Melissa Suzanne McBride (born May 23, 1965) is an American actress and former casting director, known for her role as Carol Peletier in the AMC television series The Walking Dead. Her performance garnered her a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2014.
Early Life & Career
Melissa was born in Lexington, Kentucky and began acting in film and on television in the early 1990s. McBride began her professional acting career in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia. She made her debut on television in 1993 on an episode of ABC legal drama Matlock and in later years appeared in TV movies, such as In the Heat of the Night: Give Me Your Life, Her Deadly Rival, Close to Danger, Any Place But Home, Nathan Dixon and Pirates of Silicon Valley. In 1996 she appeared on the CBS miniseries A Season in Purgatory based on 1993 novel with the same name by Dominick Dunne.
McBride guest starred in several television series, including American Gothic, Profiler, Walker, Texas Ranger and Dawson’s Creek. She also starred in several short films, and appeared in Lifetime movie Living Proof in 2008.
McBride worked as a film and commercial casting director in Atlanta, Georgia from 2000 until 2010.
In 2007, director Frank Darabont cast McBride as the “Woman With Kids at Home” in the ensemble cast science-fiction horror film The Mist based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King.
The Walking Dead
In 2010, McBride joined the cast of the AMC television drama series The Walking Dead based on the comic book series of the same name. She plays Carol Peletier, the middle aged widow and caring mother to her daughter Sophia. She was promoted to series regular as of season 2, and as of the first episode of Season 4, Melissa McBride’s name now appears in the opening credits. Originally, her character was supposed to be killed in episode “Killer Within,” but the producers eventually decided against it.
McBride has been critically praised for her work on the show, especially on the last two seasons. For her performance in Season 4, McBride was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2014.