Minka Kelly Biography

Minka Kelly whose birth name is Minka Dufay Kelly is an American actress and model famously known for her roles in the movies “Friday night lights” and “the roommate”. She is also a businesswoman and owns a lifestyle brand named ABLE.

Early Life

Minka was born on 24th June 1980, Los Angeles, California. She is of mixed ethnicity as she has French, Irish, Dutch as well as Indonesian ancestry. Her father is a former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay and in the late Maureen Dumont Kelly. Minka had to grow up with her mother because her parents separated early when she was young. In order to take responsibility to take care of Minka, her mother had to do various jobs and move to various communities. They finally settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico when Minka was in Junior high. Her mother died in 2008 due to colon cancer. Minka’s grandfather Richard Ney was also a famous actor in his time.

There is not much information available about Minka’s education and background but it is believed that she completed her elementary to high school education at Valley high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After completing high school, Minka moved to Los Angeles where she was offered to work as a receptionist at a surgeon’s office who would provide her a breast surgery in exchange for her hours of work. She later refused and went on to attend a medical school to become a surgical assistant. Although the name of the school has not been disclosed. She also trained at Pflugerville high school for her role in Friday night lights. Due to her interest in cooking and baking, she took up a culinary course in New school of Cooking in Culver City, California in 2015.

Minka Kelly Career

Minka started working as a receptionist at a surgeon’s clinic but later left to pursue studies. She later secured a job as a scrub technician and also kept auditioning for various acting roles. Minka made her debut as an extra in 2003 with the short film The Turbo Charged Prelude which was a six-minute introduction to 2Fast 2 Furious movies. Later she gave a brief appearance on the American show, Cracking up. She also appeared in other shows like American dreams, Entourage, Drake, and josh, etc. In the show, What I like about you, she secured a role for three episodes.

Minka rose to fame when she appeared as a cheerleader in the show Friday night lights in 2006. Her performance was highly praised. The same year she starred in the horror movie The pumpkin Karver. In 2009 she appeared in the final scene of 500 days of summer. She also appeared in the show Body Politic but the sown did not run for long. Again, she appeared in the show Mad love but as the show started picking up, she was replaced. In the following years she appeared in various tv shows and movies like “Parenthood”, “Entourage”, “charlie’s angels”, “The kingdom”, “just go with it”, “the butler” etc.


In 2011, she appeared in the movie “the roommate” in the role of Sara Matthews. The movie was well appreciated and accolated and was a huge success at the box office. She was later cast in the lead role in a mystery-comedy movie Searching for sonny. She also appeared in the music video of the Maroon 5 song “one more night”. In 2017, she was announced to be cast in the role of Dawn Granger in the DC universe show Titans and the following year she appeared in the video game Detroit: become human as the right-hand woman of Markus. Currently, Minka ventured into business and opened a lifestyle brand under the name ABLE. The brand focuses on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances.

Minka Kelly Biography

Real Name Minka Dumont Dufay
Birth Date 24 June 1980
Age 40 Years
Birth Place Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American
Profession Actress
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Cancer

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 5” – in Centimetres – 165 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 56 kg  –  in Pounds –  123 lbs
Body Measurements 35-24-36
Bra Size 32B
Waist Size 24
Hips Size 36
Shoe Size 8 (U.S.)
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Type Slim


Father Rick Dufay
Mother Maureen Dumont Kelly
Sister None
Brother None


School Valley High School
College Not Known

Relationship Status

Marital Status In Relation
Affair Yes
Is she a Lesbian? No
Boyfriend? Trevor Noah

Personal Life

Minka is known to have dated actor Chris Evans back in the year 2007. They dated for a few years but later broke up in 2013. At the same time, she was also in a relationship with baseball player Derek Jeter but broke up in 2011. Her most recent relationship was with Jesse Williams in 2017. They dated for a year but broke up in 2018. Kelly recently had an abortion in 2019 but it is not known who was the father of the child. As of now, there is no update about her relationship status. Minka is highly interested in cooking and baking.

Minka Kelly Net Worth

She has been actively working as an actress and model since 2003 and has been part of various movies and tv shows. Her career in the entertainment industry has sourced for the majority of her net worth. Alongside, she also owns a business lifestyle brand which adds to her income. As of 2021, she has an estimated net worth of $ 5 million.


  • Minka was named the sexiest woman alive by the popular magazine “Esquire” in the 2010 edition.
  • In 2007, Minka reappeared on the show Friday night lights in a cameo role of MsRoss.
  • Minka is highly enthusiastic about reading and has read several books.
  • Minka likes to stay fit and regularly goes to the gym.

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