Bellamy Young

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Bellamy Young

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Bellamy Young
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Young at the Divergent film premiere in 2014
Born Amy Maria Young
(1970-02-19) February 19, 1970 (age 47)
Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Actress, singer, producer
Years active 1994–present
Partner(s) Joshua Leonard (2000–2002)
Ed Weeks (2016–present)
Website Official Website

Bellamy Young (born Amy Maria Young; February 19, 1970)[1] is an American actress, singer and producer, best known for her role as President Melody “Mellie” Grant in the ABC drama series Scandal (2012–present). In 2014, for her portrayal of Mellie, Young won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Early life[edit]

Young was born as Amy Maria Young[2] in Asheville, North Carolina, and raised by adoptive parents.[3] Her mother was her teacher from sixth grade through eighth grade. She had to change her name to join the Screen Actors Guild since there was another Amy Young registered[4] and chose the name Bellamy as a tribute to her late father’s best friend, Bill, who had helped to raise her after her father died.[5]

She graduated from Asheville High School in 1987.[6] She attended Yale University, majoring initially in Physics but ultimately studying English and Theatre, and graduated in 1991.[7] Young spent a summer during college at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University in England.[8]

Career[edit]

1995–2011[edit]

Young began her acting career in theatre. In the 1990s, she performed in a number of Broadway shows including the original production of The Life.[9][10] On Off-Broadway, Young appeared on Stephen Sondheim‘s musical Merrily We Roll Along (1994), and Randy Newman‘s Faust (1995–1996).[4][11] In 1995, Young made her television debut in a recurring role on the NBC daytime soap opera Another World as Dr. Courtney Evans.[8] She guest-starred on Law & Order in 1997 and 1998, in two different roles. In 1999 she made her film debut with a small role in the crime drama Black and White and later co-starred in several independent films. In 2000’s she began appearing in guest-starring roles on a number of television dramas and comedies, including The Drew Carey Show, The X Files, ER, Frasier, The West Wing, NCIS, Medium, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Two and a Half Men, Supernatural, Drop Dead Diva, and Castle. From 2000 to 2011, Young made over 30 guest appearances on television shows.

Young was a regular cast member in the USA Network series Peacemakers in 2003. The show was cancelled after one season of nine episodes. She had recurring roles in the Lifetime legal drama series For the People as Deputy Dist. Atty. Agnes Hunt in 2002, on NBC period drama American Dreams as Diane Shaw in 2003, on NBC’s Scrubs as Dr. Grace Miller in 2004, as Assistant State Attorney Monica West on CBS’s CSI: Miami (2005–06), and on ABC primetime soap opera Dirty Sexy Money (2008–2009) as Ellen Darling, the eldest daughter-in-law of the Darling family. She also had a recurring role in Criminal Minds as Beth Clemmons from 2011 to 2013.[12][13]

Young at an event in October 2014

Young has appeared in supporting roles in a couple of films, including We Were Soldiers (2002) and Mission: Impossible III (2006), along with independent movies like Larceny (2004), Eve of Understanding (2006), Trust Me (2007), This Is Not a Test (2008), In My Sleep (2010), The Freebie (2010), and Joint Body (2014).

2012–present[edit]

Young attending the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

In 2011 Shonda Rhimes cast Young in the recurring role of First Lady, then 2016 Republican Presidential nominee, Melody “Mellie” Grant on the ABC political thriller television series Scandal opposite Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn. Before Scandal, Young appeared in Shonda Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. She appeared in every episode of the first season of Scandal and was upgraded to a series regular as of season two.[14][15] Young later said that originally her part was a minor role for the three episode recurring arc.[16]Young has received critical acclaim for her performance as Melody Grant throughout her time on the show .[17][18] The Daily Beast named her the “Breakout Star” of the show in 2014.[19] Many critics praised Young’s performance in her character’s centered episode “Everything’s Coming Up Mellie” of the third season.[20][21] Cicely K. Dyson’s review for The Wall Street Journal states: “Bellamy Young has been an amazing scene stealer for two-and-a-half seasons, and this time she finally got her chance to shine.”[22] Robert Rorke, writing for The New York Post, states that, “In Mellie, the show has its most fleshed-out character and in Young, its most compelling performer.”[23] She won a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in season three.[24] She also participated in an online Unmute conference call with thousands of her fans.[25]

On May 15, 2015, Young released her first album, Far Away So Close, on iTunes.[26] The 10-song album covers songs from Pink to Fleetwood Mac.

