Melissa Ponzio

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Melissa Ponzio
Melissa Ponzio by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Ponzio at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1972-08-03) August 3, 1972 (age 47)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

Melissa Ponzio (born August 3, 1972) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Melissa McCall on Teen Wolf and Karen on The Walking Dead. Most recently, Ponzio has starred in Chicago Fire as Donna Robbins.

Life and career

Ponzio was born in New York City and graduated from Georgia State University.[1] As of the late 1990s, Ponzio began appearing in supporting guest roles on television series, including Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, Surface, Drop Dead Diva, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Gates, NCIS, The Following and Banshee.[2] She also appeared in films The Greenskeeper (2002), Road Trip: Beer Pong (2009), Life as We Know It (2010) and Upside (2010).[citation needed]

Ponzio is known for her recurring roles as Angie on the Lifetime Television drama series Army Wives (2007–2009), and as Melissa McCall in the MTV teen drama Teen Wolf (2011–2017).[3] In 2013, she had a recurring role as Karen in the AMC drama series The Walking Dead.[4][5][6]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Atlanta Blue Mona
2000 The Buse Short film
2002 The Greenskeeper Elena Rodriguez
White Bitch Down Monica Short film
Petunia Front Desk Clerk Short film
2006 The $100 Short Short Kidnapper #1 Short film
2007 Love Hurts Battered Woman Short film
2009 Road Trip: Beer Pong The Fare Direct-to-video
2010 The Tedious Existence of Terrell B. Howell Lauren Richardson Short film
Life as We Know It Victoria (Stripper Cousin)
Upside Dr. Leinman
2012 Undocumented Executive Anita Vasquez
2019 Hatched Kay Short film
TBA Max and Me Melissa Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story New York Executive Television film
2001–2002 Dawson's Creek Robin Ellsworth / Female Student Recurring role; 3 episodes
2003–2004 One Tree Hill Alice Guest role; 2 episodes
2005 Warm Springs Lucy Mercer Television film
2006 Surface Ann Tracy Recurring role; 2 episodes
Thief Flight Attendant Television mini-series
2007–2009 Army Wives Angie Recurring role; 12 episodes
2007 October Road Young Girl Episode: "Pilot"
K-Ville Yasmine Quaid Episode: "Critical Mass"
2008 Little Britain USA Barbara Episode: #1.03
2009 My Fake Fiance Sales Lady Television film
Drop Dead Diva Selette Garner Episode: "Do Over"
The Vampire Diaries Daphne Episode: "The Turning Point"
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sasha Katsaros Episode: "The Panty Sniffer"
Past Life Dr. Steen Episode: "Gone Daddy Gone"
The Gates Gloria Bennett Episode: "Jurisdiction"
Marry Me Erica Television mini-series
2011 Justice for Natalee Holloway Debra Stanville Television film
Franklin & Bash Annie Ross Episode: "Pilot"
Necessary Roughness Lisa Genovese Episode: "Anchor Management"
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service Drew Turner Episode: "Enemy on the Hill"
CSI: Miami Kathy Jennings Episode: "Crowned"
2011–2017 Teen Wolf Melissa McCall Recurring role (seasons 1–5), Main role (season 6); 71 episodes
2012 Touch Gwen Davis Episode: "Gyre, Part 2"
2013 Mary and Martha Alice Television film
The Walking Dead Karen Recurring role (seasons 3–4); 7 episodes
The Following Detective Joan Garcia Episode: Pilot
Banshee Jocelyn Frears Recurring role; 2 episodes
Second Generation Wayans Lorin Sandler Recurring role; 2 episodes
2014–present Chicago Fire Donna Robbins-Boden Recurring role (seasons 2-present); 29 episodes
2018 Cheerleader Nightmare Paula Television film
2019 Killer Reputation Ramona Television film


  1. ^ Biography for Melissa Ponzio
  2. ^ "Melissa Ponzio: Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  3. ^ "Melissa Ponzio Biography". BuddyTV. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  4. ^ Geoff Berkshire (April 3, 2013). "'Walking Dead' Season 4: Cast expands with three new regulars, one recurring". Zap2it. Archived from the original on May 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  5. ^ "'The Walking Dead' Season 4: Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green And Emily Kinney Promoted To Series Regulars". The Huffington Post. April 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  6. ^ Natalie Abrams. "The Walking Dead Promotes Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and More to Series Regular". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-05-30.

External links

  • Melissa Ponzio on IMDb

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