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Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly is an actress and model from the United States. Moreover, Minka Kelly is popular for her roles in Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and Charlie’s Angels.

Early Life

Minka Dumont Dufay best known as Minka Kelly was born on June 24, 1980, in Los Angeles, California, the United States of America.

According to her birth date, Minka is 42 years old and holds American nationality. This actress has a birth sign of Cancer and belongs to a mixed ethnicity of French, Dutch-Indonesian, and Irish descent.

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Caption: Minka Kelly with her father (Source: Gossip Gist)

She is the daughter of Ricky Dufay (father) and Maureen Dumont Kelly (mother). Professionally, her mom held several jobs while her father, a former guitarist, is best known for being a member of the former American rock band “Aerosmith.”

She and her mother traveled to several towns before settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sadly, her mother passed away from colon cancer in 2008. She has enjoyed baking and cooking since she was a young girl.


Regarding her academic career, she was enrolling in junior high school at the time. She received her degree from Mexico’s Valley High School. She later traveled back to Los Angeles with her mother, where she completed her academic subjects.

In Culver City, California, she enrolled in the New School of Cooking, from which she graduated in June 2015.

Minka Kelly – Net Worth 2023

As an actress, she has earned a good amount of money from her profession. Moreover, her net worth is estimated at around $5 million and she has not shared other information regarding her salary and income.

Professional Life

When Minka Kelly began applying to modeling agencies in the late 1990s which is a former Playboy Playmate offered her work as a receptionist at a surgeon’s clinic. She lost her job because she refused to get her breasts enhanced in exchange for more hours worked.

Moreover, she then spent four years working as a scrub technician. She continued going to playing roles during that time. In addition, she made her acting debut in the 6-minute short film “The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious” in the year 2003.

She then made her television debut as a guest star in the American sitcom “Cracking Up,” which was followed by roles in other TV movies and series, including “American Dreams,” “What I Like About You,” “Devil’s Highway,” and “Drake & Josh.” She had a breakthrough in her career in 2006 when she began playing the cheerleader (Lyla Garrity) on the NBC drama series “Friday Night Lights.”

Moreover, she was appointed as a regular in the show. Her contribution to the series was highly valued. Her performance received a positive review from “New York Times,” which referred to it as “heartbreaking.” As her character left for college in 2009, she was forced to leave the series.

She has since pursued her acting career without looking back, appearing in a variety of TV movies and series, including “The Pumpkin Karver,” “State’s Evidence,” “The Kingdom,” “500 Days of Summer,” “Just Go With It,” “Body Politic,” and “Entourage.”

Other television series and movies

From 2010 through 2011, Kelly appeared in 9 episodes of the NBC drama series “Parenthood” as Gaby. Her work was helping the young Max, a character with Asperger syndrome, with behavioral issues.

Her contribution was much appreciated. She was selected “Sexiest Woman Alive” and appeared on the front page of Esquire magazine’s 2010 edition. In 2011, she played the street racer Eve French in the American action crime drama television series “Charlie’s Angels.”

She played Sara Mathews in the thriller movie “The Roommate” that same year. The movie was a commercial success even though it earned bad reviews. From 2013 to 2014, she portrayed Valerie Stahi, the main character, in the American science fiction drama “Almost Human.”

The Butler, “Searching for Sonny,” “The World Made Straight,” “Night Hunter,” “Naked,” “The Path,” “Bull,” “The Beach House,” and “She’s in Portland” are just a few of the many movies and TV shows in which she has appeared.


This actress once earned the Gold Derby TV Award for Ensemble of the Year and shared it with other stars. However, she was nominated for the Acapulco Black Film Festival (2014), the Gold Derby TV Award (2007), the MTV Movie Award (2011), and the Teen Choice Awards (2009, 2011).

Relationship Status

At the moment, this actress is not married. However, Minka Kelly is presently related to Trevor Noah, who is her boyfriend. Trevor is a South African comedian, TV host, producer, and actor best known for serving as the host of “The Daily Show,” an American satirical news program. In 2020, Kelly, and Trevor began dating.

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Caption: Minka Kelly with her boyfriend, Trevor Noah rooming around the street with their pet dog (Source: Page Six)

Additionally, it was said that the couple was quarantined in Trevor’s apartment in New York City. Since Kelly and Trevor recently moved into Trevor’s newly acquired $27.5 million Bel Air mansion in Los Angeles, they appear to be in a steady relationship.

In 2007 and later in 2012, she dated actor Chris Evans. From 2008 through 2011, she was romantically linked to basketball player Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees.

Body Measurements

Minka stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 56 kg. Moreover, she has brown hair and brown eyes and her body measurement is around 35-24-36 inches.

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Caption: Minka Kelly posing for a photo (Source: Instagram)

Minka Kelly – Social Media

On Minka’s Instagram page, there are more than 1 million followers. Likewise, there are more than 284.9k followers on Twitter and more than 489k followers on Facebook.