• Melanie Liburd is a British actress known for roles in "Dark Matter" and "Gypsy"
• She was raised by parents Michael Liburd and Georgina Liburd and studied History and Arts, with a BA in Fashion Design
• Liburd made her small screen debut in 2009 and her big screen debut in 2015
• She won the 2019 SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance for "This Is Us"
• Liburd is married to Benny Taylor, a car enthusiast and rum producer; they live in Los Angeles
The British actress Melanie Liburd is famously known for her roles in the TV sci-fi series “Dark Matter”, and the 2017 Netflix psychological thriller “Gypsy.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Melanie ‘Melly’ Liburd was born in Hertfordshire, England, under the Scorpio zodiac sign on 11 November 1987, which makes her 34 years old as of 2022. She was raised alongside her brothers Leon and Marc by her parents, Michael Liburd, a martial artist who is Kittitian, and her English mother, Georgina Liburd, who is a realtor. Melanie developed a knack for acting and art at a young age, and when she turned nine, she appeared in her school’s theatrical production based on the folklore “Dick Whittington and His Cat.”
She has revealed that she was an introvert and very shy as a child, but acting helped her grow into a more talkative and outgoing person. Melanie studied History and Arts, and has a BA degree in Fashion Design, however, she hasn’t revealed where she graduated from. She later started working as a beauty and fashion model, and a few years later joined The Identity School of Acting, London to study acting.
Liburd is a big fan of canines and has kept a pet dog named Winton together with her husband; she likes posting the dog’s photos on Instagram. The English actress is physically active, including being a martial arts expert.
Career and Awards
Melanie made her small screen debut in 2009, with the role of Fiona Castley in the film “The Selection,” which is based on the teen novel written by Kiera Cass. The movie follows the story of a young career woman who is selected in a lottery to participate in a competition with other women for a chance to marry a prince; she is one of these women. Three years later, she portrayed Asmara in an episode of the American/British spy drama show “Strike Back” before she was cast in an episode of the horror drama TV series “Dracula.” In the same year, she made her film debut in “What Would Dylan Do?”, and 2014 saw her appearing in two police procedural dramas, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and “Stalker.”
Rise to Prominence
Liburd landed her first big screen role as Kira Geoffries in the 2015 Dianne Houston-directed film “Runaway Island”, appearing together with Thomas Q. Jones, Aisha Hinds and Lorraine Toussaint. The movie is about a group of people who travel to a remote island to seek solace from ‘the hurricane of life.” In the same year, she landed her first starring role as Ivy Dexter in the Fox TV comedy series “The Grinder.” The show was well-received by viewers and critics; however, it was cancelled after airing for one season. Subsequently, she was selected to play Amanda in the drama “How Sarah Got Her Wings”, and
2016 saw Liburd landing a role in the episode “No One” – sixth season – of the acclaimed fantasy drama “Game of Thrones.”
In the same year, she portrayed Nyx Harper, a loner and extremely agile seer who is very passionate about weapons, in the TV series “Dark Matter,” appearing in all episodes of the second season, and also making guest appearances in its third season. In 2017, she appeared as Michael Holloway’s assistant in the thriller “Gypsy”, sharing the screen with Poorna Jagannathan, Billy Crudup,and Naomi Watts. Melanie then worked together with Xosha Roquemore, Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear in the film “Brian Banks,” which aired in 2018, and in 2019, she was selected to play the guest role of the new girlfriend of Kevin Pearson – played by Justin Hartley – in the second season of the NBC tragedy TV series, “This Is Us.”
In 2019, Liburd won the Screen Actors Guild Award – Outstanding Performance by Ensemble – for her performance in the drama series “This Is Us”, sharing the award with the rest of the cast. Melanie is active on Instagram and Twitter, with over 135,000 and 14,000 followers respectively. She has populated her Instagram account with colorful photos of herself and friends, and also uses it to promote her career. Shortly afterwards she was selected to play the red priestess in “Game of Thrones,” Melanie broke the news to her fans through her Instagram account, adding that she was ‘Flying back to London then on to Spain to film my dream job… dreams do come true! I’m so excited I feel like jumping up and down!!’ Moreover, she is active on Facebook, with close to 6,000 fans.
Melanie Liburd is married to her former long-term boyfriend Benny Taylor, who is a native of Saint Kitts and Nevis Island. The duo like vacationing together, and are fond of posting their photos together on their respective social media accounts; they are seemingly living a happy life together – Benny previously captioned one of their pictures on Instagram as ‘Hanging with my hot wife.’ Benny is very supportive of Liburd’s career; the duo are now living together in Los Angeles, California.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Melanie is of black ethnicity, and has dark brown eyes and black hair. She is 5ft 7ins (1.70m) tall, weighs approximately 110lbs (50kgs), with vital statistics of 34B-28-40; she wears shoe size 5.5 (US)
Acting is Melanie’s main source of income, and she also accumulated a good amount from her previous modeling career – she worked with several big brands as their ambassador. She’s featured in multiple high-grossing productions, and has made a name for herself, plus earning a net worth of approximately $4.5 million as of mid-2022.
Who Is Melanie’s Husband, BennyTaylor?
Benny Taylor was born to Bobcat and his wife Terry Jean.
He is a car fanatic, and is fond of posting various models of luxury cars on his social media. Taylor is also a culinary and rum enthusiast, who is very passionate about producing the best drinks for his customers – he’s the co-founder of Old Road Rum St Kitts company. He is active on Instagram – @mrbennytaylor – with nearly 1800 followers, and uses his account to promote his rum brand. Benny has brown eyes and blonde hair; one of his distinctive features is his sharp masculine jawline.