Melinda Clarke from the OC in Maxim

Personal life

Clarke was born in Dana Point, California to John Clarke, an actor, and Patricia Lewis, a ballet dancer. She has a daughter, Kathryn Grace with husband, Ernie Mirich, and resides in Beverly Hills, California.

[edit] Career
Melinda Clarke as Velasca, from Xena: Warrior Princess
Melinda Clarke as Velasca, from Xena: Warrior Princess

Clarke appeared in the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives (where her father, John Clarke was a senior cast member), and starred on Soldier of Fortune, Inc. for both of its seasons. She also guest starred on Xena: Warrior Princess, Firefly, Charmed, and has had three memorable appearances on CSI where she played the dominatrix, Lady Heather. She also appeared in the Seinfeld episode The Muffin Tops, playing Jerry's girlfriend who likes anything hairless. Coincidentally, one of her appearances on CSI was with Kelly Rowan, who would later be her co-star on The O.C..

She appeared as a guest star on the FOX drama The O.C., and due to fan response was offered a contract for her role as Julie Cooper, a cunning socialite who marries for money. Clarke accepted the role and has since become an integral part of the show's storylines.

As well as starring on The O.C., she has appeared on HBO's hit series Entourage as a fictionalized version of herself, married to Malcolm McDowell's Terrance McQuewick.

Clarke has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program.

Future projects include a CBS pilot with LL Cool J called "The Man".

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