Melinda Shankar is a Canadian actress with Indo-Guyanese heritage, and is best known from the television series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” (2008-2015), in which she played the character of Alli Bhandari. You may also recognize her as Indira “Indie” Mehta in the YTV series “How To Be Indie” (2009-2011), for which she received a Canadian Screen Award in 2013.
Melinda Shankar’s Bio, Age, Ethnicity, and Family
Melinda Leanna Shankar was born on the 18th February 1992 in Ottawa, Ontario Canada; her parents are Hindu of Indo-Guyanese descent who had immigrated to Canada from Guyana, but otherwise nothing is known about them. She has two older sisters, Melissa and Melanie, and a brother Michael who is also an actor. They spent their childhood in Orleans, Ontario, a suburban section of Ottawa, where Melinda attended Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School until Grade 11.
In 2008, the family moved to Toronto, when she was cast in “Degrassi”.
Melinda Shankar’s Career
From the age of three, Melinda showed a talent for ballet and tap dance. She began her professional career as a child model, and starred in some commercials for “Procter & Gamble” – her face was on a massive billboard in Los Angeles. Her acting start was difficult; her father was often giving her a ride of five hours from Ottawa to Toronto for auditions.
Her acting debut was in the teenage series “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, which she filmed for seven seasons through 2015. Her first lead role was in a television series on YTV called “How To Be Indie”, which was also aired on the Disney channel in the UK; for this role, Melinda won a Gemini Award in 2011, and a Canadian Screen Award in 2013, having already accepted an award for Actress of the Year at the Anokhi Magazine Gala in February 2010.
Concurrently Melinda pursued other roles, and made appearances in films “Trigger”, and “Festival of Lights”, both in 2010. She reprised her role in “Degrassi: Minis” in 2011, while in 2013 she was Kaitlyn in the television film “Alive”. In 2015, Melinda continued her career with a recurring role in the TV series “Slasher”, and with a minor role in the television film “Christmas Wedding Planner” in 2017.
In recent years, Melinda has made a number of popular appearances, firstly in the TV series “Filth City” as Monica, and then as Bella in the television film “Christmas with a Prince” in 2018, reprised in the film sequel “Christmas with a Prince: Becoming Royal” (2019). Most recently, Melinda featured in an episode of the crime-drama series “True Dating Stories” (2019).
Melinda Shankar’s Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance
Melinda is a star actress and all of her work so far has contributed to her wealth. According to sources, as of early 2020, Melinda’s net worth is estimated at around $500,000. In the past, she received around $30,000 per episode in TV series’, while per film role she would receive around $50,000.
Melinda Shankar stands 5ft (1.52m) tall, and weighs around 112lbs ~ 51kgs. There is no information about her vital statistics, but she has a slim figure.
Like many other people of Indian heritage, Melinda has dark brown eyes and black hair.
Melinda Shankar Personal Life, Dating, Relationships, Trivia
Melinda was in a romantic relationship for two years with Daniel Kelly from 2010 until 2012. Then dated her colleague Munro Chambers in 2013. Like many celebrities, Melinda prefers to hide her private life from the media, but it recent years it has become known that Melinda is in a relationship with Johnny Larue.
- Melinda is a huge fan of Backstreet Boys.
- She has a black belt in karate.
- Melinda is allergic to the cats.
- Her favorite Bollywood movie is “Slumdog Millionaire.”
- She was featured on MTV’s Cribs.
- She has a tattoo that says “Live.”
- Her favorite fast food restaurant is McDonald’s.
- Her favorite book is “The Outsiders”.
- She doesn’t allow people to walk on the carpet in her house with their shoes on.