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Melissa George



Australian actress Melissa George was born in Perth on August 6, 1976, the second of four children. As a child, she developed an interest in dancing and began studying jazz, tap, ballet, and modern dance at the age of seven. George's enthusiasm for dance eventually evolved into a passion for roller skating, and, after skating competitively in Australia, she represented her nation in several international events. At 16, George left skating behind when she quit school and began exploring the world of modeling; she was soon named Western Australia's Teenage Model of the Year. As a result of this honor, she auditioned for a role in the popular Australian soap opera Home and Away, and, in 1993, was cast as Angel Brooks.



George's performance won her a sizable following in both Australia and Great Britain, but, after three years with the series, she left to pursue other projects. After appearing in several made-for-TV movies (and posing in the Aussie edition of Playboy), the actress landed a small role in the sci-fi thriller Dark City, and was cast as the female lead in an offbeat television pilot, Hollyweird, which, unfortunately, failed to sell. After a brief appearance in Steven Soderbergh's The Limey (as Terence Stamp's ill-fated daughter), George landed her first significant American role in the teen comedy Sugar & Spice, in which she played Cleo, a cheerleader-turned-criminal who has an unquenchable enthusiasm for Conan O'Brien; she also played a small but important role as mob-connected ingénue Camilla Rhodes in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, and appeared in the pilot of HBO's short-lived series adaptation of L.A. Confidential.



In 2001, George was cast opposite John Stamos in the leading roles of the television series Thieves; despite positive reviews, however, the series lasted only three months. She got another chance to prove her mettle on American television in 2003, when she was cast in an American version of the popular British sitcom Coupling. Unfortunately, she only got to act in an unaired version of the pilot episode before her part was recast. The show failed anyway and George rebounded quickly, landing a prominent role in the 2003-2004 season of the popular spy series Alias as Lauren Reed, the new wife of Agent Vaughn (Michael Vartan) and romantic rival of Sydney Bristow (series star Jennifer Garner).



After appearing the 2005 reboot of The Amityville Horror, George co-starred with Clive Owen and Jennifer Anniston in the psychological thriller Derailed (also 2005). The actress took another turn for the grisly Turistas (2006) to play part of an unlucky group destined to involuntarily donate their organs to a mad doctor. She found more success for her role in Music Within (2007), an inspirational biopic starring George as the free-spirited girlfriend of the film's subject, celebrated public speaker Richard Pimentel (Ron Livingstone). In 2008 she played an anesthesiologist who became romantically interested in her psychiatrist on the first season of HBO's lauded series In Treatment, and the same year was cast in 11 episodes of the fifth season of Grey's Anatomy. In 2011 she could be seen in the UK thriller A Lonely Place to Die, the TV movie Bag of Bones and on the Australian TV series The Slap. In 2012, she starred in the Cinemax series Hunter, and in 2013, joined CBS drama The Good Wife in a recurring role. She starred in the Australian miniseries The Slap in 2012, and reprised her role in the American remake in 2015.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
74% Felony
  • Julie Toohey
2014
77% A Lonely Place to Die
  • Alison
2011
0% Swinging With The Finkels
  • Janet
2011
No Score Yet Second Chances
  • Actor
2010
82% Triangle
  • Jess
2009
No Score Yet The Betrayed
  • Jamie
2008
No Score Yet Stopping Power
  • Actor
2008
33% Music Within
  • Christine
2007
51% 30 Days of Night
  • Stella Oleson
2007
16% Turistas (Paradise Lost)
  • Pru
2006
71% w Delta z
  • Helen Westcott
2006
20% Derailed
  • Deanna Schine
2005
23% The Amityville Horror
  • Kathy Lutz
2005
59% Down With Love
  • Elke
2003
82% Mulholland Drive
  • Camilla Rhodes
2001
28% Sugar & Spice
  • Cleo
2001
0% New Port South
  • Actor
1999
93% The Limey
  • Jennifer
1999
74% Dark City
  • May
1998

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Sadie Harris Sadie
21% Heartbeat
2015
  • Dr. Alex Panttiere
84% In Treatment
2008-2010
  • Laura
80% Hunted
2012
  • Samantha
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Lauren Lauren Reed
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
Monk
2002-2009
  • Jenna Ryan
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Clara Musso
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Marilyn Marilyn Garbanza
25% Stephen King's Bag of Bones
2011
  • Mattie
65% The Slap
2015
  • Rosie

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