Merle Dandridge Biography

Biography by BartleyPublished on 29.Mar.2015
Facts of Merle Dandridge
Date of Birth: 1975 , May-31
Age:42 years old
Birth Nation: Japan
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
NameMerle Dandridge
Birth Place/CityOkinawa, Okinawa Prefecture
EthnicityWhite Ethnicity
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack
Married toN/A
EducationChicago College of Performing Arts
AwardsNot Yet
Online PresenceFacebook, Twitter, Wiki, Instagram
MoviesNothing But The Truth
TV ShowStar-Crossed
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Merle Dandridge is an actress of films and theater, and also is a voice actor, who is currently 42 years of age. She has worked in several movies and television series including Angel, NCIS, Rosewood, and Suits. She currently appears on TV series Greenleaf alongside Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Desiree Ross and other stars. 

Early Life and Career

Dandridge was born in Okinawa, Japan to a Japanese mother and an Afro- American father, who was in the US military. She was born as the couple’s only child and soon after her birth, they moved back to Memphis, Tennessee.

Merle grew up with her family, and as a child was actively involved in sports as she played Karate and football. With short hair and small eyes, she grew up like a Tomboy and took interest in male kind of things. She has a good knowledge of Japanese language and her English is very good too.

Merle Dandridge has also experienced the military life closely as she lived for some time in the Beale Air Force Base in Sacramento, California and also at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.  There, she studied at the Papillion-La Vista High School, where she trained in drama and acting. 

She has graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.

Initially not very interested, she played a small role as her best friend had forced her. But then, the impression changed and she was interested in acting, more. Thus she joined the production class and theater department there and took part in many different plays and acts.

Upon graduation, she joined the Roosevelt University and studied under Theatre Conservatory department. Her work and dedication were impressive, and she got a scholarship under International Thespian Festival. 

Personal Life

With mixed ethnicity of her parents as well as the difference in religious backgrounds, Merle says she doesn’t follow any religion in particular. For her, the greatest religion is to be harmless and do well to others, and she says that she is influenced by Buddha, whom her mother follows.

She is of average complexion, not very fair and her small eyes suggest her link to the Asian community.There were rumors that she had undergone some plastic surgery to look much young and beautiful, but she has come out with open denials about the rumor.

Merle is married to Christopher Johnston in 2011. They were known to each other from the very small age and even attended the college together. The wedding ceremony was conducted at Sherman Oaks on May 21, 2011. She even shared the sweet moments with her husband in the interview.

The couple has a daughter named Sophia. They currently live in Los Angeles, California.

Net worth

Having played in films like Sons of Anarchy, Chicago Fire, and Star-Crossed, she has also appeared in TV shows like Angel, NCIS, Third Watch, CSI: Miami, Ringer etc. She has an estimated net worth of about one million dollars, and you can follow her on Twitter or Facebook and stay connected to her updates.