Biography

Better known in many quarters by her initial stage name -- "Scary Spice" -- British diva Melanie Brown enjoyed a successful career as one of the singer/dancers in the late-'90s all-female Europop group the Spice Girls. She parlayed her celebrity into acting work as one of the leads in Spice World (1998), and then -- in the mid-2000s -- performed in stage productions of The Vagina Monologues and Rent. In 2007, Brown competed as one of the "celebrity dancers" (opposite dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy) on the fifth season of the popular ABC reality series Dancing with the Stars; the pair earned some of the season's highest scores and ended up coming in second place. She followed that success with the lead part in the little-seen thriller Telling Lies, and made a workout video in 2009. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi