Actress Melinda Shankar was born on February 18, 1992 in Ottawa, Ontario. She started acting at the age of 10, mostly working on TV commercials and print ads. She also had roles in theatre, but rose to fame for appearing as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi: The Next Generation. She also got the title role on the 2009 film How to Be Indie. She has appeared in the Disney Channel Original Movie Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars.
2008-2011: Degrassi: The Next Generation (TV series) - Alli Bhandari
2009-2011: How to Be Indie (TV series) - Indie Mehta
2010: Festival of Lights - Reshma
2010: Trigger - Rocker Chick #1
2010: Degrassi Takes Manhattan (TV movie) - Alli Bhandari
2010: Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars (TV movie) - Janie
2009: Degrassi Goes Hollywood (TV movie) - Alli Bhandari