(Det. Stella Bonasera)
Melina Kanakaredes starred for five seasons in the television series "Providence." Her additional television credits include "New York News," on CBS, "Leaving L.A.," "NYPD Blue" and guest-starring roles in "The Practice" and "Oz. " She also received two Emmy Award nominations for her work in the daytime drama "Guiding Light," on CBS. Her feature film credits include "Into the Fire," "Rounders," "Dangerous Beauty," "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and "15 Minutes."
Kanakaredes is a second-generation Greek American. She made her acting debut at age 8 in an Ohio community theater production of "Tom Sawyer." She attended Ohio State University, where she studied music, dance and theater. She later transferred to Point Park College in Pittsburgh, which recently awarded her an honorary doctorate. She appeared in commercials, in industrial films and on stage in Pittsburgh. Upon graduation, she moved to New York where she appeared in Off Broadway plays. In 2001, she became a celebrity spokesperson for Maybelline and was featured in its national television and print campaigns.
In 2003, after the birth of her second child, she appeared on Broadway as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret." Kanakaredes was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Los Angeles. Her birth date is April 23.