Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart Headshot

Actress

Birth Date: April 18, 1976

Age: 47 years old

Birth Place: Smithtown, New York

Siblings: Emily Hart

A performer on television since her pre-school years, Melissa Joan Hart has been the star of two hit series — "Clarissa Explains It All" (Nickelodeon, 1991-94) and "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" (ABC/The WB, 1996-2003). Her perky, gently comedic screen persona made her a huge favorite with the shows' pre-teen and teen audiences, as well as with parents who approved of their family-friendly messages. Following these hits, Hart settled into a regular string of well-regarded TV movies for ABC Family and other networks, which helped to preserve her image as one of TV's most likable and watchable performers.

Born in Smithtown, NY on April 16, 1976 and raised in Sayville, Melissa Joan Hart was the eldest of eight children - seven of whom followed her into the entertainment business - born to William and Paula Hart. Named after the Allman Brothers Band hit of the same name, she began her acting career in television commercials at the age of three, and would shoot more than 20 additional spots before she was five. Inspired by her her s, Shirley Temple and Audrey Hepburn, she began landing small roles in television movies and episodic series, including the Emmy-winning "Christmas Snow" (NBC) in 1986. Hart's mother served as her agent for these earlier turns, and remained in that position well into her daughter's adult years.

She broke into theater in the late 1980s as a member of the Circle Repertory Lab Company; as its youngest member, she appeared in "Beside Herself" opposite William Hurt and Lois Smith before making the transition to Broadway as an understudy in the National Actors Theatre's production of "The Crucible" (1991), starring Martin Sheen. The play coincided with her first big break on television as Clarissa Darling on "Clarissa Explains It All."

A bubbly sitcom about the ups and downs of a teenage girl's life, "Clarissa" benefitted greatly from Hart's finely tuned performance, which made the character's frequent asides to the audience seem more hip and charming than precocious. Clarissa's fresh attitude and the show's buoyant humor and drive made it a hit with younger viewers of both genders, and helped to bring the 'tween market to the attention of producers and advertisers. Hart won three Young Artists Awards before the show was brought to an end in 1994. A pilot for a proposed follow-up series, "Clarissa Now," which brought the character into her teenage years and a career as a newspaper journalist, was filmed in 1996 but was not picked up.

Hart briefly attended New York University, but was unable to complete her studies due to her next TV project - the title role in a television movie based on the venerable Archie Comics character, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The film closely followed the comic's story arc - half-mortal Sabrina Spellman (called Sawyer in the TV movie) juggles her witchcraft studies with everyday life as a normal teenager - and spawned a wildly popular television series of the same name. Hart essayed Sabrina throughout the show's run, which saw her graduate from high school, move out of her eccentric aunts' home, and study journalism at college while still doing her best to get the hang of her supernatural powers. Hart eventually directed several episodes of the series, and with her mother, oversaw production beginning in 1999 through their shingle, Hartbreak Films, which generated several "Sabrina" TV movies and a cartoon version, "Sabrina the Animated Series" (ABC/UPN, 1999-2001), which featured younger sister Emily Hart as the voice of Sabrina and Hart herself as Aunt Hilda. The title also generated brisk business in tie-in books, CDs (featuring Hart's own singing voice) and DVDs.

Though television was booming for Hart, feature films proved more difficult for her to establish a beachhead. A bit part as a graduating student dead set on getting her yearbook signed in "Can't Hardly Wait" (1998) preceded her first feature lead in the teen comedy "Drive Me Crazy" (1990). The feature, which paired her with Adrian Grenier as two polar opposite teens who pretend to date in order to land the boy and girl of their dreams, was only a modest hit, despite a hit title track by Britney Spears. Hart's eye-raising layout for the U.S. men's magazine Maxim, for which she posed in lingerie, proved to be the biggest item of interest in that year.

