About

About

Messalina Teresa Valeria Morley is a British-American Actress. She was born in London, England, before moving to Ridgewood, New Jersey as a baby. 

Messalina grew up surrounded by theater, going to rehearsals and sitting backstage at the many shows her mother was in. At the age of 8 Messalina performed for the first time, with her mother, in a local production of “Mr. Scrooge”, a musical take on Charles Dickens’ famous novel, “A Christmas Carol”.

At age 10, Messalina landed her first named role as Little Mary, in “The Women” by Clare Luce Booth. Once again Messalina was acting with her mother, but this time they were actually playing mother and daughter on stage as well. Messalina received a NJACT Award nomination for most Outstanding Young Actress in a play for her performance.

Jesuit and Catholic education is an important part of Her family’s beliefs. For elementary school she and her sister attended St. John’s Academy in Hillsdale New Jersey. She was home schooled for one year to prepare for her entrance exams to get into a boarding school in the north of England, Stonyhurst College. It is a Jesuit school and the sister school to where her parents first met.

 

Throughout her time at Stonyhurst Messalina became heavily involved with the arts programs there. She was involved in every production and pushed her dancing. During the 5 years she was at the college, Messalina was in 8 plays/musicals, 4 dance shows and also directed her own experimental immersive theatre piece. She left Stonyhurst having won the Charles Laughton Award for Best Actor, and received an IB Diploma with 39 points. Stonyhurst is also where Messalina first met her now husband, James Alton, a mechanical engineer. They were married on May 28th, 2019.

Messalina then went on to study Acting at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. She graduated in 2017.

Since then, Messalina has done voiceover work for google, been in Amazon’s “Style Code Live” (6 Episodes), Amazon’s “The Other F Word”, played Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” and Mandy Bloom in “Time Stands Still” at The Bergen County Players and Hedy LaRue in “How to Succeed” at Leonia Summerstage, and has recently finished filming her first independent film “The Passion of Love”, which was released Fall 2018. She has also recently produced a proof of concept for one of the feature’s she has written, “Red Carpet“.

Messalina is the co-founder and secretary of the “Carpe-Diem Foundation”. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and supporting programs and opportunities for young, medically fragile adults with developmental disabilities.

Messalina is also a Curve Model with State Management and has worked with companies such as Target, Cosmo, and Banana Republic. She appeared in Allure’s Sept 2018 Magazine and modeled for an editorial called “Shape Shifters” for Stylecaster. She also appeared in the 2019 11 Honoré NYFW show.