World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes
Kanakaredes in Ohio, 2009
Born Melina Eleni Kanakaredes
(1967-04-23) April 23, 1967
Akron, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Peter Constantinides (m. 1992)
Children 2

Melina Eleni Kanakaredes Constantinides (born April 23, 1967) is an American actress. She is widely known for her roles in U.S. prime-time television dramas as Dr. Sydney Hansen in Providence (1999–2002) and as Detective Stella Bonasera in CSI: NY (2004–10), and on the American daytime television drama series Guiding Light as Eleni Andros Cooper.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Television 2.1
    • Film 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Kanakaredes was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Connie (née Temo), a candy company owner, and Harry Kanakaredes, an insurance salesman.[1][2] She is a second-generation Greek-American and speaks Greek.[3][4] Her two maternal uncles own and run a candy store in Akron called "Temo's Candy Company", a chocolate store established in its current location by Kanakaredes's grandfather, Christ Temo.[5] She has two sisters: Cornelia "Lia" and Aretta Kanakaredes.

At age 8, Kanakaredes made her stage debut in a production of Tom Sawyer at Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio.[6] She graduated from the Firestone High School in Akron.[4] She attended Ohio State University for a short time, and then transferred to Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she performed roles in the professional theatre scene there, including the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at Pittsburgh Musical Theater.[7] She graduated from Point Park in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater arts.[8]



Kanakaredes's first television role was on the daytime drama Guiding Light, originating the role of Eleni Andros Cooper from 1991 to 1995. She was nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Eleni.

Her most high-profile roles on television were as the series protagonist Dr. Sydney Hansen on Providence, which ran for five seasons between 1999 and 2002, and as Det. Stella Bonasera on the CBS drama series CSI: NY. Kanakaredes left CSI: NY in 2010, after six seasons on the program.[9]

Her other television credits include NYPD Blue (in a recurring role as reporter Benita Alden during that show's second season), Due South, Oz, The Practice, MTV's The Ben Stiller Show, and a Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of the Anne Tyler novel Saint Maybe.


Kanakaredes's film appearances include The Long Kiss Goodnight as Trin and 15 Minutes as Nicolette Karas, the girlfriend of Robert De Niro's character. She was considered for the lead role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding but had to turn it down due to her pregnancy.[10] She played the role of the Greek Goddess Athena in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and starred in the 2013 drama Snitch alongside Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson.

Personal life

Kanakaredes married Peter Constantinides[11] on September 6, 1992.[12][13] Together, they have two daughters: Zoe (b. 2000) and Karina Eleni (b. 2003).[11] She and her husband, a former restaurant consultant,[11] owned the "Tria Greek Kuzina" in Powell, Ohio, but it has since closed.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Carts Short film
1994 Bleeding Hearts Daphne
1996 Long Kiss Goodnight, TheThe Long Kiss Goodnight Trin
1998 Dangerous Beauty Livia
1998 Rounders Barbara
2001 15 Minutes Nicolette Karas
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Athena
2013 Snitch Sylvie Collins


Year Title Role Notes
1991–95 Guiding Light Eleni Andros Cooper Recurring role
1995 Due South Victoria Metcalf 3 episodes
1995 New York News Angela Villanova Series
1995 NYPD Blue Benita Alden 5 episodes
1997 Leaving L.A. Libby Galante 6 episodes
1997 Practice, TheThe Practice Andrea Wexler Episodes: "First Degree", "Sex, Lies and Monkeys"
1998 Oz A.D.A. Marilyn Crenshaw Episode: "Great Men"
1998 Saint Maybe Rita Movie
Providence Dr. Sydney Hansen Lead role
2004 CSI: Miami Stella Bonasera Episode: "MIA/NYC Nonstop"
2004–10 CSI: NY Stella Bonasera Lead role
2005 Into the Fire Catrina / Sabrina Hampton Movie
2008 CSI: NY Det. Stella Bonasera (voice) Video game
2015 Hawaii Five-0 Kathy Millwood Episode: "Nanahu"
2015 Extant Dorothy Richter Episode: "You Say You Want An Evolution"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Production Result
1992 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Female Newcomer: Daytime Guiding Light Nominated
1994 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series Guiding Light Nominated
1994 Soap Opera Digest Awards Hottest Female Star Guiding Light Nominated
1995 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Guiding Light Nominated
2000 TV Guide Awards Favorite Actress in a Drama Providence Won
2001 TV Guide Awards Actress of the Year in a Drama Series Providence Nominated

See also


  1. ^ Melina Kanakaredes Biography (1967-)
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b Profile from "Women in Akron History" from a University of Akron website
  5. ^ Temo's candy is an Easter tradition in Akron, a March 2007 Akron Beacon Journal article via
  6. ^ Akron native Melina Kanakaredes leaving 'CSI: NY'
  7. ^ Milliner, Janice (Spring 2007). "At home with: Richard E. Rauh Conservatory & Pittsburgh Musical Theater". Designing Home Lifestyles. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  8. ^ Past Distinguished Alumni from the Point Park University website
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^ a b c Kanakaredes savors her married life from USA Today
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^ Official website for Tria Greek Kuzina

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.