Award-winning television actress Merle Dandridge rose to fame through her role in various TV series such as 2011-12’s Sons of Anarchy (as Rita Roosevelt) and 2016-20’s Greenleaf (as Grace Greenleaf).
Besides that, she has worked as a voice artist in some popular video games like Half-Life 2 (2004), Dota 2 (2013), Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (2015), and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016).
Bio: Age & Height
Merle Dandridge was born in Okinawa, Japan, on 31st May 1975. Her birth sign is Gemini. She stands at the height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 meters).
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For her education, she attended Papillion-La Vista Senior High School in Papillion. After finishing her high school education in 1993, she joined the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University, Chicago. In 1997, she graduated with a degree in The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre.
Family: Parents & Ethnicity
Merle Dandridge spent her childhood in different places in the United States, like Wheatland, California, and Bellevue.
She was raised by her African-American descent father, Andrew Dandridge and her Korean-Japanese descent mother. Her father is a former U.S. Air Force serviceman from Memphis, Tennessee.
Merle Dandridge’s Married Life & Husband, Is She Divorced?
Merle Dandridge was married to Christopher Johnston. They walked down the aisle on 21st May 2011.
However, on 20th June 2018, Merle filed for divorce from Christopher due to irreconcilable differences. But, there isn’t any news if their divorce is finalized or not.
Merle Dandridge with her ex-husband, Christopher Johnston (Photo: mtonews.com)
In their married life, they weren't blessed with children. But, as per theblast.com on 22 June 2018, it was known that they were working on it through mediation.
Movies & TV Shows
Merle Dandridge made her debut in the television industry, portraying the role of Lacey Shepard in the 2003’s TV series entitled Angel. Later in that year, she worked in two more projects, NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (TV Series) and The Edge (TV Movie).
After that, she continued to rise and made her appearance in different TV shows. Some of her TV series credits include All My Children (2005), The Deep End (2010), Nikita (2013), Perception (2015), and Murphy Brown (2018).
In 2008, she made her debut on the big screen playing the role of Celia in the movie Nothing But the Truth.
Also, she is a producer who has worked as a co-executive producer of 2016’s short movie titled Love and the Line.
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In her career, she has successfully toured around the U.S. and Europe for five consecutive times. As of now, she is busy with the filming of her upcoming TV series, The Flight Attendant.
Interesting Facts About Merle Dandridge
On a tweet of 8th May 2016, she regarded her mother as her hero.
In the popular TV series, Greenleaf, she shares the screen with other actors like Lynn Whitfield and Lamman Rucker.
In 2019, she was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Merle is the winner of the Glow Award at 2005’s G-Phoria Awards Show and BAFTA Games Award at 2016’s BAFTA Awards Show.