Aug. 6th, 1976
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Melissa Suzanne George is an Australian-born film and television actress who has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. George is perhaps best known in Australia for her role as Angel Parrish on the Australian soap opera Home and Away (1993–1996). After moving to America, she appeared in television series such as Friends (2003), Alias (2003–2004), In Treatment (2008), Grey's Anatomy (2008–2009) and Lie to Me (2010), earning a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for In Treatment.
She made her film début in the neo-noir science fiction feature Dark City (1998) and later appeared in supporting roles in films, including The Limey (1999) and Mulholland Drive (2001). She has gone on to have lead roles in films, including the remake of The Amityville Horror (2005), the thriller Turistas (2006), the vampire horror film 30 Days of Night (2007) and garnered critical acclaim for her starring role in Triangle (2009). Her most recent credits include the thriller A Lonely Place to Die (2011), the Australian drama series The Slap (2011), for which she won a Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress, and the British-American spy drama series Hunted (2012).
George met film director Claudio Dabed in Bali in 1998 and they married two years later. George became a naturalized American citizen in 2008. In 2011 she and Dabed announced their intention to divorce and George began dating hip hop mogul Russell Simmons. Since meeting at the BAFTA after party in 2011, she has been dating French entrepreneur Jean-David Blanc, the founder of AlloCiné. In August 2013, George announced that she was expecting her first child with Blanc. The couple welcomed their first child, son Raphaël, (b. February 2014).
George is the cousin of the opera singer Taryn Fiebig.
She climbed Ben Nevis mountain for the role of A Lonely Place to Die. In an interview with The Sun, she stated, "It was tough because it's a pretty dangerous location, and it wasn't fit for a large crew, but we did it, we made it...I was climbing with Di Gilbert who has climbed Everest many times so that was incredible. And when you get up there, it's just a huge sense of achievement". She is credited as the inventor of "Style Snaps", a device intended to allow changing pant hem length without sewing and marketed via direct response TV. She has stated that her invention earns her more money than her acting career.
- Husband Claudio is Chilean.
- Named Western Australia's teenage model of the year (1992).
- Best friends with 'Rachel Blanchard' (qv).
- Stepdaughter, Martina, born 1995.
- Dropped out of high school at age 16.
- Studied in Warwick Senior High School.
- Was an Australian national champion in rollerskating. She won bronze medals in the National Championships in 1989 and 1990 and a silver medal at the Junior World Championship in 1991.
- Parents: Pamela and Glenn George.