Brendan Penny wooed viewers when his character Kevin O’Brien returned from the military on Hallmark’s Chesapeake Shores. Though the series has come to an end, it’s always a treat when fans get to see him shine in new original movies, as well as the network’s In the Vineyard features.
19. Niall Matter
What can we say about Niall Matter? He takes part in many of the Hallmark special movie events: Valentine’s Day, Fall Harvest, Countdown to Christmas and even starred opposite Candace Cameron Bure in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries.
18. Ashley Williams
Among Ashley Williams’ many talents is her ability to make viewers laugh with her quirky taglines while pulling on their heartstrings, like in the Christmas in Evergreen movies. No matter what movie she stars in, she incorporates her unique talent into each character yet is able to separate each story as its own.
17. Nikki DeLoach
Nikki DeLoach may be familiar to daytime viewers for her two year stint on Days of Our Lives as Brenda. When it comes to Hallmark, she has no problem taking on a strong female lead while allowing the emotions of her character’s dilemma to draw viewers into the main focus of the story. One of her best to date was Love Takes Flight, as a woman in charge of an entire hospital yet not fully in charge of her heart.
16. Jack Wagner
Jack Wagner may be best known to daytimers for his stints as Bold & Beautiful‘s Nick and General Hospital’s Frisco. But on Hallmark, he’s beloved for his role as Bill Avery in When Calls the Heart. And when the network cast him opposite Josie Bissett in its Wedding March movies, it was like we were right back at Melrose Place, where he played Peter opposite her Jane.
Sam Page is another actor who can fit into many characters. He can play an ex-boyfriend, as in A Godwink Christmas: Second Chance, First Love, or a prince — and we can always count on his cute dimples. And before he was a Hallmark hottie, he played Trey Shepard on All My Children.
13. Jesse Metcalfe
This hunk’s dark hair and blue eyes first garnered the attention of daytime viewers when he played Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on Passions. Not only did we get to see him in various Hallmark movies, he was a main player in Chesapeake Shores as well as the series A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery.
12. Jill Wagner
Jill Wagner started out as a co-host for the game show series Wipe-Out and was part of the crew of MTV’s Punk’d. Her aptitude for comedy spills into each character she plays, so it’s no surprise that she’s on Hallmark’s go-to list of stars. Not only has she appeared in some of their most popular movies, but she headlines the series, Mystery 101.
11. Trevor Donovan
Trevor Donovan played Days of Our Lives’ Jeremy Horton before making his way to Hallmark. One of our favorite roles was seeing him play a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in the flick USS Christmas, opposite fellow former Salemite Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa). Sure, his character started off more Grinch than gregarious, but we all knew his heart would grow at least three sizes before the final reel unspooled.
10. Tyler Hynes
If Hynes’ characters have one thing in common, it’s probably that they tend to be more on the soft-spoken side. However, by the end of each story, such as Winter in Vail or On the 12th Date of Christmas, he leaves us shouting for more.
9. Ryan Paevey
General Hospital‘s loss was definitely Hallmark’s gain. Fans were still mourning the death of his daytime alter ego — good-guy Nathan — when along came Unleashing Mr. Darcy. Such a hit was that Hallmark feature that it garnered a sequel and Paevey — thanks in part to offerings like A Timeless Christmas — became one of their go-to good guys.
8. Alison Sweeney
Sweeney’s Sami may be one of Days of Our Lives‘ most notorious bad girls, but she’s proven just how versatile she really is since joining the Hallmark family. Between troublemaking stints in Salem, the actress is kept busy by her numrous Hallmark projects, including two movie series, Murder She Baked and Chronicle Mysteries.
7. Victor Webster
Look up the words “tall, dark and handsome” in the dictionary and you’re going to find Webster’s picture. Having gotten his start playing Roger on Sunset Beach and Nicholas on Days of Our Lives, the guy knows his way around a soapy story. His Hallmark characters tend to have a take-charge attitude, as evidenced in the series Matchmaker Mysteries.
6. Bethany Joy Lenz
On Guiding Light, Lenz won hearts as young heroine Michelle. And after appearing in several Hallmark projects, it was Bottled With Love, in which she appeared opposite Andrew Walker, that really made her a staple on the netowrk. She’s usually cast as the girl next door who is everything we want to be… especially when she gets the guy by story’s end!
5. Danica McKellar
Danica McKellar first stole hearts playing Winnie on The Wonder Years. And though she’s now a wife and mother, we can still see a glimpse of that sweet teenage persona incorporated in some of her Hallmark roles, including the part of super sleuth Angie Dove in the Matchmaker Mysteries movies.
4. Jen Lilley
Fans loved to watch Days of Our Lives’ Lilley tear up Salem as bad girl Theresa. However, when it comes to Hallmark movies like Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday, we come to see her play the good girl with a heart of gold. It’s a role she plays well, making her one of the most popular Hallmark heroines out there.
3. Candace Cameron Bure
Mention Hallmark movies to a fan of the genre, and it’s likely they’ll immediately summon up an image of Bure. One of the most popular actresses on the network, she keeps us entertained no matter what the season, plus has her own mystery series, Aurora Teagarden Mysteries.
2. Lacey Chabert
She was just a little girl when first she played All My Children‘s Bianca — daughter of the iconic Erica Kane — but she’s sense grown into a lovely leading lady. From wholesome holiday movies like Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas to the addictive Crossword Mysteries series, she’s one of Hallmark’s most recognizable faces.
1. Andrew Walker
Canadian actor Andrew Walker is, for our money, the No. 1 Hallmark channel star. Whether he’s playing a mystery man in My Secret Valentine or an architect who ends up saving the day for the folks on Christmas Tree Lane, he manages to melt our hearts like snow on a summer day.