Melina Kanakaredes is an American actress best known for her roles on Providence and CSI: NY TV series as well as films such as The Long Kiss Goodnight, Dangerous Beauty, and 15 Minutes.
Melina Kanakaredes was born 23 April 1967 in Akron, Ohio to Harry Kanakaredes an insurance salesman and her mother Helen Kanakaredes who owned a candy company.
Early Life and Education
Melina Kanakaredes hails from Akron, Ohio where she graduated from Firestone High School before enrolling at Ohio State University for some time before transferring to Point Park College in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where she obtained a Magna Cum Laude degree in Musical Theater. During this period of study she appeared in commercials and industrial films while also performing onstage at both Pittsburgh Playhouse and Pittsburgh Public Theater.
Career growth was propelled forward when she earned a role on Guiding Light as Greek immigrant Eleni Andros Cooper from 1991 – 1994, garnering two Emmy nominations along the way.
Following that, she went on to star in both NBC’s Providence and CBS’s CSI: NY as Detective Stella Bonasera. Additionally, she has appeared in many feature films, such as The Long Kiss Goodnight and 15 Minutes.
Her acting career has been the cornerstone of her wealth. Over time, she has appeared in multiple well-known television series and films. Additionally, she ventured into producing, which increased her earnings.
Kanakaredes holds her Greek heritage dear and travels frequently to Greece. Additionally, her charitable endeavors have significantly increased her net worth.
Melina was born April 23 in Akron, Ohio. She attended Firestone High School before enrolling at Ohio State University to study music, dance and theater. Melina eventually relocated to New York and found her way into entertainment industry; most notably as Dr. Sydney Hansen on Providence from 1999 until 2002 and Detective Stella Bonasera on CSI: NY from 2004 until 2010.
Achievement and Honors
Kanakaredes has become one of television’s most renowned faces, leaving an impactful mark both audiences and critics alike. Her amazing performances in numerous popular series have garnered her multiple nominations and awards, such as a Daytime Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Eleni Andros Cooper on Guiding Light; additionally she was honored for roles such as Detective Stella Bonasera on CSI: NY and Dr. Sydney Hansen in Providence.
She has appeared in multiple films, such as The Long Kiss Goodnight and 15 Minutes. Upcoming projects for her include an original television series about Temo’s Candy Company based on her family business.
Kanakaredes keeps her fans up-to-date on both aspects of her professional and personal lives through an active social media presence, posting behind-the-scenes photos and inspiring messages to her adoring fans. She enjoys an extraordinary life together with her husband and two daughters.
Melina Kanakaredes is an American actress best known for her roles in various films and television shows, where her acting talents have earned her significant wealth over time. Additionally, Melina is well-regarded for her dedication to her Greek heritage.
She first gained notice with an appearance on Guiding Light daytime soap opera in 1991. Since then she has gained much renown as Dr. Sydney Hansen on Providence for five seasons.
She has appeared in various films, such as The Long Kiss Goodnight and 15 Minutes. Additionally, she can be found in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief comedy.
Melina Constantinides is married to chef Peter Constantinides and they reside together in Los Angeles, California. Melina enjoys Pilates, reading, and swimming as hobbies – and are followers of Greek Orthodox faith.
Melina Kanakaredes has an estimated net worth of $10 Million dollars, most likely earned through her acting career and various online sources.
Kanakaredes made her stage debut at eight, in a production of Tom Sawyer at Akron, Ohio’s Weathervane Playhouse. Since then, she has attended Firestone High School, Ohio State University and Point Park College before earning a B.A. in theater arts from Point Park College.
Melina began her television career on Guiding Light as Eleni Andros Cooper from 1991-1995 and was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards during that time. Additionally, she made several film appearances such as Trin in The Long Kiss Goodnight and 15 Minutes as Nicolette Karas; also playing Athena from Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.