Carol's post-apocalyptic journey has been a long and uncertain one. After dealing with heartbreak and loss at just about every turn, Carol has opted for a distant, more guarded life. But when hiding away doesn't change the brutal reality of this world, Carol finds herself back in the midst of war – fighting side by side with friends old and new in a position of leadership.
A veteran commercial, voice, and television actress, Melissa McBride began her acting career in Atlanta, Georgia, shortly after graduating from college. She made her primetime network television debut guest starring in a two-part special of Matlock, opposite Andy Griffith.
McBride’s additional television credits include Dawson’s Creek; American Gothic; Profiler; and Walker, Texas Ranger. Her television movie credits include Living Proof, with Harry Connick Jr.; Pirates of Silicon Valley, with Noah Wyle; and A Season in Purgatory, based on the book written by Dominick Dunne, with Patrick Dempsey. McBride has also starred in several commercial spots.
McBride’s film credits include The Mist, directed by Frank Darabont; Lost Crossing, directed by Eric Blue; and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, directed by Peter Care and produced by Jodie Foster. McBride also stars as Krista in the independent film The Happys. Also starring Janeane Garofalo and written and directed by Tom Gould and John Serpe, the film received several accolades, including the Durango Film Festival Jury Award, the Anchorage International Film Festival Audience Choice Award, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival Alternative Spirit Award. McBride was also the voice double for Anne Bancroft in the animated feature Delgo.
In the music scene, McBride played Lucy, the messed-up dressed-up waitress opposite Martin Sheen in Diamond Rio’s music video It’s All in Your Head. In addition to her on-camera and voice acting, McBride has worked behind the camera as a commercial casting director.
For her performance as Carol in The Walking Dead, McBride garnered a Critics’ Choice Television Awards nomination and four consecutive Saturn Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, in which she won twice. McBride also won Entertainment Weekly’s EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.