Molly Kathleen Burnett (born April 23, 1988)[3] is an American actress and singer.

Early life

Molly Burnett is the first born of Katie and David Burnett, and was raised in the Denver Suburb of Littleton, Colorado along with her younger brother Will.

Known to have a dramatic flair about her from a young age, her theatrical career began to flourish as a teen while attending Littleton High School. A budding thespian, she took on numerous roles at both LHS and theater companies in the greater Denver area. Just a few of her credits include Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Noises Off," and the title role in "Annie."[4]

After graduating with honors from Littleton High School, Burnett headed east to New York City. She enrolled at Wagner College, a private liberal arts school on Staten Island. It was here that she later made the decision to put her academic career on hold to pursue her professional acting aspirations in Los Angeles.


Within just a few months of moving to Los Angeles, Burnett landed the plum role of heroine Melanie Jonas on the daytime serial Days of Our Lives In 2012, Burnett left the rigorous daily grind of daytime to pursue other roles, quickly landing guest spots on such primetime series as "CSI: NY"[5] and "Major Crimes".[6] She also landed her first movie role, portraying Ashley Bloom in the MTV Original Film "Ladies Man: A Made Movie"[7] as well as the role of Justine Gable in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" film "This Magic Moment"[8]

In late 2015, Burnett appeared in the multi-episode role of Nina Moore on "CSI: Cyber"

Never forgetting her beginnings in daytime, Burnett returned to "Days of Our Lives", reprising the role she originated for a six-month stint in late 2014 [9]

Adding several indie-film roles to her resume the past few years, Miss Burnett's credits include the roles of Lex in the Sci-Fi Thriller "Ctrl+Alt+Del" [10] Lisa in "The Wedding Party"[11] and of Southern Belle Kate Stenson in "Shattered" due to premiere in 2017[12]

Burnett returned to daytime again in 2016, temporarily taking on the role of Maxie Jones on the daytime serial General Hospital for several weeks in mid-2016[13]


2007LifeJosieEpisode: "Serious Control Issues" (#1.9)
2010Good Luck CharlieMadisonEpisode: "Boys Meet Girls" (#1.11)
2011-12Venice: The SeriesSarahEpisodes: (#3.1-12)
2012CSI: NYMolly ByrneEpisode: "Slainte" (#8.16)
2012MollyEpisodes: (#1.1-7)
2013KatieShort Film, Released April 9, 2013
2013Ashley BloomFilm, Released April 9, 2013
2013Zach Stone Is Gonna Be FamousDebEpisode: "Zach Stone Is Gonna Be The Zacthelor" (#1.7)
2013Justine Gable"Hallmark Hall of Fame" Film, Released August 17, 2013
2013Major CrimesKim RileyEpisode: "Jailbait" (#2.13)
2013LisaShort Film, Released August 18, 2014
2013Haley MeyersEpisodes (#1.1-6)
2009-14True BloodAmanda JaneEpisodes: "Keep This Party Going" (#2.2), "May Be the Last Time" (#7.7; voice, uncredited)
2013–15JessieDarla ShannonEpisodes: "GI Jessie" (#2.26), "A Close Shave" (#4.2)
2015LongmireSarahEpisode: "Four Arrows" (#4.4)
2015Brooke FerrioFilm, Released October 30, 2015
2008-16Days of Our LivesMelanie Layton Kiriakis Jonas2008–2012, 2014–15, 2016
2015-16CSI: CyberNina MooreEpisodes: "Why-Fi" (#2.1), "Shades of Grey" (#2.10),

"5 Deadly Sins" (#2.16), "Legacy" (#2.18)

2016LexFilm, Released April 8, 2016
2016LauraEpisodes: "The Good Guy" (#1.1), "The Match" (#1.5), "The Ring Bearer (#1.7)
2016General HospitalMaxie JonesTemporary Replacement, July 5, 2016-July 29, 2016 starting July 2016.[13][14]
2016LisaFilm, Released September 10, 2016
2017Kate StinsonFilm, To Be Released October 1, 2017
2017Queen of the SouthKelly Anne Van Awken (5 episodes, 2017)


In 2010 and 2012, Burnett was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Younger Actress in A Drama Series category.

2010Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger ActressDays of Our LivesMelanie JonasNominated
2012Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger ActressDays of our LivesMelanie JonasNominated[15]