The work of a first lady requires poise, grace, and intelligence. To be able to present a demeanor of peace even when all around you is hell-bent on going the wrong way, Bellamy Young in the iconic role of First Lady Mellie Grant; achieved all of this. Her role in Scandal (2012-2018) is her most popular work for now, making her a favorite among critics and giving her global recognition.
Bellamy Young is not just an actress but she doubles as a singer as well. Keep reading to learn more about her life and career that has spanned two decades.
Bellamy Young, who was adopted when she was six weeks old, was born on the 19th of February 1970. Her adoptive parents gave her the name Amy Maria Young. Her birth mother loved to sing, so upon adopting the actress, her adoptive mother tried to foster singing and a love for the creative arts in Bellamy. At the age of fourteen, she lost her father to lung cancer and was taken in by a friend of his, Bill.
When she tried to join the Screen Actors Guild, someone else was already registered with the name Amy Young, so in honor of the man who took her in, she chose the stage name, Bellamy.
Bellamy Young grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and attended Asheville School where she graduated from in 1987. Her higher education was at Yale where her first major was in Physics. However, she opted to change it to English and Theatre and in 1991, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theatre from Yale.
Acting and Musical Career
Bellamy Young’s career started with the theatre in the 1990s. Notably, she was part of the first production of the Broadway play, The Life. She also had a couple of theatrical performances off Broadway. In 1995, she was a recurring cast member on the show, Another World playing Dr. Courtney Evans. However, it was in the 2000’s that she became a familiar face on television with appearances on shows such as The X Files, NCIS, Two and a Half Men, Drop Dead Diva and many others. It is estimated that in the course of her career, the actress has appeared in over twenty television shows. Bellamy Young made her film debut in the 1999 crime drama Black and White, after which she subsequently landed roles in other movies.
However, she did not get her big break until 2011 when she was cast in the Shonda Rhimes’ political thriller, Scandal in the supporting role of Mellie Grant opposite Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn. Scandal is not her first role in a Shonda Rhimes’ show as she had previously been cast in guest roles in Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. For her performance in the third season of Scandal, she won the Critics Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Not only is Bellamy Young an actress but she is also a musician, as previously mentioned. On the 15th of May, 2015 she released her debut album Far Away So Close on iTunes, the album features 10 songs which are all covers.
Bellamy Young’s Net Worth
Young has had a long lasting career in Hollywood, appearing not just on theatre stages but in television series and movies as well. The salary of this talented actress is unknown but going by the estimated salaries that she has garnered over the years, Bellamy Young’s net worth is approximately $4 million.
Husband & Boyfriend
Bellamy Young has managed to maintain a low profile when it comes to her relationships, her only relationship that has been privy to the public’s attention is the one she currently has with English comedian, actor, and writer, Edward Charles Egerton who is popularly known as Ed Weeks. The couple started to date in 2016 and have been together since then.
Height, Weight & Body Statistics
Having a great physique is a necessary tool to remain in a career like acting, especially one that has gone on as long as Bellamy Young’s. She is 1.70 meters tall (5’7), weighing 58kg with a bra size of 34B. Her other body statistics are 36-26-36 for her chest, waist, and hips respectively.