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actor , screenwriter , television actor , film actor

Melina Eleni Kanakaredes Constantinides is an American actress.


Kanakaredes was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Connie (née Temo), a candy company owner, and Harry Kanakaredes, an insurance salesman.


Attended, Ohio State University. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Point Park College.


She is widely known for her roles in U.S. primetime television dramas as Dr. Sydney Hansen in Providence (1999–2002) and as Detective Stella Bonasera in CSI: NY (2004–10), and on the American daytime television drama series Guiding Light as Eleni Andros Cooper. She is a second-generation Greek-American and speaks Greek. Her two maternal uncles own and run a candy store in Akron called "Temo's Candy Company", a chocolate store established in its current location by Kanakaredes's grandfather, Christ Temo.

At age 8, Kanakaredes made her stage debut in a production of Tom Sawyer at Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio. She graduated from the Firestone High School in Akron. She attended Ohio State University for a short time, and then transferred to Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she performed roles in the professional theatre scene there, including the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at Pittsburgh Musical Theater.

She graduated from Point Park in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater arts. Kanakaredes married Peter Constantinides on September 6, 1992. Together, they have two daughters: Zoe (b 2000) and Karina Eleni (b 2003).


  • Other Work

    • Actor: (Broadway plays) Caberet. (films) Carts, 1987, Bleeding Hearts, 1994, The Long Kiss Goodnight, 1996, Dangerous Beauty, 1998, Rounders, 1998, 15 Minutes, 2001, Into the Fire, 2005. (television films) Saint Maybe, 1998.

      (television series) The More You Know, since 1989, The Guiding Light, 1991-1995, New York News, 1995, Leaving Los Angeles, 1997, Providence, 1999—2002, Computer Society of India: New York, since 2004, (television appearances) New York City Police Department Blue, 1995, Due South, 1995, The Practice, 1997, Oz, 1998, Computer Society of India: Miami, 2004.


Married Peter Constantinades, September 6, 1992. Children: Zoe, Karina Eleni.

Peter Constantinades

Zoe Kanakaredes

Karina Eleni Kanakaredes