Southeast People To Watch

by janehamrick | created - 13 Jun 2012 | updated - 13 Jun 2012 | Public

Talented Working Actors living and or connected to the Southeast. Just good people doing what they love to do. Watch out for more good things from these industry people. More to come.

1. Emma Rayne Lyle

Actress | I Don't Know How She Does It

Emma Rayne Lyle is a stage, television, and film actress.

Emma's first major film was the role of "Emily" in I Don't Know How She Does It, working alongside Greg Kinnear, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Curtain and Pierce Brosnan. She followed that up with a lead role in "Why Stop Now" playing opposite ...

2. Catherine Trail

Actress | Death, Taxes, and Chocolate

Catherine Trail was born as Catherine Elizabeth Trail. She is an actress and producer, known for Death, Taxes, and Chocolate (2008), Meet the Cleavers (2012) and Sanctuary; Quite a Conundrum (2012). She has been married to George since June 11, 1977. They have two children.

3. David Topp

Actor | The Shunning

David Topp is an award-winning American actor and filmmaker. He has a love of all aspects of film and likes working behind the camera as much as in front of it. In 2012, he co-founded his own production company, Topp Scot Productions.

In May of 2014, he won Best Actor at the prestigious Young Artist...

4. Taylor-Grace Davis

Actress | 7

Taylor-Grace Davis began acting at the age of 8 in rural Western NC on her family farm. Growing up on a cattle farm, her favorite thing to do as a young child was to perform in front of her animals. As her passion love for performing grew, so did her experience. By the age of 14 she had developed ...

5. Glennellen Anderson

Actress | Stranger Things

Glennellen Anderson is known for her work on Stranger Things (2016), Timeless (2016) and American Idol (2002).

6. Alexa Yeames

Actress | The Originals

Alexa was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She moved several times in her youth, being a "military brat," with the main constant being her love of the arts and passion for acting on stage and in film.

Graduated in 2012 from the highly selective drama program at the University of North Carolina School of ...

8. Justin Wheelon

Iron Man Three

Emmy® Award-winner Justin Wheelon is a professional actor and director who's appeared in numerous films and television shows. Justin's commercials on-line have generated over 100 million views. In Justin's first appearance on stage doing theater he won 'Outstanding Supporting Actor' for his role in...

9. Brandi Alyssa Young

Actress | Evil Rising

Brandi has come a long way from her birthplace of Ft Myers, Fl. Raised in South Carolina by her parents Bruce and Sally, both of whom are in the medical profession, Brandi is an only child who has taken dance for 11 years and has had a love of performing since she was a toddler. She saw a local ...

10. Tara-Nicole Azarian

Actress | Game Shakers

Tara-Nicole is an American actress who graduated High School, with honors, at the age of 14. At 15, she had already won 5 Telly Awards for her writing and directing. At 16 she had written and directed 6 short films, 2 web shows and her work had shown at over 140 film festivals both Nationally and ...

11. Chandler Riggs

Actor | The Walking Dead

Chandler Riggs was born on June 27, 1999 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is an actor, known for The Walking Dead (2010), Get Low (2009) and Mercy (2014).

12. Elijah Chester

Actor | Lincoln

As an actor, and Grammy & Dove Award winner...this North Carolina boy has been performing professionally since the age of 10, where he appeared alongside Broadway stars Jason Graae and Chita Rivera. That's all it took to convince him that the stage and eventually the screen was his passion.

His ...

13. Darren W. Conrad

Producer | The Valley Road

Darren Walker Conrad, an Award Winning Filmmaker, was born on 10 February 1968; to Darryl Walker Conrad and Sarah Gail Phillips, in the small southern town of Gastonia, North Carolina. Darren's Father was an All American Football Player who's shot in the NFL was stopped short by knee injuries. ...

14. Vanessa Ore

Actress | Imperium

Vanessa Ore is an actress and producer, known for Imperium (2016), The Vampire Diaries (2009) and FBI: Criminal Pursuit (2011).

15. Gina Travis

Actress | On the Market

Gina Travis is known for her work on On the Market (2009), Old Henry (2013) and Dark Resonance (2016).

