Interview With Actress Melanie Liburd, “Dark Matter”

By Ruth on July 15, 2016 in Interview, movie, science fiction, television

If you are enjoying season two of the SyFy hit show Dark Matter, you are probably familiar with the character Nyx Harper as played by Melanie Liburd. Not only is she a gifted beauty, but she is grounded and possesses strength in spades. Recently, Melanie took some time to answer a few questions about her experience in the entertainment industry and specifically as Nyx in Dark Matter.
img_3757.jpgRH: Please tell us a little bit about your background and your journey to become an actress. 

ML: I came out of my shell in my early teens and after that, I was unstoppable. I would go to as many dance classes as I could, and I also started modeling. This led to a variety of television commercials and then Drama School. Living in London, I loved theatre and would go to as many fringe and West End shows as I could. I remember seeing Mark Rylance perform in the West End and being so inspired.

fullsizerender.jpgBefore landing your current role on Dark Matter, what was your favorite role(s) in your career so far? Why?

I’m so grateful, as all of the parts I’ve played have been really interesting and differ so much.  I worked on Game Of Thrones, which was pretty fantastic. And just before I started Dark Matter, I worked on a film called Double Play with director Ernest Dickerson in Curacao. It was such a wonderful experience and challenged me on so many levels as an actress. It’s a film I’m very proud of.

fullsizerender-1.jpgHow did you land your role of Nyx Harper in Dark Matter? What did you do to prepare for this role?

I sent a self tape from London. Next thing I know, I’m chatting with the lovely Joe Mallozzie and Vanessa Piazza on the phone. I was so excited, it was crazy!  I’m quite physical, so I like to train regularly in Pilates, yoga and running.

What was your experience like filming Dark Matter? What was it like on set? 

The Dark Matter cast and crew are like a family. Everyone looks out for each other and there is a huge amount of respect on set…along with the odd prank.

img_4067.jpgWhat has been your experience with the fans of Dark Matter

The most loyal and brilliant fans EVER!!! Thanks for being so supportive and kind!

Do you have any other upcoming works you can mention? 

DOUBLE PLAY premiers in cinemas later in this year. Please go and watch!

What can fans do to help ensure that Dark Matter is renewed for a season 3?

Keep watching the show! Oh, and if possible, come and see us at San Diego Comic Con in July. I would love to meet some of you!

img_4128.jpgDo you have any interest in directing/writing/producing eventually? 

I enjoy all of the above, so yes, I would love to in the future.

What is something that you can share that maybe most people don’t know about you?

Being a Brit, I’m quite partial to a good old-fashioned Sunday Roast…my Nan’s is the best!


As far as I’m concerned, Melanie is a “kick ass” female who can take on any role in any genre, and she seems to take great delectation in those roles that demonstrate her strength and fortitude as a woman. In spite of her powerful and no nonsense demeanor, however, she is sweet and kind to her fans and co-workers, and she infuses herself into every role she is given, albeit in her indomitable style. I greatly anticipate the progression of her career as her star is definitely one on the rise. As she perseveres in expressing herself faultlessly in every role she is given and valuing every experience she has, there is no doubt in my mind that we will continue to hear from this talented, pragmatic woman. Be sure that you watch her on Dark Matter Friday nights on the SyFy Network, and also follow her at all the links below so you don’t miss a second of what is rapidly becoming a spectacular career for her!






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