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  • Full Name Melissa Leann Williams
  • Occupation Actress, Model
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Oklahoma, USA
  • Birth Date August 31 (Exact year not disclosed)
Cast of BET TV Series 'The Oval' & 'Ruthless'

Melissa L Williams | Biography

Made her TV debut in 2011

William’s career’s first prominent role came in 2019 as Zaya in the romantic comedy series ‘Hello Cupid 3.0.’ In the same year, she got her next big break in the dual role of Denise Truesdale and Ruth Hartman in the prime-time soap opera ‘The Oval’ (2019). She also received an award nomination for the ‘Indie Series Award’ in ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for the show.


Melissa Leann Williams is a renowned actress primarily famous for her twin roles, Denise Truesdale and Ruth Hartman, on the BET TV series The Oval.

Who is Melissa L. Williams?

Melissa L. Williams is an American model and actress with credits for several TV shows since her debut. She began her acting career right after college. However, she started her small-screen career in 2011 with a guest role in the short film, All the King’s Horses.

Following her debut role, Williams’s second TV appearance came in the 2015 TV series, The Game. Subsequently, she appeared in a string of guest roles, including shows like If Loving You is Wrong (2016), Rosewood (2017), Hand of God (2017), and Me, Myself and I (2018).

Her career’s first prominent role came in 2019 as Zaya in the romantic comedy series Hello Cupid 3.0. In the same year, Williams got her next big break in the dual role of Denise Truesdale and Ruth Hartman in the prime-time soap opera The Oval (2019). She also received an award nomination for the ‘Indie Series Award’ in ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for the show.

Besides acting, Williams is also a singer. She also has vast experience as a theater artist and has performed in several musical theaters. Williams was also part of a singing group in her early career.

Age & Early Life

Born in Oklahoma, USA, Melissa Leann Williams is the eldest daughter of her parents. While her exact age remains undisclosed, she celebrates her birthday on 31 August every year. She has five younger siblings whose names she has yet not revealed.

She completed her middle school education at a school in Oklahoma City. She later relocated to Atlanta for higher education and graduated from Clark Atlanta University.

Williams developed a love for acting and singing from the age of 10. She first drew her inspiration to become an actress from American actress Shirley Temple’s movies. She also frequently visited the church and participated in Easter plays as a young girl. 

Thus, after graduation, Williams joined a local theater company and became part of multiple musical theatricals. Eventually, she made her way into TV.

Melissa L. Williams in ‘Ruthless’

Ruthless is the spin-off of the popular BET TV series The Oval. Williams appeared as recurring characters, Denise and Ruth, twin sisters in the latter series. Both her characters received lots of praise and positive response from the audiences and critics. As a result, the show’s creator Tyler Perry offered Williams the lead role in its spin-off, Ruthless.

While speaking with the Los Angeles Sentinel in April 2020, Williams talked about her initial offer to appear as Ruth in Ruthless. She said, “After my first audition, he said that he thought that Ruth would be a better role for me. He asked me to think about it. I told him yes—immediately on the phone but he said, no, think about it and then he said to text him and let him know.”

The series aired its pilot episode on 19 March 2020. The first season consisted of 24 episodes. As of December 2021, the show is airing its season 2.

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