The Sweet Magnolias cast features JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott and Heather Headley. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Sheryl J. Anderson’s Netflix series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Sweet Magnolias follows the lives of three women in Serenity, South Carolina. A marketing executive looks after her children while going through a divorce; a single chef tries to please her teenage daughter; an attorney dreams of marrying and having children. Together, the female protagonists operate a spa together and frequently meet up to discuss their lives while enjoying adult beverages. Here’s every main performer and character in Sweet Magnolias, an adaptation of Sherryl Woods’ novel franchise. (Note: The details for season 2 will be updated by early March 2022.)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘The Bubble
Sweet Magnolias Cast: JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Maddie Townsend
Character Profile: One of the three Sweet Magnolias. She’s a marketer who leaves her husband because of his egocentric behavior. Maddie pursues a romance with her son’s baseball coach, which naturally creates even more familial friction.
Swisher’s Resume: Vicki Appleby in Freaks and Geeks (2000), Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery in Reba (2001-07), Sandy Sue in Not Another Teen Movie (2001), Ariel in Once Upon a Time (2013-18), Megan in The Internship (2013)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘All Hail’
Sweet Magnolias Cast: Brooke Elliott as Dana Sue Sullivan
Character Profile: One of the three Sweet Magnolias. She’s a stressed-out chef who operates a restaurant called Sullivan’s. Dana Sue tends to prioritize the happiness of others over her mental health.
Elliott’s Resume: Jane Bingum in Drop Dead Diva (2009-14), Kendra in Diary of a Lunatic (2017), Karin-Ann in Crazy Wonderful (2018), Kat in More Beautiful for Having Been Broken (2019), Nancy in Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings (2019)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2
Sweet Magnolias Cast: Heather Headley as Helen Decatur
Character Profile: One of the three Sweet Magnolias. She’s a lawyer who wants to have a family. Helen struggles to maintain a strong relationship with her long-time partner, Ryan.
Headley’s Resume: Heather Headley in Breakin’ All the Rules (2004), Rosa Negra Singer in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004), Clara Jamison in She’s Gotta Have It (2017-19), Gwen Garrett in Chicago Med (2018-21), Clara Ward in Respect (2021)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘In Good Hands’
Sweet Magnolias Cast: Logan Allen as Kyle Townsend
Character Profile: Maddie’s youngest son. He’s a sensitive teenager who enjoys theatre and literature. Kyle has a crush on Dana Sue’s daughter, Annie.
Allen’s Resume: Vinnie in Talia in the Kitchen (2015), Kevin Ryan in Bernie The Dolphin (2018), Harold in Creepshow (2019), Kevin Ryan in Bernie the Dolphin 2 (2019)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘Rescued by Ruby’
Sweet Magnolias Cast: Anneliese Judge as Annie Sullivan
Character Profile: Dana Sue’s teenage daughter. She works as a photographer and pursues a relationship with Maddie’s son, Ty. Annie hopes to reconnect with her estranged father.
Judge’s Resume: TV Debut in Sweet Magnolias, Jessica Waters in Where’s Rose (2021)
Read More at VV — Know the Voice Cast: ‘Human Resources’
Sweet Magnolias Cast: Carson Rowland as Tyler Townsend
Character Profile: Maddie’s oldest son. He’s a baseball player who wants his mother and father to reunite. Ty looks after Kyle while building a bond with Annie.
Rowland’s Resume: Riley Sturgis in Tweet: The Series (2015), Cole Reyes in I Am Frankie (2017-18), Brent Kilby in Sinister Seduction (2019), Will Hansen in American Housewife (2020), Chip in Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin (2022)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘Black Crab’
Sweet Magnolias Cast: Justin Bruening as Cal Maddox
Character Profile: Maddie’s love interest. He coaches Ty’s baseball team and used to play for the Atlanta Braves. Cal struggles to fully commit himself in relationships.
Bruening’s Resume: Jamie Martin in All My Children (2003-11), Tyler Barrett in Ringer (2011-12), Matthew Taylor in Grey’s Anatomy (2013-18), Kyle Dash in Good Behavior (2016-17), Warren in Vanished: Searching for My Sister (2022)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘The Invisible Thread’
Sweet Magnolias Cast: Chris Klein as Bill Townsend
Character Profile: Maddie’s ex-husband. He works as a doctor and speaks with a southern drawl. Bill hopes to impress people with charm and gifts.
Klein’s Resume: Oz in the American Pie Movie Franchise (1999-2012), Paul Metzler in Election (1999), 2nd Lt. Jack Geoghegan in We Were Soldiers (2002), Dusty Dinkleman in Just Friends (2005), Orlin Dwyer/Cicada in The Flash (2018-19)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘Windfall’
Sweet Magnolias Cast: Jamie Lynn Spears as Noreen Fitzgibbons
Character Profile: Bill’s mistress and fiancée. She works in his office and bonds with Kyle. Noreen leaves Serenity because she doesn’t feel appreciated by Bill.
Spears’ Resume: Young Lucy in Crossroads (2002), Zoey Brooks in Zooey 101 (2005-08), Zoey Brooks in Wayside (2005-08), Krya in Just Jordan (2007), Mandy Ferner in Miss Guided (2008)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘The Adam Project’
The Sweet Magnolias cast also includes Dion Johnstone (The Core, Departure), Brandon Quinn (The Fosters, Creepshow), Chris Medlin (Pass the Light, Diana), Sam Ashby (Legacies, Queens) and Hunter Burke (The Big Short, Night Teeth).
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