We're thrilled that Alexis J. Smith is joining the Season Two cast of Beacon Hill. Alexis is best known for her role on Anacostia.
Alexis will take on the role of Carter Mathews, a political operative...
Alicia Minshew was born and raised in South Florida. She was the third of four girls in a tight-knit family. Her mother, Lenore, is a Pilates instructor, and her father, James, is an Episcopal minister. Born with the acting bug, she has wanted to act professionally for as long as she can remember. After graduating high school, Minshew received a musical theatre scholarship to Indian River College. She acted in several plays and musicals including Grease, Kiss Me Kate, Godspell, and Nunsense. She also hosted a satellite music program, The Music Zone, where she introduced videos and broadcasted live reports.
After college, Minshew began working as an actress in Miami and shot her first commercial. She was soon invited to audition for All My Children in New York. She wasn't cast at this time, but the experience pushed her to take the leap and relocate to the big apple. Once in New York City, she signed with a talent agent, joined SAG, and quickly booked 2 national commercials.
Minshew has appeared in numerous national commercials, voiceovers, and print ads. She starred on stage in the New York productions of Beggar on Horseback, Of Love and Betrayal and most recently made her Off-Broadway debut as Aunt Toniann in My Big Gay Italian Wedding. Minshew's film and television credits include Lies I Told My Little Sister, Desires of the Heart, Celebrity Death Match, Life on Mars, Hit and Runway, The Caprice, and a starring role in Game Day with Richard Lewis.
Minshew's big break came when she was cast in the leading role as Susan Lucci's daughter, Kendall Hart on All My Children, filling the shoes of Sarah Michelle Gellar. Minshew's portrayal of Kendall soon became a fan-favorite, earning her more screen time with major storylines. The role earned her two Daytime Emmy nominations in 2009 and 2011, as well as a loyal fan base. Minshew has become a holistic living, fitness, and healthy food advocate. To date, she has been featured in Allure, TV Guide, Soap Opera Digest, People, Us, The Hollywood Reporter, CelebrityBabyScoop, and the cover of Pregnancy, to name a few. She has also appeared on The View, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, E! Online, Gayle King, and Showbiz Tonight.
Minshew is also a philanthropist and has recently committed a great deal of her time, energy, and resources to charities that help children, including the AmeriCorps program City Year and The Trisomy 18 Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys long distance running, weight training, Pilates, dancing, and writing. She also loves spending time with her young daughter, Willow Lenora, and husband, Richie Herschenfeld.
Swiss-Trinidadian actress Marem Hernandez-Hassler was born and raised in Switzerland. The multi award-winning actress began her acting career in England with a TV show called Dream Team on SKY 1 and continued to make a name for herself in theatre, film and TV.
When she was offered the opportunity to continue her work in the U.S., Marem didn’t hesitate to relocate to Los Angeles, where she co-founded Viscus Film, an avant garde boutique film production company.
Marem recently won the 2018 ISA award for best lead actress in a dramatic show for her portrayal of Riley Parra. She is very excited to be joining the Beacon Hill family.
Emmy Award Winning actress Crystal Chappell is now a two-time Emmy Award Winning Actress and six-time nominee. She recently won this coveted award again for Outstanding Special Class Short Format for her web-series Venice The Series, which she wrote, produced and created. Venice The Series revolves around a warm community of people who reside in Venice Beach, California.
In addition to playing the role of Dr. Carly Manning on NBC-TV's Days of Our Lives. Prior to DAYS, Crystal starred as Olivia Spencer on CBS-TV's Guiding Light. She garnered great attention and praise for her extraordinary performance in Guiding Light's 'Otalia' storyline, in which two women unexpectedly come to realize they have fallen in love. Crystal received such acclaim and the story was so well-received that she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2010. In 2002, she won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and received other nominations for the same role in 2005, 2006 and 2010. Crystal also starred for two years as Maggie Carpenter on ABC-TV's One Life To Live. Her myriad of fans continue to follow and support this versatile and talented actress in all of her endeavors.
