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Melissa McKnight's Second Shot Of Love With Matt LeBlanc - Get To Know Her More


Melissa Sue McKnight, better known as Missy McKnight. She is famously known as the ex-wife of Matt LeBlanc, however, she is a known actress and model even before she met Matt.

She had appeared in Triangles and Tribulations (2001), VH1: All Access (2001), and The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards (2001).

Melissa McKnight Biography

Melissa McKnight side view headshot on a magazine feature
Melissa McKnight side view headshot on a magazine feature

Melissa McKnight was born in England on March 10, 1965. Her family moved to America when she was a child, and she became an American citizen as a result. McKnight was born and raised in the United States of America, where she also completed her education.

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Quick Info

Full Name: Melissa Sue ‘Missy’ McKnight

Melissa McKnight Birthday: March 10, 1965

Melissa McKnight Age: 56 years as of 2021

Birth Place: England

Parents: Regis McKnight, Nancy McKnight

Melissa McKnight Net Worth: $2,000,000

Melissa McKnight Nationality: American and British (dual citizenship)

Melissa McKnight Ethnicity: Caucasian

Marital Status: Divorced

Melissa McKnight Husband: Anthony Esposito (m. 1990–1996), Matt LeBlanc (m. 2003–2006)

Melissa McKnight Children: Jacqueline Esposito, Tyler Esposito, Marina Pearl LeBlanc

Profession: Former Actress & Model

Eye Color: Blue

Melissa McKnight Career

Melissa McKnight wearing a styled striped suit on the cover of the Japanese edition of Marie Claire
Melissa McKnight wearing a styled striped suit on the cover of the Japanese edition of Marie Claire

Melissa used to be a model, and her career only gained her so much fame. She worked with a number of high-profile modeling agencies, including Elite Models in New York City, and was published in a number of fashion magazines, further enhancing her riches and fame. She also appeared on the covers of the French edition of Cosmopolitan in January 1988, and Elle, among others.

To add to her list of achievements, Melissa made her acting debut in the 2001 film, Triangle and Tribulations. The film follows an oddball history professor who aspires to be a professional triangle champion, and later, he engages in a frantic battle for the title with the town mayor.

She was also a cast member of "VH1: All Access" in 2006, and The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards (2001).

Who Is Melissa Mcknight Married To?

Former Friends star files for divorce

Melissa McKnight was not afraid to try again when it came to her heart. The former model has had two marriages and two divorces. Anthony Esposito, an American rocker, was her first husband. Esposito is a bassist who also produced music.

Anthony Esposito was also a set designer and art director who has worked on the MVT shows The Storytellers and Unplugged, in addition to music. McKnight and Esposito began dating in 1989 and married the following year. Tyler (son) and Jacqueline (daughter) were born from their union, and the couple divorced in 1996. The divorce was blamed on both parties' lack of commitment, particularly Esposito's.

Melissa McKnight remarried in 1997, this time to the iconic Joey of Friends, Matt Leblanc. They had just been dating for a year when they got engaged in 1998.

In May 2003, the pair married on an oceanfront cliff in Kauai, Hawaii, in a spectacular twilight ceremony. Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, and Courtney Cox were among the 150 guests for their wedding. The wedding party also included McKnight's children from her first marriage.

Does Matt LeBlanc have a daughter? Yes, Melissa McKnight and Matt LeBlanc had a daughter named Marina Pearl LeBlanc. She was born on February 8, 2004.

In January 2006, McKnight and Leblanc divorced. Leblanc's womanizing behavior was a major factor in the couple's breakup. During a vacation with his mates in British Colombia, the actor was photographed grabbing a dancer at an all-nude bar. Andrea Anders, the actor's Joey co-star, was also said to be dating him.

Regardless of the circumstances of their breakup, both parties want an amicable divorce. They want joint custody of their daughter rather than spousal maintenance. They are still friends and devoted parents to Marina.

Melissa Mcknight Today

Melissa Mcknight headshot wearing a satin pink collared blouse
Melissa Mcknight headshot wearing a satin pink collared blouse

Melissa has long since left her modeling days behind and hasn't tried to return to modeling or acting since her divorce from LeBlanc in 2006. In essence, she has given up her Hollywood career in order to live a normal life and raise her daughter, Marina. Melissa is said to have never married again.


Melissa Mcknight is busy spending time with her children and is living a very private life.

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