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Melissa O’Neil Bio

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Melissa Crystal O’Neil 奧詩敏

Born: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Birthday: July 12, 1988

Horoscope Sign: Cancer

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Smartasses Magazine Top 100 - Female EmpowermentMelissa O’Neil Bio – Smartasses Magazine Melissa Crystal O’Neil 奧詩敏 (born July 12, 1988) is a Canadian singer and musical theatre actress. She was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and attended Terry Fox Junior High School before studying at Lester B. Pearson High School. Prior to her Canadian Idol experience, she had worked at a daycare centre, and had also been involved in local musical theatre productions.

In early 2005, O’Neil auditioned for the third season of Canadian Idol. After scoring the highest number of votes in her semi-final group with Concrete Angel, she was granted a place in the final 10. During the grand finale show on September 14, 2005, O’Neil was crowned the third Canadian Idol and the first female winner, defeating Rex Goudie. She then signed a recording contract with Sony BMG Canada and released her first single Alive, which debuted at number one on the Canadian singles chart, a position it held for four weeks. The single went on to be certified four-times platinum by the CRIA. Her self-titled debut album Melissa O’Neil, was released on November 22, 2005 and debuted at number sixteen on the Canadian albums chart. The second single from her album, Let It Go was released in late 2005 and peaked at number seven on the singles chart. On February 7, 2006, O’Neil embarked on her first solo tour in North Bay, Ontario. Her support act was her Canadian Idol runner-up, Rex Goudie. In March 2006, her debut album was certified gold by the CRIA for 50,000 units shipped, and her first single Alive was covered by Becki Ryan in the movie Flicka. On April 1, 2007, O’Neil attended the annual Juno Awards, where she was nominated for Best New Artist.

O’Neil starred in the musical of Dirty Dancing in Toronto as a featured singer. She then played the role of Gabriella in High School Musical On Stage and was featured as a lead in the Stage West Calgary production of British Invasion, alongside former lead singer of The Guess Who, Terry Hatty. O’Neil made her Stratford Shakespeare Festival debut during the 2011 season as Martha/Maid by the Fire in Jesus Christ Superstar and she also made an appearance in Camelot. She also played Eponine in a sit-down production of Les Misérables in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre, and won the Dora Award for Outstanding Female Performance for the role. O’Neil later served as both a member of the ensemble and an understudy for the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables, which opened March 2014. In December 2014, she was cast in the role of Portia Lin aka Two on the television series Dark Matter.

Immediately after her win on Canadian Idol, O’Neil received a congratulatory phone call from the Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin.

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In lieu of talking about her delightfully hypnotic singing voice, we’ll simply say, “Leave it to Canada to get it right, as usual”, by carving yet another notch in the bedpost that is female-empowerment, and rightfully casting Melissa O’Neil in the role of Portia Lin on the thrilling Sci-Fi series, Dark Matter. Kudos to Miss O’Neil as well for nailing the part of the tough, #2Boss, undisputed leader of the Raza crew, and providing both Canadian gals and female Netflix viewers worldwide, an excellent role model to emulate. Going from a musical-actress to network television can be a dark matter in and of itself for many an actor, but Melissa slid into those gorgeous black leather boots as if she’d been doing it for decades. She can sing “Go to FTL!” to us any time she likes.

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