As "Sabrina" wound down its lengthy network run, Hart remained exceptionally active in TV movies and guest appearances, as well as voice-over work for animation. There were attempts to break away from her teen-friendly image, like a turn on "Law and Order: SVU" (NBC, 1999- ) as a teacher accused of the statutory rape of one of her students, but for the most part, she remained faithful to her former "Sabrina" fans and their families. Several of these projects were exceptionally popular, such as "Holiday in Handcuffs" (ABC Family, 2007), which earned the network's highest ratings to date. Hart's personal life also served as the basis for a popular series; "Tying the Knot" (ABC Family, 2003) was a six-episode reality program that covered her wedding to musician Mark Wilkerson. Hart also wrote and shot several video diaries for Pull-Ups diapers' web site that documented the potty training of the couple's second son, Braydon. In 2009, she was announced as one of the celebrity contestants for the ninth season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ).

Credits

Rewind the 90sStream

Self
Reality
2023

Would You Kill for Me? The Mary Bailey StoryStream

Actor
Ella
Movie
2023

Dirty Little SecretStream

Actor
Joanna
Movie
2022

Santa BootcampStream

Director
Movie
2022

Santa BootcampStream

Executive Producer
Movie
2022

The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney WorldStream

Self
Special
2021

Celebrity Wheel of FortuneStream

Guest
Game Show
2021

Reba McEntire's Christmas in TuneStream

Executive Producer
Special
2021

Mistletoe in MontanaStream

Actor
Merry
Movie
2021

Mistletoe in MontanaStream

Executive Producer
Movie
2021

GMA3: What You Need to Know

Guest
Show
2020

Feliz NaviDADStream

Director
Movie
2020

Dear ChristmasStream

Actor
Natalie Morgan
Movie
2020

The CasagrandesStream

Voice
Becca Chang
Series
2019

Access Daily

Guest
Show
2019

Tamron HallStream

Guest
Talk
2019

No Good NickStream

Actor
Liz
Series
2019
60%

Strahan & Sara

Guest
Show
2019

SchooledStream

Director
Series
2019
73%

Christmas ReservationsStream

Actor
Holly Anderson
Movie
2019

Christmas ReservationsStream

Executive Producer
Movie
2019

It's a Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special

Host
Show
2018

Today 3rd Hour

Guest
Show
2018

Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & MonstersStream

Guest Star
Series
2018
100%

Entertainment Weekly Cast Reunions

Guest
Show
2018

A Very Nutty Christmas

Actor
Kate
Movie
2018

A Very Nutty Christmas

Producer
Movie
2018

Access Live

Guest
Show
2017

Celebrity Animal Encounters

Self
Show
2017

Young SheldonStream

Director
Series
2017

Daily Blast Live

Guest
Show
2017

STEVE on Watch

Guest
Talk
2017

Talk Show the Game ShowStream

Guest
Game Show
2017

The Watcher in the WoodsStream

Director
Movie
2017

CarGo

Voice
Cabigail
Movie
2017

A Very Merry Toy Store

Actor
Connie Forrester
Movie
2017

A Very Merry Toy Store

Executive Producer
Movie
2017

A Very Merry Toy Store

Producer
Movie
2017

Celebrity PageStream

Guest
News
2016

Hollywood Medium With Tyler HenryStream

Guest Star
Reality
2016

God's Not Dead 2

Actor
Grace Wesley
Movie
2016

Broadcasting Christmas

Actor
Emily Morgan
Movie
2016

Broadcasting Christmas

Producer
Movie
2016

FABLife

Host
Talk
2015

Coffee With America

Guest
Show
2015

Celebrity Family FeudStream

Guest
Game Show
2015

The Mysteries of LauraStream

Guest Star
Series
2014
24%

The Meredith Vieira Show

Guest
Talk
2014

Hollywood Today Live

Guest
Show
2014

The Santa Con

