Mostly Credited As: Melinda Clarke
Sometimes Credited As: Mindy Clarke
Birth Name: Melinda Patrice Clarke
Date Of Birth: April 24, 1969 (Age 44)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Dana Point, California
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)
It’s no secret that Melinda Clarke is one beautiful woman. She is someone who is known for her smoldering eyes, exotic looks, killer red hair and the ability to play some of the most villainous and hated characters on television. It was kind of inevitable that Clarke would become an actress; after all, her father John Clarke is a TV veteran. He is known to “Days of Our Lives” fans as the legendary Mickey Horton. So, it’s really no surprise that Clarke entered Hollywood with aspirations to become an actress. She was just following her father’s footsteps. She even made her TV debut on “Days of Our Lives” as Faith Taylor. Soon after her small screen role came to a close, Clarke chose to pursue movie roles. The flicks were more B-grade quality such as “Night of the Living Dead III” and “Return to Two Moon Junction.” What really put her on the TV map was a small part on “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Spawn.” Soon enough, Clarke was starring in spots all over TV. In 2003, she landed a role as gold-digging mother - who had an affair with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend - Julie Cooper on “The O.C.” This was “the” role that made her truly famous and pushed her career to new heights. Despite the show’s cancellation, Clarke didn’t have any trouble booking gigs, especially ones portraying her as a sexy vixen. She’s widely recognized for her role as Lady Heather on “CSI,” playing herself on “Entourage” and portraying deadbeat mother Kelly Donovan on “The Vampire Diaries.” Currently, she is adored and praised for playing villain Amanda on The CW’s drama “Nikita.” Acting isn’t Clarke’s only skill. She is a professionally trained coloratura soprano, who has starred in a variety of musicals, including “The Music Man,” “West Side Story,” The Sound of Music,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Fantasticks.” She currently resides in California with husband Ernie Mirich and daughter Kathryn Grace.