New York-based, Canadian Actress Melanie Nicholls-King began her career on stage with Sugar’n’Spice, a theatre company she created with two other women. The company’s first production, Sistahs, earned her a nomination for a Dora under the Best Female Performance category.
Melanie’s career has exploded since then, holding television roles on the critically acclaimed HBO Drama, The Wire, as well as roles on ABC’s Cupid, Showtime’s Deacons for Defence, all three Law and Order’s, and Disney’s The Famous Jett Jackson.
Her big-screen experience includes a leading role in Clement Virgo’s Rude, which at the time was the first feature film written, directed and produced by African-Canadians. The film was a huge success and received a special jury citation at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival.
Melanie’s other film credits include a leading role in the independent film How She Move, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The film was such a success that it was picked up and distributed by MTV Films.
Currently, Melanie is most recognized for her role as a headstrong mentor and veteran cop on GlobalTV and ABC’s latest hit series, Rookie Blue. Set in Toronto, Rookie Blue is a drama-packed Canadian cop series that follows the trials of five rookie cops, who trained together at police academy. Starting their careers in the big city the group faces many challenges, including proving themselves to training officer Noelle Williams.
Played by Melanie, Noelle Williams is a fierce and efficient police woman who wants to prove that women can get ahead on the force, but not without sacrifice. Single, and faced with the possibility of having a child, Noelle has to decide just how much she can sacrifice for her job.