Mercedes McNab is a lovely, talented actress who is best known for playing the role of Harmony Kendall in the television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. (Ever since 1999 that character has been a souless, evil vampire, before that Harmony was a stuck up cheerleader.) It is interesting to note that originally Mercedes tried for the part of Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but was turned away in favor of Sarah Michelle Gellar. However, like other actresses who tried out for Buffy and failed, she was picked to play another role as consolation. (This also happened to Charisma Carpenter, who got to play "Cordelia," who became a starring character in Angel.)

She was born Mercedes Alicia McNab in Los Angeles, California on the 21st of March, 1980. She has been acting since she was a mere 10 years old. Her father, Bob McNab, was in the Arsenal Football Club's league and won the FA cup in 1971. Her first television and movie roles came in 1991. She guest starred on the syndicated Harry and the Hendersons and appeared along with Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci, and the late Raul Julia in the motion picture adaption of the classic TV series The Addams Family (as a Girl Scout). Mercedes became a regular guest star on Buffy's spin off Angel as the cheerleader-turned-vampire Harmony. She appeared in 18 of the 22 episodes in Angel's fifth and final season. She worked along side David Boreanaz ("Angel") and James Marsters ("Spike").

Mercedes' character Harmony had, as it turns out, a history with the character Spike going back to the Buffy days when they dated. In real life, though, the two never dated, although they thought about it once. In a recent interview for the website Zap2it, Mercedes talked about being surprised at James Marster's age (he turned 41 in 2003).

"I had no idea he was that old. Oh, my gosh, I had no idea. That's hysterical. I always thought he was in his late 20s, early 30s. At least he looks young for his age."

Before her regular role came up in Angel in 2003 (she was even added to the opening credits for the final four episodes of the show), her dream was to actually be on her favorite show, Law & Order. Unfortunately, the show was on hiatus when she attempted to get on it.

"I was so bummed," she said, "because I was like, 'You know how they start with that dead person on the floor? I'll do that.'"

Maybe Mercedes, in real life, isn't vastly different than the Valley-girl turned undead demon she plays on TV?

Below is a complete filmography of Mercedes McNab provided by the always useful websie Imdb.com

  • Hatchet (2005) .... Misty
  • Angel (2004) (TV) .... Harmony Kendall
  • Beer Money (2001) (TV) .... Echo Olvera
  • White Wolves III: Cry of the White Wolf (1998): Pamela
  • Escape From Atlantis (1997) (TV): Claudia Spencer
  • Fantastic Four, The (1994/II) (unreleased): Young Susan 'Sue' Storm
  • Savage Land (1994): Hanna Morgan
  • Addams Family Values (1993): Amanda Buckman
  • The Addams Family (1991): Girl Scout

Notable TV Guest Appearances

  • For the final six episodes of Angel, "Underneath" (4/14/04), "Origin" 4/21/04, "Time Bomb" 4/28/04, "The Girl in Question" 5/5/04, "Power Play" 5/12/04, and "Not Fade Away" (5/22/04) she is added to opening credits and is not a guest star.
  • "Run of the House" (2003) playing "Katie" in episode: "Undercover Brother" (episode # 1.14) 23 April 2004
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Shells" (episode # 5.16) 3 March 2004
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "A Hole in the World" (episode # 5.15) 25 February 2004
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Smile Time" (episode # 5.14) 18 February 2004
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "You're Welcome" (episode # 5.12) 4 February 2004
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Damage" (episode # 5.11) 28 January 2004
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Soul Purpose" (episode # 5.10) 21 January 2004
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Harm's Way" (episode # 5.9) 14 January 2004
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" (episode # 5.20) 2004
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" (episode # 5.19) 2004
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" (episode # 5.18) 2004
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Underneath" (episode # 5.17) 2004
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Destiny" (episode # 5.8) 19 November 2003
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Life of the Party" (episode # 5.5) 29 October 2003
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Just Rewards" (episode # 5.2) 8 October 2003
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Conviction" (episode # 5.1) 1 October 2003
  • "Boston Public" (2000) playing "Mickey Tanner" in episode: "Chapter Thirty-Eight" (episode # 2.16) 11 March 2002
  • "Dawson's Creek" (1998) playing "Grace" in episode: "Downtown Crossing" (episode # 5.15) 13 February 2002
  • "Angel" (1999/I) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Disharmony" (episode # 2.17) 17 April 2001
  • "Walker, Texas Ranger" (1993) playing "Heather Preston" in episode: "6 Hours" (episode # 9.16) 14 April 2001
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Crush" (episode # 5.14) 13 February 2001
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Fool for Love" (episode # 5.7) 14 November 2000
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Family" (episode # 5.6) 7 November 2000
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Out of My Mind" (episode # 5.4) 17 October 2000
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Real Me" (episode # 5.2) 3 October 2000
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Restless" (episode # 4.22) 23 May 2000
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Pangs" (episode # 4.8) 23 November 1999
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "The Initiative" (episode # 4.7) 16 November 1999
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "The Harsh Light of Day" (episode # 4.3) 19 October 1999
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Graduation Day: Part 2" (episode # 3.22) 13 July 1999
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Graduation Day: Part 1" (episode # 3.21) 18 May 1999
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "The Wish" (episode # 3.9) 8 December 1998
  • "Touched by an Angel" (1994) playing "Jill" in episode: "Last Dance" (episode # 4.25) 10 May 1998
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"
  • (episode # 2.16) 10 February 1998
  • "USA High" (1997) playing "Denise Miller" in episode: "Date Auction" (episode # 1.44) 6 January 1998
  • "Smart Guy" (1997) playing "Toukie" in episode: "Big Picture" (episode # 2.7) 29 October 1997
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" (episode # 1.11) 19 May 1997
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "The Harvest" (episode # 1.2) 10 March 1997
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) playing "Harmony Kendall" in episode: "Unaired Pilot" (episode # 1.0) 1996
  • "Diagnosis Murder" (1993) playing "Christy" in episode: "My Baby Is Out of this World" (episode # 2.22) 5 May 1995
  • "Adventures of Brisco County Jr., The" (1993)
  • playing "Shannon Trahern" in episode: "Brooklyn Dodgers" (episode # 1.19) 11 February 1994
  • "Harry and the Hendersons" (1991) playing "Lisa" in episode: "The Genius" (episode # 2.14) 9 February 1992

Sources: www.imdb.com, tv.zap2it.com

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