Fumero.
  3. ^ Baral, Susmita (September 9, 2014). "Melissa Fumero Talks 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'". Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  4. ^ Mistretta, Amy (September 16, 2008). "Melissa Fumero Confirms Her OLTL Return To!". Retrieved May 12, 2009.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 6, 2013). "Melissa Fumero To Star In Fox's Mike Schur/ Dan Goor Pilot, Adam Goldberg Casts Young Self In ABC Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  6. ^ "Melissa Fumero on Instagram: "Amazing time at our surprise baby shower yesterday. Oh, PS- I'm pregnant. 😜💕💕"". Instagram.
  7. ^ Saad, Nardine. "Melissa Fumero of 'Brooklyn 99' welcomes a baby boy with David Fumero". Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "Melissa Fumero on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved February 18, 2017.

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