Growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Melissa Peterman first made a name for herself when she was cast in the local production of Tony and Tina’s Wedding. She went on to perform in over 600 shows and became a staple on the comedy and improv scene.
Peterman is best known for her starring role as Barbra Jean on the hit series Reba and has recently shot six seasons of Baby Daddy as Bonnie Wheeler. Melissa can also be seen on Young Sheldon on CBS. She starred in and produced Working Class on CMT. She has starred in Retired at 35, Surviving Suburbia, Rita Rocks, Just Shoot Me, Cedric, Living in Abandon, The Pitts, and American Dad.
Currently, Melissa has been cohosting Access Hollywood. Her first televised comedy special, Melissa Peterman: Am I the Only One?, aired on CMT, and she hosted CMT’s The Singing Bee for four seasons. She also starred in Dusty Peacock, the online series created for Crackle.com. She hosted ABC’s primetime game show Bet on Your Baby and ABC Family’s reality comedy clip show Dancing Fools. She is a favorite guest on many popular game shows, including Celebrity Name Game and $100,000 Pyramid. Also, she can be seen guest hosting talk shows, including Home and Family.
Peterman made her feature film debut as Hooker No. 2 in the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning movie Fargo. Her other film credits include 40 Is the New Dead, Here Comes the Boom, and Dirty Politics.
Peterman is committed to many charities, including Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night, Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, and she is on the board for the non-profit Usual Suspects Theatre Company.
A long-standing guest of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Melissa has hosted the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl since 2004, and she has hosted the LA Phil’s annual Holiday Sing-Along for the last three seasons.
She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Follow Melissa Peterman on Twitter at @Followtheblonde.