Minka Kelly is an American actress best known for her role as cheerleader Lyla Garitty in the football drama series Friday Night Lights, from 2006-2009.
She also had a starring role as Eve, a street racer with a mysterious past, in the short-lived action drama television series Charlie's Angels, in 2011.
Kelly was born in Los Angeles, California and she is the only child of former Aerosmith guitarist, Rick Dufay, and Maureen Kelly, an exotic dancer and single mother who often moved with her daughter to different communities before settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the time Minka was in junior high school.
In 2007 she could be seen in the film The Kingdom, about government agents who investigate the bombing of an American family in the Middle East.
In 2011 she starred in the thriller film The Roommate. In the same year she had a recurring role in the television series Parenthood.
Kelly's additional television credits include guest-starring roles on Cracking Up, American Dreams and Drake & Josh, as well as a recurring role on the hit series What I Like About You, opposite Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth.
She also had a starring role as Detective Valerie Stahl, a Detective serving under Captain Maldonado and a love interest for Kennex who is a Chrome, a human genetically engineered for excellence and success, in the science fiction police procedural television series Almost Human, from 2013-2014.
Kelly currently resides in Austin, Texas and Los Angeles.