Melissa Marie Benoist (/bɛˈnɔɪst/; born October 4, 1988) is an American actress and singer best known for her portrayal of the title character, Kara Zor-El, in the CBS / The CW superhero drama series Supergirl.

She rose to prominence for her portrayal of Marley Rose on the fourth and fifth seasons of the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee, and has appeared in a number of television series including Homeland, The Good Wife and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Benoist has also appeared in films such as Danny Collins, The Longest Ride and the Oscar-winning 2014 film Whiplash.