"Melissa Benoist"


Melissa Marie Benoist (born October 4, 1988) is an American actress and singer known for her portrayal of Marley Rose on season four and the start of season five on the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee. Aside from her role on Glee, she has appeared in a number of television series including Homeland, The Good Wife and Law & Order. Benoist's first film was in singer Mariah Carey's Tennessee. She appeared in director Damien Chazelle's film Whiplash (2014), which won top prizes (Grand Jury and Audience awards) at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 2014. She has completed filming Danny Collins set for a 2015 release, starring Jennifer Garner, Al Pacino, and Annette Bening.

Melissa Benoist, the daughter of Jim and Julie Benoist, was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. Benoist has four sisters and three brothers. She graduated from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado in 2007 and from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2011.

Benoist made her film debut in Tennessee in 2008. In May 2012, she auditioned for Glee in New York at the Roundabout Theatre Company, singing a different song for each of her five auditions including: "Fidelity" by Regina Spektor, "King of Anything" by Sara Bareilles, a Colbie Caillat song, and several musical theater pieces. In July, she had two screen tests in California for series creator/writer, Ryan Murphy, the casting directors, and executive producers. As the show's executives had been looking for an actress who could play the part of Marley for some time, Benoist began work immediately.



In July 2013, Benoist was cast for the film Danny Collins. She will play the role of Jamie, a desk clerk at a hotel frequented by one of Jamie's all-time favorite rock stars.

In January 2015, it was reported that Benoist will be portraying the lead role of Kara Zor-El on the upcoming CBS fantasy adventure drama series, Supergirl.

She and Glee co-star Darren Criss appeared with Josh Duhamel in the opening of the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards. She was also selected as an ambassador for Coca Cola's new product, P10 300 ml Coke Mismo. In June 2013, they were flown to Manila, Philippines to endorse the product by visiting different malls and meeting with fans.

Benoist has been dating her Glee co-star Blake Jenner since 2012; the two announced their engagement on July 11, 2013.


Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008TennesseeLaurel Michaels - age 18Film debut
2014WhiplashNicoleIndie film
2015Danny CollinsJamieIndie film
2015The Longest RideMarciaPost-production
2015Billy BoyJenniferPost production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2010Law & Order: Criminal IntentJessalyn KerrEpisode: "Delicate"
2010Blue BloodsReneeEpisode: "Privilege"
2010Law & Order: Special Victims UnitAvaEpisode: "Wet"
2010The Good WifeMollyEpisode: "Nine Hours"
2011HomelandStacy Moore2 episodes
2012–2014GleeMarley RoseSeason 4 – Recurring
Season 5 – Main Cast
2013MasterChefHerselfSeason 4: Episode 10
2015SupergirlKara Zor-El/SupergirlLead role, upcoming

Theatre

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000The Sound of MusicLittle BrigittaLittleton Town Hall Arts Center production
2006Bye Bye BirdieKim McAfeeLittleton Town Hall Arts Center production
A Month in the CountryVeraLittleton Town Hall Arts Center production
A Chorus LineBebeLittleton Town Hall Arts Center production
2007Rodger and Hammerstein's CinderellaTitle CharacterLittleton Town Hall Arts Center production
FootlooseArielLittleton Town Hall Arts Center production
EvitaPeron's young mistressCountry Dinner Playhouse's final production
2009Thoroughly Modern MillieMillie DilmountMarymount Manhattan College production
As You Like ItRosalindMarymount Manhattan College production
2011


2014
The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown

Whiplash
Kelly


Nicole
Goodspeed Musical production



Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2013Teen Choice Awards 2013Choice TV Breakout StarGleeNominated

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/

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