Growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Melissa Peterman first made a name for herself when she was cast in the local production of Tony and Tina's Wedding. She went on to perform in over 600 shows and became a staple on the comedy and improv scenes.
Peterman is best known for her starring role as Barbra Jean on the hit series Reba. She also starred in Working Class, Retired at 35, Surviving Suburbia, Rita Rocks, Just Shoot Me, Cedric, Living in Abandon, The Pitts and American Dad. Her first televised comedy special, Melissa Peterman: Am I the Only One?, aired on CMT, and she hosted CMT's The Singing Bee in its fourth season. She also starred in Dusty Peacock, the online series created for Crackle.com. In addition to her role as Bonnie Wheeler on ABC Family's Baby Daddy, she currently hosts ABC's primetime game show Bet on Your Baby and ABC Family's reality comedy clip show, Dancing Fools.
Peterman made her feature film debut as Hooker #2 in the Coen Brothers' Oscar-winning movie, Fargo. Other film credits include 40 is the New Dead, Here Comes the Boom and Dirty Politics. She is currently working on her first comedy album, and this past year she toured with Reba McEntire, George Strait and Lee Ann Womack.
Peterman is committed to many charities, including Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night, Habitat for Humanity, The Red Cross and the non-profit Buzzworks Theatre Company.
She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son.