Barbara Niven - Living her passion

Barbara Niven - Living her passion

First Published: November 1999
Barbara Niven | Working Actor, Producer, TV Host & Speaker

Barbara Niven | Working Actor, Producer, TV Host & Speaker

Barbara Niven | "The Rat Pack" (1998)
Barbara Niven | Working Actor
Barbara Niven | Working Actor
Barbara Niven | "Anoosh of the Airways" (1999)
Barbara Niven | "Anoosh of the Airways" (1999)
Barbara Niven | "Anoosh of the Airways" (1999)
Barbara Niven | "Anoosh of the Airways" (1999)
Barbara Niven, mother of Kaley Cuoco & Marnette Patterson | "Charmed" (2006)
Barbara Niven | "A Valentine Carol" - Lifetime (2007)
Barbara Niven | "Summers Moon" (2009)
Barbara Niven as Captain Chandler | "Army 360" (2010)
Barbara Niven | "A Perfect Ending" (2012)
Barbara Niven w/John Heard | "A Perfect Ending" (2012)
Barbara Niven | "A Perfect Ending" (2012)
Barbara Niven | Working Actor, Producer, TV Host & Speaker *
Barbara Niven | Working Actor, Producer, TV Host & Speaker
Barbara Niven | Press Photo
Barbara Niven w/Ray Wise | "Suburban Gothic" (2014)
Barbara Niven | "Cedar Cove" - Hallmark (2016)
Barbara Niven | "Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery" - Hallmark (2017)

Barbara Niven is one of Hollywood’s busiest actresses. During her career she has appeared in more than 100 film and TV roles, and over 2500 TV & radio commercials. She also served 3 years on the National Board of Directors for the Screen Actors Guild.

She is currently starring opposite Treat Williams, Diane Ladd & Jesse Metcalfe in the Hallmark Channel prime time series "Chesapeake Shores", and stars with Alison Sweeney in the "Murder She Baked" TV series for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Niven was recently a series regular on the #1 rated "Cedar Cove", and guest starred in the final season of NBC’s Emmy Award winning "Parks & Recreation". Her performance as Marilyn Monroe in HBO’s "The Rat Pack" continues to garner praise as "one of the Top 3 portrayals of the blonde icon on Film & TV". She has also appeared on "Lifetime", "NCIS", "Cold Case", "Charmed" and "One Life To Live".

She recently won the Indie Best Actress award for her inspired performance in the feature film "A Perfect Ending", and a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the film "Hamlet’s Ghost" which opened at the Cannes Film Festival. Barbara also recently starred alongside Matthew Gray Gubler & Kat Dennings in the indie comedy-horror film "Suburban Gothic". Barbara is also starring in and Producing an independent film "Nesting Doll" about a special needs boy & the four most important women in his life.

Barbara has also gained international acclaim as Hollywood’s Top Media Trainer and Video Marketing Coach. She created her ground-breaking Unleash Your Star Power!™ system so she could share her professional skills and secrets with others.

Barbara is passionate about teaching people how to hone their message, overcome fear, build confidence and use video and public speaking to dominate their niche. Her clients include business owners, professionals, CEOs, entrepreneurs, hosts, speakers, authors, and anyone who wants to makeover their professional image. She personally coaches and directs them every step of the way to ensure their success.

From her studio in Los Angeles, Barbara offers video production services, one-on-one or group training, and Video Boot Camps. The Boot Camps are a lot of fun and combine training and a video studio session - complete with Hollywood hair & makeup! For those who can’t make it into the studio, Barbara’s Unleash Your Star Power!™ Home Study Course is the easy, ultimate online media training system. People quickly go from Beginner to confident Pro as they develop tools and skills to establish themselves as the Go-to-Expert in their niche. Her book 111 Star Power Tips: Insider Secrets From a Hollywood Pro is full of quick, professional tips and secrets to help anyone shine in Videos, TV & Radio Interviews and Public speaking.

Niven is also a Celebrity Speaker and best-selling author. Business and motivational topics include Unleash Your Star Power!, Be a Video Marketing Superstar, ACT As If and Live Your Dreams! She shares her struggle with bulimia in Eating Disorders & Pressures to be Perfect and has appeared twice on national television talking about the pressure to be thin in Hollywood. Barbara is also profiled in the book Feeding the Fame: Celebrities with Eating Disorders.

Barbara feels blessed to be living her crazy acting dream, and is passionate about using her success to inspire and support others to achieve their own goals. She created a Dreamers Network on her Facebook page that currently has more than 6,000 members. The network is an international “support group” for fellow Dreamers, offering advice and inspiration while encouraging a “pay it forward” philosophy.

