Barbara Niven

Barbara Niven
Barbara Lee Bucholz

(1953-02-26) February 26, 1953 (age 67)
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Ronald Garrison
(m. 1974; div. 19??)[1]
David Alexander
(m. 1985; div. 19??)[1]
David Niven, Jr.
(m. 1993; div. 1998)

Barbara Niven (born February 26, 1953[2]) is an American actress and producer, best known for her performances in Lifetime movies and Hallmark movies, and television roles in Pensacola: Wings of Gold, One Life to Live, Cedar Cove, and Chesapeake Shores. Niven also had the leading role in the independent film A Perfect Ending (2012).[3]

Life and career

Barbara Lee Bucholz was born in Portland, Oregon, and attended Beverly Hills Playhouse. She is known for her roles on soap operas The Bold and the Beautiful as Brenda Dickerson, and in One Life to Live as Liz Coleman Reynolds.[4][5][6]

Between 1986-1993 she was billed as Barbara Lee Alexander.

Niven starred on the syndicated drama series Pensacola: Wings of Gold (1998-2000). Niven also has appeared in guest roles on numerous television series, including ER, Cold Case, Las Vegas, NCIS, Charmed, Eli Stone and had recurring roles on Pacific Palisades and Silk Stalkings.

She played Marilyn Monroe in the HBO film The Rat Pack[6] (1998) and has appeared in many films such as Under Lock and Key (1995), Forest Warrior (1996), Foxfire (1996), Breast Men (1997), The Drone Virus (2004), Chasing Ghosts (2005), Redline (2007), Summer's Blood (2009), A Perfect Ending (2012) and Suburban Gothic (2014). She has also appeared in a number of Lifetime movies - Stranger in My Bed (2005), The Perfect Neighbor (2005), Double Cross (2006), Murder in My House (2006), A Valentine Carol (2007), Dead at 17 (2008), Accused at 17 (2009), Heat Wave (2009), My Mother's Secret (2012), The Wife He Met Online (2012), Disney Channel's Tiger Cruise (2004), and Hallmark's Wedding Daze (2004), Back to You and Me (2005), Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery (2006), and McBride: Semper Fi (2007)

In 2013, Niven was cast in Hallmark Channel first original drama series Cedar Cove, opposite Andie MacDowell and Bruce Boxleitner.[7]

Niven has written two books, Get Your Woman On and How Did You Do That!.[8] In 2014, she co-starred with Kat Dennings and Ray Wise, in the horror comedy Suburban Gothic.[9]


