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Melissa Benoist

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Melissa Benoist
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Benoist at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 28)
Littleton, Colorado, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Blake Jenner
(m. 2015; separated 2016)

Melissa Benoist (/bəˈnɔɪst/; born October 4, 1988[1][2]) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her portrayal of the title character in the CBS/CW superhero drama series Supergirl.

She rose to prominence for her portrayal of Marley Rose on the fourth and fifth seasons of the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee, and has appeared in a number of television series including Homeland, The Good Wife and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Benoist has also appeared in films such as Danny Collins, The Longest Ride, Patriots Day and the Oscar-winning 2014 film Whiplash.

Early life[edit]

Benoist was born in Littleton, Colorado.[3][4] Benoist has two sisters, Jessica and Kristina.[5][6] She graduated from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado in 2007,[7] and from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2011.[8]


Benoist’s first film was in singer Mariah Carey‘s Tennessee in 2008.[9]

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,[10] she had two screen tests in California for series creator/writer, Ryan Murphy, the casting directors, and executive producers.

She and Glee co-star Darren Criss appeared with Josh Duhamel in the opening of the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards.[11] That same year, she was selected as an ambassador for Coca-Cola’s new product, P10 300 ml Coke Mismo.[12][13] In June 2013, they were flown to Manila, Philippines to endorse the product by visiting different malls and meeting with fans.[14][15]

Benoist played Nicole, Miles Teller’s love interest in the 2014 film Whiplash,[16] which won top prizes (Grand Jury and Audience awards) at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Benoist in 2015

In June 2014, Benoist joined Nicholas Sparks‘ film adaption The Longest Ride as Marcia.[17]

She had a role in the 2015 film Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, and Annette Bening. She played the part of Jamie, a desk clerk at a hotel frequented by one of Jamie’s all-time favorite rock stars.[18]

In May 2015, it was announced that Benoist will be playing Lorelai in the film Lowriders, replacing Lily Collins and Nicola Peltz, who were in talks for the role previously.[19]

In August 2015, Benoist landed the leading role in the Screen Gems drama feature film Oxford, with Sam Heughan as her leading man.[20]

In October 2015, the first episode of the superhero adventure series, Supergirl with Benoist in the lead role of Kara Zor-El aired on CBS. The second season of the series moved to The CW.[21]

She appeared as a presenter in the 42nd People’s Choice Awards, which aired on January 6, 2016 on CBS,[22] and at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, broadcast January 10, 2016, she presented along with The Flash star Grant Gustin.[23] In June of that year, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Benoist and others told the stories of the people killed there.[24][25]

Personal life[edit]

Benoist married her former Glee co-star Blake Jenner in 2015.[26][27] She filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, in late December 2016.[28]

Benoist is best friends with actress and Supergirl co-star Chyler Leigh.[29][30]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Tennessee Laurel
2014 Whiplash Nicole
2015 Danny Collins Jamie
2015 The Longest Ride Marcia
2015 Band of Robbers Becky Thatcher
2016 Lowriders Lorelai
2016 Patriots Day Katherine Russell
2017 Billy Boy Jennifer
2017 Sun Dogs Tally Petersen
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jessalyn Kerr Episode: “Delicate
2010 Blue Bloods Renee Episode: “Privilege
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ava Episode: “Wet
2010 The Good Wife Molly Episode: “Nine Hours
2011 Homeland Stacy Moore Episodes: “Grace“, “Clean Skin
2012–2014 Glee Marley Rose Recurring role: season 4; main role: season 5 (35 episodes)
2013 MasterChef Herself Episode #4.10
2015–present Supergirl Kara Danvers/Supergirl Lead role
2016–2017 The Flash Kara Danvers/Supergirl Episodes: “Invasion!“, “Duet
2016 Arrow Kara Danvers/Supergirl Episode: “Invasion!”
2016 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Kara Danvers/Supergirl Episode: “Invasion!”
2018 Waco Rachel Koresh[31] Filming


Theatre roles
Year Title Role Venue
2000 The Sound of Music Brigitta von Trapp Country Dinner Playhouse
2003 The Sound of Music Liesl von Trapp Littleton Town Hall Arts Center
2006 Bye Bye Birdie Kim McAfee Littleton Town Hall Arts Center
2006 A Month in the Country Vera Aleksandrovna Littleton Town Hall Arts Center
2006 A Chorus Line Bebe Benzenheimer Littleton Town Hall Arts Center
2007 Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella Cinderella Littleton Town Hall Arts Center
2007 Footloose Ariel Moore Littleton Town Hall Arts Center
2007 Evita Perón’s Mistress Country Dinner Playhouse
2009 Thoroughly Modern Millie Millie Dilmount Marymount Manhattan College
2009 As You Like It Rosalind Marymount Manhattan College

Soundtrack performances[edit]

Year Song(s) Soundtrack album
2012 “Born to Hand Jive”, “Look at Me I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise)”, “You’re the One That I Want Glee: The Music Presents Glease
2012 New York State of Mind“, “Holding Out for a Hero“, “Some Nights Glee: The Music, Season 4, Volume 1
2012 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas“, “The First Noël Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 3
2017 Moon River The Flash – Music from the Special Episode: Duet

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star Glee Nominated [32]
2016 Saturn Awards Breakthrough Performance Award Supergirl Won [33]
Saturn Awards Best Actress on a Television Series Nominated [34]
2017 Saturn Awards Best Actress on a Television Series Won [35]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Action TV Actress Pending [36]

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