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8 Dreamy Hallmark Actors Who Are Real-Life Dads—See The Adorable Photos!

Check out adorable photos of Paul Campbell, Wes Brown, Brennan Elliott and more with their kids!


Those of us who love Hallmark movies know the channel offers delightful viewing options for just about every holiday, and Father’s Day is no exception. Even better? Some of our favorite Hallmark actors are also offscreen dads, and have adorable families that inspire them to bring an extra sweet and nurturing presence to every character they play.

Here’s a look at some of the many Hallmark hunks who do double duty as devoted dads.

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1. Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker is one of the most prolific Hallmark actors, and has been in over 20 movies on the channel. He and his wife, Cassandra Troy, have two young sons, Wolf, age 4, and West, age 8.

Walker and Troy have their own line of juices, Little West, named for their oldest son, and in a 2023 interview with our sister site, FIRST for Women, he said that as a busy actor and dad, his steady Hallmark schedule has been a blessing, as it’s given him consistency and allowed him to have ample family time.

Another sweet story Walker shared? He said that fatherhood helped him bond with Nikki DeLoach when they were filming the 2016 Hallmark movie A Dream of Christmas, explaining, “I was a new dad, she was a new mom and we were able to share stories on that movie and we were kind of in the trenches being new parents, and that’s what the movie was about.”

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Andrew Walker and Cassandra Troy with their sons, 2024
Andrew Walker and Cassandra Troy with their sons, Wolf and West, in 2024@awalkk35/Instagram

2. Chris McNally

Chris McNally and Julie Gonzalo are both Hallmark actors, and make a true power couple. They first got together in 2017, when they were working on the movie The Sweetest Heart for the channel.

In 2022, they welcomed their daughter. The couple most recently starred together in 3 Bed, 2 Bath, 1 Ghost in 2023, and in a recent Instagram post Gonzalo called McNally “the most incredible father and partner a girl could ever wish for.”

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Chris McNally and his daughter in 2023
Chris McNally and his daughter in 2023@julie_gonzalo/Instagram

3. Cameron Mathison

Soap star turned Hallmark star Cameron Mathison is a staple of the channel’s Murder, She Baked film series. Offscreen, he and his wife, model Vanessa Mathison, have a 17-year-old daughter, Leila, and a 21-year-old son, Lucas.

In a sweet 2023 Father’s Day Instagram post, Mathison wrote, “I honestly don’t have the words to tell you what you mean to me. Hopefully someday you’ll be parents and you’ll understand.”

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Cameron Mathison with his son and daughter
Cameron Mathison with his son, Lucas, and daughter, Leila@cameronmathison/Instagram

4. Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell is one of the most unique Hallmark actors, as he both writes and stars in movies on the channel, including Christmas by Starlight (2020) and Three Wise Men and a Baby (2022).

Campbell has an 8-year-old son, Kingston, with his wife, Lorie Metz. Campbell has frequently spoken about bringing his son to sets, and in 2019 he joked, “He was less impressed with my acting than he was with the assortment of treats at craft services.”

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Paul Campbell and his son, Kingston, in 2020
Paul Campbell and his son, Kingston, in 2020@paulcampbellofficial/Instagram

5. Brennan Elliott

Brennan Elliott, of the Hallmark series Cedar Cove and movies like A Christmas Melody (2015) and The Perfect Pairing (2022), and his wife, psychologist Camilla Row, have an 11-year-old son, Liam, and a 9-year-old daughter, Luna.

In an Instagram post celebrating his kids, Elliott said, “I’ve always said being a dad is the not only the best but most difficult role I’ve ever played! When the world seems out of balance these two always bring my perspective back to what’s important!”

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Brennan Elliott with his son, Liam, and daughter, Luna, 2023
Brennan Elliott with his son, Liam, and daughter, Luna, in 2023@brennanelliott2/Instagram

6. Colin Lawrence

Colin Lawrence, who’s been in Hallmark movies like Morning Show Mysteries: Murder Ever After (2021) and Napa Ever After (2023), has two daughters, Sienna and Bianca, with his wife, actress Lucia Walters. In a 2020 post for National Daughters Day, Lawrence called his two girls “My world.”

Colin Lawrence with his daughters, Sienna and Bianca, in 2020
Colin Lawrence with his daughters, Sienna and Bianca, in 2020@colinlawrence97/Instagram

7. Wes Brown

Wes Brown has been in more than 10 Hallmark movies, including Christmas at Graceland (2019) and Sweet Pecan Summer (2021). He and his wife, Amanda Moye Brown, have a 14-year-old daughter, Merribeth. On his Instagram page, Brown proudly calls himself a “girl dad.”

In a Southern Living interview, Brown shared his parenting philosophy, saying, “They don’t know if you’re rich. They don’t know if you’re poor… but they do know if you’re present in their life. And that has been the absolute most important thing for me. I think it’s been the most important thing for our daughter.”

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Wes Brown and his daughter, Merribeth, in 2022
Wes Brown and his daughter, Merribeth, in 2022@wesbrown225/Instagram

8. Benjamin Ayres

Benjamin Ayres, the star of Hallmark movies like Long Lost Christmas (2022) and Love and Jane (2024), has two daughters with his wife, Erin Ayres. In an interview, he said, “Success is raising children that are kind and thoughtful, and that’s what we try our best to do: to raise good children. That would be a huge success to us.”

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Benjamin Ayres with his wife, Erin, and daughters in 2021
Benjamin Ayres with his wife, Erin, and daughters in 2021@benjaminayres/Instagram
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