Merle Dandridge stars in "Chicago Fire" on NBC as Kay Fitori.

Born in Okinawa, Japan to mother of Korean and Japanese descent and an African-American father serving in the U.S. Air Force, Merle Dandridge was raised in Nebraska and schooled in Chicago.

She spent 11 years in the Broadway community before moving to Los Angeles to pursue film and television projects. On Broadway, she played Lady of the Lake in "Spamalot," Joanne in "Rent," Kala in "Tarzan," the title role in "Aida," and Mary Magdalene in "Jesus Christ Superstar." She has toured five times in the U.S. and in Europe.

On the small screen, in addition to several pilots and commercials, she has been seen in a recurring role in FX's "Sons of Anarchy" and has guest starred in series such as "Criminal Minds," "Ringer," "Lie to Me," "CSI: Miami," "Love Bites," "The Deep End," "24," "NCIS," "Third Watch," "Angel," "Guiding Light" and "All My Children."

Dandridge attended the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University in Chicago on a full-ride scholarship and graduated with a BFA in Theatre in 1997.




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Birthday: May 31
Birthplace: Okinawa, Japan
Hometown: Papillion, NE
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA


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