Actor
Rose DeMarco
Movie
2014

The Santa Con

Director
Movie
2014

The GoldbergsStream

Director
Series
2013

The GoldbergsStream

Guest Star
Flight Attendant
Series
2013

The Arsenio Hall Show

Guest
Show
2013

Bethenny

Guest
Show
2013

The Real

Guest
Talk
2013

Take Me to Your Mother

Guest Star
Show
2013

omg! Insider

Guest
Show
2013

Oprah: Where Are They Now?Stream

Guest
Talk
2012

Katie

Guest
Talk
2012

The Ricki Lake Show

Guest
Talk
2012

Anderson Live

Host
Show
2012

Live! With Kelly and Michael

Guest
Talk
2012

LIVE with Kelly

Guest
Show
2011

The Chew

Guest
Talk
2011

The Talk

Guest
Talk
2010

Access Hollywood Live

Guest
Show
2010

The Nate Berkus Show

Guest
Talk
2010

Melissa & JoeyStream

Actor
Mel Burke
Series
2010

Melissa & JoeyStream

Director
Series
2010

Melissa & JoeyStream

Executive Producer
Series
2010

Movie of the Week

Director
Show
2010

Nine Dead

Actor
Kelley
Movie
2010

Satin

Actor
Lauren Wells
Movie
2010

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

Guest
Talk
2009

My Fake Fiancé

Actor
Jennifer
Movie
2009

My Fake Fiancé

Executive Producer
Movie
2009

The Bonnie Hunt Show

Guest
Talk
2008

The Doctors

Guest
Talk
2008

The Wendy Williams Show

Guest
Talk
2008

Mute

Director
Show
2008

Whispers and Lies

Actor
Jill Roperson
Movie
2008

Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda

Guest
Show
2007

The Better Show

Guest
Show
2007

The Morning Show With Mike & Juliet

Guest
Show
2007

Holiday in Handcuffs

Actor
Gertrude `'Trudie'` Chandler
Movie
2007

Rachael Ray ShowStream

Guest
Talk
2006

ET Canada

Guest
Show
2005

Dancing With the StarsStream

Contestant
Reality
2005

Robot ChickenStream

Guest Voice
Series
2005

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

Guest
Talk
2005

Fashion Police

Guest
Reality
2004

The Insider

Guest
Show
2004

North Shore

Guest Star
Show
2004

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Guest
Talk
2003

The Jamie Kennedy Experiment

Guest Star
Reality
2002

Backflash

Actor
C.J.
Movie
2002

Rent Control

Actor
Washburn
Movie
2002

Rent Control

Executive Producer
Movie
2002

Live With Regis and Kelly

Guest
Show
2001

Recess: School's Out

Voice
Becky
Movie
2001

Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story

Executive Producer
Movie
2001

Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer

Actor
Show
2000

Batman Beyond: Return of the JokerStream

Voice
Delia Dennis/Deidre Dennis/Dee Dee
Movie
2000
100%

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

Guest Star
Sarah Trent
Series
1999
78%

Sabrina: The Animated SeriesStream

Voice
Series
1999

Love American Style

Actor
Show
1999

The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

Guest
Talk
1999

Drive Me Crazy

Actor
Nicole Maris
Movie
1999

Sabrina, Down Under

Actor
Sabrina Spellman
Movie
1999

Sabrina, Down Under

Producer
Movie
1999

That '70s ShowStream

Guest Star
Series
1998

Silencing Mary

Actor
Mary Stuartson
Movie
1998

Sabrina Goes to Rome

Actor
Sabrina/Sophie
Movie
1998

Teen Angel

Guest Star
Series
1997

You Wish

Guest Star
Show
1997

The View

Guest
Talk
1997

Just Shoot MeStream

Guest Star
Krissy
Series
1997

The Right Connections

Actor
Melanie Cambridge
Movie
1997

Two Came Back

Actor
Susan Clarkson
Movie
1997

Clueless

Guest Star
Series
1996

Sabrina the Teenage WitchStream

Actor
Series
1996

Sabrina the Teenage WitchStream

Director
Series
1996

Access Hollywood

Guest
News
1996

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Actor
Sabrina Sawyer
Movie
1996

