Melina Kanakaredes is an American actress. Her first significant role on the small screen was as Eleni Andros Cooper on the soap opera Guiding Light. The rest of the 1990s saw her play notable roles on the TV shows Due South, New York News, and NYPD Blue. She then played the lead on the drama series Providence. After this, she became known for her role as Detective Stella Bonasera on CSI: NY. In the 2010s, she had roles in the films Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Snitch. She has also recently played recurring roles on Extant and Notorious.