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Melissa Benoist

Melissa Marie Benoist is an American actress, singer and dancer. She was born in Littleton, Colorado , the daughter of Julie and Jim Benoist, a physician. Her paternal great-grandfather was of French descent. The rest of her ancestry is German, English, and Scottish. She started dance classes at the age of three and when she was four years old her aunt put her in a church play she was directing.

As a teen, Benoist performed anonymously at Disneyland for three summers with the Academy of Theatre Arts, a musical theatre school located in Littleton, Colorado run by Paul Dwyer and Alann Worley. She performed locally in productions including Cinderella and Bye Bye Birdie at Town Hall Arts Center, and Evita at the Country Dinner Playhouse. In 2006, The Denver Post named Benoist one of Colorado's five "Can't Miss Kids". She graduated from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, in 2007,and from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City in 2011 with a Bachelor of arts in theatre arts.

Benoist is known for her portrayal of the title character in the CBS/CW superhero drama series Supergirl (2015).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 (2009), and has appeared in films such as Whiplash (2014) ,Danny Collins (2015), The Longest Ride (2015), Lowriders (2016) , Patriots Day (2016) and Sun Dogs (2017).

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Cast Credits

Crisis Aftermath (2019)
Guest starring as Melissa Benoist
Batwoman (2019)
Guest starring as Kara Danvers / Supergirl
Waco (2018)
Starring as Rachel Koresh (6 episodes)
Freedom Fighters: The Ray (2017)
Guest starring as Overgirl (4 episodes)
  • Episode 1x06: Episode 6 (Dec 8, 2017) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 1x04: Episode 4 (Dec 8, 2017) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 1x02: Episode 2 (Dec 8, 2017) [Special Guest Star]
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DC's Legends of Tomorrow (2016)
Guest starring as Supergirl / Kara Zor-El / Kara Danvers (3 episodes)
Supergirl (2015)
Starring as Kara Zor-El / Kara Danvers / Supergirl (124 episodes)
Guest starring as Snowbird / Linda Lee / Red Daughter (9 episodes)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)
Guest starring as Melissa Benoist (2 episodes)
The Flash (2014)
Guest starring as Supergirl / Kara Zor-El / Kara Danvers (5 episodes)
Arrow (2012)
Guest starring as Supergirl (5 episodes)
Homeland (2011)
Guest starring as Stacy Morton (2 episodes)
  • Episode 1x03: Clean Skin (Oct 16, 2011)
  • Episode 1x02: Grace (Oct 9, 2011)
Blue Bloods (2010)
Guest starring as Renee
The Good Wife (2009)
Guest starring as Molly
  • Episode 2x09: Nine Hours (Dec 14, 2010) [Co-Star]
Glee (2009)
Starring as Marley Rose (13 episodes)
Guest starring as Marley Rose (23 episodes)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003)
Guest starring as Melissa Benoist
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)
Guest starring as Jessalyn Kerr
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Guest starring as Ava
  • Episode 12x05: Wet (Oct 13, 2010) [Co-Star]
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