Twisted Desire

Actor
Jennifer Stanton
Movie
1996

Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare

Actor
Samantha
Movie
1995

Touched by an AngelStream

Guest Star
Series
1994

Boy Meets WorldStream

Guest Star
Sabrina Spellman
Series
1993

Are You Afraid of the Dark?Stream

Guest Star
Series
1992

Clarissa Explains It AllStream

Actor
Clarissa Darling
Series
1991

Christmas Snow

Actor
Amy
Show
1986

The Equalizer

Guest Star
Laura Moore
Series
1985

Entertainment Tonight

Guest
News
1981

Good Morning America

Guest
News
1975

Today

Guest
News
1952

News aboutMelissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart Reveals She Was Almost Fired From ‘Sabrina’ Over Sexy Maxim Shoot

Lamp in 'The Masked Singer'
Spoiler Alert

‘The Masked Singer’: How Lamp’s Costume Was a Callback to Her ’90s Show

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart Talks Stalled ‘Clarissa’ Reboot: ‘It Wasn’t My Favorite Way In’

Frasier Halloween; Sabrina, the Teenage Witch halloween

5 Spooky-Hilarious Sitcom Marathons This Halloween: ‘Frasier,’ ‘Bewitched’ & More

Melissa Joan Hart in 'Dirty Little Secret' on Lifetime
Exclusive

‘Dirty Little Secret’: First Look at Melissa Joan Hart’s Hoarder Lifetime Movie (VIDEO)

Preview

The Real Love Story Behind Melissa Joan Hart’s ‘Mistletoe in Montana’ (VIDEO)

Melissa Joan Hart on Wheel of Fortune

Melissa Joan Hart Becomes First $1 Million Winner On ‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’ (VIDEO)

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Anthony Anderson, Tori Spelling and Laverne Cox

‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’ Unveils Season 2 Guest Lineup at ABC

'The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World' Special on ABC, Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary

ABC’s ‘The Most Magical Story on Earth’ Celebrates 50 Years of Disney World

Preview

Melissa Joan Hart on Lifetime’s Holiday Movies, & Working with Jason Priestley (VIDEO)

Chateau Christmas Merritt Patterson Luke Macfarlane
Fall Preview

What to Expect From Lifetime & Hallmark’s Annual Christmas Movie Events

Jamie Lee Curtis Lifetime

Lifetime Announces Slate of New Films Featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, Robin Roberts & More

Holiday Movies

8 New Holiday Movies Featuring Your Fave TV Stars (PHOTOS)

christmas-reservations
Q&A

Melissa Joan Hart on How ‘Christmas Reservations’ Channels ‘The Love Boat’

NO GOOD NICK
Q&A

‘No Good Nick’s Melissa Joan Hart & Sean Astin Preview Their Unique Family Comedy

Copy of Untitled Design (5)

Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman College Scandal: Bob Saget & Melissa Joan Hart Sound Off

sabrina-teenage-witch-vs-chilling-adventures

‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ vs. ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’: The Cast Then & Now (PHOTOS)

melissa-joan-hart-sean-astin

Melissa Joan Hart & Sean Astin to Headline Netflix Sitcom ‘No Good Nick’

Switched for Christmas - Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Deklin

‘Tis the Season! The 5 Top Leading Ladies of Holiday TV (PHOTOS)

Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 1

Lifetime’s ‘The Watcher in the Woods’: Melissa Joan Hart Gives the Vintage Disney Thriller a Modern Spin

Melissa & Joey – Nick Robinson, Joey Lawrence, Melissa Joan Hart, Taylor Spreitler, Sterling Knight - 'Double Happiness'

Melissa Joan Hart on Her 5 Favorite Moments From ‘Melissa & Joey’ (And the Episodes That Didn’t Make It to TV)