In 2016, it was announced Young had joined the cast of Disney‘s live action adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time along with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Young is close friends with ex-boyfriend Joshua Leonard whom she dated from 2000 to 2002.[28] Young began dating British actor Ed Weeks in January 2016 and the two went public with their relationship the following month at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party.[29][30] In an interview with Larry King in 2017, Young revealed that she had not wanted to get married until recent years and thinks being a wife would be a beautiful job. [31] Young resides in Los Angeles and has 1 dog and 3 cats.

Politics and philanthropy[edit]

Young has been vegan since 1988 and in 2016, Young participated in a campaign for PETA titled, “Being Vegan Keeps Me Young”.[32][33] A long time supporter of shelter adoption, Young starred in 2 televised adverts for The Humane Society of the United States: ‘The Shelter Pet Project’ in 2015 and ‘Honestly’ in 2016.[34]

Young performing at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C. in December 2015

Young is a Feminist and a registered Democrat. Along with several of her Scandal cast mates, Young headlined at a fundraiser event for Hillary Clinton in April 2016 – for which ticket prices were up to $5000.[35] From August through till November 2016, Young hit the campaign trail for Clinton and visited Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. As part of the Obama administration legacy, in 2016, Young appeared in ‘Women Film’ by The United States of Women along with several other public figures such as Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey.[36] In August 2016, it was announced Young would be an honorary committee member for the 2017 Vettys Presidential Inaugural ball along with several of her Scandal cast mates and the like of Kate Walsh and Michael Douglas.[37] After performing at the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting, it was announced that in 2016 Young would be co-ambassador, along with Chelsea Clinton, of the Trust for the National Mall.[38][39] Young is pro choice and in 2016, was one of seven actresses to campaign for “draw the line”, which aims to draw the line against attacks on safe and legal abortion.[40] Via social media, Young has stated she is in favour of gun control in the United States.[41]

Young is the honorary chair for the domestic violence nonprofit organization ‘Helpmate’ and has helped raise funds for victims of domestic violence.[42] In 2015, Young won Celebrity Jeopardy! and as a result won $50,000 for Operation Blankets of Love – a charity which donates blankets to animals in shelters. At the 2015 GMHC AIDS Walk New York, Young gave a speech at the opening ceremony.[43] As a Yale alumni, Young was given the opportunity to endow a scholarship to a student attending Yale each year, beginning in 2016.

