Melissa McCarthy may be a leading lady in Hollywood these days, complete with her brand new film Spy about to hit cinemas worldwide, but like many celebs she's done her time as a jobbing actor in the business.
From roles hardly bigger than a featured extra, to parts as a wacky minor character McCarthy slowly worked her way up through the many roles in films (as well as many supporting or main roles in TV series), until she really hit her stride in the hilarious comedy Bridesmaids, after which came a whole host of leading roles.
But we already know the amazing films Melissa McCarthy has been in over the last four years, instead, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, take a look at some of the slightly odder roles that Melissa McCarthy has had over the years:
1. Sandra in Go (1999)
Go! tells the story of the events after a drug deal, told from three different points of view.
McCarthy appeared for about a whopping 50 seconds in her feature film debut.
2. Doris in Charlies Angels (2000)
Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.
Appearing as the cheery Doris, McCarthy's character quickly changed attitudes when Charlie's Angel Alex (Lucy Liu) put her in her place - though at least Doris got a little of her own back when she called her a bitch.
3. Paramedic in White Oleander (2002)
A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion
When main character Astrid (Alison Lohman) is shot by her unhinged fostermother, Melissa McCarthy appears as the paramedic on the scene.
4. Nico in The Life of David Gale (2003)
A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
Appearing as Nico the Goth Girl, McCarthy's character gives tours of a murder scene.
5. Carol in The Back-Up Plan (2010)
A romantic comedy centered on a woman who conceives twins through artificial insemination, only to meet the man of her dreams on the very same day.
Here we see a transition for Melissa McCarthy's into more comic roles. In The Back-Up Plan she plays New Ager Carol, the leader of the 'Single Mothers and Proud' group.
6. DeeDee in Life As We Know It (2010)
Two single adults become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.
Appearing as kooky but friendly neighbor DeeDee, Melissa McCarthy was a bright point in this Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel film.
Source: Entertainment Weekly