Kelly Monaco originated the highly anticipated role of Samantha McCall (“Sam”) in October 2003. Rebellious yet sexy, Sam currently finds herself trying to get former fiancé Jason Morgan back into her life while still dealing with the news that her nemesis, Alexis Davis, is really her biological mother. In the category of Outstanding Lead Actress, Monaco was an Emmy nominee for this role in 2006.
Monaco’s television credits include co-hosting the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards as they were broadcast for the first time from Hollywood. She also starred in the first season of the ABC primetime summer mega-hit, “Dancing with the Stars,” where she won the dance championship. She had a three-and-a-half-year stint on the ABC Daytime drama “Port Charles,” garnering her first Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress (2003). Her television debut occurred in 1997, when she landed a recurring role on “Baywatch.” While shooting “Port Charles,” she also guest starred opposite Charlie Sheen and Heather Locklear in a season finale of ABC’s “Spin City.” In addition she has appeared in the feature films “Idle Hands,” “Mumford” and “BASEketball.”
Monaco grew up on the East Coast, where she participated in soccer, swimming, track and softball, among other sports. Her family moved from the bustling city of Philadelphia to the more peaceful environment of the Poconos. In addition to athletics, she participated intensely in speech, debate and theater in high school.
Monaco is involved in numerous children’s charity events and programs for the elderly. She resides in Los Angeles.