Growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Melissa Peterman first made a name for herself when she was cast in the local production of Tony and Tina's Wedding. She went on to perform in over 600 shows and became a staple on the comedy and improv scene.
Peterman is best known for her starring role playing "Barbra Jean" on the hit series Reba. She has also starred in Working Class, Retired at 35, Surviving Suburbia, Rita Rocks, Just Shoot Me, Cedric, Living in Abandon, The Pitt's and American Dad.
Her first televised comedy special Melissa Peterman: Am I The Only One? aired on CMT and she currently hosts CMT"s The Singing Bee. She also stars in Dusty Peacock, the online series created for Crackle.com.
Peterman made her feature film debut as "Hooker #2" in the Coen Brothers' Oscar winning movie, Fargo. Other film credits include 40 is the New Dead, Here Comes the Boom and Dirty Politics.
She is currently working on her first comedy album, and this past year she toured with Reba McEntire, George Strait and Lee Ann Womack.
Peterman is committed to many charities including Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night, Habitat for Humanity, The Red Cross and the non-profit Buzzworks Theatre Company.
Peterman currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son.