Kavan Smith is well-known to Hallmark audiences as Lee Coulter, a prosperous businessman on the hit series When Calls the Heart. But the Canadian actor, who got his start on the TV series Destiny Ridge, has appeared in 12 movies for the network.
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Kavan Smith developed a love of performing as a teenager. Though he enrolled in the University of Calgary to study economics, he dropped out after a year and a half. Eventually, he entered the performing arts program at Mount Royal University.
Smith went on to have roles in Sanctuary, Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, and The 4400.
In 2000 he landed a role in the Brian De Palma movie Mission to Mars, working alongside Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, and Connie Nielsen.
When Calls the Heart
Though Smith has worked with his fellow When Calls the Heart star Pascale Hutton in several movies, he admitted in an interview that they didn’t get off to the best start.
“We shot a scene one day and she kept trying to shove a spoon full of food into my mouth,” Kavan said during an appearance on Home and Family.
“[It] was not written in the script—I just thought it would be funny,” Pascale said.
“It was annoying at first,” Smith said. “I was like ‘I’m not going to like this actor,’ but after about the sixteenth time I was like, ‘This is pretty funny.’ And then from that point on it become a contest of who could out-humor the other.”
The complete list:
1. Growing the Big One (2010)
Shannen Doherty co-starred with a very young-looking Kavan Smith in this movie about woman who inherits her grandfather’s pumpkin farm.
2. Garage Sale Mysteries (2014)
This movie was like an open casting call for future stars of When Calls the Heart. Not only did Kavan Smith appear in it, so did Johannah Newmarch (Molly) and Eva Bourne (Clara).
Lori Loughlin starred as Jennifer Shannon, a woman who can always find a diamond in the rough at garage sales. Whether it’s a new antique to sell at her consignment shop, an Atari game for her son, or a piece of furniture for her handy husband Jason (Rick Ravanello) to refurbish, she has made a career out of her treasure-hunting prowess. But, when a string of burglaries hits her town, Jennifer must use her keen eye for detail and her natural problem-solving instincts to help her piece together the clues and catch the criminal before it’s too late.
Garage Sale Mystery can be streamed here.
3. Hello, It’s Me (2015)
Kavan Smith co-starred with Kellie Martin in this drama, which debuted on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.
Martin played Annie, a widow with two children who doesn’t believe she will ever find love again. But then she meets James (Kavan Smith), a wealthy bachelor who is drawn to her free spirit.
Afraid to love again, Annie longs for guidance when she starts to develop feelings for this new man. Her prayers are answered when she starts receiving communications from her late husband that encourage her to follow her heart.
Hello, It’s Me can be streamed here.
4. Wedding Bells (2016)
Danica McKellar and Kavan Smith starred in this romantic comedy about two commitment-phobic professionals who are asked to be the maid of honor and best man at a wedding.
Though at first the only thing they have in common is their disdain for relationships, they soon find they are a good match.
Wedding Bells can be streamed here.
5. The Irresistible Blueberry Farm (2016)
Kavan Smith had a supporting role in this movie about a high-powered attorney who returns to her small Maine hometown to deliver a mysterious letter to the owner of a local blueberry farm.
The Irresistible Blueberry Farm can be streamed here.
6. The Perfect Bride (2017)
In this rom-com, Pascale Hutton starred as Molly White, a fitness instructor who runs a boot camp for brides-to-be. Kavan Smith played Nick, a wedding photographer whose fiancé signs up for Molly’s class.
The Perfect Bride can be streamed here.
7. The Perfect Bride: Wedding Bells (2018)
In the sequel to the 2017 movie The Perfect Bride, Molly and Nick are planning their wedding when they encounter unexpected obstacles. When their big day is put in jeopardy, they have to work together to get back on track.
The Perfect Bride: Wedding Bells can be streamed here.
8. Love on the Menu (2019)
Autumn Reeser stars as Maggie, an executive with a frozen food company who makes a deal with a chef named Hank (played by Kavan Smith) to develop a line of gourmet ready meals.
Maggie begins to develop feelings for Hank but soon has to choose between love and her career when her boss wants her to back out of the deal.
Love on the Menu can be streamed here.
9. You Had Me at Aloha (2021)
Kavan Smith and Pascale Hutton played TV co-hosts with completely different styles in this romantic comedy, which was filmed on location in Hawaii.
As they clash over their opposing ideas for their TV show, they grapple with the fact that not only do they need each other to further their careers, but they also balance each other on and off the screen.
You Had Me at Aloha can be streamed here.
10. Big Sky River (2022)
Looking to take a break from New York City and place some real distance between herself and her ex-husband, Tara Kendall (Emmanuelle Vaugier) books a summer rental in Parable, Montana. The small, rural town endeared itself to Tara as a young girl and she credits her time in Parable for her love of horses and horseback riding.
Sheriff Boone Taylor (Kavan Smith) has finally found his footing after losing the love of his life. Boone is kind to his new neighbor but he can’t deny that there’s something very special about Tara and he’d like her to stay for more than just one summer.
When Tara’s stepdaughter reaches out for help, the painful realities of real life step on any dreams of life in the country.
Big Sky River can be streamed here.
11. Big Sky River: The Bridal Path (2023)
In the sequel to 2022’s Big Sky River, Emmanuelle Vaugier returns as Tara, a woman who left her life in New York City for romance in Montana. Kavan Smith is Sheriff Boone Taylor, the man who swept her off her feet.
It soon becomes apparent that blending their families won’t be as easy as falling in love.
12. Notes of Autumn (2023)
Kavan Smith and Pascale Hutton had a cameo appearance in this movie about two best friends (Ashley Williams and Luke Macfarlane) who switch houses for the fall.