Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Born: April 23, 1967
Age: 56
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
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Melina Eleni Kanakaredes Constantinides (born April 23, 1967) is an American actress. She is widely known for her roles in U.S. primetime television dramas as Dr. Sydney Hansen in Providence (1999-2002) and as Detective Stella Bonasera in CSI: NY (2004-10), and on the American daytime television drama series Guiding Light as Eleni Andros Cooper.


Early life

Kanakaredes was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Connie (née Temo), a candy company owner, and Harry Kanakaredes, an insurance salesman. She is a second-generation Greek-American and speaks Greek. Her two maternal uncles own and run a candy store in Akron called "Temo's Candy Company", a chocolate store established in its current location by Kanakaredes's grandfather, Christ Temo.

At age 8, Kanakaredes made her stage debut in a production of Tom Sawyer at Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio. She graduated from the Firestone High School in Akron. She attended Ohio State University for a short time, and then transferred to Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she performed roles in the professional theatre scene there, including the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at Pittsburgh Musical Theater. She graduated from Point Park in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater arts.



Kanakaredes's first television role was on the daytime drama Guiding Light, originating the role of Eleni Andros Cooper from 1991 to 1995. She was nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Eleni.

Her most high-profile roles on television were as the series protagonist Dr. Sydney Hansen on Providence, which ran for five seasons between 1999 and 2002, and as Det. Stella Bonasera on the CBS drama series CSI: NY. Kanakaredes left CSI: NY in 2010, after six seasons on the program.

Her other television credits include NYPD Blue (in a recurring role as reporter Benita Alden during that show's second season), Due South, Oz, The Practice, MTV's The Ben Stiller Show, and a Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of the Anne Tyler novel Saint Maybe.


Kanakaredes's film appearances include The Long Kiss Goodnight as Trin and 15 Minutes as Nicolette Karas, the girlfriend of Robert De Niro's character. She was considered for the lead role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding but had to turn it down due to her pregnancy. She played the role of the Greek Goddess Athena in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and starred in the 2013 drama Snitch alongside Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson.

Personal life

Kanakaredes married Peter Constantinides on September 6, 1992. Together, they have two daughters: Zoe (b. 2000) and Karina Eleni (b. 2003). She and her husband, a former restaurant consultant, owned the "Tria Greek Kuzina" in Powell, Ohio, but it has since closed.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Carts Short film
1994 Bleeding Hearts Daphne
1996 Long Kiss Goodnight, TheThe Long Kiss Goodnight Trin
1998 Dangerous Beauty Livia
1998 Rounders Barbara
2001 15 Minutes Nicolette Karas
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Athena
2013 Snitch Sylvie Collins


Year Title Role Notes
1991-1995 Guiding Light Eleni Andros Cooper Recurring role; 49 episodes
1995 Due South Victoria Metcalf 3 episodes
1995 New York News Angela Villanova 13 episodes
1995 NYPD Blue Benita Alden 5 episodes
1997 Leaving L.A. Libby Galante 6 episodes
1997 Practice, TheThe Practice Andrea Wexler Episodes: "First Degree", "Sex, Lies and Monkeys"
1998 Oz A.D.A. Marilyn Crenshaw Episode: "Great Men"
1998 Saint Maybe Rita Movie
1999-2002 Providence Dr. Sydney Hansen Lead role (96 episodes)
2004 CSI: Miami Stella Bonasera Episode: "MIA/NYC Nonstop"
2004-2010 CSI: NY Stella Bonasera Lead role (140 episodes)
2005 Into the Fire Catrina / Sabrina Hampton Movie
2008 CSI: NY Det. Stella Bonasera (voice) Video game
2015 Hawaii Five-0 Kathy Millwood Episode: "Nanahu"
2015 Extant Dorothy Richter 5 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1994 Daytime Emmys Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series Guiding Light Nominated
1995 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Guiding Light Nominated
2000 TV Guide Awards Favorite Actress in a Drama Providence Won

Melina Kanakaredes supports the following charitable cause: Environment.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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