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Melissa McBride

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Melissa McBride
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Born
Melissa Suzanne McBride

(1965-05-23) May 23, 1965 (age 53)
OccupationActress, casting director
Years active1991–present

Melissa Suzanne McBride (born May 23, 1965)[1] is an American actress and former casting director, best known for her role as Carol Peletier on the AMC series The Walking Dead. McBride has garnered critical acclaim and received multiple awards and nominations for her role on the show.[2]

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Every character from The Walking Dead has a fan following, and Carol is no exception. Watching her arc take her from domestic abuse and zombie apocalypse survivor to gun-toting badass has been an incredible journey, driven by some powerful performances from Melissa McBride. She's proven she can play everything from battered wife to trembling survivor to someone capable of doing whatever it takes. And we mean whatever. "Just, just look at the flowers." Ouch. There’s no doubt McBride has become part of the heart and soul of the show. But, you’ve seen her before, too—even if she looked so different that you might not have actually realized it. Born in Kentucky, McBride headed to Atlanta in the 1980s to start what's been a wildly random career. Throughout the 1990s, she appeared in a slew of commercials that seem to have been lost to the mists of time, but footage of her first major acting credit thankfully remains. She appeared in a 1993 episode of Matlock, playing the fidgety Darlene Kellogg in a bizarre episode called "Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream." The story starts with Matlock meeting some friends in a jazz nightclub and restaurant, and he's introduced to Darlene, who's craving a cigarette but trying to quit. The rest of the episode is literally right out of Matlock's nightmares, and when his dreams transport him back to a Prohibition-themed restaurant she shows up as a 1930s-era cigarette girl. Her long, curly hair was the height of fashion in the 1990s for sure, but it also makes her look completely different. In an epic twist, it's completely possible to imagine Season 1 Carol watching that exact show while doing Ed's ironing. McBride still sported her '90s curls in her next role, a small part in the long-running southern cop drama In the Heat of the Night. Her role in the 1994 two-part episode "Give Me Your Life," is admittedly brief. McBride plays a reporter determined to get the story during an investigation into a shady church in Mississippi. While she's playing a pretty stereotypical plucky news reporter, there are still some hints of the McBride we'd later come to know and love. It only lasted a single season in 1995 before being canceled, but the supernatural horror mystery show American Gothic had some big names attached, including executive producer Sam Raimi, and a cast that included eventual A-listers Evan Rachel Wood, Sarah Paulson, Lucas Black, and Gary Cole. McBride appeared in the episode “Dead to the World," as the sheriff's onetime girlfriend who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Appearing in a flashback scene, Holly Gallagher is an archetype familiar to McBride's fans, the eager-to-please woman who thrives in her caretaker role. She's said herself that it's something she has in common with Carol, telling AMC, "I've gotten myself into some difficult situations because I couldn't say no. Actually, I've gotten myself into some difficult places because I thought I could fix somebody." After appearing in a handful of made-for-TV movies with names like A Season in Purgatory, Any Place But Home, and Close to Danger, McBride landed in a two-part episode of Walker, Texas Ranger alongside living internet meme Chuck Norris. Again in a nurturing role, McBride played Rachel Woods, a pediatric doctor tasked with caring for a young patient, played by Haley Joel Osment, who's been removed from a house during a drug bust. "Walker told me I have AIDS." Yep, it's that episode. In the cult hit 1990s series Dawson’s Creek, Dawson and his friends head to a bar in an attempt to distract him from his broken heart. When he spots McBride's Nina from across the bar, he knows he's found the one. Nina chats with Dawson a bit, and invites him Dawson back to her place to hang out and watch movies, which is the 90s version of "Netflix and chill". He passes, but they still share a kiss — making McBride the focus of all kinds of fangirl jealously long before anyone ever started wanting Carol and Daryl to be a thing. When McBride was approached to audition for the 2007 adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist, she was initially reluctant. But, she went along, and eventually landed a gig that would lead to her most iconic role. She not only got the role described only in the credits as "Woman with Kids at Home," but she made such an impression on producer Frank Darabont that when it came time to start casting for Walking Dead a few years later, he gave her a call. It's absolutely not surprising, even though she's only in a single, early scene and in the final moments of the movie. The ending to The Mist is one that sticks with those that see it. She doesn't say anything, and she doesn't have to—it's no wonder Darabont kept her number. Even with Carol's increasing importance on the Walking Dead, McBride has still found time to do occasional work outside the show. In 2014, The Reconstruction of William Zero debuted at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. Described as a "suburban mad-scientist tale,” McBride plays one of the scientist’s colleagues in a mind-bending drama that deals with some pretty heavy material. The moral of the story suggests there's no shortcut around grief, and that the only way to get through it is to deal with it head on… a message Carol would certainly approve of. Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Plus check out all this cool stuff we know you'll love too!`

