This stunning actress spent five years on the daytime soap Guiding Light
before jumping to prime time in 1995 with a recurring role as an ambitious journalist on NYPD Blue
. A few short-lived series and supporting film roles later, she landed on the family drama Providence
as a doctor who moves back to her hometown. After the show folded, Kanakaredes made a handful of films and even starred in the Broadway revival of Cabaret
. But the small screen remained her medium, and in 2004, Kanakaredes won her most popular role to date as Detective Stella Bonasera on CSI: NY
. After a nine-year absence from the big screen, Kanakaredes returned to features in 2010, portraying the Greek goddess Athena in the fantasy adaptation Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
.Melina Kanakaredes Fast Facts:
- Began performing in community theater at the age of 8.
- After being crowned Miss Columbus, was first runner-up in the 1986 Miss Ohio pageant.
- Competed on the synchronized swim team while attending Ohio State University and remains an avid swimmer.
- Named one of People magazine's Most Beautiful People in the World in 1999.
- Received a 2000 TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress in a Drama for her work on the NBC series Providence.
- Food factors heavily into Kanakaredes's life---her family runs a candy store in Akron, OH, and her husband is a chef and restaurateur.
- Reprised her role as Detective Stella Bonasera for CSI: NY The Game, a 2008 computer game based on the CBS series.
- Melina Kanakaredes Relationships:
- Connie Kanakaredes - Mother
- Karina Eleni Constantinides - Daughter
- Lia Kanakaredes - Sister
- Peter Constantinides - Husband
- Zoe Constantinides - Daughter
- Aretta Kanakaredes - Sister
- Harry Kanakaredes - Father
- Attended Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA (BFA, 1989)