Actress Melinda McGraw was born on October 25, 1963 in Nicosia, Cyprus. Born to American parents—her father was a diplomat before working for a hotel chain—she grew up in Boston, where she got her start in acting, under the Boston Children’s Theater. After studying at Bennington College, she trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, after which she honed her craft in the West End before returning to the United States in 1990.
McGraw has played numerous recurring roles in television for over two decades. From her first major role in The Commish, she went on to appear in prominent guest roles for shows such as The X Files, The District, Inconceivable, The West Wing, Journeyman and Mad Men. She also held regular roles in several television shows, albeit they were cancelled within one season: Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central), The Pursuit of Happiness and Center of the Universe.
McGraw also had prominent roles in films, such as Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, The Dark Knight and Weather Girl. She is set to star in the upcoming television series, Hank.