Although Crystal feels honored by her awards, her proudest achievements are her sons Jacob Walker and Dylan Michael Sabatino. She is married to fellow actor Michael Sabatino.
Born and raised in Texas, Ron Raines attended Oklahoma City University and The Juilliard School. He has had a long and illustrious international career that spans the worlds of musical theater, opera, cabaret, classical music, and television.
Ron most recently appeared as Daddy Warbucks in the Broadway musical Annie. He recently received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his portrayal of Ben in the critically acclaimed revival of Follies.
Ron is a three-time Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Award nominee for his role as the villain Alan Spaulding on CBS’s longest running daytime drama Guiding Light. He also starred as Carl Perterson on One Life to Live. and has appeared in Person of Interest.
Ron has starred on Broadway in shows such as Chicago and Show Boat, and originated the role of Nick Longworth in Teddy and Alice (with Len Cariou). He has delighted audiences around the world with his memorable starring roles in virtually every major American musical and operetta,including NEWSIES, A Little Night Music, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, South Pacific, Annie, Kismet, Sayonara, Kiss Me Kate, The King and I, Naughty Marietta, The Merry Widow, Brigadoon, Rose Marie, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Side by Side by Sondheim, Guys and Dolls, and Man of La Mancha at the Covent Garden Festival.
Ron has soloed with over 50 major American and international orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Philly Pops, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Israeli Philharmonic, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Tanglewood, the London Palladium, Rainbow and Stars, and the Royal Festival Hall.
He has appeared on four PBS Great Performances, and has made two solo recordings on Jay Records and numerous cast albums. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Jessica was raised in Florida. She moved to Los Angeles after graduating & upon arriving in L.A., Jessica quickly booked her first film. She then moved to New York where she played Jen on the soap opera One Life to Live for 5 years.
After moving back to Los Angeles, Jessica has been doing guest-star appearances on television and working on numerous independent films, including the film Role Models opposite Sean Williams Scott.
Jessica loves writing & is currently working on producing her first short film. She likes playing poker, doing yoga & hiking on her time off.
Rebecca Mozo is originally from New Jersey and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she has been working in theater, film and television. Rebecca played Anya in The Cherry Orchard opposite Annette Bening and Alfred Molina at The Mark Taper Forum. She recently appeared in the world premier of Beau Willimon's (House of Cards) play The Parisian Woman opposite Dana Delany at South Coast Repertory. Rebecca has appeared on Cold Case, Medium, The Young and the Restless as well as several indie films. She recently wrapped a web series called Kittens in a Cage written and directed by Jillian Armanente.
John-Paul was born and raised in Phoenixville, Pa. He attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, majoring in jazz percussion. At the age of 20, he dropped out and moved to NY to pursue acting. After about 14 months of waiting tables and picking up the occasional acting job, he landed a role on One Life To Live. John-Paul played Rex Balsom for almost a decade, ending with the show being cancelled by ABC. John-Paul currently lives in Los Angeles in search of his next gigs. His greatest passion on ear
Hillary Bailey Smith was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Dana Hall School, Pine Manor College and Sarah Lawrence College. At Sarah Lawrence as a senior, she performed in off Broadway and Broadway productions, including The Heidi Chronicles. She married Philip Webster Smith, III in 1983. Smith is best known for her roles in the daytime dramas As the World Turns and One Life to Live. She made her soap debut in 1982, as Kit McCormick on The Doctors and one year later, took over the role of Margo Hughes on As the World Turns, a role she played from 1983 to 1990.
After taking maternity leave from acting after the birth in 1988 of her son, Smith returned to daytime television, originating the role of Llanview District Attorney Nora Hanen Buchanan on ABC soap opera One Life to Live. Nora Buchanan is a character she has played from 1992 until the series' cancelation in 2012 then again on the short lived online version in 1983. Smith won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1994 for her performance in One Life to Live. Hillary continues to reprise her role as Nora Buchanan, occassionally guest starring on General Hospital.
