Melissa George

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Melissa George
George in 2009
Melissa Suzanne George

(1976-08-06) 6 August 1976 (age 43)
Years active1993–present

Melissa Suzanne George (born 6 August 1976) is an Australian-born film and television actress who has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. George is perhaps best known in Australia for her role as Angel Parrish on the Australian soap opera Home and Away (1993–1996). After moving to America, she appeared in television series such as Friends (2003), Alias (2003–2004), In Treatment (2008), Grey's Anatomy (2008–2009) and Lie to Me (2010), earning a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for In Treatment.

She made her film début in the neo-noir science fiction feature Dark City (1998) and later appeared in supporting roles in films including The Limey (1999) and Mulholland Drive (2001). She has gone on to have lead roles in films including the remake of The Amityville Horror (2005), the thriller Turistas (2006), the vampire horror film 30 Days of Night (2007) and garnered critical acclaim for her starring role in Triangle (2009).

Her most recent credits include the thriller A Lonely Place to Die (2011), the Australian drama series The Slap (2011), for which she won a Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress, and the British-American spy drama series Hunted (2012).

Early life

Melissa George was born in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, the daughter of Pamela, a nurse, and Glenn George, a construction worker.[1] William Ward, a grandfather (several generations back) on her mother's side, worked as a [[[prison warden]] at Rottnest Island,[2] offshore from Perth. The second of four children, George developed an interest in dancing and began studying jazz, tap, ballet, and modern dance at the age of seven. Her enthusiasm for dance eventually evolved into a passion for artistic roller skating. She is an Australian national roller skating champion and won bronze medals in the National Championships in 1989 and 1990. She won a silver medal at the Junior World Championship in 1991.[3]


Early work (1992–1998)

George began modeling in her early teens, and in 1992 she was named Western Australia's Teenage Model of the Year.[citation needed] At the age of sixteen she met casting agent Liz Mullinar and won the role of Angel Parrish on the popular Australian soap Home and Away.

Her role earned her five consecutive Logie Award nominations, of which she won two. She moved to Sydney to start her acting career. She made a health and fitness video, Mind, Body and Soul (1996), created a sleepwear line called "An Angel at My Bedside", and had a recurring role on the short-lived Fox Broadcasting Company television fantasy drama series Roar (1997), opposite Heath Ledger, before leaving Australia to move to Los Angeles to try her luck in Hollywood.[citation needed]

She scored a small role in the critically favored[4] thriller film Dark City (1998).[5][6]

Career breakthrough (1999–2007)

After a supporting role in Steven Soderbergh's 1999 neo-noir crime film The Limey, she was cast in a supporting role, Cleo Miller, in the 2001 black comedy Sugar & Spice and had a minor role in David Lynch's critically acclaimed Mulholland Drive, which opened at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. She starred in several unaired TV pilots, such as Lost in Oz. She starred in the short-lived ABC drama-comedy Thieves, co-starring John Stamos. She starred in the sixth season premiere of the WB series Charmed, and had a minor role opposite Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor in the 2003 romantic comedy Down with Love.

George in 2008

In 2003, she landed the role of Lauren Reed on the ABC television series Alias. Her first starring role in a feature film was Kathy Lutz in the 2005 remake of the 1979 horror film, The Amityville Horror. The film was not well received by critics,[7][8] but was a major success at the worldwide box office, grossing over $108 million.[9] Despite bad and unfavorable reviews, Film Threat praised George and her co-star Ryan Reynolds's performances, stating that they "make a striking couple. Both young and extremely attractive"[10] and that she "does an impeccable American accent, but otherwise she is unremarkable as Kathy Lutz. Her physical beauty is sometimes distracting, but not enough to keep the audience awed by her acting."[10] That same year, she played Deanna Schine in the thriller Derailed, co-starring Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston. In 2006, she filmed the horror-thriller Turistas with Josh Duhamel and Olivia Wilde.

In 2007, she landed the lead role, Christine, in the drama Music Within, opposite Ron Livingston. The film had a limited release. In an interview, she said that she "knew that Christine's a true character, and the woman responsible for Richard Pimentel's sort of success in a way. She was the driving force behind him and behind every good man is a good woman, and Christine was that woman."[11] She starred in the British horror thriller WΔZ, and had a prominent role in the film adaptation of 30 Days of Night, directed by David Slade and co-starring Josh Hartnett.[5] The film was a modest success with an over $75 million worldwide gross.[12]

Recent roles (2008–present)

George during an Australian appearance in 2008

George returned to television in 2008 in the HBO half-hour drama In Treatment, co-starring Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Wiest, receiving a 2009 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film,[13][14][15] and also received a nomination for "Best Actress" at the 2009 Australian Film Institute Awards.[16]

In September 2008, it was announced that George was joining the cast of Grey's Anatomy for eleven episodes as Sadie Harris, a bisexual intern,[17] but in January 2009 it was released that she was leaving the show in a mutual agreement with the producers.[18][19] In 2008, she starred in the film The Betrayed, which was released at the San Diego Film Festival, and was released direct-to-video in the United States on 30 June 2009.[20][21]

On 9 November 2009, it was announced that George would guest-star in at least two episodes of Fox's Lie to Me playing Clara Martin.[22][23][24] George also received the lead role in the Australian-British mystery thriller by Chris Smith titled Triangle,[25] which opened to highly positive reviews.[26] George also stars in the British thriller film A Lonely Place to Die,[27] directed by Julian Gilbey.[28]

