Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Melissa O'Neil is an award-winning Canadian actress and platinum-selling recording artist. At the age of 16, she was the youngest and first female winner of "Canadian Idol." Additionally, she is a Juno Award nominee and a Dora Mavor Moore Award winner.
O'Neil currently plays a lead role in the ABC series "The Rookie," opposite Nathan Fillion.
O'Neil's acting career started in theater where she performed on Broadway appearing in "Les Miserables" and "Jesus Christ Superstar." She also had a flourishing theater career in Canada and abroad with theatrical career highlights, including appearances in "Les Miserables," "Dirty Dancing" and performing at the Stratford Festival of Canada.
In 2015, O'Neil successfully transitioned from the stage to television, starring as the lead in SyFy's "Dark Matter," which aired for three seasons; and also secured recurring roles on multiple series, including the CW's "iZombie" and Audience Network's "Rogue" and "Condor." She also created a character for Ubisoft's video game series "Tom Clancy's The Division."