Melanie Chandra Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA
Birth NameMelanie Kannokada
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Melanie is an actress, producer, martial artist, and pianist. A native of Illinois, she grew up with a knack for physics and mathematics and ultimately completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, while studying improvisational comedy on the side. After graduating from university and landing a high profile corporate job, she quit to pursue her childhood dream of acting and quickly landed a series of television roles, including guest appearances on Rules of Engagement, Parenthood, and Nashville and large recurring roles on Netflix's Brown Nation and HBO's The Brink. In 2015-2017 she played the series regular role of Dr. Malaya Pineda on the CBS medical drama Code Black. Melanie is also a co-founder of the not-for-profit Hospital for Hope India, which provides health care services to under-served villagers in rural India. As a producer, she is passionate about elevating the profile of women, and especially women of color, both as characters on screen and creatives behind the camera.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Trivia (3)

Crowned Miss India America 2007.
Graduated Stanford University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She was a member of the university's cheerleading squad and served as the Student Body President in her senior year.
Holds a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and won medals at the Junior Pan-American Games as a member of the USA Junior National Karate Team.

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