Called “The New Queen of Comedy” by Entertainment Weekly, Melissa McCarthy has been firmly established next to the emerging group of female comic actors, succeeding in a genre traditionally dominated by men. Although working steadily in film and TV for over a decade, Melissa’s huge breakthrough came when she played ‘Megan’ in the hit film, Bridesmaids, stealing virtually every scene she was in. She earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance. That same year, Melissa won her first Emmy Award for her starring role in the hit CBS sitcom, Mike and Molly.
A farmer’s daughter from Illinois, Melissa began her performing career as a stand-up comedian in New York where she appeared at the famous clubs, Stand Up New York and The Improv. She worked on her acting skills at The Actors Studio and appeared in many stage productions in the city before moving to Los Angeles.
Other notable television shows and films Melissa was a part of include The Gilmore Girls, Identity Thief, The Hangover 3, Judd Apatow’s This is 40, The Heat co-starring Sandra Bullock, Spy, The Boss, the highly anticipated remake of Ghostbusters and most recently the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
Melissa currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Ben, where they raise their two daughters, Vivian and Georgette together.