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Melinda McGraw Biography

Birth Name:
Melinda Leigh McGraw
Birth Place:
Nicosia, Cyprus

Fast Facts

  • Was born in Cyprus, but grew up in Massachusetts
  • Got an early acting start in the Boston Children's Theatre
  • Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London
  • First TV appearance was a guest role in the 1988 British police drama Rockliffe's Babies
  • She also had roles in The X-Files (as Scully's sister) and The Commish
  • Is best known for recurring roles in Desperate Housewives, The West Wing and, memorably, as an edgy, cynical and manipulative wife of a comic on the acclaimed drama Mad Men
  • Is certified in stage combat by the British Society of Fight Directors
  • Plays the saxophone
  • Played Commissioner Gordon's wife in the hit film The Dark Knight in 2008
  • (Nathan Gamble played her son in the film, and was again cast as her son in the short-lived 2009 sitcom Hank
  • ) In 2009, wrote an essay about the premature birth of her daughter for the book Note to Self: 30 Women on Hardship, Humiliation, Heartbreak, and Overcoming It All