Brendan James Penny
November 9, 1978
Brendan James Penny (born November 9, 1978) is a Canadian film and television actor who first became well known to TV audiences as A.J. Varland in the first season of Whistler that aired in Canada from 2006 to 2008. He is perhaps best known as Detective Brian Lucas in Motive, a Canadian crime drama centred on a team of Vancouver homicide detectives, also starring Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira and Lauren Holly, which aired from 2013 to 2016. Brendan currently stars as Kevin O'Brien in the Hallmark Channel family drama series Chesapeake Shores, which premiered on August 14, 2016. He has also been the hero of a number of Hallmark originals.
Early life and his career
Penny was born November 9,1978 in Ottawa, Ontario, and grew up in both Ottawa and London. He attended Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, earning a BS in Accounting. He later attended the Lyric School of Acting, in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he had moved in 2002 to pursue an acting career. After several television roles, he became known to audiences for playing A.J. Varland in Whistler.
Penny has had various roles in television series such as Kyle XY and Supernatural. His first lead role was in Whistler. His roles include shows such as Diamonds, Smallville, Blade: The Series, and The L Word. Penny starred in The Assistants and appeared as Sean in I Love You, Beth Cooper. In a main cast role, he plays Detective Brian Lucas in Motive.
|2005||When Jesse Was Born||Spanky|
|2006||John Tucker Must Die||Teammate #1||Canada: French title: John Tucker doit mourir|
|2008||The Ex-Convict's Guide to Surviving House Arrest||Parole Officer 3|
|Poison Ivy: The Secret Society||Will Mitchell||Television movie|
|Thomas Kinkade's Home for Christmas||Eugene|
|Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures||Ben|
|2009||I Love You, Beth Cooper||Sean||Supporting role|
|Held Hostage||Chris Clark/Money One||Aired July 19, 2009, television movie|
|2003||Jake 2.0||Rollerblader||Episode: "Training Day"|
|2006||Supernatural||Steve||"Scarecrow" (Season 1, Episode 11)|
|2005–2006||The L Word||Coleman Alt/Young PA||3 episodes; 2 as Coleman Alt, 1 as Young PA|
|2006||Kyle XY||Wes||"Memory Serves" (Season 1, Episode 8)|
|Whistler||A.J. Varland||13 episodes, series regular in season 1|
|Blade: The Series||Zed||"Hunters" (Season 1, Episode 10)|
|Smallville||Wagner||"Sneeze" (Season 6, Episode 2)|
|2008||Stargate: Atlantis||Wraith technician/Male Wraith||2 episodes; 1 as Wraith technician, 1 as Male Wraith|
|2008–2009||Diamonds||Tom Anderson||"Part One" (Season 1, Episode 1)|
"Part Two" (Season 1, Episode 2)
|2009–2010||The Assistants||Danny Newell||Lead role|
|2013–2016||Motive||Detective Brian Lucas||Supporting role |
|2014||Heavenly Match||Reverend David Swenson||Up TV TV movie|
|2014||Along Came a Nanny||Dean Bartons||Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel TV Movie|
|2015||The Gourmet Detective: A Healthy Place to Die||Eric||Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel TV Movie|
|2015||Tis The Season for Love||Dean||Hallmark Channel TV movie|
|2016–2019||In the Vineyard Series||Nate DeLuca||Hallmark Channel TV movie |
|2016–present||Chesapeake Shores||Kevin O'Brien||Main role |
|2017||A Dash of Love||Paul Dellucci||Hallmark Channel TV Movie |
|2017||Magical Christmas Ornaments||Nate||Hallmark Movies & Mysteries TV Movie |
|2018||Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe||Luke||Hallmark Channel TV movie|
|2019||Easter Under Wraps||Bryan||Hallmark Channel TV movie|
|2019||BH90210||Wyatt Jackson||"The Photo Shoot" (Season 1, Episode 3)|
"The Table Read" (Season 1, Episode 4)
"Picture's Up" (Season 1, Episode 5)
"The Long Wait" (Season 1, Episode 6)
|2020||The Secret Ingredient||Andrew York||Hallmark Channel TV movie|
|2020||A Little Christmas Charm||Greg Matthews||Hallmark Channel TV Movie|
|2021||Beverly Hills Wedding||Cory||Hallmark Channel TV Movie|
Awards and nominations
|2007||Leo Award||Nominated||Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series||Whistler|
|2017||Leo Award||Nominated||Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series||Motive|
- Profile, tvguide.com; accessed September 28, 2014.
- Profile Archived September 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, abc.go.com; accessed September 28, 2014.
- Brendan Penny at IMDb
- "Detective Work: Interview with Motive's Brendan Penny". The Morton Report. 16 June 2013.
- "'TIS THE SEASON FOR LOVE Leads Hallmark Channel 'Countdown to Christmas' Original Premieres Tonight! (Video Preview)". TV Ruckus. 1 November 2015.[permanent dead link]
- "'Autumn In The Vineyard': Hallmark Wine Movie Just In Time For Fall Harvest, Starring Rachel Leigh Cook, Brendan Penny". The Inquisitr. 6 October 2016.
- "Brendan Penny Talks Chesapeake Shores". Parade. 31 July 2017.
- "'Chesapeake Shores' Season 2: Actor Brendan Penny Drops Hints About His Character, Kevin (VIDEO)". TV Ruckus. 4 August 2017. Archived from the original on 6 March 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
- "'A Dash Of Love': In Hallmark TV Movie–Chef Discovers Food, Love, And Romance". Inquisitr. 11 February 2017.
- "Who Is Chef Paul In 'A Dash of Love' on Hallmark?". 2Paragraphs. 11 February 2017.
- "Jessica Lowndes Threw A Festive Hallmark 'Magical Christmas Ornaments' Premiere Party". International Business Times. 12 May 2017.