From 1994 to 1995, Smith also has starred as lead in the NBC sitcom Something Wilder with Gene Wilder.
Smith has continued to appear in and produce the Emmy winning web drama Venice: The Series now entering its sixth season adding the title of Director to her resume for Venice. In 2014, Smith was the supervising producer for the web drama Beacon Hill, and was nominated for a 2015 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series. In 2019 Smith will join the cast of Beacon Hill as Isabel Miller and will also direct several episodes of the web drama.
Jacob Wayne Young was born in Renton, Washington, to now-divorced parents Michael and Rhonda, joining siblings Michael, Tiffany and Charity. After spending his childhood in both Washington and Oregon, he caught the acting bug doing high-school musicals. Without any prior professional acting work on his resume, Young scored big at the tender age of 18 when he landed the part of Eric Forrester Jr, called Rick, on the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful (1987).
Following his debut on December 31, 1997 the newcomer quickly gained frontburner-status and formed a highly popular love couple with Adrienne Frantz's Amber Moore. Despite earning a Daytime Emmy nomination in 1999 and getting the chance to incorporate his singing ambitions on the show, Young opted to leave amidst a red-hot storyline to pursue other opportunities in the Fall of 1999. In 2000, Young landed the coveted recast role of Lucky, son of Luke and Laura Spencer on General Hospital (1963), for which he won the 2002 Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Younger Actor.
Jacob left this show in February 2003 looking to spread his wings and returned to daytime television a mere 6-months-later once again taking over the highly coveted part of the son of a core patriarch: now stepping in as JR Chandler on All My Children (1970). This role caused the actor to move to New York City - and as part of the deal Young got to make his Broadway debut, playing Lumiére from May to August 2006 in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. He had previously released an eponymous CD, Jacob Young, in 2001.
For his work on All My Children Young received two further Daytime Emmy Nominations, including one as Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2009. He stayed with the show - also playing the same role on sister-show One Life to Live (1968) on several occasions during a highly-rated baby switch-storyline - until its cancellation in 2011. Young was instantly snatched up by The Bold And The Beautiful. After returning to the series that started his career, Young once again played Rick Forrester on the CBS daytime drama.
Jacob is married to his longtime girlfriend, Christen Steward, a model, since May 2007 and the couple shares two children.
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Melissa Archer created the role of One Life to Live's Natalie in July 2001. It didn't take long for Natalie to shake up one of Llanview's most prominent families when she revealed that she, not Jessica, was Viki's daughter. In late 2002 the family was in for another surprise when they discovered that Natalie and Jessica were twins.
Later, Melissa visited Salem as Serena Mason on Days of Our Lives, creating havoc everywhere. Her character was eventually strangled by a serial killer seeking revenge, but came back for a day with her own revenge two years later.
Melissa was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She landed her first major acting role on Wishbone at the age of 17, while she was still in high school. After completing high school, she followed her acting dreams to Los Angeles.
In 2015 she formed a production company with friends and Produced and Starred in their first project together, Viral. She won Best Actress in a Comedy in the 2016 Indie Series Awards for her role in Viral. Starring Melissa Archer and Jessica Morris, directed by Sonia Blangiardo.
Check out Melissa's newest project, Melissa Is A Dork, on YouTube. The show covers some of Melissa's dorky interests and has a few fun special guests!
Melissa's latest film, Deadly Expose´ can be found on iTunes, Amazon, and Vimeo. Starring Melissa Archer, Brandon Beemer, Alyshia Ochese, and Lauralee Bell. Directed by Chris Jaymes.
The actress has done several projects including One Life to Live, Days of our Lives, Excuse Me For Living, West End, Coach of the Year, Youthful Daze, Sweet Dissolution, Wraith, South32, Viral, Deadly Expose´, The Bay, and Melissa Is A Dork.
