Michelle Clunie has made a name for herself in America as an excellent actress. Her most popular acting credit is in the hit TV show Queer as Folk, where she portrayed the character, Melanie Marcus. Since she first entered the acting scene, she has played a variety of complex roles, earning the acclaim of critics and the admiration of millions of viewers who have come to adore and look forward to her performances. As the years progressed, Michelle put in a hundred percent of everything she had into her career, so it was only a matter of time before she became a household name and one of the most respected actresses in Hollywood.
The versatile performer has picked up various awards along the way for her work. She snagged the distinguished Dramalogue Award when she was 23 for the character she embodied in A Comedy of Eros, a brilliant stage play which was rendered for viewing pleasure at Los Angeles’ Skylight Theatre. Similarly, she picked up the Backstage Readers Best Performance Award for her electrifying execution of the character Abby in The Mercy Seat.
Michelle Clunie Biography
The actress was born Michelle Renne Clunie in Portland, Oregon, on November 7th, 1969. From an early age, she became fascinated with dance and music, so she began training in jazz, ballet, tap, while also learning to play the violin. Michelle’s exceptional talent and outstanding ballet dancing skills earned her a scholarship to the prestigious Academy of Professional Ballet. While there, she studied and worked as an apprentice until her program was completed.
When she was 19, Michelle Clunie pawned off her violin for a paltry sum of $200, which she used to finance her journey to Los Angeles, where she intended to establish herself as an actress. She studied the craft of acting under the watchful eye of the late Milton Katselas, a gifted Hollywood producer and director.
Her first stage appearance was in a production of a play by Dean Orion titled A Comedy of Eros, which saw her pick up a Best Actress title at the Dramalogue Awards. She went on to appear in a couple more plays across the country including The Mercy Seat and Us, a play that she scripted and acted in. In 1993, she appeared in her first movie, a horror flick titled Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday followed up Sunset Strip.
Two years later, she was featured in the Oscar-winning movie, The Usual Suspects. She landed a role in the series Space: Above and Beyond in 1996 and later in The Jeff Foxworthy Show, which helped her achieve mainstream success and fame. Michelle’s next noteworthy role was in Lost & Found, V.I.P, and Diagnosis: Murder. Michelle Clunie began playing her iconic role in Queer as Folk in 2000 and continued until 2005, before moving on to other shows such as Without a Trace, The Closer, as well as House M.D. In 2008, she starred in Solar Flare and Leaving Barstow.
Michelle was featured in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and The Mentalist. You might also recognize her from her role as Ellen Beals in the hit TV drama Make It or Break It. Her other performances include roles in Bones, Death Clique, A Sort of Homecoming, Teen Wolf, Virgin Territory, Boy Meets World, The Tony Danza Show, Judging Amy, Night, and NCIS: Los Angeles. She has also appeared in The Unseen, Lie to Me, In Plain Sight, Magic Mike, Detroit 1-8-7, and Battery Park.
Michelle Clunie’s Family
On the personal front, there is sparse information available on Michelle Clunie’s family background, but it is no secret that she hails from a family that is saturated with writers. One of her relatives wrote the script for Top Gun as well as many hit movies. Her brother is employed as a writer. The actress has not revealed the names of her parents or siblings.
She became romantically entangled with her friend the director, writer, and producer Bryan Singer in 1989. They are not married, neither are they really a couple, but they are best of friends and have welcomed a child together. Their son, Dashiell Julius William was born on January 5, 2015.
Facts About the American Actress
1. She used to be in a relationship with the actor Michael B. Singer.
2. Michelle Clunie has a generous heart and has been involved in several charitable works.
3. She hosts fundraisers and was selected by Pride Nation to serve as the ambassador for the Global March to Equality in 2015.
4. The actress is 5 feet 7 inches tall with a slender frame.