Barbara Niven's advice (and 'Motto' in life) to the aspiring actor:

Don’t settle for less than wonderful in your life. Live your passion. Connect to your purpose. Make a difference. And... don’t give up five minutes before the miracle!"


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Barbara Niven's Credits
 2020 Crossword Mysteries 4 (TV Movie)
Aunt Candace
 2020 Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver (TV Movie)
Aunt Candace
 2019 Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy (TV Movie)
Carol Shaw
 2019 Love on the Menu (TV Movie)
 2018 Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa (TV Movie)
Carol Shaw
 2016-2018 Chesapeake Shores (TV Series)
Megan O'Brien
- Before a Following Sea (2018) ... Megan O'Brien
- Forward to the Past (2018) ... Megan O'Brien
- All Our Tomorrows (2018) ... Megan O'Brien
- It's Just Business (2018) ... Megan O'Brien
- Here and There (2018) ... Megan O'Brien
 2017 Christmas In Evergreen (TV Movie)
 2016-2017 Chesapeake Shores (TV Series)
Megan O'Brien
- Freefall (2017) ... Megan O'Brien
- The Royal Court (2017) ... Megan O'Brien
- Forest Through the Trees (2017) ... Megan O'Brien
- All Our Yesterdays (2017) ... Megan O'Brien
- Grand Openings (2017) ... Megan O'Brien
 2017 Murder, She Baked: Just Desserts (TV Movie)
Delores Swensen
 2017 Campfire Kiss (TV Movie)
Beverly Gowers
 2016 Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe (TV Movie)
Delores Swensen
 2016 Murder, She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery (TV Movie)
Delores Swensen
 2015 Hamlet's Ghost
Sarah Goodman
 2015 A Christmas Detour (TV Movie)
Susan Collins
 2015 Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery (TV Movie)
Delores Swensen
 2013-2015 Cedar Cove (TV Series)
Peggy Beldon
- Getting to Know You: Part Two (2015) ... Peggy Beldon
- Getting to Know You: Part One (2015) ... Peggy Beldon
- Runaway (2015) ... Peggy Beldon
- Batter Up (2015) ... Peggy Beldon
- Civil War (2015) ... Peggy Beldon
 2015 Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery (TV Movie)
Delores Swensen
 2015 Parks and Recreation (TV Series)
June Hartwell
- Pie-Mary (2015) ... June Hartwell
 2014 Suburban Gothic
 2014 The M Word
 2014 Jen Foster: She (Video short)
Wedding Officiator
 2013 Being Us
 2013 Meth Head
 2012 Gabe the Cupid Dog
Ms. Andrews
 2012 A Perfect Ending
Rebecca Westridge
 2012 The Wife He Met Online (TV Movie)
 2012 Home Invasion (TV Movie)
Tricia Patterson
 2012 My Mother's Secret (TV Movie)
Evelyn Wells
 2009 The Alpha Geek
Maggie Malone
 2009 Accused at 17
Claire Werner
 2009 Summer's Moon
Gaia Hoxey
 2009 Let's Make a Deal
Capt. Chandler
 2009 Back to the Horn
CPT. Chandler
 2009 Anti-Narcotics
CAPT. Chandler
 2009 Heat Wave (TV Movie)
Governor Carol Quinlan
 2008 Moonlight & Mistletoe (TV Movie)
 2008 Short Track
Audrey Beckett
 2008 Dead at 17 (TV Movie)
Alyssa Harris
 2008 Black Widow (TV Movie)
Tiffany Collins
 2008 Eli Stone (TV Series)
Ellen Wethersby
- Father Figure (2008) ... Ellen Wethersby
- Pilot (2008) ... Ellen Wethersby
 2007 The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman (TV Series)
Anne O'Connell
- We're Number Two! (2007) ... Anne O'Connell
 2007 Redline
Sally Martin
 2007 A Valentine Carol (TV Movie)
Jackie Marley
 2007 McBride: Semper Fi (TV Movie)
Claire Whitman
 2006 The Rival (TV Movie)
Linda Zeller
 2006 All You've Got (TV Movie)
Peggy McDonald
 2006 Murder in My House (TV Movie)
Lauren Kessler
 2006 Charmed (TV Series)
Helen Jenkins
- Generation Hex (2006) ... Helen Jenkins
- Mr. & Mrs. Witch (2006) ... Helen Jenkins
