Melissa Howard (actress)

Melissa Howard (born February/March 1989[1]) is an Australian actress, best known for playing Rebecca Ainsworth in Dead Gorgeous.

Melissa Howard
Born1989 (age 32–33)
Years active2009–present

Early lifeEdit

Howard was born in Brisbane. From 2002 to 2006 she attended Corinda State High School in Corinda. During this period, she joined the Screech Theatre Group, composed of disabled and non-disabled people.[2] In 2008, she moved to Melbourne, in Albert Park, Victoria suburb,[1] where she worked at Cafe Sienna and started studying Literature at the University of Melbourne.[3]


In 2003, she studied acting at Film and Television Studio International in Melbourne and Brisbane. Three years later, she joined Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company.[4] In 2005, she acted in the romantic drama Advanced Screening, an example of cinematic theatre, written and directed by Brad Jennings.[5]

Howard debuted on small screen in 2009, playing Chanel in three episodes of Rush. In 2010, she was a guest star in Satisfaction and had her first major role, that of Rebecca Ainsworth, one of the main characters in Dead Gorgeous. The following year, Howard had a cameo in the TV movie Underbelly Files: Infiltration, where she portraited a friend of Chelsea's. In 2012, she started filming her first theatrical movie, Animals, directed by Edward Drake and based on Where Were You, a short movie by the same director.[6] In 2014, she was featured in the short film Black and White[7] and in the play Below Babylon.[8]


Film and television
Year Work Role Notes
2009 Rush Chanel TV series, 3 episodes
2010 Satisfaction Nikki TV series, episode 3x05
2010 Dead Gorgeous Rebecca Ainsworth TV series, lead role
2011 Underbelly Files: Infiltration Chelsea's friend TV movie, cameo
2013 twentysomething Lucy
2014 Winners & Losers Cassie Guest
2014 Kerion Adara
2015 Animals Sarah Finch
2015 Footballer Wants a Wife Coreen TV series, 3 episodes
Year Work Role Notes
2005 Advanced Screening Judith Wright Arts Centre, Brisbane
2007 Beautiful The Girl
2014 Below Babylon Chloe Revolt Theatre, Kensington


Year Award Category Work Result
2010 AFI Awards Outstanding Young Actor[9] Dead Gorgeous Nominated


  1. ^ a b Rebecca Malivindi (8 July 2011). "Why Melissa Howard is DEAD GORGEOUS". Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  2. ^ Margo Wratten. "Screeching into the Limelight" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Below Babylon – Cast: Chloe (Melissa Howard)". Archived from the original on 2 July 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Melissa Howard". Star Now.
  5. ^ "ADVANCED SCREENING – Cast announced". 5 October 2005. Archived from the original on 24 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Young, Kewley, Gorman and Zachariah for new Australian Zombie film". 22 February 2012. Archived from the original on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Surviving a Surprise Satanic Sex Party with 'Black And White' Director Richard Williamson". 12 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  8. ^ Wood, Narelle (20 February 2014). "REVIEW: Bitten By Productions Presents BELOW BABYLON". Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Melissa Howard – McMahon Management".

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