Biography

American actress Melissa Chessington Leo made her acting debut in 1985, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Ingenue/Woman in the Drama Series “All My Children”. Her most notable role as was as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on “Homicide: Life on the Street” for the show's first five seasons from 1993–1997.

Following several films, Leo received critical acclaim and national attention in earning several nominations and awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Leo earned several awards for her role as Alice Ward in the critically acclaimed film, “The Fighter” (2010). For this role Leo won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Leo currently appears on the television series Treme. 

Leo currently resides in Stone Ridge, New York and two sons John Matthew Heard (born 1987), and Adam (adopted - born 1984).

American actress Melissa Chessington Leo made her acting debut in 1985, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Ingenue/Woman in the Drama Series “All My Children”. Her most notable role as was as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on “Homicide: Life on the Street” for the show's first five seasons from 1993–1997.

Following several films, Leo received critical acclaim and national attention in earning several nominations and awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Leo earned several awards for her role as Alice Ward in the critically acclaimed film, “The Fighter” (2010). For this role Leo won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Leo currently appears on the television series Treme. 

Leo currently resides in Stone Ridge, New York and two sons John Matthew Heard (born 1987), and Adam (adopted - born 1984).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 102

Birthday 1960-09-14

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Margaret May

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Venice/Venice as Peggy
2018 The Equalizer 2 as Susan Plummer
2018 The Parting Glass
2018 Mabel, Mabel Tiger Trainer as Narrator
2018 Furlough as Joan Anderson
2018 Unlovable as Maddie
2018 The Ashram as Chandra
2017 Novitiate as Reverend Mother
2017 I'm Dying Up Here(20 episodes) as Goldie
2017 The Most Hated Woman in America as Madalyn Murray O'Hair
2016 Snowden as Laura Poitras
2016 All the Way as Lady Bird Johnson
2016 Burn Country as Gloria
2016 London Has Fallen as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
2015 The Big Short as Georgia Hale
2015 Damnation: The Flashback as Noda Marra
2015 After the Spill as Narrator
2015 Wayward Pines(10 episodes) as Pam
2015 She's The Best Thing in It as Herself
2015 The Ever After as Penny
2014 The Equalizer as Susan Plummer
2014 BoJack Horseman(1 episode) as Diane's Mother (voice)
2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn as Bette Altmann
2014 Dwegons and Leprechauns as Grandma Fitz / Butterfly McDweg / Mrs. Fitzgerald
2013 Queen of the Lot as Aunt Bee
2013 Prisoners as Holly Jones
2013 Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy as Narrator (voice)
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film as Robin
2013 Bottled Up as Fay
2013 Oblivion as Sally
2013 Olympus Has Fallen as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
2013 Charlie Countryman as Kate
2012 Flight as Ellen Block
2012 Francine as Francine
2012 Why Stop Now? as Penny
2011 The Space Between as Montine
2011 Seven Days in Utopia as Lily
2011 Red State as Sara
2011 The Sea Is All I Know as Sara
2011 Mildred Pierce(5 episodes) as Lucy Gessler
2010 The Fighter as Alice Eklund-Ward
2010 Welcome to the Rileys as Lois Riley
2010 Conviction as Nancy Taylor
2010 The Dry Land as Martha
2010 Treme(1 episode)
2010 Treme(41 episodes) as Toni Bernette
2009 Everybody's Fine as Colleen
2009 According to Greta as Karen
2009 Dear Lemon Lima as Mrs. Howard
2009 Veronika Decides to Die as Mari
2009 Don McKay as Marie
2009 True Adolescents as Sharon
2009 Stephanie's Image as Stephanie
2008 Righteous Kill as Cheryl
2008 Frozen River as Ray Eddy
2008 Santa Mesa as Maggie
2008 Lullaby as Stephanie
2007 Racing Daylight as Sadie / Anna
2007 I Believe in America as Soto
2007 Hollywood Dreams as Aunt Bee
2007 The Cake Eaters as Ceci Kimbrough
2007 Dear Lemon Lima
2007 Black Irish as Margaret McKay
2007 Midnight Son as Rita
2007 One Night as Wendy
2006 The House Is Burning as Mrs. Miller
2006 Shark(1 episode)
2006 Stephanie Daley as Miri Daley
2005 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada as Rachel
2005 Criminal Minds(1 episode)
2005 Runaway as Lisa Adler
2005 Hide and Seek as Laura
2005 American Gun as Louise
2005 Confess as Agnes Lessor
2004 Veronica Mars(1 episode) as Julia Smith
2004 The L Word(3 episodes)
2003 Cold Case(1 episode)
2003 21 Grams as Marianne Jordan
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent(1 episode)
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation(1 episode)
2000 Homicide: The Movie as Kay Howard
1999 Code of Ethics as Jo DeAngelo
1999 The 24 Hour Woman as Dr. Suzanne Pincus
1998 Legacy(2 episodes)
1995 Last Summer in the Hamptons as Trish Axelrod
1995 In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice as Carol Manning
1994 Scarlett(4 episodes)
1993 The Ballad of Little Jo as Beatrice Grey
1993 Homicide: Life on the Street(77 episodes) as Kay Howard
1993 Homicide: Life on the Street(1 episode)
1992 Immaculate Conception as Hannah
1991 Carolina Skeletons as Cassie
1990 The Bride in Black as Mary Margaret
1990 Law & Order(3 episodes) as Alice Sutton
1989 Nasty Boys as Katie Morrissey
1989 Nasty Boys(2 episodes) as Katie Morrissey
1989 The Young Riders(68 episodes) as Emma Shannon
1988 A Time of Destiny as Josie Larraneta
1986 Deadtime Stories as Judith 'MaMa' Baer
1985 Always as Peggy
1985 Spenser: For Hire(1 episode)
1985 Streetwalkin' as Cookie
1985 The Equalizer(1 episode)
1984 Miami Vice(1 episode)

Production

2018 FurloughProducer
2013 Bottled UpProducer

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