Paul Campbell is a Christmas hater in new Hallmark movie Magic in Mistletoe

Paul Campbell is a Christmas hater in new Hallmark movie Magic in Mistletoe

Paul Campbell plays an author who has lost his love of Christmas in the new Hallmark movie Magic in Mistletoe. The film, which will premiere as part of Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas programming event, also stars Lyndie Greenwood.

In an Instagram post promoting the movie, Campbell acknowledged that playing a Scrooge-like character was a departure for him.

“Hands down the LEAST likeable I’ve ever been off the top of a Hallmark movie (it came with surprising ease…),” he wrote in the caption. “@lyndiegreenwood was so fun to play off and absolutely knocked it out of the park. Beautifully directed by @thepaulaelle and produced with great care by @michaelrgold — can’t wait for you folks to see this one.”

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In Magic in Mistletoe, Paul Campbell plays Harrington Davis, an artist who has become a commercial success thanks to his book series about the magic of Christmas. But after years of writing about the same topic, Harrington has become jaded. When he shares a post on social media claiming that Christmas is a scam, his fans turn on him.

His publisher puts PR genius April (Lyndie Greenwood) to work on the case. She convinces Harrington to travel to his hometown of Mistletoe, which inspired his books, and participate in the annual festival the town throws to honor his series. He is reluctant to go but agrees. As he and April spend time together at the town’s events and she meets his longtime friends, a different side to him emerges. April begins to understand what inspired him to create Magic in Mistletoe and why he has such bitter feelings about Christmas.

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According to a synopsis from Hallmark, “The initial frost between them starts to thaw and there just may be a path leading to a merry Christmas for all.”

Paul Campbell in the 2022 Countdown to Christmas hit Three Wise Men and a Baby. Campbell not only starred in the movie, he co-wrote it with fellow Hallmark favorite Kimberley Sustad. (Image: Hallmark Media)

About the cast

Lyndie Greenwood has appeared in the TV shows Flashpoint, Being Erica, Covert Affairs, Saving Hope, Degrassi: The Next Generation, S.W.A.T., and Sleepy Hollow. She has starred in the Hallmark movies Every Time a Bell Rings (2021) and Girlfriendship (2022).

Paul Campbell

A native of Vancouver, Paul Campbell played Billy Keikeya on the TV series Battlestar Galactica. He has appeared on the shows Scrubs, Supernatural, How I Met Your Mother, and Motive.

Campbell began writing screenplays shortly after the birth of his son. He wrote the 2017 Hallmark movie Sun, Sand & Romance, which he starred in with his former Battlestar Galactica castmate Tricia Helfer. He went on to write Christmas by Starlight, which he also starred in, as well as An Unexpected Christmas (2021), Christmas at Castle Hart (2021), and Three Wise Men and a Baby (2022).

He has also starred in the movies Once Upon a Holiday (2015), A Christmas Coincidence (2018), The Last Bridesmaid (2019), Holiday Hearts (2019), Wedding Every Weekend (2020), The Santa Stakeout (2021), The Nine Kittens of Christmas (2021), Love, Classified (2022), Dating the Delaneys (2022), Three Wise Men and a Baby (2022), and The Cases of Mystery Lane (2023).

In an interview, Campbell said he is grateful to be working for Hallmark Media.

“Hallmark Channel is the perfect place for me to be working right now,” he said. “I really like the content, and now that I have a family, it’s a nice sort of pleasant content where I don’t have to worry about racy, questionable stuff. It’s definitely the direction that I feel I’m headed. I’m always open to doing movies or series with Hallmark, whatever they have for me. I would always jump at the chance.”

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Magic in Mistletoe will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Friday, December 8 at 8/7c.

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