Melissa Suzanne McBride was born on May 23, 1965 in Lexington, Kentucky. She is an American actress and casting director based in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. She began acting occasionally in the early 1990s, both on film and television. She rose to prominence in the 2007 film The Mist, where she first worked with director Frank Daramont; they later worked together in the AMC series The Walking Dead. She recently also worked as a casting director for several films.