Melissa Peterman is an American actress and comedian. She has played the role of Barbra Jean in the television comedy series Reba, appeared as Bonnie Wheeler in the ABC Family/Freeform series Baby Daddy, and was host of ABC Family’s Dancing Fools, ABC’s Bet on Your Baby, and CMT’s The Singing Bee. In 2017, she has played Brenda Sparks in The Big Bang Theory spinoff series Young Sheldon. In August 2022, Melissa is the host of the television game show Person, Place, or Thing on the Fox network.

Birth Name

Melissa Margaret Peterman




Actress, Comedian, Producer, Writer, Television Host, Voiceover Artist



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Melissa Peterman was born on the 1st of July 1971, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.


She’s currently 51 years old.

Sun Sign




She is of Swedish and German descent on her father’s side and has Swedish and Scottish ancestry on her mother’s side.




Peterman graduating from Burnsville High School, she attended Minnesota State University, Mankato where she majored in theater.

Family Details

  • Father – David Allen/Allan Peterman
  • Mother – Pamela Diane (Peterson)
  • Siblings – Unknown

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Melissa Peterman has dated –


  • John Brady (1997-Present) – In 1997, Melissa started dating actor John Brady. In June 1999, after dating for about two years, they got married in an intimate wedding ceremony. In 2005, she gave birth to a baby boy Riley David.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 10 inches
  • In centimeters – 178 cm
  • In meters – 1.78 m


  • In Kilograms – 67 kg
  • In Pounds – 148 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 36-30-37
  • Bust – 36 inches
  • Waist – 30 inches
  • Hip – 37 inches
  • Bra Size – 34D

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color


Shoe Size

She wears a size 9.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 8 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Melissa became known for Playing Barbara Jean in The WB sitcom Reba and as Bonnie Wheeler in the Freeform sitcom Baby Daddy.

Film Debut

In 1996, Peterman had her first film onscreen role in the dark comedy thriller film Fargo as Hooker #2.

Television Debut

In 2000, Melissa Peterman landed her first role in television by guest appearing as Claire in an episode of the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me.

Brand Endorsements

Peterman has done endorsement work for several brands such as Kia Automobiles (2002), Tyson Any’tizers, Amazon Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition.

Melissa Peterman Net worth

Melissa Peterman has an estimated net worth of $8 million dollars as of 2023.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Melissa Peterman

  • Peterman was born in Edina, Minnesota, and grew up in nearby Burnsville.
  • Upon graduating from Minnesota State, Peterman was cast as Madeline Monroe in Hey City Theater’s production of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. After more than 600 performances, she went on to write and perform at Brave New Workshop, the improvisational comedy theatre in Minneapolis.
  • In 1996, Peterman made her film debut as “Hooker #2” in the Oscar-winning Coen brothers’ movie Fargo.
  • In 2001, she was cast as Barbra Jean Booker-Hart in Reba opposite country music star Reba McEntire and television veteran Christopher Rich. The show was the most-watched comedy on The WB in its debut season.
  • In February 2010, she had inked a contract with Big Machine Records to release her comedy album. However, the project was scrapped later on.
  • In 2012, she played the role of Lauren Voss sports comedy film, Here Comes the Boom, starring Kevin James, Salma Hayek, and Henry Winkler.
  • Melissa is an active supporter of the David Foster Foundation, which extends financial support to families that have children in need of an organ transplant.
  • In 2018, she started appearing in the recurring role of Brenda Sparks, Billy’s mother and Mary’s nemesis who works at the bowling alley frequented by Meemaw, in the CBS period sitcom, Young Sheldon, which is a spin-off prequel to The Big Bang Theory.
  • In August 2022, Peterm an is the host of TV game show Person, Place, or Thing on the Fox network.


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