Melinda Shankar (born February 18, 1992) is a Canadian actress of Indo-Guyanese heritage. She is best known for her starring roles as Alli Bhandari in the long-running TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation and as Indira "Indie" Mehta in the YTV series How To Be Indie.
She began studying ballet and karate at the age of three. Shankar currently has a black belt in karate. She attended Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in Ottawa until grade 11 before moving to Toronto following her casting in Degrassi in 2008.
As an actress
Shankar began her career as a child model and appeared in numerous print advertisements, including a Procter & Gamble billboard in Los Angeles. Shankar's mother was an actress and her paternal grandfather was a director in Guyana. Shankar's father would often drive up to five hours from Ottawa to Toronto for her auditions.
In 2008, she debuted as an actress in the popular teen television series Degrassi, joining the cast as an incoming 9th grade student. Shankar left the show in 2015, after six seasons.
Shankar was cast in her first feature film, Festival of Lights in 2010. The movie was filmed on location in New York City and Georgetown, Guyana. Her father served as production manager for the film due to his familiarity with the locations in Guyana.
In 2013, Shankar and a longtime childhood friend began working on an image consulting business.
On February 22, 2014, Shankar launched Miss Conception, a professional styling and image agency based in Toronto.
In 2008, Shankar and her family moved to Toronto when she was cast in Degrassi. She currently resides in North York, a district in Toronto.
She has been romantically linked to fellow Degrassi alum Daniel Kelly. They have since broken up.
|2008–2015||Degrassi: The Next Generation||Allia "Alli" Bhandari||Main cast; 146 episodes|
|2009–11||How To Be Indie||Indira "Indie" Mehta||Lead role|
|2010||Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars||Janie Gibbs||TV movie|
|2010||Festival of Lights||Reshma||Lead role|
|2010||Trigger||Rocker Chick #1||TV movie|
|2017||Darker Than Night||Mika|