Contents

Early life

McBride was born in Lexington, Kentucky to parents John Leslie McBride and Suzanne Lillian (née Sagley) (1937–2018).[3][4] Her father owned his own business, and her mother studied at the historic Pasadena Playhouse.[5] She had three siblings: John Michael (1957–1990), Neil Allen (1960–2008),[6] and Melanie Suzanne (1962–2012).[7]

Career

McBride began her acting career in 1991, appearing in several television commercials for clients such as Rooms To Go; she was also a spokeswoman for Ford.[8][9] She made her series television debut in a 1993 episode of ABC legal drama series Matlock,[9] and later guest-starred in several other television drama series, including In the Heat of the Night; American Gothic; Profiler; Walker, Texas Ranger; and Dawson's Creek. In the last, she played Nina – a film buff who charms Dawson after his breakup with Jen – in the Season 1 episode "Road Trip" (1998) - and in 2003 returned to the series finale playing a different character.[10]

In the 1990s, McBride had supporting roles in several made-for-television movies, such as Her Deadly Rival (1995) opposite Annie Potts and Harry Hamlin, Close to Danger (1997) with Rob Estes, Any Place But Home (1997), and Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999). In 1996, she appeared on the CBS miniseries A Season in Purgatory, based on Dominick Dunne's eponymous 1993 novel. From 2000 to 2010, she worked as a film and commercial casting director in Atlanta, Georgia[11] and starred in several short films. In 2007, director Frank Darabont cast McBride as the "woman with the kids at home" in the ensemble-cast science-fiction horror film The Mist, alongside Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden, and Marcia Gay Harden.[5][9] McBride was in contention for a bigger role in the film but did not want to take a significant amount of time away from her job as a casting director.[8] The following year, she appeared in the Lifetime television movie Living Proof.

The Walking Dead

McBride at the Saturn Awards in 2014
McBride at the Saturn Awards in 2014

McBride's earlier relationship with Darabont led him to cast her as Carol Peletier in the AMC television drama series The Walking Dead – her biggest role to date.[12] Peletier is a mid-forties widow and caring mother to preteen Sophia, fighting to survive in a violent post-apocalyptic world populated with flesh-eating zombies and the few surviving humans, some of whom are diabolical and even more dangerous than the zombies themselves. McBride did not audition for the role, which she thought was temporary.[8] She was a recurring cast member in Season 1 and was promoted to series regular for Season 2.[13][14] McBride's name appeared in the opening credits sequence beginning with the first episode of Season 4. Carol was supposed to have been killed off in the episode "Killer Within", but the producers eventually had a change of plans.[15]

As the series progresses, McBride's character develops from being weak and dependent, into a strong, cunning, and loyal warrior. The direction of her character is contrasted between the two media. In the comic series, Carol is much younger and exhibits a neurotic, self-centered, and naive demeanor. Throughout her time in the comics, she grows increasingly unstable to the point of being self-destructive. The television show differs in these regards, as she is shown to be a stern, pragmatic, and compassionate individual who has been gradually building inner strength. Producers of the series, Scott M. Gimple and Robert Kirkman, said in 2014 that "Carol is her own unique character; it would be a disservice to Melissa McBride to say she's evolved into the Carol from the comics. The Carol in the TV show is a wholly original creation that we'll continue to explore on the show to great effect. Everyone in the writers' room loves that character, and we're thrilled with what Melissa has brought to the table. She has definitely become a character that is one to watch, and there's some really exciting stuff ahead for her."[16]

