AMC’s zombie show “The Walking Dead” was the breakout show for many of its stars, including Melissa McBride. Her role as Carol Peletier has earned her a host of awards, including Saturn and Critics Choice Awards. Before The Walking Dead, however, McBride had been in the entertainment industry for a long time, as she began her career in the early 1990s. Here is her story.
Melissa McBride Biography (Age)
Melissa Suzanne McBride was born on May 23, 1965, in Lexington, Kentucky. She was born to John Leslie McBride and Suzanne Lillian (née Sagley). Her mother, who was born in 1927, died in 2018, and McBride inherited her artistic side from her mother, who studied at the historic Pasadena Playhouse. Her father was a businessman. McBride, who was born the last child of her parents, had three siblings, all of whom unfortunately passed away. She had two brothers John Michael (1957-1990), Neil Allen (1960-2008), and one sister Melanie Suzanne, who died in 2012 at the age of 50.
Melissa McBride attended Richard J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1991 she began her acting career in Atlanta, Georgia, where she had moved. Like most actresses just starting their careers, Melissa began with commercial appearances. She starred in a commercial for Rooms To Go, a Florida-based furniture store chain. Melissa was then to become a spokesperson for Ford Motors.
In 1993, McBride began appearing on TV shows and debuted as Darlene Kellogg in a Matlock episode. During the 1990s, Melissa continued to appear on television shows including In the Heat of the Night, American Gothic, Profiler, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Dawson’s Creek. She starred in television movies such as A Season in Purgatory, Pirates of Silicon Valley, and Living Proof.
In 2000, McBride began working as a casting director while still in Atlanta. While working as a casting director, she starred in a number of films, mostly short films, including comedies and dramas, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Nailed!, The Mist, The Promise, and Lost Crossing.
While working on The Mist in 2007, McBride met Frank Darabont, the creator of The Walking Dead in 2007, and began working with him. When Darabont wanted to cast for The Walking Dead, he included McBride is one of the roles that would become the biggest of her career, earning her widespread recognition. McBride’s role as Carol was initially a recurring role in the first season of the series but was later promoted to a regular role starting in the second season.
Her role as Carol has earned her rave reviews from critics. She won her first prize for the show in 2012, a satellite award for the best cast – TV series, which she shared with the rest of the cast. She received her first individual award for the series in 2014, when she won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for best-supporting actress in a drama. McBride has won a total of 7 awards for her role as Carol Peletier.
Although McBride spends most of her time shooting The Walking Dead, she still manages to find time for other performances. She had a role in the 2014 science fiction film The Reconstruction of William Zero, and she also starred in the narrative film The Happys. McBride starred in episodes of Conan and in Fear the Walking Dead, the offshoot of The Walking Dead. She sang a role in the 2017 episode of Robot Chicken.
During her years as casting director, Melissa McBride worked on films such as The Last Adam, The Promise, Golden Minutes, The Party, and Broken Moment.
Melissa’s Net Worth
Melissa McBride earned a large part of her fortune with The Walking Dead. Although the income from the cast of the show was never published, McBride is believed to have a net worth between $3 and $5 million.
Who’s Her Husband?
Melissa McBride has kept her private life very private since she entered the entertainment scene. There has never been even a rumor that she is in a romantic relationship with anyone. As a result, many have speculated that she is a lesbian. However, her sexual orientation remains only a speculation. One thing is certain: McBride has never been married to anyone.
Height and Other Facts
Height: 5 feet 6 inches.
Birthdate: May 23, 1965
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky
Parents: John Leslie McBride and Suzanne Lillian
Siblings: 3 (all deceased)
Net Worth: Estimated around $3 and $5 million.