Brittany Bristow on the set of the Hallmark movie A Safari Romance. (Image: Instagram/@britbristow)

Brittany Bristow is a well-known face in the Hallmark universe. The actress has starred in a long list of Hallmark titles, including all four of the movies in The Love Club series.

Here are eight fascinating facts about one of our favorite actresses:

1. She acted in her first movie at the age of 10

In 2002, Bristow appeared in Perfect Pie, a movie about two best friends who reunite in their hometown after 30 years apart. Bristow played a young version of Patsy, a character also played by Rachel McAdams and Wendy Crewson.

2. She comes from a filmmaking family

Bristow’s parents are Agnes and Leif Bristow, who are well-known in the filmmaking industry for their skills as writers, directors, and producers.

They have worked together on several projects, including the Hallmark movies A Tail of Love and Love on Safari.

Bristow said her mother was able to write the lead character in A Tail of Love, Bella, with her in mind.

“My mom definitely tried to throw in a couple of little jokes she felt I could run with,” Bristow said in an interview with Media Village. “I felt close to Bella. I loved her as a character and feel very lucky I got to play her. She’s very sure of who she is. She knows what she wants out of life. She’s very confident, incredibly caring, generous and selfless. She’s just [cautious] about being vulnerable.”

3. She studied filmmaking at the University of Toronto

“That was, for me, an interesting foray into understanding film from a different perspective,” she said in an interview with TV Goodness. “…And when I left that program, I started working as a junior producer for a film production company that a friend of mine was in charge of and had started a number of years prior.”

“I learned the ropes through that and then started working with my parents a little bit more. And I started doing script coverage and helping with the budgets for things. All the while, of course, my true passion was acting, and I was hopeful that that would be my career one day.”

4. She has starred in more than a dozen Hallmark movies

Bristow’s first Hallmark movie was 2017’s Love Blossoms. The film starred
Shantel VanSanten as a perfume designer who is trying to replicate her late father’s signature scent in time for Valentine’s Day.

(On a side note, it was on the set of this film that VanSanten met Victor Webster, who would later become her husband.)

She went on to star in Christmas Next Door (2017), Royal Matchmaker (2018), Love on Safari (2018), Christmas at the Palace (2018), Love, Romance & Chocolate (2019), Holiday Date (2019), A Tail of Love (2022), A Safari Romance (2023), The Love Club: Nicole’s Pen Pal (2023), The Love Club: Sydney’s Journey (2023), The Love Club: Lauren’s Dream (2023), The Love Club: Tara’s Tune (2023), and Love on the Right Course (2024).

5. She guest starred on the Hallmark series Good Witch

Bristow played a character named Marinda in Spellbound, the 2017 Halloween special episode of the series.

6. She is a ride-or-die Hallmark fan

In several interviews, Bristow has mentioned how grateful she is to work with Hallmark.

“I’m so grateful to be a part of the Hallmark family, and I don’t take the fact I was welcomed so beautifully by them for granted,” she said. “As an actor, it’s rare you feel completely supported. But here you are, supported by these wonderful people who go to work every day making family-friendly [entertainment] where everyone can feel hopeful. Honestly, one of the greatest gifts of my life is being a part of the Hallmark family. I wouldn’t be where I am had they not welcomed me.”

7. She is pals with fellow Hallmark stars Lacey Chabert, Will Kemp, and Andrew Walker

Bristow got to know Chabert and Kemp when they worked together in the 2019 Hallmark movie Love, Romance & Chocolate. The movie was filmed on location in Belgium. In an Instagram post from the set, Bristow talked about sneaking out with Chabert for snacks.

“no @thereallacey & I did not run away from set to find hot chocolate & waffles…” she wrote.

She later posted a birthday message for Kemp.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” she wrote. “You are such a wonderful person. Thank you for being someone who’s always there for me, you’re a voice of reason (sometimes), a shoulder to cry on, let’s face it — you’re one of my very favourite people. I’m so grateful that we’ve had the opportunity to work together twice and I hope we get to do it again soon! Thanks for being the best big brother (sometimes little brother) and friend I could ever ask for.”

Andrew Walker posted a tribute to Bristow and her parents from the set of their 2023 movie A Safari Romance.

“With all that’s going on right now in our industry and a lot of our peers out of work, this has been a trip and a job that we truly feel so fortunate to be a part of,” he wrote. “This was a family project, written, produced, acted and directed by the beautiful Bristows. I was brought into the fold and immediately felt like family. Thank you for this unforgettable experience, jobs like this are few and far between.”

8. Her love life is like a Hallmark movie

Bristow met her husband, business owner Dustin Keating, in 2019. The pair became engaged exactly two years later, according to a social media post by Bristow.

“Two years to the day from our first date that we weren’t sure was a date (but both wanted it to be a date) you asked me to marry you…,” she wrote, “but I wasn’t sure if you were really asking but I wanted you to be really asking so I asked you if it was really happening and you said yes!”

The pair married in September 2022.

“I want to go as far as possible, as long as it’s with you,” she wrote in an Instagram post from their special day.

Brittany Bristow with her husband, Dustin Keating, in Italy. (Image: Instagram/@britbristow)
Brittany Bristow with her husband, Dustin Keating, in Italy. (Image: Instagram/@britbristow)

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