Melia was born in Galway, Ireland and moved to the US when she was five years old. A student of dance, especially ballet, she trained at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, Boston Ballet, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Centre de Danse International in France. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College and as a Theater and English Major at Trinity College, Dublin. Following her graduation she moved to New York to begin a career in acting. Her work in TV and film has featured her alongside actors such as Sissy Spacek, Dustin Hoffman, Keir Dullea, Jake Gyllenhaal and Beau Bridges.
Melia has spent much of the past ten years performing on the stage. She has worked with American Repertory Theater, Moscow Art Theater and the British 'immersive' company, Punchdrunk. Melia has performed in Off-Broadway productions such as Macbeth (by Theater for a New Audience), Anne Frank and Me (with the American Jewish Theater), and the Irish Repertory Theater's new plays series. She received an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute at Harvard University.
- JAG .... Mary Tenney (1 episode, 2002) - All Ye Faithful (2002) TV episode .... Mary Tenney
- Moonlight Mile (2002) .... Diana Floss
- My Best Friend's Wife (2001) (as Careena Melina) .... Wife; aka "Grownups" - USA (video title); aka "Steve & Claire & Eric & Ami" - USA (TV title)
- XCU: Extreme Close Up (2001) .... Parker Eastman Clarke
- 18 Wheels of Justice .... Sarah (1 episode, 2001) - Honor Thy Father (2001) TV episode .... Sarah
- Under Hellgate Bridge (2000) .... Doreen
- Songs in Ordinary Time (2000) (TV) .... Alice Fermoyle
- Touched by an Angel .... Fiona (1 episode, 2000) - Life Before Death (2000) TV episode .... Fiona
- Two Way Crossing (1998) .... Sara
- Conn Ua Mellaig, Bishop of Annaghdown, died 1202.
- Tomas Ó Mellaig, Bishop of Annaghdown, c.1242-1247/50.
- Tomás Ó Mellaig, bishop-elect, fl. 1329.
- Cian Melia, Irish showjumper.
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