16. Ashley Marie Nelson

Actress | In the Devil's Courthouse

Ashley Marie Nelson is an actress, known for In the Devil's Courthouse (2011) and A Moment Behind (2018).

17. Addy Miller

Actress | Dark Places

Addy Miller started her career as a child model at the age of four, acting later followed, but she didn't get her first big break until the age eight when she won the role of Young Lily (Dakota Fanning) in "The Secret Life of Bees". After setting foot on that set, she knew this was what she was ...

18. Kayli Maree Tolleson

Actress | Star Force 7: The Chill of Distant Eyes

Kayli Maree Tolleson is from Charlotte, NC. She began acting at 9 years old, and was quickly involved in a wide variety of projects in film, TV, and occasionally theater all throughout the Southeast and in NYC. Kayli spent a summer in NYC studying acting and she successfully booked 2 projects and a...

19. Morgan Hennum

Actress | Emma!

Morgan Hennum began her acting career in 2008 at the age of 8 years old. After being on her first Hollywood set, "The Blind Side", she became hooked with the business and has stayed focused on mastering her craft since then. She is also a very sought after model for both print and runway in the ...

20. Kevin Thies

Camera_department | Parallel Parking

Kevin Thies is an Asian American actor, born and raised in North Carolina. Since taking to the stage in kindergarten, Kevin has appeared in several independent films, instructional videos, and TV shows. Kevin has also acted on stage with school and community theatre groups. His latest performance ...

21. Francine Locke

Actress | Nashville

Francine's career started in photography, modeling for national publications, traveling throughout in the Midwest, Toronto & Montreal. She began working in commercials & industrial training films, eventually booking roles on local Chicago productions, like Early Edition and Chicago Story, and ...

22. Gabriella Mullis

Actress | On the Market

Gabriella Mullis is an actress, known for On the Market (2009), One Last Sunset (2010) and Sounds of Poetry (2009).

23. Rania Holder

Actress | Heredity

Born in Sanford, North Carolina. After graduating High School in 2001, Rania attended college for Television Broadcasting a year. Then later decided to enter into the field of nursing. She received her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate only to discover it wasn't the career she wanted, but ...

24. Jade Doheny

Actress | Unemployment

Jade Doheny began modeling in fashion shows and for online boutiques when she was three-years-old. When she was five-years-old, she completed two major print projects - a medical training manual for The American Red Cross and a non-fiction book, "The Athletic Body Puzzle" by Dr. Joe LaCaze.

Since ...

25. Tommy Allen Taylor

Actor | Banshee

Tommy Allen Taylor was born on May 8, 1966 in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA. He is known for his work on Banshee (2013), April Fool's Day (2008) and Swimming with Dolphins.

26. Vanelle

Actress | Athena

Originally from Oakland, California, Vanelle is an award winning actor, director, writer and producer. She has starred in several independent films such as See the Dead, Exhibit A-7, Remnants and Athena. Vanelle founded her production company, Magic Tribe Pictures, in 2007. She has written and ...

27. Robert Pralgo

Actor | Furious Seven

Robert Pralgo was born on June 4, 1966 in The Bronx, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Furious 7 (2015), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and The Joneses (2009).

28. Jennifer Russoli

Actress | Scorpion: Vice City Shakedown

Jennifer Russoli was born on January 5, 1968 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Scorpion: Vice City Shakedown, Remnants (2013) and The Carrington Event (2013).

29. Claudia Crawford

Actress | Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas

Claudia Crawford is known for her work on Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas (2011), Hero (2015) and Anonymous (2011).

30. Amanda Waters

Actress | The Secret Garden

Amanda Waters is an actress, known for The Secret Garden (2017), Silver Twins (2017) and Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure (2010).

31. Kerry Cashion

Actress | Beautifully Departed

Kerry Cashion is an actress and producer, known for Beautifully Departed (2010), On the Market (2009) and A Scottish Fling (2015).

32. Zoe Myers

Actress | Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Zoe Myers started her career acting in regional theatre in Georgia before moving to Los Angeles to pursue TV/Film roles. She spent a few years dabbling in music, writing and recording a dozen songs which are still available on the usual music sites. After shooting two faith-based movies, "Destiny ...

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