Melinda Clarke Biography
Melinda Clarke was born in, Dana Point, California, the United States as Melinda Patrice “Mindy” Clarke. She is an American actress who has worked in television.
She is famous for featuring in the daytime drama Days of Our Lives, The O.C., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the action-thriller television series Nikita.
Melinda Patrice Clarke was born on April 24, 1969, in Dana Point, California, U.S. She is 54 years old as of 2023.
Melinda Clarke Family
Clarke was born in Dana Point, California, and raised by Patricia Lewis, a ballet dancer, and John Clarke, an actor.
She grew up with her sister Heidi, who later passed on due to a malignant heart tumor in 1994, and a brother Joshua. She is of North American ethnicity and has American nationality.
Melinda Clarke Husband
Clarke is currently married to Adam Farmer since 12 September 2015, She was previously married to Ernie Mirich from 28 June 1997 and later divorced in 2005. The two have a daughter namely Kathryn Grace, born circa 2000.
Clarke has one child namely Kathryn Grace Mirich, born in 2000.
Melinda Patrice “Mindy” Clarke stands at 1.7 m tall.
Clarke featured on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives as Faith Taylor (where her father was a senior cast member) and starred on Soldier of Fortune, Inc. for both of its seasons.
She also guests starred on Xena: Warrior Princess as the Amazon chieftain Velasca, also in the Firefly as the brothel madam Nandi, Charmed as the Siren and has had six appearances on CSI where she played the dominatrix, Lady Heather.
Melinda also appeared in the Seinfeld episode “The Muffin Tops”, playing Jerry’s girlfriend who likes anything hairless. She also appeared in the 1993 horror film Return of the Living Dead 3.
She appeared on the Fox drama The O.C. as Julie Cooper, a cunning socialite. Melinda was originally featured as a guest star in the first few episodes, and due to fan response was offered a series regular contract; Clarke accepted the role and her character became an integral part of the show’s storylines.
As well as starring on The O.C., she has also appeared on HBO’s hit series Entourage as a fictionalized version of herself, married to Malcolm McDowell’s Terrance McQuewick.
Clarke also appeared as the Devil’s girlfriend in The CW’s 2007 series Reaper. She also auditioned for the role of “Number Six” on SCI-FI’s smash hit Battlestar Galactica but the role ultimately went to Tricia Helfer.
In 2010, she featured on The CW show The Vampire Diaries as Kelly Donovan. Other projects included the television film She Drives Me Crazy, which was produced by her former The O.C. co-star Kelly Rowan.
She appeared as a guest star on Chuck, another series from The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. Clarke starred on The CW drama Nikita, where she played Amanda from 2010 to 2013.
She lent her voice to several voice acting projects, voicing Alexa in The Animatrix: Matriculated, Sofia Ivanescu in the video game Mission Impossible: Operation Surma, Madame Macau-Ling in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Charlene in King of the Hill.
Melinda Clarke Net Worth
American actress Clarke has an estimated net worth of $3 million dollars as of 2023.
Melinda Clarke Nikita
Melinda Clarke starred in Nikita, an American television series, playing the role of Helen “Amanda” Collins. The series focuses on Nikita (Maggie Q), a woman who escaped from a secret government-funded organization known as “Division” and, after a three-year hiding period, is back to bring down the organization.
Melinda Clarke Gotham
Gotham is an American crime drama television series, where she featured in as Grace Van Dahl.
Melinda Clarke featured in Spawn a 1997 American superhero film, where she played the role of Jessica Priest.
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The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural teen drama television series, where Melinda Clarke featured in playing the role of Kelly Donovan.
Xena is an American fantasy television series where Melinda featured in as Velasca.
Melinda Clarke The Oc
Shestarred in The O.C an American teen drama television series portraying Julie Cooper, the mother of Kaitlin Cooper and Marissa Cooper.
Melinda Clarke Charmed
Charmed is an American fantasy drama television series, where Clarke portrays Siren.
Melinda Clarke Video
Q. As you mentioned you recently appeared on “The Vampire Diaries” as Kelly Donovan, what made you want to be a part of it and how were you approached to be on it?
A. I have to be honest, apart came up that I had been submitted for and I spoke with Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec on the phone actually, and they decided that that part was too small and they wanted to save me for a different role.
They discussed with me at length how they thought the character could go, and of course, I was concerned about it being too similar to Julie Cooper, another mother stirring up trouble. Of course, we could find similarities, but at the same time, to me, they are very different.
Ultimately after the end of the arc on “The Vampire Diaries,” we still have only scratched the surface of Kelly Donovan, there wasn’t a lot of backstories, we don’t know why she’s been gone or where she’s been.
It’s been a little bit of a taste, a little bit of a tickle, for the audience probably to have this character blast through town and cause trouble for poor Matt. Hopefully, there is room for the character to come back and only be Matt’s mom. We started just at one point but hopefully, in other seasons we’ll figure out what really makes this woman tick and what her views are.
Q. Is there anything about the role that you found challenging?
A. Characters that are flawed, you definitely want to make them feel likable, sympathetic, and human. There were a few times I was curious why and how I mean I still don’t know what possesses this woman to actually make out with her son’s friend.
At one point when I was working with the actor who plays Tyler (Michael Trevino), and I thought to myself, “What grade are you supposed to be in?” Of course, Michael is in his twenties, but he’s supposed to, of course, be in high school.
At that moment I think we both had to laugh because I thought, “What would possess a woman to do such a thing?” There was nothing particularly challenging, in fact, it was a lot of fun. I liked that the characters had room to play, and be bigger than life, and Kelly definitely was that.
It was really nice working with Ian Somerhalder, we have very similar personalities, so we were able to just feel free to explore these characters in the very short amount of time that my character was on screen.
The honest truth is that the part wasn’t a huge part, it’s really a tickle, a taste for the audience. I had to make up my own back story on why this woman does what she does. Usually, people who have alcohol issues or substance abuse issues and are escaping from something.
As I said, I think she’s definitely escaping from something that I have to learn about, if the writers write about it then the audience has to learn about it eventually.
Q. Is it hard coming in for such a short stint when working on a show?
A. No, it’s a wonderful group, the only thing that’s difficult for me is that I have a child at home in Los Angeles. The only other difficult thing is that Atlanta was having the coldest winter that they’ve had in years and it was cold!
I wasn’t prepared for six-degree weather, and twenty-degree weather, and snow. Other than that, it’s a wonderful cast and a wonderful group of people and they made me feel very welcomed and very comfortable, which is really important.
Flying back and forth can be a bit taxing on anybody, but other than that, it was a wonderful experience and I’d be back in a second.
Q. Might we get to see Kelly return in the second season?
A. Sure, there definitely is. We left with the idea that Kelly could come back at any given moment, we don’t really know where she is at the moment.
I don’t really know what the next scripts are or if they’ve said anything about Kelly. I am assuming that she packed her bags and left because ultimately she makes a sacrifice.
She’s making her son’s life miserable, and she knows that, so she has to leave town. At this point, I am not dead so that means I could come back any second and at any time.