Merle Dandridge

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Merle Dandridge
Born (1975-05-31) May 31, 1975 (age 40)
Okinawa, Japan
Occupation Actress in theatre, television and video games

Merle Dandridge is an American actress who was born in Okinawa, Japan. Dandridge is primarily a stage actress, but has had several roles in television. She has gained a wider audience as the voice of Alyx Vance in the award-winning action game Half-Life 2 and its sequels, Episode One and Episode Two, and also as Marlene in The Last of Us.

Early life[edit]

Her father was an African-American US serviceman from Memphis and her mother was a local Okinawan of Korean and Japanese descent. As well as Okinawa, Dandridge has lived in Sacramento, California, at Beale Air Force Base, and later at Offutt Air Force Base (home to the then-Strategic Air Command) in Bellevue, Nebraska, where she spent the majority of her childhood. She attended Papillion La Vista High School and participated in the play production class and theater department there.

She then attended the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University (currently called the Chicago College of Performing Arts) with a scholarship that she earned at the International Thespian Festival.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Angel Lacey Episode: Home
2003 NCIS Marcy Carruthers Episode: Sea Dog
2005 Third Watch Nikki Episode: Too Little, Too Late
2010 24 Kristen Smith Episode: Day 8, 12:00am- 1:00am
2010 CSI: Miami Stacy Garrett Episode: Sleepless In Miami
2011 Ringer Dr. Anabel Morris 2 Episode
2011–2012 Sons of Anarchy Rita Roosevelt
2014 Star-Crossed Vega
2015 The Night Shift Gwen Gaskin


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Bentley and Max
2008 Nothing But The Truth

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Half-Life 2 Alyx Vance
2006 Half-Life 2: Episode One Alyx Vance
2007 Half-Life 2: Episode Two Alyx Vance
2007 The Orange Box Alyx Vance Compilation
2013 The Last of Us Marlene
2013 Dota 2 Legion Commander
Winter Wyvern


Year Title Role Theatre
1994 Once on this Island Performer Chicago, IL
1994 Robber Bridegroom Rosamund Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
1994 As You Like It Rosalind Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
1997 Balm in Gilead Ann Gilead Theatre Chicago, IL
1997 The Kentucky Cycle Performer Truman College (Chicago, IL)
1997 Company Kathy Chicago, IL
1997 Sweet and Hot Performer Theatre Building Chicago, IL
1998 Heart and Soul Andrea Chicago, IL
1998 Richard II Performer Gilead Theatre Co. Chicago, IL
1998 Ain't Misbehavin' European Tour
1998 Smokey Joe's Cafe Swing National Tour
2000 Jesus Christ Superstar Mary Magdalene Ford Center for the Performing Arts (Broadway)
2001 Aida Nehebka National Tour
2002 Aida Aida (Replacement) Palace Theatre Broadway
2002-2008 Rent Joanne Jefferson (Replacement) Nederlander Theatre Broadway
2003 Showtune: Celebrating the Words & Music of Jerry Herman Woman 2 Pasadena Playhouse Pasadena, CA
2006-2007 Tarzan Kala Richard Rodgers Theatre Broadway
2008 Monty Python's Spamalot The Lady of the Lake Shubert Theatre Broadway
2009-2010 Rent Joanne USA National Tour

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