Molly Burnett

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Molly Burnett
Born Molly Kathleen Burnett
(1988-04-23) April 23, 1988 (age 28)
Denver, Colorado
Alma mater Wagner College
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2007–present
Parent(s) David and Katie Burnett

Molly Kathleen Burnett (born April 23, 1988)[1][2] is an American actress and singer. She previously portrayed the character of Melanie Jonas on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.[3]

Early life[edit]

Burnett was born in Littleton, Colorado. She has participated in school plays and musicals during her upbringing in Colorado..[1] She has a brother, Will and a father, David.

Burnett has always been interested in performing arts, ever since she belted out a song in the car at age three, to the shock of her parents. As she grew up, she joined the Denver theater community, taking on roles such as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mayzie in Seussical, Dotty in Noises Off, and as the lead character in the musical Annie.[citation needed]

In high school, she was not just the homecoming princess, she also joined her school's speech and debate team, where she competed in the humorous interpretation division and eventually went on to place at the national tournament.[citation needed]

Burnett was also a member of her school's elite jazz ensemble and was chosen to perform in the Colorado All-State Choir, the All-State Choir and the National Honor Choir in Los Angeles. Molly graduated with honors from high school and moved to New York City, where she attended Wagner College on Staten Island.[1] Although her heart was in NYC, she realized that her dreams of acting in film and television would ultimately take her to Los Angeles.


She landed the Days of Our Lives role within a year of moving to Los Angeles.[1] She had a small guest-starring role on the Good Luck Charlie episode called "Boys Meet Girls" in June 2010, as Madison, PJ Duncan's crush. On May 27, 2016, it was announced that Burnett would temporarily replace Kirsten Storms as Maxie Jones on General Hospital due to health reasons, she began to appear in early July.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Her mother, Katie, died of a lung illness on December 7, 2011.[6] Molly has been dating model Spencer Neville since 2015.


In character as Amanda James on the HBO series True Blood, Burnett performed the song "Jesus Asked Me Out Today" during the show's second season in episode "Keep This Party Going". Burnett also sings each year at the Days of Our Lives fan event "Day of Days" with some of her fellow co-stars.[citation needed]


List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Days of Our Lives Melanie Jonas Main role from 2008–2012, 2014–15, 2016
2009 True Blood Amanda Jane Episodes: "Keep This Party Going" (#2.2), "May Be the Last Time" (#7.7; voice, uncredited)
2010 Good Luck Charlie Madison Episode: "Boys Meet Girls" (#1.11)
2011 The Key Man Little Girl Uncredited[citation needed]
2011 Venice: The Series Sarah Main role
2012 CSI: NY Molly Byrne Episode: "Slainte" (#8.16)
2013 Major Crimes Kim Riley Episode: "Jailbait" (#2.13)
2013–15 Jessie Darla Shannon Episodes: "GI Jessie" (#2.26), "A Close Shave" (#4.2)
2014 Parking Sarah Short film
2015 Longmire Sarah Episode: "Four Arrows" (#4.4)
2015 CSI: Cyber Nina Episodes: "Why-Fi" (#2.1) , "Shades of Grey" (#2.10), "5 Deadly Sins" (#2.16)
2015 Hiker Brooke Ferrio Filming
2016 Ctrl Alt Delete Lex Post-production
2016 General Hospital Maxie Jones Temporary replacement for Kirsten Storms starting July 2016.[4][5] to August 2016
2016 Relationship Status Laura 3 episodes
2016 The Wedding Party Lisa Post-production
2017 Shattered Kate Post-production


In 2010, she was nominated alongside co-star Shelley Hennig for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Younger Actress category. In the same year, she was nominated for an Indie Soap Award in the Best Guest Appearance category for the role of Lisa in Empire. In 2012, she was nominated again for an Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

Year Award Category Recipient Role Result Ref.
2010 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actress Days of Our Lives Melanie Jonas Nominated
2012 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actress Days of our Lives Melanie Jonas Nominated [7]


  1. ^ a b c d Rabinowitz, Naomi (October 21, 2008). "Focus on ... Molly Burnett". Soap Opera Digest. United States. American Media Inc. 33 (#43): 68. 
  2. ^ Husted, Bill. "Husted: Colorado girls dream big, dazzle stage and screen". The Denver Post. Denver: Digital First Media. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Molly Burnett Joins Days of our Lives". United States: SheKnows Media. July 3, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b SOD (May 27, 2016). "MOLLY BURNETT IN AS GH'S MAXIE". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Mason, Charlie (May 27, 2016). "General Hospital: Kirsten Storms' Maxie Recast Temporarily With Days Vet". TVLine. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Days of our Lives' Molly Burnett's Mother Passes Away". United States: SheKnows Media. December 8, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Daytime Emmy Award - 2012 nominations". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. North Hollywood, Los Angeles. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 

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