A Foolproof Guide to the ‘Sweet Magnolias’ Cast (Including What Else They’ve Starred in)

Fans are (understandably) counting down the days until Sweet Magnolias season two hits Netflix on February 4. The book adaptation has become one of the streaming service’s most popular shows, thanks to its feel-good storyline and lovable cast.

To prepare for the highly anticipated premiere, we compiled a list of Sweet Magnolias cast members, along with details about what else they’ve been in. Keep scrolling for details.


1. Joanna García Swisher

Character: Maddie Townsend

JoAnna García Swisher’s earliest acting credits include Vicki Appleby on Freaks and Geeks, Sam on Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Hallie on Party of Five. In addition to recurring roles on Once Upon a Time and The Mindy Project, the actress also starred as Cheyenne Hart on Reba.


2. Heather Headley

Character: Helen Decatur

Prior to Sweet Magnolias, Heather Headley appeared in She’s Gotta Have It and Chicago Med. The actress also has an impressive Broadway resume. Not only did she star in Aida and The Color Purple, but she also played the original Nala in The Lion King.


3. Brooke Elliott

Character: Dana Sue Sullivan

Although Brooke Elliott has appeared in several TV movies—like Furst Born and Crazy Wonderful—she’s widely recognized for playing Jane Bingum in Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva.


4. Justin Bruening

Character: Cal Maddox

Justin Bruening began as a soap opera star, playing Jamie Martin in shows like One Life to Live and All My Children. He went on to appear in Ringer, Switched at Birth, Hawaii Five-0, Ravenswood and Grey’s Anatomy.


5. Chris Klein

Character: Bill Townsend

Sweet Magnolias aside, Chris Klein is known for starring as Oz in the American Pie franchise. Other TV credits include Welcome to the Captain, Wilfred and The Flash.


6. Jamie Lynn Spears

Character: Noreen Fitzgibbons

Some fans might recognize Jamie Lynn Spears as Britney Spears’s little sister. But she also starred as the titular character in Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101.


7. Logan Allen

Character: Kyle Townsend

Before the Netflix show, Logan Allen had just begun his acting career, landing guest roles in shows like Talia in the Kitchen and Creepshow.


8. Anneliese Judge

Character: Annie Sullivan

Sweet Magnolias served as Anneliese Judge’s big break. In fact, she has only one previous acting credit—an independent film, titled Where’s Rose.

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