MELISSA LEO (Sally) received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for her tour-de-force performance in The Fighter. She also received Oscar and SAG nominations for her starring role in Frozen River, for which she won a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and a Spotlight Award from the National Board of Review, among countless other accolades.
Leo shared a Best Ensemble Acting award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society for heroutstanding work in 21 Grams, opposite Benicio Del Toro and Sean Penn.
Leo's most recent films include Paramount Pictures' Flight, in which she starred opposite Denzel Washington for director Robert Zemeckis; the upcoming The Butler, opposite Oprah Winfrey for director Lee Daniels; and Olympus Has Fallen, opposite Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart for director Antoine Fuqua. She will next star in Prisoners opposite Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano.
Leo's other notable film work includes Conviction, opposite Hilary Swank; The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, in which she starred opposite Dwight Yoakam and Tommy Lee Jones; andHide and Seek, in which she starred opposite Robert De Niro.
Leo was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her work in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, in which she starred opposite Kate Winslet for director Todd Haynes. Leo's television work also includes the HBO series Treme, from executive producer David Simon, and she is known forhergroundbreaking portrayal of Detective Kay Howard on Homicide: Life on the Street. She recently guest starred on Louie C.K.'s F/X Network comedy Louie in a hilarious and outrageous performance, which People magazine called "the best performance in television all year."
Leo studied drama at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, England, and later at the SUNY Purchase College acting program.
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