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Who Is Merritt Patterson? Meet the Hallmark and Great American Family Star

Is it just us, or do you find yourself watching Hallmark movies and wanting to be friends with all the characters? Ever since actress Merritt Patterson started appearing in Hallmark movies, she brought her girl-next-door charm to every role she takes on. She's quickly become one of the most popular leading ladies on the network over the course of various Christmas and off-season romantic movies she's appeared in on the beloved network, and has since started appearing on competitor network Great American Family as well.

Throughout her career, Merritt Patterson has showcased her ability to tackle diverse characters, from historical dramas to contemporary romantic comedies. Her talent, charisma, and on-screen presence have earned her a dedicated fan base and recognition in the industry.

In addition to her television work, Patterson has made her mark in the world of film, appearing in various projects across genres. Her ability to bring authenticity and depth to her characters has been a consistent highlight of her performances.

Merritt Patterson's success extends beyond her acting career. She is also known for her philanthropic work and involvement in various charitable initiatives. Her commitment to social causes and her desire to make a positive impact on society further exemplify her character and dedication.

Here are a few things you might not know about Merritt Patterson.

Who is Merritt Patterson?

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Patterson was born on September 2, 1990, in British Columbia (at this point, we're almost surprised when you come across a Hallmark star who isn't Canadian). Patterson grew up in the beautiful Whistler area in Canada, which is located along a stunning mountain range. Thanks to so many TV shows filming up there, she's been booking professional acting jobs since she was 15.

If you follow Patterson on Instagram or have tuned in for any of her interviews on Hallmark's former beloved series Home & Family (RIP!), you'll learn that the girl loves to travel. Hallmark sent her out to the beautiful coast of Ireland to film "Forever in My Heart" back in 2019, and based on her feed, she can be seen going on regular adventures to beautiful places when she isn't on set.

Is Merritt Patterson Married?


She may have strong chemistry with her Hallmark co-stars, but as of 2022, Patterson is off the market. The actress married her longtime boyfriend, JR Ringer, on Sept. 17 in Puglia, Italy. Cheers to the happy couple!

Merritt Patterson Hallmark Movies

Gingerbread Miracle

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Patterson had hopped around various TV shows in her early career before making her Hallmark debut in 2017 in the sweet film "A Royal Winter." Who doesn't love one of the network's many romantic movies featuring a royal falling for a normal person? Over the years, she's starred opposite many of the popular Hallmark leading men, including Luke Macfarlane, Andrew Walker and Steve Lund. Some of her best movies include "The Christmas Cottage," "Christmas at the Palace," "Gingerbread Miracle," and "Chateau Christmas."

Merritt Patterson Great American Family Movies

Merritt Patterson in "Twas the Text Before Christmas" (Great American Family)

Patterson starred opposite Hallmark favorite Trevor Donovan in GAC's "Jingle Bell Christmas" in 2021. She and former "When Calls the Heart" star Daniel Lissing co-starred in 2022's "Catering Christmas" on the Great American Family Network. In September 2023 she starred alongside Joshua Sasse in "One Perfect Match." In October, the network premiered "'Twas the Text Before Christmas," where she co-starred with Trevor Donovan.

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