Melissa Haiden graduated with a Performer's degree from UCT's drama school in 2009. She has since appeared in a number of international film projects including Netflix's 'Jadotville' and 'Troy The Fall of a City', 'Saints & Strangers', Starz's 'Black Sails' and BBC/ Hulu's 'The Wrong Mans''. 2021 will see the release of local TV series ‘DAM’ written and directed by Alex Yazbek. ‘Prisoner 760’ is also set to have its cinema release where Melissa plays alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. Local films and TV shows include starring in Tarryn & Sharon, a comedy series for SABC 3 directed by Tim Greene. You can see her in ‘Finders Keepers' and ‘Bhai’s Cafe’ directed by Maynard Kraak and 'Konfetti' directed by Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat.
She has appeared in an array of theatre productions from Mamet, Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams and Genet to Eve Ensler's 'The Vagina Monologues' Schorr's 'The Heroin Diaries' and Mike Bartlett’s play ‘Cock’