Danica McKellar - Biography

Last Modified: Apr 6, 2020

Danica McKellar
Profession: Actress, Author
Best Known For: The Wonder Years, Project Mc2
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $6 million

Personal Details

Born on : January 3, 1975 (age 47)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Danica Mae McKellar
Birth Place: La Jolla, California, USA
Horoscope: Capricorn
Father's Name: Christopher McKella
Mother's Name: Mahaila Tello
Siblings: 1

Crystal McKellar (younger sister)

University: University of California
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (Scottish, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: November 15, 2014
Husband's Name: Scott Sveslosky

Michael Verta (2009-2013)

Children: 1

Draco McKellar Verta (son)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.63 meter (5 feet 4 inch)
Weight: 56 kg (123.46 lb)
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: 7 US
Dress Size: 4 US
Breast Size: 33 inch
Waist Size: 23 inch
Hip Size: 34 inch
Bra Size: 32
Cup Size: A

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Who is Danica McKellar?

Danica McKellar is a professional actress, mathematics writer, author, education advocate and an American national. Aside from her career as an author, she is best known for playing Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years, Miss Martian in Young Justice, in Project Mc2 and numerous Hallmark films.

Danica McKellar – Age, Parents, Siblings

Danica McKellar’s birth took place on January 3, 1975, in La Jolla, California, USA. She was born as Danica Mae McKellar to mother Mahaila Tello, a homemaker and father Christopher McKella, a real estate developer. 

young Danica McKellar with parents and younger sister (Image: Instagram)

She is not the only child of her parents and has a sibling, younger sister Crystal McKellar, who is now a successful lawyer.

Education, Ethnicity

After graduation from high school, Danica McKellar went on to study at the University of California, Los Angeles. She graduated from the same in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree summa cum laude in Mathematics. She also attended Harvard-Westlake and Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

Her ethnicity is Scottish, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese.

Danica McKellar – Boyfriend, Husband, Children, Divorce

Danica McKellar married her longtime boyfriend Michael "Mike" Verta, a composer on March 22, 2009, in La Jolla, California. The couple had been dating since 2001. With Verta, she welcomed her first child, son Draco McKellar Verta on September 7, 2010. However, after years of relationship and marriage, they divorced in 2013.

Danica McKellar with her son (Image: Instagram - posted 2020)

She went on to date Scott Sveslosky, a partner in the Los Angeles legal firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton and became engaged to him on July 16, 2014. They tied the knot on November 15, 2014, in Kauai, Hawaii.

Danica McKellar – Net Worth, Salary

Her net worth is estimated to be around $6 million while the figure on her annual salary is under review.

Danica McKellar – Career

Early Days

McKellar was seven years old when she started acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Institute. 

Her debut role was at the age of 10 in a 1985 episode of The Twilight Zone followed by the main role of Winnie Cooper in the TV series The Wonder Years (1988-1993). This role established Danica McKellar as a child actress, which she, later on, found difficult to transition to an adult actress.

Danica McKellar, Fred Savage co-starred on The Wonder Years (Image: Closer Weekly)

Films, Series

In her adult roles, she has had appearances in the films Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2002), Raising Genius (2004), Hack! (2007), Heatstroke (2008), Where Hope Grows (2014), The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania! (2017), among others.

Moreover, McKellar has guest-starred in TV series Babylon 5 (1994), Impractical Jokers and recurring roles in Static Shock (2000-2004), The West Wing (2002-2003), Game Over (2004), Inspector Mom (2006-2007), to name a few.

She also has landed the main roles in Young Justice (2010-2013; 2019-percent) as Miss Martian, Project Mc2 (2015- present) as The Quail

Also, Danica McKellar has starred in around a dozen Hallmark movies My Christmas Dream (2016), Coming Home for Christmas (2017), Christmas At Grand Valley (2018), Christmas at Dollywood (2019), among others.


On Project Mc2, Danica McKellar has starred alongside Mika Abdalla, Antonio Marziale, Sarah Desjardins, Genneya Walton, Ysa Penarejo.

Danica McKellar, Paul Greene co-starred in Perfect Match (Image: IMDb)


McKellar also has authored several books that are related to mathematics. Her first book Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail (2008) was a New York Times bestseller. Since then she has released eight books including The Times Machine! Learn Multiplication and Division... Like, Yesterday! (2020), Bathtime Mathtime (2018), among others.

In addition, her paper was published in the Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General in 1998.

Danica McKellar – Awards, Nominations

She was awarded Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) Communications Award in January 2014.

Danica McKellar – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media handles including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Danica McKellar is followed by several hundred thousand followers and counting. She also has two official websites-  mckellarmath.com and danicamckellar.com.

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