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First Lady Mellie Grant

Played by Bellamy Young

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Melody Grant is the beloved First Lady of the United States of America. But beneath that saccharine smile is an iron-hard will and indomitable political savvy. Nothing gets past this First Lady. Nothing. Any attempts at dismissiveness or subterfuge on behalf of her husband or his Chief of Staff invariably leads to a sharp reminder that they’re not the only ones holding power in this town.

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Bellamy Young is best known for her extensive television resume, particularly her roles as 'Beth Clemmons' on CBS's "Criminal Minds," 'ASA Monica West' on CBS's "CSI: Miami," 'Dr. Miller' on (then) NBC's "Scrubs," and 'Ellen Darling' on ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money."

Born in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Young graduated from Yale University with dual degrees in English & Theater Studies; she also holds a certificate from Oxford University in England.

Young moved to NYC after college to follow her first love: singing. She starred on Broadway as 'Mary' in Cy Coleman's "The Life" & as 'Meg' in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along." Other favorite theater credits while in NYC include playing 'Margaret' in the world premiere of Randy Newman's "Faust" and 'LouAnn' in the world premiere of Landford Wilson's "Book of Days." It was here that she made her television debut as 'Dr. Courtney Evans' on the soap "Another World."

After NYC, Young moved to Los Angeles, landing the roles of 'Cathy Metsker' in Randall Wallace's "We Were Soldiers" with Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, & Greg Kinnear and 'Rachel' in JJ Abrams' "Mission Impossible: 3" with Tom Cruise and Keri Russell. She has also made a number of independent films there including the Sundance favorite "The Freebie" starring Dax Shepard and "A Country Remedy" starring Joshua Leonard, which she helped produce, filming it in her home state of North Carolina. Once in LA, Young also began a long & varied career on television, appearing to date on over 40 shows including "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," "2 1/2 Men," "The West Wing," "ER," "Frasier," "Boston Legal," "Cold Case," "NCIS," and "Law & Order."

Young can currently be seen in her award winning role as First Lady Mellie Grant on ABC's hit series "Scandal" and in the upcoming Zoe Cassavetes' film, "Day out of Days." Young is also working on an adult contemporary album that will include covers of Fleetwood Mac, Tom Waits and Ryan Adams.