In November 2010, George was named the new face of L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.[29]

In 2012, George appeared as Rosie in the Australian TV series The Slap[30] and as Sam Hunter in the British TV series Hunted.[31] In November 2012, George voiced her dislike of the Australian media referencing her role in Home and Away.[32]

Personal life

George met film director Claudio Dabed in Bali in 1998 and married two years later.[33] George became a naturalized American citizen in 2008.[34] In 2011 she and Dabed announced their intention to divorce and George began dating hip hop mogul Russell Simmons.[35] After a split from Simmons she was linked with French millionaire Jean-David Blanc.[36]

George is the cousin of the opera singer Taryn Fiebig.[37]

She climbed Ben Nevis for the role of A Lonely Place to Die. In an interview with The Sun, she stated, "It was tough because it's a pretty dangerous location, and it wasn't fit for a large crew, but we did it, we made it...I was climbing with Di Gilbert who has climbed Everest many times so that was incredible. And when you get up there, it's just a huge sense of achievement."[38]

She is credited as the inventor of "Style Snaps", a device intended to allow changing pant hem length without sewing and marketed via direct response TV.[39] She has stated that her invention earns her more money than her acting career.[3][40]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Fable Rex Fable TV movie
1997 Hollyweird Caril Ann TV movie
1998 Dark City May
1999 The Limey Jennifer 'Jenny' Wilson
2001 Sugar & Spice Cleo Miller
2001 Mulholland Drive Camilla Rhodes
2001 New Port South Amanda
2002 Lost in Oz Alexandra Wilder TV movie
2003 Down with Love Elkie
2003 L.A. Confidential Lynn Bracken TV movie
2005 The Amityville Horror Kathy Lutz
2005 Derailed Deanna Schine
2006 Turistas Pru Stagler
2007 Music Within Christine
2007 WΔZ Helen Westcott
2007 Home Sick Call Girl #2
2007 30 Days of Night Stella Oleson
2008 The Betrayed Jamie
2009 Devil's Eye Melissa Short film
2009 Triangle Jess
2009 U.S. Attorney Susan Shelle TV movie
2010 Second Chances Kate Fischer TV movie
2011 A Lonely Place to Die Alison
2011 Swinging with the Finkels Janet
2011 Bag of Bones Mattie Devore TV movie
2012 Between Us Sharyl
Year Title Role Notes
1993–1996 Home and Away Angel Parrish Main role (1993–1996)
Logie Award for Most Popular Actress
Logie Award for Most Popular New Talent
Nominated – Logie Award – Gold Logie
Nominated – Logie Award for Most Popular Actress
1997 Roar Molly Recurring role
1997 Murder Call Petra Salinis One episode: "Hot Shot"
1999 Silk Stalkings Fiona Grant One episode: "A Clockwork Florida Orange"
2000 Tales of the South Seas Kat One episode: "The Outlaws"
2001 Thieves Rita Main role
2003 Coupling Susan One episode: Unaired pilot
2003 Friends Molly Episodes: "The One with Phoebe's Rats" and "The One Where Monica Sings"
2003 Monk Jenna Ryan One episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater"
2003 Charmed Freyja Episodes: "Valhalley of the Dolls (Part 1)" and "Valhalley of the Dolls (Part 2)"
2003–2004 Alias Lauren Reed Main role (third season)
Saturn Award – Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award – Female
2006 Two Twisted Mathilda Banks One episode: "There's Something About Kyanna"
2008 In Treatment Laura Hill Main role (first season)
Nominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film
2008–2009 Grey's Anatomy Sadie Harris Recurring role (fifth season)
2010 Lie to Me Clara Musso Episodes: "The Whole Truth", "Teacher and Pupils" and "Bullet Bump"
2011 The Slap Rosie Main role
Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress
2012 Hunted Sam Hunter Main role
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Edge of Twilight Charlotte Lockton Voice role


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  27. ^ Melissa George Pays Her Respects at The Grave at Angel's Peak and Finds A Lonely Place to Die
  28. ^ Melissa George Climbs to 'The Grave at Angel's Peak'
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  30. ^ "Melissa George, Sophie Okonedo, Jonathan LaPaglia and Essie Davis sign up for The Slap – ABC TV Blog". 9 December 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  31. ^ Conlan, Tara (23 November 2011). "Spooks producer to make new spy drama for BBC1". The Guardian. London.
  32. ^ [George fed up with Australian media ""] Check |url= value (help). The West Australian. (Seven West Media). 11 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. External link in |title= (help)
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  34. ^ Idato, Michael. "Entering a grey area", The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 March 2009
  35. ^ Watkins, Jade (28 December 2011). "Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons takes his 'Angel' Melissa George for a romantic stroll on the beach in St. Barts". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  36. ^ Bull, Sarah (7 November 2012). "'It feels so right!' Melissa George opens up about romance with French millionaire beau... as she's spotted shopping for wedding dresses". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  37. ^ Wilde, Jon (4 October 2009). "Simon Cowell wanted me to be the next Kylie Minogue but I turned him down, says Melissa George". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  38. ^ Maloney, Alison (6 June 2010). "Melissa's secret to better body". The Sun (United Kingdom). News International. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  39. ^ Style Snaps – About the Inventors
  40. ^ "Melissa George makes millions from her inventions". Daily Express. Northern & Shell. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012.

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