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Melissa Joan Hart: What Is 'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch' Up To Now?

Melissa Joan Hart at the premiere of Disney's Nutcracker And The Four Realms, California, 2018
August 2, 2019 - 18:30 / Laura Pérez

Melissa Joan Hart is better known for her role as "Sabrina" in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The television show ended a few years ago, but the actress has been and is still around with different projects that go beyond films and television!

Melissa Joan Hart was born in 1976 and started her acting career at the age of four. But it was in 1991 at the age of 15 when she got her major breakthrough by being cast as the main role for Nickelodeon's series Clarissa Explains It All, a comedy about a young girl dealing with everyday life situations. The show was so successful from 1991 to 1994 that Melissa got four consecutive Young Artist Award nominations, and won three. She was a real teen idol!

Melissa Joan Hart: A 90's Teen Icon

After Clarissa Explains It All Melissa Joan Hart attended New York University but didn't complete her degree because she was cast for the 1996 TV movie Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which served as a pilot for the television series of the same name that made her even more famous. Melissa Joan Hart played the role of "Sabrina Spellman", a young girl who on her sixteenth birthday unexpectedly discovers that she is a witch, and she lives with her two aunts "Hilda" and "Zelda" (Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick, respectively) as well as with her cat "Salem".

Melissa Joan Hart as "Sabrina" with her cat "Salem Saberhagen" in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, 2000

The post-Sabrina era: What has Melissa Joan Hart done recently?

Sabrina the Teenage Witch aired from 1996 to 2003 and since the show ended, Melissa Joan Hart has appeared in several films and television shows. In 2005 she directed her first movie called Mute, a 15-minute live-action short film about a deaf-mute girl who wants to sabotage her sister's wedding. In 2007 she appeared in one episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit called "Impulsive." In 2009 she participated in season nine of Dancing With The Stars where she competed alongside Mark Ballas.

Melissa Joan Hart in Melissa & Joey

It was in 2010 when she officially returned to television in a new weekly series called Melissa & Joey where she shared credits with Joey Lawrence. The show tells the story of "Melissa", a woman who hires "Joey" as a nanny; Melissa Joan Hart directed one episode of the series which ended in 2015. In 2018 she was cast as "Liz" in Netflix's comedy show No Good Nick which was aired in April 2019. This year she has also worked as a voice talent for the American animated series television The Loud House, and she is currently working on her upcoming film Christmas Reservations which is set to be released soon. 

Melissa Joan Hart at The VIP opening night of the life-sized gingerbread house in celebration of It’s A Wonderful Lifetime, Los Angeles, 2018

A bit more about "Sabrina the Teenage Witch"

-She has appeared in music videos like Britney Spears' 1999 hit (You Drive Me) Crazy 

-She opened a candy shop in California but unfortunately it closed in 2011

-She married musician Mark Wilkerson in 2003, together they have three kids

-In 2015 she and Mark started their own fashion line "King of Harts"

-She is passionate about art and collects paintings, she owns 3 Picassos

Tucker McFadden Wilkerson, Melissa Joan Hart, Braydon Hart Wilkerson, Mason Walter Wilkerson, and Mark Wilkerson at the World Premiere of Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet in Hollywood, California, 2018