Melina Kanakaredes

Actor, Singer, Dancer
With her wavy brunette hair, piercing green eyes and expressive personality, Melina Kanakaredes has been winning fans since her 1991 breakout role as Greek immigrant Eleni Andros on CBS' daytime serial "Guiding Light. " ... Read more »
Born: 04/23/1967 in Akron, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

Extant 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Snitch 2013 (Movie)

Sylvie Collins (Actor)

CSI: New York 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Due South 1994 - 1995, 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1994 - 1996, 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1994 - 1998, 2004 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Guiding Light 1951 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Head Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Fire 2005 (Movie)

Catrina/Sabrina Hampton (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Providence 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

15 Minutes 2001 (Movie)

Nicolette Karas (Actor)

The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

2nd Annual TV Guide Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Greek Americans II: Passing the Torch 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Anne Tyler's Saint Maybe 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Beauty 1998 (Movie)

Livia (Actor)

Oz 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rounders 1998 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Leaving L.A. 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Bleeding Hearts 1996 (Movie)

Daphne (Actor)

New York News 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

Trin (Actor)

50 Years of Soaps: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

Biography

With her wavy brunette hair, piercing green eyes and expressive personality, Melina Kanakaredes has been winning fans since her 1991 breakout role as Greek immigrant Eleni Andros on CBS' daytime serial "Guiding Light. " The Ohio-born former beauty contestant spent nearly five years playing the character who moved from wide-eyed innocent to more mature wife and mother, earning a Daytime Emmy nod along the way. Her talent and abilities transcended the genre and like others who began their days in daytime (e.g., Meg Ryan, Marisa Tomei), it seemed only a matter of time before she would make the leap to primetime and features. Kanakaredes made her feature debut in Gregory Hines' uneven portrait of an interracial romance "Bleeding Hearts" (1994) and went on to small roles in "The Long Kiss Goodnight" (1996), "Dangerous Beauty" and "Rounders" (both 1998) and "15 Minutes" (2001).

Relationships

Peter Constantinides

Husband
Met while attending Ohio State University Married Sept. 6, 1992

Zoe Constantinides

Daughter
Born May 23, 2000; father, Peter Constantinides

Karina Eleni

Daughter
Born Jan. 25, 2003; father, Peter Constantinides

Harry Kanakaredes

Father

Connie Kanakaredes

Mother

Aretta Kanakarides

Sister
Older

Lia Kanakarides

Sister
Older

EDUCATION

Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio 1985
Met future husband; transferred to Point Park College

Point Park College

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1989
Transferred from OSU; degree program affiliated with Pittsburgh Playhouse

Point Park College

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1989
Transferred from OSU; degree program affiliated with Pittsburgh Playhouse

Milestones

2013

Cast opposite Dwayne Johnson in action drama "Snitch"

2010

Cast as Athena, goddess of wisdom and Battle Strategies in the adaptation "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"

2005

Co-starred with Sean Patrick Flanery and JoBeth Williams in Michael Phelan's "Into the Fire"

2004

Starred opposite Gary Sinise on "CSI: NY" (CBS) as the show's lead female forensic investigator

2000

Played a TV journalist opposite Robert De Niro in "15 Minutes"

1999

Played Dr. Sydney Hansenas, a surgeon who returns to her New England home on NBC's "Providence"

1998

Landed small role in John Dahl's "Rounders"

1998

Played a Courtesan in "Dangerous Beauty"

1997

Co-starred on short-lived ABC drama "Leaving L.A."

1995

Played a woman from Mountie Benton Fraser's past on two-part season finale of "Due South" (CBS)

1995

Series debut as regular, portrayed journalist Angela Villanova on short-lived CBS drama "New York News"

1995

Played recurring role of Jimmy Smits' journalist girlfriend on ABC's "NYPD Blue"

1994

Made feature film debut in "Bleeding Hearts"

1991

Portrayed Greek immigrant Eleni Andros on CBS' "Guiding Light"

1989

Moved to NYC to pursue career

Began performing at age eight in local community theater

Was runner-up in Miss Ohio beauty pageant

Bonus Trivia

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Canice Kennedy, a casting director from Pittsburgh recalled to the Providence Journal (Jan. 3, 1999): "She's breathtaking, and the talent is obvious. But what is not obvious is that she is so genuine. She comes from an extraordinary family. She has remained a wonderful human being. That's what I find so attractive."

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Kanakaredes has become noted for the research she does before filming. For "Leaving L.A.," she visited the Los Angeles Coroner's Office and for "Providence," she visited with several L.A.-based plastic surgeons. "That's the cool part of being an actor. Just finding yourself in situations you've never thought you'd be in. What possesses me to make this research intense? You learn from that stuff. It certainly makes your characters more interesting." – from New York's Daily News, Jan. 3-9, 1999

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Voicing no regrets about her work in soap operas, Kanakaredes told Soap Opera Digest (Oct. 13, 1998): "What's so nice is that a daytime fan is fan forever, which is sweet."

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