Merrin Dungey

  • Birth Place: Sacramento, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Began studying ballet at the age of 4, then moved on to ice skating, before finally settling on acting.
  • Was the youngest person ever to win the UCLA School of Theater's top acting prize, which Dungey received for her role in the play Anatol.
  • After graduating from UCLA, developed a one-woman show for HBO Comedy Workspace titled Black Like Who?, an autobiographical look at her upbringing.
  • Made her TV debut in a 1995 episode of Fox sitcom Martin; Dungey has since had recurring roles on a number of popular series, including Malcolm in the Middle, Alias, The King of Queens, Better Off Ted and Revenge.
  • In 2007, landed a role on ABC's Grey's Anatomy spinoff, Private Practice, only to be replaced by Audra McDonald when the pilot was picked up for series.
  • Sings in a rock band called Bad Francie, named after her Alias character, Francie Calfo.


  • Don Dungey — Father
  • Channing Dungey — Sister


  • University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States (BA in Theater, 1993)

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