Born on April 18, 1976 in Smithtown, New York, Melissa Joan Hart is an actress, writer, and businesswoman who is best known for her roles on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Clarissa. The daughter of a producer and talent manager, Hart grew up in Sayville. She has five sisters and two brothers, all younger than she is. She made her professional acting debut at age three, when she made a television commercial for a bathtub doll called Splashy. The job marked the start for Hart, and she went on to appear in 25 commercials before she turned five. She also landed a small role in the Kane and Abel 1985 miniseries, plus a guest starring role on The Equalizer and Christmas Snow, both in 1996.
Melissa Joan Hart auditioned for a Broadway production of The Crucible in 1989, ending up as understudy to three of the young girls. The role proved to be beneficial to her career, as it paved the way for her to land the title role in the Nickelodeon comedy Clarissa Explains It All. In the process, Melissa Joan Hart became a household name among teens throughout the four-season run. Attesting to her popularity, she bagged four consecutive Young Artist Award noms, winning three. When Clarissa Explains It All was canceled, Hart went to New York University. However, she failed to finish her degree as she was cast for the lead of the television movie Sabrina the Teenage Witch, followed by the seven-season run of the television series of the same name.
Hart landed a small part in the 1998 teen movie Can’t Hardly Wait. She also released an album, at one point asking friend Britney Spears to do a remix of one of her songs. The following year, she appeared in lingerie on Maxim magazine. Her other screen credits include Rent Control, So Weird, Mute, Law and Order: SVU, and My Fake Fiance. In 2009, she was cast as one of the celebrities on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars. Later on, she landed the part of the female lead in Melissa and Joey.
- She married Mark Wilkerson on July 19, 2003. They have three children together.
- She collects paintings as a hobby and owns 3 Picassos. She also enjoys snowboarding, hockey and watching TV (esp. basketball).
- She can play the guitar and flute.
2000: Kids' Choice Awards - Blimp Award - Favorite Movie Actress for: Drive Me Crazy
1998: Kids' Choice Awards - Blimp Award - Favorite Television Actress for: "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"
1998: Young Artist Award - Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young Performer - for: "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"
1998: Young Artist Award - Best Performance in a TV Movie or Feature Film - Young Ensemble - for: The Right Connections
1997: Young Artist Award - Best Performance in a TV Comedy - Leading Young Actress - for: "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"
1995: Young Artist Award - Best Youth Comedienne in a TV Show for: "Clarissa Explains It All"
1993: Young Artist Award - Best Young Actress Starring in a Cable Series for: "Clarissa Explains It All"
1992: Young Artist Award - Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series for: "Clarissa Explains It All"
2011: Satin - Lauren Wells
2010-2011: Melissa & Joey (TV series) - Melissa Burke
2010: Nine Dead - Kelley
2009: My Fake Fiance (TV movie) - Jennifer
2008: Whispers and Lies (TV movie) - Jill Roperson
2007: Holiday in Handcuffs (TV movie) - Gertrude 'Trudie' Chandler
2007: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Sarah Trent
2006: Jesus, Mary and Joey - Jackie
2006: Dirtbags (TV movie) - Kate
2005: Robot Chicken (TV series) - Emily the Spy
2005: Justice League (TV series) - Dee Dee/Deidre Dennis/Delia Dennis
2004: Britney Spears: Greatest Hits - My Prerogative (video) - Nicole Maris
2003: Rent Control (TV movie) - Holly Washburn
2002: Hold On (short)
2002: Backflash (video) - C.J.
2001: Not Another Teen Movie - Slow Clapper's Instructor
2001: The Voyage to Atlantis: The Lost Empire (TV short) - Host
2001: Recess: School's Out - Becky Detweiller (voice)
2000: Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (video) - Delia Dennis (voice)/Deidre Dennis (voice)/Dee Dee (voice)
2000: The Specials - Sunlight Grrrll
2000: Just Shoot Me! (TV series) - Krissy
2000: Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer (TV movie) - Molly (voice)
1999-2000: Sabrina the Animated Series (TV series) - Aunt Hilda Spellman/Aunt Zelda Spellman
1999: That '70s Show (TV series) - Mary
1999: Sabrina, Down Under (TV movie) - Sabrina Spellman
1999: Drive Me Crazy - Nicole Maris
1999: Love American Style (TV movie) - Annabelle (segment "Love In The Old South")
1999: Time Out with Britney Spears (video) - Girl Standing ('Crazy' video)
1998: Superman (TV series) - Imra Ardeen/Saturn Girl
1998: Sabrina Goes to Rome (TV movie) - Sabrina/Sophie
1998: Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Spellbound (Video Game) - Sabrina Spellman (voice)
1998: America's Teenagers Growing Up on Television (TV movie) - Host
1998: Can't Hardly Wait - Yearbook Girl
1998: Silencing Mary (TV movie) - Mary Stuartson
1997: Teen Angel (TV series) - Sabrina Spellman
1997: You Wish (TV series) - Sabrina Spellman
1997: ABC TGIF (TV series) - Sabrina Spellman
1997: Boy Meets World (TV series) - Sabrina Spellman
1997: Two Came Back (TV movie) - Susan Clarkson
1997: The Right Connections (TV movie) - Melanie Cambridge
1997: Clueless (TV series) - Sabrina Spellman
1996: Twisted Desire (TV movie) - Jennifer Stanton
1996: Sabrina the Teenage Witch (TV movie) - Sabrina Sawyer
1996: The Weinerville Election Special: From Washington B.C. (TV movie)
1995: Touched by an Angel (TV series) - Claire Latham
1995: Clarissa (TV movie) - Clarissa Darling
1995: Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare (TV movie) - Samantha
1991-1994: Clarissa Explains It All (TV series) - Clarissa Darling
1993: Are You Afraid of the Dark? (TV series) - Daphne
1986: Christmas Snow (TV movie) - Amy
1986: Another World (TV series) - Roller-Skater
1986: The Equalizer (TV series) - Laura Moore
1985: Kane & Abel (TV mini-series) - Florentyna Rosnovski (Age 7)
1985: ABC Weekend Specials (TV series) - Cindy