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Hallmark Actor: Daniel Lissing

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Daniel Aaron Lissing was born on October 4, 1981, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Daniel Lissing's Acting Career

Daniel's acting career started in 2001 when he played a cop in the movie Pizza. From then until 2014, he had starring roles in various other movies, including ABC's Last Resort in 2012.

From 2014 to 2016, he performed in his first Hallmark movie When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel. He played the part of Canadian Mountie Jack Thornton in 44 episodes over five seasons.

When Lissing chose to leave the series, his character was killed off during the finale of Season 5. It left fans sad because he had just gotten married to Elizabeth Thatcher played by Erin Krakow.

After Jack's departure, the series continues, but the trajectory of the storyline changed for life to go on without him in Hope County with his widow and their unborn child.

Reason Daniel Lissing Left "When Calls the Heart"

It was Daniel Lissing's choice to leave When Calls the Heart. So, how was he killed off the show? Jack was on an assignment with recruits when he was killed by a landslide.

Why did Lissing decide to leave the highest-rated and popular Hallmark Channel show? On Facebook, Lissing said circumstances arose where he needed to leave the show for reasons that were very personal to him. He added that Hallmark and the cast supported his decision to leave.

Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing, stars of "When Calls the Heart"

Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing, stars of "When Calls the Heart"

Other Hallmark Movies

Lissing continued to appear in other Hallmark movies after he left When Calls the Heart in 2014. Two years later in 2016, he appeared as Seth in A December Bride with co-star Jessica Lowndes. After two more years In 2018, he was a star in another Christmas movie, Christmas in Love with co-star Brooke D'Orsay. It was his last Hallmark movie.

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After that, he moved over to the GAC Family and made a cameo appearance in When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas in December 2021.

Daniel Lissing's Hallmark Movies

Movie/Premiere DateCo-StarBrief Synopsis

When Calls the Heart, January 2014 - April 2018, 44 episodes

Erin Krakow

The Australian plays the part of Canadian Mountie Jack Thornton.

A December Bride, 2016

Jessica Lowndes

A holiday wedding brings no joy to the bride's cousin, who was literally left by the groom right at the altar. But she might find her true love there when she gains a fake fiancé in the process.

Christmas in Love, 2018

Brooke D'Orsay

Ellie Hartman, an aspiring crafter working in her small town's bakery shows Nick Carlingson, the new big-city CEO during his visit to the bakery's main floor, that it's people and not machines that make the business a success.

When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas, 2021

Erin Krakow

A cameo appearance

Fans of Daniel Lissing know that after he starred with people in movies, he remains friends with them. In real life, he has remained friends with Jessica Lowndes, Brooke D'Osay, and his television wife Erin Krakow.

Like Lissing, Jessica has also moved over to the GAC Family channel. However, Brooke and Erin remain on the Hallmark channel.

Lissing on GAC Family

After Lissing left When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark channel, he did not waste any time before he had a starring role in A Christmas Star with Sara Canning on the GAC Family channel.

Lissing also has a role on Season 2 of When Hope Calls, which previously aired on Hallmark in 2019, but now is airing on GAC Family. Lissing is happy to act with former castmate Lori Loughlinn.

Here is very good news for Daniel Lissing fans. He is already filming for the 2022 holiday season at GAC Family. He will co-star with Merritt Patterson in Catering Christmas (a working title that is subject to change). This is the first announced movie in GAC Family’s annual Great American Christmas lineup for 2022.

The storyline is about Molly Frost, played by Patterson, as she struggles to launch her new catering business and surprisingly gets to plan New Hampshire’s biggest event of the year. Carson Jacob Harrison, played by Lissing, is the manager of the event and the heir to his family’s foundation. It is interesting to see how Molly and Carson work together as they both struggle to make the big even successful while experiencing the miracles of Christmas.

Daniel Lissing and wife Nadia Lissing

Daniel Lissing and wife Nadia Lissing

Personal Life

Daniel Lissing is Jewish. Not only does he act, but he is also a guitarist and a singer.

He married Nadia in 2020 a year and a half after they met in a bar in Reykjavik, Iceland. Nadia said her first impression of Daniel was that he was hot, and she had never met anyone like him before. She added that she felt an instant connection to him. When they first met, Nadia did not know Daniel was an actor. She found out after they had three or four dates. She said then she became his biggest fan.

Daniel told Entertainment Tonight that he proposed to Nadia on her birthday. She didn't see it coming when he asked her to marry him, and she gushed when she saw the beautiful Tiffany ring.

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