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Melinda Clarke
Born Melinda Whitney Nicola Clarke
April 24, 1969 (1969-04-24) (age 40)
Dana Point, California, U.S.
Other name(s) Mindy Clarke
Spouse(s) Ernie Mirich (1997-present)

Melinda Clarke (born April 24, 1969) is an American actress who has primarily worked in television. Clarke portrayed the role of manipulative and cunning Julie Cooper on The O.C..



Personal life

Clarke was born Melinda Whitney Nicola Clarke[1] in Dana Point, California, the daughter of Patricia (née Lewis), a ballet dancer, and John Clarke, an actor.[2] She has a brother, Joshua, and a sister, Heidi, who died in 1994 of a malignant heart tumor. [3] She also has a daughter named Catherine Grace, with whom she resides in Beverly Hills, California. Clarke's height is 5' 7" (1.70 m), and she is a cigar aficionado.


Clarke appeared on the daytime soap opera Days of our Lives as Faith Brown (where her father John Clarke was a senior cast member), and starred on Soldier of Fortune, Inc. for both of its seasons. She also guest starred on Xena: Warrior Princess as the Amazon chieftain Velasca, Firefly as the brothel madam Nandi, Charmed as the Siren, and has had five appearances on CSI where she played the dominatrix, Lady Heather. She also appeared in the Seinfeld episode "The Muffin Tops", playing Jerry's girlfriend who likes anything hairless.

She originally appeared on the FOX drama The O.C. as a guest star, and due to fan response was offered a contract for her role as Julie Cooper-Nichol, a cunning socialite who marries for money. Clarke accepted the role and became an integral part of the show's storylines. As well as starring on The O.C., she has appeared on HBO's hit series Entourage as a fictionalized version of herself, married to Malcolm McDowell's Terrance McQuewick. Clarke also appeared as the Devil's girlfriend in The CW Television Network's 2007 series Reaper. She also auditioned for the role of "Number Six" on SCI-FI's smash hit Battlestar Galactica but the role ultimately went to Tricia Helfer.[4] In 2010 she is set to appear on the CW show The Vampire Diaries as the Kelly Donovan, Matt Donovan's absentee mother. [5]

Clarke has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Foundation. Other projects included a TV movie, She Drives Me Crazy, produced by former co-star Rowan. She also appeared on Chuck as a guest star, another series created by The O.C.'s creator Josh Schwartz.


Year Film Role Notes
1991 Hot Under the Collar Monica
1992 Out for Blood Laura
1993 Young Goodman Brown Faith Brown
Return of the Living Dead III Julie Walker As Mindy Clark
1995 Return to Two Moon Junction Savannah Delongpre
1996 Mulholland Falls Cigarette Girl
La lengua asesina Candy
1997 Critics and Other Freaks Mrs. M
Soldier of Fortune Margo Vincent TV Movie
Spawn Jessica Priest
2002 Dynamite Beta
.com for Murder Michelle Williams
Cold Sweat Unknow
2003 The Animatrix Alexa (segment "Matriculated") Voice Only
Matriculated Alexa Voice Only
2007 She Drives Me Crazy Blithe Meacham TV Movie
2010 Mate Dr. Mia Middleton Pre-Production
Year Title Role Notes
1989-1990 Days of Our Lives Faith Taylor 17 Episodes
1991 Jake and the Fatman Unknow Episode: "Every Time We Say Goodbye"
1994 The George Carlin Show Christy Episode: "George Helps Sydney"
Heaven Help Us Lexy Monroe 10 Episodes
1996 Strange Luck Lola Vale Episode: "Lightning Strikes"
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess Velasca Episode: "The Quest"
Episode: "A Necessary Evil"
Seinfeld Alex Episode: "The Muffin Tops"
Sliders Allasandra Episode: "This Slide of Paradise"
1997-1999 Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Margo Vincent 10 Episodes
2000 The Pretender Miss Eve Episode: "Meltdown"
1997-2000 Nash Bridges Inspector Abby Gordon Episode: "Out of Chicago"
Episode: "End Game"
2001 Enterprise Sarin Episode: "Broken Bow: Part 2"
2002 First Monday Unknow Episode: "Pilot"
Charmed The Siren Episode: "Siren Song"
Everwood Sally Keyes Episode: "Till Death Do Us Part"
2003 Tremors Dr. Megan Flynn Episode: "Night of the Shriekers"
Firefly Nandi Episode: "Heart of Gold"
2002-2003 The District Detective Olivia Cahill 5 Episodes
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Madame Macmu-Ling / Additional Voices Episode: "The Tales of Ba Sing Se"
2003-2007 The O.C. Julie Cooper 88 Episodes
2007 Reaper Mimi Episode: "Ashes to Ashes"
2008 King of the Hill Charlene Episode: "Untitled Blake McCormick Project"
Chuck Sasha Banacheck Episode: "Chuck Versus the Seduction"
2001-2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lady Heather 5 Episodes
2008-2009 Eli Stone Dr. Lee Episode: "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
Episode: "Two Ministers"
Episode: "Sonoma"
2006-2009 Entourage Melinda Episode: "Strange Days"
Episode: "Scared Straight"
2010 The Vampire Diaries Kelly Donovan Episode: "A Few Good Men"
2010 Ghost Whisperer Donna Episode: "Old Sins Cast Long Shadows"


  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At
  2. ^ Mindy Clarke Biography ((?)-)
  3. ^ Melinda Clarke Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion
  5. ^ Michael Ausiello. "'Vampire Diaries' exclusive: Melinda Clarke is the mom from hell!'". Entertainment Weekly. 

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