Melissa McCarthy has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents on both the small and silver screens.

McCarthy received an Academy Award-nomination, as well as BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and SAG Award nominations, for her role as Megan in the worldwide hit comedy, “Bridesmaids,” directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow. She earned a second Academy Award-nomination for Fox Searchlight’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” in addition to receiving Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and SAG Award nominations for the same role. She has also been awarded the Inaugural People’s Icon Award at the 2018 People’s Choice Awards and the coveted Comedic Genius Award from MTV.

Melissa can currently be seen starring alongside Octavia Spencer in Netflix’s superhero comedy, “Thunder Force.” The film, written and directed by Ben Falcone, focuses on two estranged childhood best friends who reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo when one invents a formula that gives ordinary people superpowers.   Melissa will soon be seen in Hulu’s “Nine Perfect Strangers” alongside Nicole Kidman and Michael Shannon. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, “Nine Perfect Strangers” is a limited series from David E. Kelley which explores the healing and transformation of nine city dwellers who spend 10 days at a boutique health and wellness resort. McCarthy serves as Executive Producer on both “Thunder Force” and “Nine Perfect Strangers.”

Additional upcoming projects include Ted Melfi’s, “The Starling,” a comedy-drama about a married couple whose relationship becomes strained after they suffer a tragedy as well as Netflix’s documentary, “Bob Ross: Happy Accidents,” “Betrayal & Greed,” directed by Joshua Rofe.  The film documents the life story of the legendary painter known for his work on and off the small screen.  Melissa is currently shooting Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, the highly anticipated live-action remake of the children’s classic movie.  McCarthy will then re-team with her husband once again as they co-star and executive produce Netflix’s “God’s Favorite Idiot.” The comedy series follows mid-level tech support employee Clark Thompson (Falcone) as he finds love with co-worker Amily Luck (McCarthy) at exactly the same time he becomes the unwitting messenger of God.

Additional film credits include Falone’s comedy “Superintelligence,” “The Kitchen,” opposite Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss and “Life of the Party” and “The Boss,” which she co-wrote and produced with Ben Falcone, who served as the director for both films.  McCarthy played the role of Dr. Abigail Yates in Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” with Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon and starred in the hit film “Spy”, for which she received both Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award nominations.  She also starred in “St. Vincent” opposite Bill Murray; “Tammy,” which she co-wrote with Ben Falcone, Paul Feig’s “The Heat” opposite Sandra Bullock; “Identity Thief” with Jason Bateman; “This is 40” for Judd Apatow; Todd Phillip’s “The Hangover Part III;” “The Back-Up Plan,” “Life As We Know It,” “Pretty Ugly People,” “Just Add Water,” “The Nines,” “White Oleander,” “Pumpkin,” and “Go,” directed by Doug Liman.

On television, McCarthy starred as the culinary genius Sookie St. James in “Gilmore Girls” and Dena in the series “Samantha Who?” McCarthy won an Emmy Award and People’s Choice Award for starring as Molly on the hit CBS comedy “Mike & Molly” and has directed several episodes. She has also won an Emmy award for “Saturday Night Live,” which she has hosted multiple times. McCarthy also appeared on the television series “Nobodies” (Paramount Network) which she executive produced along with husband Ben Falcone as well as NBC’s “Little Big Shot.”

In 2013, McCarthy and husband, Ben Falcone, founded On the Day Productions and have successfully produced a number of film and television projects including “Tammy,” “The Boss,” “Life of the Party,” “Nobodies,” “Little Big Shots,” “Superintelligence” as well as upcoming projects, “Thunder Force,” “God’s Favorite Idiot,” and “Bob Ross: Happy Accidents,” “Betrayal & Greed.”

A native of Illinois, McCarthy first made her mark on the comedy stage performing stand-up in New York at The Duplex, The Improv, and Stand-Up New York. At the same time, she studied the Meisner Technique under Michael Harney and then continued her dramatic training at The Actors Studio. McCarthy participated in a variety of stage productions throughout the city. In Los Angeles, she spent nine years as a main-stage member of the world-renowned improv and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings.

McCarthy resides in Los Angeles.

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