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
Governor Carol Quinlan
Sexy TV Star
Liz Coleman Reynolds
Sally Coats / Jackie McMillan / Amanda Langley / ...
Jane Costello (as Barbara Lee Niven)
Barbara Miles - News Anchor
Barbara Miles - Newscaster
Pamela Raby (as Barbara Lee Alexander)
Sharon (as Barbara Lee Alexander)
Sheila (as Barbara Lee Alexander)
Brenda Dickerson (1996)
Joan (as Barbara Alexander)
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