Mel Harris (born July 12, 1956.) is an American actress. She played Sylvia Capshaw on the MyNetworkTV limited-run serial Saints & Sinners.
Harris is perhaps best known for her role as Hope Murdoch Steadman on the popular 1980s television show, Thirtysomething (1987-1991). During that time, in 1989, Harper's Bazaar named her one of "America's 10 Most Beautiful Women". She also had a starring role in the 1988 horror film Cameron's Closet. From 1996-1998, she starred with Jere Burns in the NBC sitcom Something So Right.
In addition, Harris has appeared in a number of television programs including The West Wing, Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest, Dawson's Creek, Touched by an Angel and House. She played real-life victim Madge Oberholtzer in the TV mini-series Cross of Fire (1989) and starred in the Scott Turow legal thriller The Burden of Proof in 1992. She had a recurring role on Stargate SG-1 as Oma Desala. She appeared as a contestant on the $100,000 Pyramid game show before she found success as an actress. She appeared as a celebrity on the 1991 version of Pyramid.