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To play heart sur­geon Alex Pant­tiere in now-can­celled med­i­cal drama se­ries Heart­beat (2016), Melissa Ge­orge sat in on a 72-year-old French­man’s heart op. “I watched the whole thing,” says the 39-year-old. “It was eight hours and the whole time I was think­ing how hun­gry I was.” And Melissa’s hu­mour is some­thing that she shares with her char­ac­ter, who “loves crack­ing her pa­tients’ chests open like a lob­ster”.

Speak­ing of seafood, Melissa was 1

born in Perth, Aus­tralia (where lob­sters are ex­ported from glob­ally) and like many other Aussie stars, she got her start on Aus­tralian soapie Home And Away (1988-cur­rent) as chip-shop owner An­gel Par­rish from 1993 to 1996.

Af­ter mov­ing to LA in 1996, Mel 2

was cast in ac­tion fan­tasy movie Dark City (1998) as a char­ac­ter named May and in 1999 drama film The Limey, play­ing Jenny, the daugh­ter of a Bri­tish ex-con­vict. The Limey is also where she met Chilean film­maker Clau­dio Dabed, the direc­tor of 2006 rom­com Ugly Me.

They mar­ried in 2000 but Melissa 3

and Clau­dio di­vorced in early 2011 af­ter she was spot­ted kiss­ing mu­sic and fashion mogul Rus­sell Sim­mons. Melissa and Rus­sell broke up half­way through the year and a bit­ter Rus­sell tweeted “Long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ships are, to say the least, dif­fi­cult”.

Melissa’s since set­tled down with 4

French movie pro­ducer Jean-David Blanc – they have sons Raphael (2) and So­lal (1) and live in Cal­abasas, LA.

She loves roller­skat­ing and was 5

a national cham­pion in the early ’90s. Apart from roller­skat­ing, she’s a for­mally trained dancer in jazz, bal­let and tap-dance, thanks to study­ing the styles since the age of seven.

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