Tamara Mello Duarte was born in Toronto, Canada. She caught the acting bug at a very young age by watching, and later starring in, Folklore plays at the Vitoria Setubal Community Club of Toronto. Booking her first job in a hair commercial at 14 then later pursuing acting professionally at 18 While obtaining a Business-Marketing degree at Guelph Humber university.

Tamara is perhaps best known for her recurring role as Charlie Lima in the hit television series Degrassi (Nickelodeon). You may know her as Haley Colton on Stephen King's HAVEN s5 (SyFy) as well as Mandy in LONGMIRE s4 on Netflix. She is currently shooting the third season of Hard Rock Medical.

Tamara has loomed into the Indie world with her thought provoking and gritty portrayals in up coming films like Bottom of The World with Jena Malone and Doug Smith, starring in Badsville with Emilio Rivera and Dangerous Arrangements with Debra Kara Unger and Colm Meaney. Also having her debut at TIFF in The F-Word staring Daniel Radcliffe. Tamara has the freedom of working through her EU & Canadian citizenship or US Green Card which allows her to live, work, and play in many parts of the world.

She was Associate Producer of her first film behind the camera, Verona, directed by Laurie Lynd. The short film ran the festival circuit in the US and won "Viewers Choice Award" at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

When Tamara isn't busy working in film or TV in all capacities she spends her time practicing yoga. (This past January, she traveled to Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam to work with underprivileged children through Krama Yoga.) Also writing, learning the guitar and singing. 

Her first appearances in front of the camera for national commercials such as Burger King, Pedigree, and Kraft Dinner. She went on to Film and T.V and played Charlie Lima, Fiona's love interest, in Season 11. She is best friends with fellow castmates, Alicia Josipovic and Shannon Kook-Chun. In 2014 she appeared in the T.V. movie Dead on Campus as Alexa Cooper.

Lúcia Moniz's mother Maria do Amparo Pereira is Tamara Duarte's godmother.