Acclaimed actress and singer Bellamy Young is currently starring in her award-winning role as 'First Lady Mellie Grant' on ABC/Shonda Rhimes’ Peabody Award-winning series, "Scandal."
Bellamy’s critically-praised performance as the politically ambitious ‘First Lady’ has earned her a ‘Best Supporting Actress’ statue from the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, a spot on the 25 Best Characters on TV list for "Entertainment Weekly," #15 of 50 Best TV Scenes of the Year for "Entertainment Weekly," a spot as one of the Top 10 TV Actors for "The New York Post," and a "TV Guide Magazine" Fan Favorite Award. "Rolling Stone Magazine" described Bellamy’s portrayal as “the most badass first lady in TV history” and E!’s resident TV critic Kristin Dos Santos described Bellamy as her "favorite character on TV ever."
Bellamy’s extensive television resume has included recurring roles on CBS’ long-running series "Criminal Minds" alongside Thomas Gibson and Joe Mantegna, ABC’s "Dirty, Sexy, Money" alongside Donald Sutherland and Jill Clayburgh, portraying ‘ASA Monica West’ on "CSI: Miami" and she appeared alongside Zach Braff on the hit-comedy, "Scrubs." Bellamy made her television debut as ‘Dr. Courtney Evens’ on the long-running NBC soap opera, "Another World." On the big screen, Bellamy will next appear in Disney and Ava Duvernay’s "A Wrinkle In Time."
A trained singer, Bellamy released her debut album, "Far Away So Close," a collection of contemporary covers influenced by her North Carolina roots.
Through her philanthropic work, Bellamy serves as the national spokesperson for the Humane Society of The United States’ campaign, The Shelter Pet Project. Bellamy has also used her notoriety to bring awareness to Operation Blankets, a donation based foundation that repurposes pillows and blankets for animal shelters across the country. Bellamy also serves as the Ambassador for The Trust for The National Mall, alongside Chelsea Clinton.
Born in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Bellamy graduated from Yale University with dual degrees in English and Theater Studies; she also holds a certificate from Oxford University in England.