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Melina Kanakaredes Biography

Birth Name:
Melina Eleni Kanakaredes
Birth Place:
Akron, Ohio, United States

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


  • Karina Eleni Constantinides -- Daughter
  • Zoe Constantinides -- Daughter
  • Harry Kanakaredes -- Father
  • Peter Constantinides -- Husband
  • Connie Kanakaredes -- Mother
  • Aretta Kanakaredes -- Sister
  • Lia Kanakaredes -- Sister