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Actress Bellamy Young was hosted by Universal Orlando Resort on October 8, and enjoyed some time with two favorites from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Best known for her role as First Lady Mellie Grant on the hit television series, “Scandal.” Young, on her visit to Universal, played ambassador to ‘London’ during a special meeting with the Knight Bus Conductor and his talkative companion, a shrunken head, before hitting the theme parks.
Young began her acting career in the theatre and in the 1990s, she performed in a number of Broadway shows including the original production of The Life. On Off-Broadway, Young appeared on Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along (1994) and Randy Newman’s Faust (1995-1996).
In 1995, Young made her television debut in a recurring role on the NBC daytime soap opera Another World as Dr. Courtney Evans. She guest-starred on Law & Order in 1997 and 1998, in two different roles. In 1999 she made her film debut with a small role in the crime drama Black and White and later co-starred in several independent films. In 2000’s she began appearing in guest-starring roles on a number of television dramas and comedies, including The Drew Carey Show, The X-Files, ER, Frasier, The West Wing, NCIS, Medium, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Two and a Half Men, Supernatural, Drop Dead Diva and Castle. From 2000 to 2011, Young made over 30 guest appearances on television shows.
Young was a regular cast member in the USA Network series Peacemakers in 2003. The show was cancelled after one season of nine episodes. She had recurring roles in the Lifetime legal drama series For The People as Deputy Dist. Atty. Agnes Hunt in 2002, on NBC period drama American Dreams as Diane Shaw in 2003, on Scrubs in 2004, as Assistant State Attorney Monica West on CBS’s CSI Miami (2005–06), and on ABC primetime soap opera Dirty Sexy Money (2008–2009) as Ellen Darling, the eldest daughter-in-law of the Darling family. She also had a recurring role in Criminal Minds as Beth Clemmons from 2011 to 2013.
Young has appeared in supporting roles in a couple of films, including We Were Soldiers (2002) and Mission: Impossible III (2006), along with independent movies like Larceny (2004), Eve of Understanding (2006), Trust Me (2007), This Is Not a Test (2008), In My Sleep (2010), The Freebie (2010), and Joint Body (2014.)
In 2011 Shonda Rhimes cast Young in the recurring role of First Lady Melody “Mellie” Grant on the ABC political thriller television series Scandal opposite Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn. Before Scandal, Young appeared in Shonda Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. She appeared in every episode of the first season of Scandal and was upgraded to a series regular as of season two.
Young has received critical acclaim for her performance as First Lady and won generally favorable reviews from critics during the second and third seasons. She won a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in season three.