Niall Matter and Emily Tennant find love over the phone in new Hallmark movie

Niall Matter and Emily Tennant find love over the phone in new Hallmark movie

Niall Matter and Emily Tennant find romance thanks to a cooking hotline in the new Hallmark movie Holiday Hotline. The film will premiere as part of Hallmark Channel’s 2023 Countdown to Christmas lineup.

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In Holiday Hotline, Emily Tennant stars as Abby, a British woman who takes a job in Chicago as a hotline operator for a company that helps people with questions about cooking turkeys. When she first starts the job Abby realizes that her British accent may not help her connect with callers, so she fakes an American accent and calls herself Peggy.

One of her first callers is John (played by Niall Matter), a widower trying to make the perfect holiday meal for his daughter. Soon after, they meet face-to-face, though neither recognizes the other. Abby and John begin to see each other, and John continues to call the hotline for cooking tips.

Abby feels herself torn in two directions. She doesn’t know that the John on the hotline and the John she knows in person are the same guy, and she has feelings for both. When she finds out that her two love connections are with the same person, she’s conflicted. As Christmas approaches, Abby’s two identities come to light and she must find out if John has feelings for her.

About the cast

Emily Tennant played Cecilia Randall on the Hallmark series Cedar Cove. She has appeared in the movies Juno, John Tucker Must Die, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and I, Robot.

Tennant starred in the Hallmark movies Christmas in Canaan (2009), Christmas Comes Home to Canaan (2011), A Novel Romance (2015), The Wedding March (2016), Wedding March 2: Resorting to Love (2017), Garage Sale Mysteries (2017), Marry Me at Christmas (2017), and Wedding March 4: Something Old, Something New (2018).

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Niall Matter

Niall Matter starred opposite Candace Cameron Bure in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries series on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. He has appeared in the TV shows Supernatural, The Good Doctor, iZombie, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, and Rizzoli & Isles.

He has starred in the Hallmark movies Stop the Wedding (2016), Finding Father Christmas (2016), Falling For Christmas (2016), Engaging Father Christmas (2017), Frozen in Love (2018), Love at First Glance (2018), Marrying Father Christmas (2018), Christmas at Dollywood (2019), Country at Heart (2020), Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater (2020), A Christmas Together With You (2021), Rip in Time (2022), The Secrets of Bella Vista (2022), When I Think of Christmas (2022), Family History Mysteries: Buried Past (2023), and Come Fly With Me (2023).

Holiday Hotline will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Sunday, November 19 at 8/7c.

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