Melissa enjoys Jailbreaking iOS, fixing iPhones and iPads, computers, inventing, writing, producing, learning, Krav Maga, Hacker's Brew, & Kinin.
Scott Bryce has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway and in regional theatre. On television, he was twice nominated for a Daytime Emmy award for Best Actor for the role of Craig Montgomery on As the World Turns. He then starred with Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Beals in the Joel Schumacher directed series 2000 Malibu Road. Scott has since starred in TV movies and miniseries such as Pandora's Clock, Visions of Murder and Exclusive. Scott has guest-starred in dozens of TV series including: ER, Reba, and Sex in the City. He has played supporting roles in films such as Above Freezing, Ghost Dog, Lethal Weapon 3, and Up Close and Personal. Scott was a series regular Mike McQueen on Ryan Murphy's Popular. He has guest starred on Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Gossip Girl and 30 Rock. Scott has a recurring role as Major Tom Foster on the Showtime hit Homeland and has guest starred on the CBS series, Person of Interest. He also just completed a run as sociopathic CEO Frank Drexler on NBC's midseason Deception. Scott also played the iconic Walt Disney in Small World by Fred Stroppel for Stray Kats Theatre Company in Newtown, Connecticut and again at The Clurman in New York City.
Scott has narrated numerous books on tape and has been the voice over talent for many productions and commercials.
Behind the camera, Scott produced and directed two episodes of the Young American Heroes series: Elisha Stockwell and The Sybil Ludington Story for CPTV. He has produced and directed commercials for Adidas, Sign story, CBS Outer Net, and Best Buy. He has created content for numerous corporate sales meetings and has helped develop new concept media such as the NCTF sponsored multi theatre installation, StageVision, now in ten prestigious theaters across the country. Scott has created and directed special effects for clients such as Master Foods and U.S. Surgical. His corporate client list includes: Canada Dry, Sun Oil, Grey Advertising, American Express, I.B.M, Bayer, Altria, D&B, and GE. Scott Co-Produced, Frederick Douglass-From Slavery to Freedom, starring Jamie Hector, for CPTV and he is the Executive Producer/Director/Co-Creator of the comedy series, Steamboat-Most Loved Soap a faux documentary on the dying days of a soap opera. With well-known soap stars form all three networks, Steamboat - Most Loved Soap is designed for Brand Integration and can be seen in North America on The Venture Channel via ROKU and NetTalkTv and coming to Amazon.com. Scott is also a teacher associated with The Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan, Connecticut.
Nadia Bjorlin was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the fifth out of six children. Her parents were Ulf Björlin (a Swedish conductor and composer, known to be the world's most active opera composer during the 20th century) and Fary Bjorlin.
As a young child prodigy, Nadia attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute for several years, where she received recognition and awards for excellency in theatre, voice, music and dance. Nadia also spent her junior high school years and her first two years of high school attending the Palm Beach County School of the Arts. Nadia performed and sang with the Palm Beach Opera for two years and in 1996, she competed in a large international vocal competition in Verona, Italy, where she was part of the choir who won the gold medal.
Nadia had just secured an agent when the NBC daytime drama Days of our Lives sent out a nationwide casting call for the role of mysterious young opera singer ‘Chloe.’ Nadia flew out to Los Angeles for the screen-test and two days later, she won the part. She has played the role of Chloe Lane on and off since 2009. Besides Days of our Lives, Nadia has appeared in several independent short and feature films as well as television drama and comedies including NCIS and Two and a Half Men.
She has also appeared in the Emmy winning web drama Venice the Series as well as the Amazon series Ladies of the Lake.
Best known for playing Vivian Alamain on Days of Our Lives, Louise Sorel's Broadway credits include: The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Man and Boy, Lorenzo, and Take Her, She's Mine. Vivian has won five Soap Opera Digest Awards for her work on Days of Our Lives.
