Melissa Claire Egan joined the cast of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in November 2011, as reformed con-artist Chelsea Lawson.
Originally from Bedford, New York, Egan grew up with an extensive background in musical theatre, singing and dancing, taking a multitude of classes in New York City as a child. While still a child, she began booking national television commercials and was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency.
Egan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Dramatic Arts. During college she appeared in many plays including “Marvin's Room,” “How I Learned to Drive,” “The Birthday Party,” and “Pippin.” She also studied Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford, England.
Upon graduating college, Egan began acting professionally. Egan played the role of Annie McDermott on "All My Children” from June 2006, through February 2011. Her television credits include “Bones,” “Men at Work,” “Criminal Minds,” "One Tree Hill," and "Dawson's Creek." She also starred in the independent films "Wrestling,” and “The Marriage Counselor.”
Egan was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Best Supporting Actress category in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Egan’s hobbies include seeing plays and musicals, dancing, choreography, writing, playing tennis, swimming, yoga, going to sporting events, road trips, happy hour with friends, and hanging out with her family. She serves as a spokesperson for the skin care product Proactiv Solution.