Award winning Guyanese-Canadian actress on the big and small screen, Melinda Shankar started her full time career in Show Business back in 2008. Best known for her portrayal of Alli Bhandari on the international hit series Degrassi, for eight seasons and starring role as Indie Mehta in the YTV sitcom How to be Indie, Melinda was nominated for a Gemini award and won a Canadian Screen Award for best Children's program in 2012.
Melinda received another Best Actress win for the role of Reshma in the Festival of lights at the Ibiza Film Festival shot in Guyana and in NYC.
While growing up in the public eye alternating between filming Degrassi and How to be Indie, the French speaking Ottawa native also juggled other productions such as Disney's remake of Harriet the Spy, Alive, Trigger, Bookaboo, Excuses inc. Most recently, Melinda finished two films, Filth City & The Darkest Night as well as the BlackPills Original series Mooom, for a production company based out of France. Starting in early 2017, Shankar will begin shooting a new Netflix Original series.
A big believer in giving back, Melinda has worked with Free The Children in Ecuador, Ghana and Haiti as well as hosted their recent "We Day" youth event in Seattle with over 20,000 guests.
As well rounded athlete, Melinda has studied martial arts and ballet since the age of three, is a competitive black belt in Karate and has years of competitive experience in Hip hop and pointe dance.
Melinda is the founder of the Miss Conception Society- promoting confidence and lifestyle mentoring for youth, attending public speaking appearances and hosting workshops. From marketing/branding seminars for Miss Teen Canada pageant delegates, to key note speeches all over North America including "The Art of You! Acting 101" for the Ottawa International Film Festival, the Miss Conception society is helping our future leading generation to transition dreams into reality.
The Art of You! recipe is perseverance, passion and a plan.