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, Melissa 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.
Melissa 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, Melissa began acting professionally. She 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.”
Melissa was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Best Supporting Actress category in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Her 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. Melissa works with various charities. One in particular that she is passionate about is The Riedel and Cody Fund, which provides support, resources and treatment funding for people whose pets have cancer
In July 2014, Melissa married longtime love Matt Katrosar, a CBS Sports executive, in Santa Barbara, California.