 2006 Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery (TV Movie)
 2006 Double Cross (TV Movie)
Suzanne Debson
 2005 NCIS (TV Series)
Dr. Elaine Burns
- Silver War (2005) ... Dr. Elaine Burns
 2005 Chasing Ghosts
Patricia King
 2005 Stranger in My Bed (TV Movie)
Christine Goudet
 2005 Back to You and Me (TV Movie)
Connie Murray
 2005 The Perfect Neighbor (TV Movie)
Donna Germaine
 2004 The Drone Virus
Dr. Sloan
 2004 Wedding Daze (TV Movie)
News Reporter
 2004 Tiger Cruise (TV Movie)
Kate Dolan
 2004 Las Vegas (TV Series)
Alice Gold
- The Strange Life of Bob (2004) ... Alice Gold
 2004 Cold Case (TV Series)
Mavis Breen 1985
- Greed (2004) ... Mavis Breen 1985
 2004 Serial Killing 4 Dummys
Donna Noland
 2003 A Carol Christmas (TV Movie)
Sexy TV Star
 2002 ER (TV Series)
- Bygones (2002) ... Stephanie (uncredited)
 1999-2002 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Liz Coleman Reynolds
- Episode #1.8860 (2002) ... Liz Coleman Reynolds
- Episode #1.8857 (2002) ... Liz Coleman Reynolds
- Episode #1.8849 (2002) ... Liz Coleman Reynolds
- Episode #1.8803 (2002) ... Liz Coleman Reynolds
- Episode #1.8802 (2002) ... Liz Coleman Reynolds
 2001 Alone with a Stranger
Sandy Kennington
 1998-2000 Pensacola: Wings of Gold (TV Series)
- SOCEX: Final Exams (2000) ... Kate
- Brothers (2000) ... Kate (credit only)
- Casualties of War (2000) ... Kate (credit only)
- Return to Glory (2000) ... Kate (credit only)
- Answered Prayers (2000) ... Kate (credit only)
 2000 Luminarias
 1999 Love Boat: The Next Wave (TV Series)
Elise Daley
- Prom Queen (1999) ... Elise Daley
 1998 I Married a Monster (TV Movie)
 1998 The Rat Pack (TV Movie)
Marilyn Monroe
 1998 Mike Hammer, Private Eye (TV Series)
Connie Paley
- Dead Men Talk (1998) ... Connie Paley
 1993-1998 Silk Stalkings (TV Series)
Sally Coats / Jackie McMillan / Amanda Langley / ...
- The Party (1998) ... Sally Coats
- Pulp Addiction (1995) ... Jackie McMillan
- The Party's Over (1993) ... Amanda Langley
- Night Games (1993) ... Cally Henshaw (as Barbara Lee Alexander)
 1997 Breast Men (TV Movie)
 1997 Born Bad
Brian's Mother
 1997 Pacific Palisades (TV Series)
Evelyn Cabot
- Private Showing (1997) ... Evelyn Cabot
- Best Laid Plans (1997) ... Evelyn Cabot
- Desperate Measure (1997) ... Evelyn Cabot
- Past & Present Danger (1997) ... Evelyn Cabot
 1996 Depraved
Monica Stienman
 1996 Forest Warrior
Stacy Franklin
 1996 Humanoids from the Deep (TV Movie)
Fran Taylor
 1996 Foxfire
Goldie's Stepmother
 1996 Lone Tiger
Jane Costello (as Barbara Lee Niven)
 1996 Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (Video Game)
Barbara Miles - News Anchor
 1995 Taken Alive
 1995 Under Lock and Key
 1995 The Sister-in-Law (TV Movie)
Ashley Hawkins
 1995 Renegade (TV Series)
Tammy Watkins
- Rancho Escondido (1995) ... Tammy Watkins
 1994 Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger (Video Game)
Barbara Miles - Newscaster
 1993 Illegal Entry: Formula for Fear
Pamela Raby (as Barbara Lee Alexander)
 1993 Psycho Cop Returns
Sharon (as Barbara Lee Alexander)
 1992 Wings (TV Series)
- The Fortune Cookie (1992) ... Susan (as Barbara Lee Alexander)
 1990 Hired to Kill
Sheila (as Barbara Lee Alexander)
 1990 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Maggie Sue
- Balancing Act (1990) ... Maggie Sue (as Barbara Lee Alexander)
 1989 My Two Dads (TV Series)
Veronica Miles
- Duel (1989) ... Veronica Miles (as Barbara Lee Alexander)
 1987 The Bold and the Beautiful (TV Series)
Brenda Dickerson (1996)
 1986 Promise (TV Movie)
Joan (as Barbara Alexander)

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