Who is Brendan Penny?

One of the most-watched series in the early 2000s was the thriller drama “Whistler”, and one of the main characters was AJ Varland, who was portrayed by the young and talented actor, Brendan Penny. This was his breakthrough role which brought him international recognition, thus people wanted to know more about him. If you are one of those interested in the life and work of this renowned actor, let us tell you the naked truth about Brendan James Penny.

He has 55 acting credits to his name, and besides his role in “Whistler”, he’s perhaps known best for starring in numerous Hallmark Channel movies, including “Magical Christmas Ornaments”, “Autumn in the Vineyard”, and “Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe”.

Early life, family, and education

Brendan Penny was born under the zodiac sign of Scorpio on 9 November 1978, in Ottawa, Ontario Canada, thus he holds Canadian nationality, although he comes from a family of English descent. Nothing much is known about his family, however, it’s assumed that he was raised by his parents in his hometown, and since he hasn’t spoken about having any siblings. It’s believed that Brendan is an only child.

Many people think that famous American-Italian actor Joe Penny is Brendan’s brother, however, the truth is that the two have nothing in common except their surname.

Speaking of Brendan’s educational background, he attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1996, he enrolled at Fanshawe College, in London, Ontario, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Accounting) in 2000.

After his graduation, Brandon moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he attended the Lyric School of Acting, and launched his acting career.

Roles in series

Brendan made his acting debut portraying Rollerblader in an episode of the series “Jake 2.0” in 2003, and then two years later, he made an appearance as Coleman Alt in “The L Word”, followed by his role as AJ Varland in “Whistler” in 2006, which brought him a nomination for the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series.

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Brendan was next cast to play Todd the Wraith in “Stargate: Atlantis” in 2008, and he was seen as Danny Newell in “The Assistants” in 2009, while in the following years, he mostly guest-starred in an episode or two of various series, including “Supernatural”, before he portrayed Calvin Hepburn in “The True Heroines” from 2011 until 2013, and concurrently, he was seen as Eric Vascer in the 2012 TV mini-series “Ring of Fire”, and as Detective Brian Lucas, in another mini-series entitled “The Dark Corner” in 2013.

In the same year, Brendan was seen as Josh in “The Runner”, before he reprised his role as Detective Brian Lucas in the spin-off from “The Dark Corner”, entitled “Motive”, a mystery crime drama that had 70 award nominations and 14 wins, while Brendan was three times nominated for the Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series, in 2014, ’15 and ’17.

Concurrently with his role in “Motive”, Brendan was cast to play Kevin O’Brien in the Hallmark Channel Original series “Chesapeake Shores”, which eventually brought him another nomination for the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series in 2022.

The series “Chesapeake Shores” was broadcast from 2016 until 2021, and this was Brendan’s most recent television role, although meantime in 2019, Brendan guest-starred as Wyatt Jackson in “BH90210”, a spin-off based on the ‘90s global-hit TV show “Beverly Hills, 90210”.

Roles in movies

Brendan made his first big-screen appearance portraying Pete in the 2005 movie “LTD.”, followed by his role as a Teammate #1 in the romantic comedy “John Tucker Must Die“ in 2006, while his next movie role came two years later, when he was seen as Will in “Poison Ivy: The Secret Society“.

In the same year, he was cast to play Eugene in “Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage”, and then in 2009, Brendan portrayed Sean in “I Love You, Beth Cooper“, followed by his role as Chris Clark in the TV movie “Held Hostage“ before he was seen as Josh in the 2010 comedy “Tooth Fairy“, also starring Dwayne Johnson, Julie Andrews and Ashley Judd.

Brendan next appeared opposite Liam Nelson and Bradley Cooper in the 2010 action-adventure thriller “The A-Team”, before his role as Allen in “One Angry Juror”, and then he was seen starring in “The Wedding Chapel” in 2013, while in the following year, he was cast in the TV movies “Heavenly Match”, and “Along Came a Nanny”.

Between 2015 and 2020, Brendan mostly starred in the Hallmark Channel movies, such as “ ‘Tis the Season for Love“ (2015), “On the Farm“ (2016), “Magical Christmas Ornaments“ (2017), and “The Charm Bracelet“ (2020), among others.

His most recent movie role was his portrayal of Paul Bennett in “Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas” in 2021, while he has completed filming of his new movie, “Reason for the Season”, which should be released in December 2022.

Love life and relationships

There have been various rumors concerning both Brendan’s love life and his sexual orientation, mostly because he prefers to keep his personal matters away from the media’s attention, thus he hasn’t spoken about his previous relationships.

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However, it is known that he’s married and that he has two children, a boy, and a girl, with his now-wife, but nothing more is known about his family. He has never spilled any information regarding his wife’s name, who she is, where she comes from, and what she does, although on 1 August 2017, he tweeted about their seventh anniversary, so his followers assumed that they either started their relationship in 2010 or maybe that was their wedding anniversary.

He sometimes shares photos featuring his wife and children, however, their names and birthdates are still unknown.

As of June 2022, Brendan is married, he has two children, and the family of four lives in their home in Vancouver.

Age, height, and net worth

Brendan is 43 years old; he has light brown hair and blue eyes, he weighs around 175lbs (80kgs) and is 6ft (1.83m) tall.

According to sources, thanks to his acting talent, Brendan has earned a decent amount of wealth, so as of June 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.

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