Melissa Margaret Peterman (born July 1, 1971) is an American actress and comedian who is best known for her role as Barbra Jean in the television comedy series Reba. Currently, Peterman stars as Bonnie Wheeler in the ABC Family/Freeform series Baby Daddy, and as host of ABC Family’s Dancing Fools,ABC’s Bet on Your Baby, and CMT’s The Singing Bee.
In 2001, Peterman was cast as Barbra Jean Booker-Hart in Reba opposite country music singer Reba McEntire and television veteran Christopher Rich.The show was the most-watched comedy on The WB in its debut season. In 2007, the show ended its run after six seasons. Episodes continue to air in syndication on multiple networks. Upon graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato with theater as one of her majors, Peterman was cast as Madeline Monroe in Hey City Theater’s production of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. After more than 600 performances, she went on to write and perform at Brave New Workshop, the improvisational comedy theatre in Minneapolis
Peterman married John Brady in 1999, and their son was born 2005. She was a bridesmaid in Reba co-star Joanna García Swisher’s wedding, along with Reba McEntire.