McBride has received critical acclaim for her performance as Carol and won positive reviews from critics during Seasons 3, 4, and 5.[17] Many critics praised McBride's performance in the Season 4 episode centered on her character, "The Grove".[18][19][20] Others singled out Carol's actions in the Season 5 premiere, "No Sanctuary", which earned critical praise and positive fan reception. Despite the praise of some critics[21][22][23] and a fan campaign,[24] McBride did not receive a nomination for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.[25] However, she won the 40th Annual Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television,[26][27] and was nominated for the 2014 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in Season 4.[28] In March 2015, McBride was nominated for a Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actress in a Television series, for her role as Carol.[29] She once again won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television at the 41st Saturn Awards, for the second year in a row.[30]

Personal life

In the mid-1980s, McBride moved to Atlanta, where she still lives.[8]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mutant Species Tiffany's Mom
2002 The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Mrs. Doyle
2006 Nailed! Various characters Short film
2007 The Promise Stacey Johnson Short film
2007 The Mist Woman with Kids at Home
2007 Lost Crossing Sheila Short film
2008 Delgo Miss Sutley / Elder Pearo Voice role
2014 The Reconstruction of William Zero Dr. Ashley Bronson
2016 The Happys Krista

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Matlock Darlene Kellogg Episode: "Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream"
1994 In the Heat of the Night WPMM Reporter 2 episodes
1995 American Gothic Holly Gallagher Episode: "Dead to the World"
1995 Her Deadly Rival Ellie Television film
1996 Profiler Walker Young Episode: "Insight"
1996 A Season in Purgatory Mary Pat Bradley Television film
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Dr. Rachel Woods 2 episodes
1997 Close to Danger Natalie Television film
1997 Any Place But Home Brett Television film
1998 Dawson's Creek Nina Episode: "Road Trip"
1999 Nathan Dixon Janine Keach Pilot
1999 Pirates of Silicon Valley Elizabeth Holmes Television film
2003 Dawson's Creek Melanie Episode: "All Good Things..."
2008 Living Proof Sally Television film
2010–present The Walking Dead Carol Peletier Recurring (season 1)
Also starring (seasons 2–3)
Main cast (season 4–present)
90 episodes
2013 Conan Episode: "It's not the Hotlanta, It's the Humidylanta"
2017 Robot Chicken Carol Peletier (voice) Episode: "The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking"
2018 Fear the Walking Dead Carol Peletier Episode: "What's Your Story?"
2019 Ride with Norman Reedus Herself Episode: "Scotland With Melissa McBride"

Casting director

  • The Last Adam (2006)
  • The Promise (2007)
  • Golden Minutes (2009)
  • This Side Up (2009)
  • The Party (2010)
  • Broken Moment (2010)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2012 Satellite Awards Best Cast – Television Series The Walking Dead Won [31]
2013 Eyegore Awards Best Ensemble Cast Award Won [32]
Shorty Awards Best of Social Media Herself Nominated [33]
2014 Critics' Choice Television Award Online Love Award Won [34]
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama The Walking Dead Nominated [35]
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Won [36]
Gold Derby TV Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Nominated [37][38]
EWwy Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Nominated [39]
IGN Awards Best TV Hero Nominated [40]
2015 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Won [30]
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best TV Supporting Actress Nominated [41]
ComicBook TV Awards Best Actress in a #ComicBook Television Series Won [42]
Tell-Tale TV Awards Favorite Female Performer in a Drama Nominated [43]
EWwy Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Won [44][45]
CarterMatt Awards Top TV Actress Won [46]
2016 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated [47]
Poppy Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Nominated [48][49]
2017 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series Nominated [50]
2018 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series Nominated [51]

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