1986PromiseJoanTelevision film
1989My Two DadsVeronica MilesEpisode: "Duel"
1990Equal JusticeMaggie SueEpisode: "Balancing Act"
1990Hired to KillSheila
1990Fatal Encounter
1992WingsSusanEpisode: "The Fortune Cookie"
1993Psycho Cop ReturnsSharon
1993Illegal Entry: Formula for FearPamela Raby
1995RenegadeTammy WatkinsEpisode: "Rancho Escondido"
1995The Sister-in-LawAshley HawkinsTelevision film
1995Under Lock and KeyTina
1995Taken AliveVeronica
1996Lone TigerJane Costello
1996FoxfireGoldie's Stepmother
1996Humanoids from the DeepFran TaylorTelevision film
1996Forest WarriorStacy Franklin
1996DepravedMonica Stienman
1996The Bold and the Beautiful Brenda DickersonRecurring role
1997Pacific PalisadesEvelyn CabotRecurring role, 4 episodes
1997Breast MenCindyTelevision film
1997Doublecross on Costa's IslandVeronica
1993-1998Silk StalkingsVarious roles4 episodes
1998Mike Hammer, Private EyeConnie PaleyEpisode: "Dead Men Talk"
1998The Rat PackMarilyn MonroeTelevision film
1998I Married a MonsterLindaTelevision film
1999Love Boat: The Next WaveElise DaleyEpisode: "Prom Queen"
1999Anoosh of the AirwaysSuzy
1999Born BadBrian's Mother
1998-2000Pensacola: Wings of GoldKateSeries regular, 43 episodes
2001Alone with a StrangerSandy KenningtonTelevision film
2002ERStephanieEpisode: "Bygones"
2002-2003One Life to LiveLiz Coleman ReynoldsRecurring role
2003A Carol ChristmasSexy TV StarTelevision film
2004Serial Killing 4 DummysDonna Noland
2004Cold Case Mavis BreenEpisode: "Greed"
2004Las VegasAlice GoldEpisode: "The Strange Life of Bob"
2004Tiger CruiseKate DolanTelevision film
2004Wedding DazeNews ReporterTelevision film
2004The Drone VirusDr. Sloan
2005The Perfect NeighborDonna GermaineTelevision film
2005Back to You and MeConnie MurrayTelevision film
2005Stranger in My Bed Christine GoudetTelevision film
2005Chasing GhostsPatricia King
2005NCISDr. Elaine BurnsEpisode: "Silver War"
2006Double CrossSuzanne DebsonTelevision film
2006Mystery Woman: Wild West MysteryAnnieTelevision film
2006CharmedHelen JenkinsEpisodes: "Mr. & Mrs. Witch" and "Generation Hex"
2006Murder in My House Lauren KesslerTelevision film
2006All You've GotPeggy McDonald
2006The RivalThe RivalTelevision film
2007McBride: Semper FiClaire WhitmanTelevision film
2007A Valentine CarolJackie MarleyTelevision film
2007RedlineSally Martin
2007The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie WoodmanAnne O'ConnellEpisode: "We're Number Two!"
2008Eli StoneEllen WethersbyEpisodes: "Pilot" and "Father Figure"
2008Black WidowTiffany CollinsTelevision film
2008Dead at 17Alyssa HarrisTelevision film
2008Never Enough: Sex, Money and Parking Garages in San FranciscoSylvia Chaisem
2008Short TrackAudrey Beckett
2008Moonlight & MistletoeGinnyTelevision film
2009Heat WaveGovernor Carol QuinlanTelevision film
2009Anti-NarcoticsCapt. Chandler
2009Back to the HornCapt. Chandler
2009Let's Make a DealCapt. Chandler
2009Summer's BloodGaia Hoxey
2009Accused at 17Claire WernerTelevision film
2009The Alpha GeekMaggie Malone
2012My Mother's SecretEvelyn WellsTelevision film
2012Home InvasionTricia PattersonTelevision film
2012The Wife He Met OnlineAlmaTelevision film
2012A Perfect EndingRebecca Westridge
2012Gabe the Cupid DogMs. Andrews
2013Meth HeadMadelaine
2013Being UsJulie
2013–2015Cedar CovePeggy BeldonSeries regular, 25 episodes
2014The M WordNicki
2014Hamlet's GhostSarah Goodman
2014Suburban GothicEve
2015Parks and RecreationJune HartwellEpisode: "Pie-Mary"
2015Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie MysteryDeloresTelevision film
2015Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding MysteryDeloresTelevision film
2015A Christmas DetourSusanHallmark Movie
2016Murder, She Baked: A Peach Cobbler MysteryDeloresTelevision film
2016-presentChesapeake ShoresMegan O'BrienTelevision series
2017Christmas In EvergreenCarol ShawHallmark Movie
2018Christmas In Evergreen: Letters To SantaCarol ShawHallmark Movie
2019Love On The MenuAndreaHallmark Movie


  1. ^ a b c Barbara Niven Biography
  2. ^ "Barbara Niven Biography (1953-)". Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  3. ^ "Barbara Niven's role of a lifetime in 'A Perfect Ending' (Includes interview)". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Barbara Niven (ex-Liz, OLTL, 2002-03; ex-Brenda, B&B, 1996)". Soap Opera Digest. 2004-07-08. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  5. ^ "Ex-One Life To Live's Barbara Niven In Us. (Video Included.) - One Life To Live News -". Retrieved 2013-06-25.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b ""One Live to Live" Star Bio - Barbara Niven - "Elizabeth Reynolds"". 2013-02-14. Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  7. ^ "Hallmark Channel's 'When Calls The Heart' Adds Cast; 'Cedar Cove' July Premiere Set". Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  8. ^ "Barbara Niven - Cast - Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove". Hallmark Channel. Archived from the original on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  9. ^ Henley, Ken W (December 19, 2014). "Festival Favorites 'It Follows', 'Suburban Gothic' Get New Trailers".

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