Melissa Benoist

Melissa Benoist - Updated Mar 2023

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Updated On March 26, 2023

Melissa Benoist is a well-known actress, singer, and producer from the United States. Moreover, Melissa Benoist rose to fame after playing the role of Marley Rose in the 2012 comedy-drama television “Glee.”

Early Life

On the 4th of October 1988, Melissa Benoist came to the world in Houston, Texas, in the United States of America. Her birth name is Melissa Marie Benoist and she is an American by her nationality.

Similarly, she practices Christianity religion while her zodiac sign is Libra. In addition, she is 34 years old as of 2022 and belongs to mixed ethnicity of German, English, and Scottish descent.

Regarding her parents, she is the daughter of Jim Benoist (father) and Julie Benoist (mother). Professionally, her father is a physician and his mother is a homemaker. When Melissa was just 13 years old, her parents got divorced.

She grew up with her two sisters, Jessica and Kristina. Her sister Jessica is a novelist while her other sister Kristina is an ecological scientist. Melissa has five half-siblings from her father’s marriage.

Her mother raised her with her siblings in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, after her parent’s separation. At the age of three, she started taking dancing classes, focusing on jazz, ballet, and tap. And, at the age of four, Melissa acted in a church play directed by her aunt.

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Caption: Melissa Benoist childhood photo (Source: Twitter)


Regarding her academic career, she completed her high school education at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, in the year 2007. In 2011, she completed her graduation from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City with a degree in theatre arts.

Professional Career

Melissa Benoist began her acting career in her debut film “Tennessee” in the year 2008. Later, she made her appeared as Jessalyn Kerr in the 2010 police procedural drama television “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

She participated in the audition round within the Roundabout Theatre Company for the film called Glee located in New York during the year 2012. She was cast in the 2013 film “Whiplash” and also won many prizes after its success and her natural performances during the year 2014.

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Caption: Melissa Benoist playing the role of Marley Rose in the 2012 comedy-drama television, Glee (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

Later, she played Jamie in the 2015 film “Danny Collins,” starring Al Pacino. She portrayed the role of Katherine Russell, the widow of deceased Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in May 2016 Peter Berg’s drama film “Patriots Day.”

She starred as Rachel Koresh in the 2018 Paramount Network’s miniseries “Waco.” In the series, she played the legal wife of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh.

Benoist lent her voice to the character Kara Zor-El / Overgirl in the animated web series “Freedom Fighters: The Ray” from 2017 to 2018. In addition, the actress was featured in “The Super Duper Minecraft Musical!” which was made for Minecraft’s Super Duper Graphics Pack in November.

Recent Works

It was announced on the 7th of May 2018 that she would be playing the titular character in the Broadway show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, which marked her Broadway debut for a limited run from June 7th through August 4th, 2018.

Next year, she played the role of Kara Danvers / Supergirl in the 2019 superhero television series “Batwoman.” She played a female Chronic in the 2019 satirical body stoner comedy film “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.”

She lent her voice to the character Laura, Malorie Hayes in the 2020 adult-animated stop-motion sketch comedy television series “Robot Chicken.” Moreover, she was also seen in the 2022 comedy-drama film “Clerks III” as Auditioner.  She will be cast in a lead role as well as a series producer in the upcoming television series “Girls on the Bus.”


From her acting career in movies and television series, she has been able to several awards and nominations. Till now, the actress has won three Saturn Awards (2016, 2017, and 2019),  and two Teen Choice Awards (2017, 2018). Similarly, the actress has been nominated for Teen Choice Awards, Critics’ Choice Super Awards, and many others.

Melissa Benoist – Net Worth 2023

As of 2022, this American actress has made a good sum of money for her living. Mostly, she makes from her acting career and singing career. As of 2022, Benoist net worth is estimated at around $4 million and her salary is yet to be disclosed.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Melissa Benoist with her husband, Chris Wood (Source: Instagram)

In September 2019, Melissa Benoist married her boyfriend, Chris Wood. They were frequently spotted in various places together and made their red carpet appearance on 11th June 2018.

The couple engaged on the 11th of February 2019 and later got married. The couple announced on Instagram that they are expecting their first child and later on the 25th of September 2020, they welcome their son.

In past, Benoist married her Glee co-star, Blake Jenner in 2015. But the couple divorced in December 2016 after finding complications in the marriage.

Body Measurement

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Caption: Melissa Benoist posing for a photo (Source: Instagram)

The actress stands 5 feet 8 inches tall (1.73 m) and weighs around 55 kg (121 lbs). In addition, she has light brown hair with blue eyes and her body measurement measures 32-23-34 inches. Similarly, she wears a pair of shoe size 7.5 US and a dress size 4 US.

Melissa Benoist – Social Media

On her Instagram page ‘@melissabenoist’ there are over 4.6 million followers. Likewise, there are over 648k followers on her Facebook and she is not active on Twitter.