Louise has also starred in Santa Barbara, One Life To Live, The Survivors, One In A Million and The Don Rickles Show. Regional credits include The Cocktail Hour, A Perfect Ganesh (LA Drama Critics Award – Outstanding Lead Performance), Lovely (Backstage West Award/Garland Award), The Dream, and Lion in Winter.
Tina Sloan's career as an actress has spanned over 40 years in TV and film. Tina is best known for her 26-year role as nurse Lillian Raines on the acclaimed CBS daytime drama, Guiding Light and now as author of the book Changing Shoes. She has also appeared on other TV shows including Law & Order: SVU and Third Watch and has been featured on 60 Minutes, The Montel Williams Show, and The Young Turks. In film, Tina has appeared in Woody Allen's Celebrity and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, The Brave One with Jodi Foster, Changing Lanes with Ben Affleck, The Guru with Marisa Tomei, People I Know with Al Pacino and Black Swan with Natalie Portman.
On the radio Tina has been a special guest on NPR's Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, AARP, Blog Talk Radio, and Baby Boomer Women. Tina's autobiographical one-woman show, Changing Shoes has been a hit nationwide and has played to sold-out audiences. Tina currently appears in two other web series, Empire the Series as Theodora and as Katherine on Venice the Series, and has recently completed several new movies: Oh My Love, Happy New Year, and Evil Eyes.
Recently Tina joined IMGs roster of speakers and is giving motivational and funny speeches all over the US and Canada. Tina has been in a myriad of magazines and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The NY Post, The New York Observer, and TV Guide. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and WOWOWOW, as well as contributing to Maria Shriver's Women's Conference Blog, CNN.com, AOL.com, and RedRoom.
Tina has been married for over 40 years and has one son who was in Iraq as a Marine after graduating from Harvard. He then returned to civilian life and graduated from Harvard Business School, got married and began a startup called RED OWL ANALYTICS, so she is able to breathe again.
Alexis J. Smith is a Northern California-born stage/film actor, singer, and Daytime Emmy-nominated producer. She is also a Registered Nurse and Loving Mom. Her credits include the Emmy-Winning Web Series Anacostia, The C-Word Web Series, and the role of Margaret in a staged reading of George Washington's Boy, written and directed by Ted Lange. Alexis has credits with BET, American Red Cross, Yahoo! financial, and numerous theatrical productions. She currently resides in the DMV area.
Ricky Paull Goldin has been blessed to portray memorable characters on iconic daytime dramas on all three major networks. He appeared as a series regular on Another World, The Young and The Restless, Guiding Light, and All My Children. Along the way, Ricky picked up four Emmy nominations, two for Gus Aitoro on Guiding Light, and two for Jake Martin on All My Children. Currently, Ricky can be seen on The Bold and the Beautiful.
In addition to being Emmy nominated, Ricky also hosted Live from the Red Carpet shows for CBS and SoapNet.
From the age of three Ricky appeared in numerous TV shows, including Romper Room, Alf, and Kate and Allie, and has starred in TV and feature movies. He can also boast excellent straight theater and musical credentials from Grease and On Golden Pond, on Broadway, to Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, in Dublin. Having a keen sense of humor, Ricky was thrilled to star in one of Disney's Reality Web Series. The Young and the Breakfast featured Ricky as an insurance salesman with amnesia and an identity crisis. Sponsored by Kelloggs, it was a light-hearted look at daytime drama. Tapping into Ricky's hosting skills, he was also invited to take web viewers on a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the web series.
A complete change of pace is Ricky's passion for design. HGTV was so impressed with his work on a segment on Ricky's California home they featured on My Favorite Place that the Network offered him a design and home renovation show. Spontaneous Construction premiered in February 2013, with Ricky as host and an Executive Producer.
There are still some very bright spots for soap fans and one of them is Beacon Hill.
Boston's Own Online Soap Opera Aired Today and It's Already Addicting
This first season of Beacon Hill has been wonderfully written and acted, and has certainly left me wanting more.
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