As a teenager, Young began to suffer from migraines and still suffers from them to this day. She became a partner with GlaxoSmithKline for Treximet, in 2015, to spread migraine awareness.[44] Young partnered with Merck & Co., in November 2016, to help educate people on the importance of biomarker testing in non-small cell lung cancer – a cause dear to Young as her adopted father was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 1984 and died 10 months later.[45]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Black and White Bellamy Uncredited
1999 Picture This Monique
2001 Mission Sandy
2002 Swatters Mary Dolan
2002 We Were Soldiers Catherine Metsker
2004 Larceny Kiki
2008 Vision of a Murder Tina Moore Television film
2005 Darcy’s Off-White Wedding Donatella Short film
2006 Eve of Understanding Cassie
2006 Mission: Impossible III Rachael
2007 Simple Things Terry Hudson Also executive producer
2007 Trust Me Carrie
2008 One, Two, Many Jennifer
2008 This Is Not a Test Teresa
2008 Mask of the Ninja Gina Television film
2009 Tender as Hellfire Cheryl Short film
2010 Freebie, TheThe Freebie Jessica
2010 In My Sleep Olivia
2010 Pound of Flesh Daniella Melville
2011 Joint Body Jane Chapman
2012 Last Day on Earth Pamala
2012 The Cottage Annie Also executive producer
2015 Day Out of Days Rebecca
2016 Offer & Compromise Karen
2016 The Night Stalker[46] Kit Fellows
2017 Bernard and Huey TBD In post-production
2018 A Wrinkle in Time[47] TBD In post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Another World Dr. Courtney Evans Recurring role
1997 Law & Order Ellen O’Brien Episode: “Blood”
1998 Law & Order Stephanie Harker Episode: “True North”
2000 Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Bridget Episode: “The Gang Stops Drinking”
2000 Nash Bridges Diana Carr Episode: “The Messenger”
2000 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Attorney Janet Wilson Episode: “Redrum
2001 District, TheThe District Bethany Fortoro Episode: “To Serve and Protect”
2001 ER Grace Episode: “If I Should Fall from Grace”
2002 Frasier Lisa Episode: “Three Blind Dates”
2002 For the People Deputy Dist. Atty. Agnes Hunt Recurring role
2003 Peacemakers Twyla Gentry Series regular, 9 episodes
2003 American Dreams Diane Shaw Episodes: “Another Saturday Night”, “Life’s Illusions”, “Rescue Me”
2004 West Wing, TheThe West Wing MaryLou Meriwether Episode: “The Stormy Present”
2004 NCIS A.T.F. Special Agent Melinda Stone Episode: “Split Decision”
2004, 2009 Scrubs Dr. Miller Recurring role, 6 episodes
2004 Strong Medicine Erin Berman Episode: “Code”
2005 North Shore Mrs. Lasser Episode: “Shark”
2005 Medium Kate Emery Episode: “Judge, Jury and Executioner”
2005–2006 CSI: Miami Assistant State Attorney Monica West Recurring role, 6 episodes
2007 Close to Home Sarah Paulson Episode: “Road Rage”
2007 Grey’s Anatomy Kathy Episodes: “The Other Side of This Life: Parts 1 & 2”
2007 Boston Legal Cynthia Nichols Episode: “Beauty and the Beast”
2007 Private Practice Kathy Episode: “In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole”
2007 Cold Case Audrey Metz (1938) Episode: “World’s End
2007–2008 Dirty Sexy Money Ellen Darling Recurring role, 9 episodes
2008 Two and a Half Men Diane Episode: “The Mooch at the Boo”
2008 Knight Rider Amy Clark Episode: “Knight Rider”
2009 Knight Rider Amy Clark Episode: “Fly by Knight”
2009 Trust Me Carrie Taylor Episode: “But Wait, There’s More”
2009 Ghost Whisperer Lucy Stanton Episode: “Cursed”
2009 Supernatural Sarah / Lucifer Episode: “Sympathy for the Devil”
2010 Edgar Floats Jennifer Wade TV pilot
2010 Drop Dead Diva Emily Parcellas Episode: “The Long Road to Napa”
2010 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Melanie Ayers Episode: “Cackle-Bladder-Blood”
2010 Law & Order: LA Monica Jarrow Episode: “Playa Vista”
2011 Working Class Brooke Episode: “The Dance”
2011 United States of Tara Bridgette Episodes: “The Full F**k You Finger”, “Wheels”
2011 Castle Candace Ford Episode: “Pretty Dead”
2011 Protector, TheThe Protector Skylar Brenn Episode: “Wings”
2011–2013 Criminal Minds Beth Clemmons Recurring role, 7 episodes
2012 Franklin & Bash Margaret Pollack Episode: “L’affaire Du Coeur”
2012–present Scandal Melody “Mellie” Grant Series regular
Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2014)
2014 Hell’s Kitchen Herself Dining room guest, Season 13 Episode 14: “5 Chefs Compete”

Theatre[edit]

Year Production Role Notes
1997 The Life Mary Ethel Barrymore Theatre
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