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Hallmark Actor: Kristoffer Polaha

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Kristoffer Polaha was born on February 18, 1977 in Reno, Nevada. Some people think he is Hawaiian because of his name, but the actor and producer is Czech.

He earned a bachelor's degree in arts from New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 1999. Two years later, he moved to Los Angeles to begin his acting career.

Polaha was known for his starring roles on television before acting in Hallmark movies. His acting career started in 2001, but his first Hallmark movie was not until 2016. Since then, he has appeared in 14 Hallmark movies, including seven movies in the Mystery 101 series with Jill Wagner.

Kristoffer says that as an actor, he leans into Hallmark because it's fun to watch a movie with his seven-year-old and show him what he does for a living because they are family-friendly movies. He added that he also leans in because his 91-year-old Nana finally thinks he has made it as an actor because she sees him on the Hallmark Channel. Kristoffer knows that Hallmark movies are appropriate for the young and old.

Kristoffer Polaha's first movie with Meghan Markle

Kristoffer Polaha's first movie with Meghan Markle

In Kristoffer Polaha's very first Hallmark movie he had a starring role alongside Meghan Markle, who is now married to Prince Harry and is the Duchess of Sussex. Her acting days were before she was married and became the mother of a son and daughter.

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Dater's Handbook, January 30, 2016

Meghan Markle

A successful business woman appears unsuccessful in her personal life. She tries "The Daters Handbook" which leads to dates with several men to test the process

Hearts of Christmas, December 4, 2016

Emilie Ullerup

When a woman plans a Christmas retirement party for her hospital supervisor, she has conflicts with the new manager who wants her to cut costs.

Rocky Mountain Christmas, December 22, 2017

Lindy Booth

After her breakup with a famous tech entrepreneur, Sarah returns to her uncle's ranch to get out of the spotlight. Then she meets a Hollywood actor.

Pearl in Paradise, August 18, 2018

Jill Wagner

An adventurous photographer and a non-adventurous novelist bond as they search for a mysterious pearl in the Paradise of Fiji.

Small Town Christmas, December 16, 2018

Ashley Newbrough

A New York novelist goes on a trip at Christmas time to the small town that inspired her latest best-seller.

Mystery 101, January 27, 2019

Jill Wagner

This is the first of seven movies in the Mysteries 101 series. In each movie, Amy Winslow, a college fiction professor, helps Detective Travis Burke solve murder mysteries.

Mystery 101: Playing Dead, June 23, 2019

Jill Wagner

College professor, Amy and Detective Burke work together to determine who murdered the main actress in a play.

Mystery 10l: Words Can Kill, September 15, 2019

Jill Wagner

After a guest at the college book festival is killed, Amy and Travis disagree when he arrests an unlikely person for murder. Amy fights to prove he put the wrong person behind bars.

Mystery 101: Dead Talk, September 22, 2019

Jill Wagner

Amy is a speaker at a conference in Seattle. She meets the owner of a crime solving software who is later found dead. Amy and her detective friend investigate the case.

Double Holiday, December 21, 2019

Carly Pope

Two rival colleagues must work together to plan the office Christmas party. The one who does the best job will get a promotion. They spend so much time together that they take their eyes off the promotion and put them on each other.

Mystery 101: An Education in Murder, March 29, 2020

Jill Wagner

A famous murder case is revisited that convicted the college professor's colleague She and the detective get a second chance to clear the professor's name.

Mystery 101: Killer Timing, March 21, 2021

Jill Wagner, Erin Cahill

An escaped serial killer made an attempt on Travis' life. This is the most personal and dangerous case he and Amy had to investigate.

Mystery 101: Deadly History, August 1, 2021

Jill Wagner

Amy's uncle goes missing. She and Travis travel to New York to investigate. The initial clues make them fear the worst.

A Dickens of a Holiday!, December 10, 2021

Brooke D'Orsay

A woman invites her former high school classmate to perform in a Christmas play for the 100th anniversary of her hometown's Victorian festival.

Kristoffer Polaha and co-star Ashley Newbrough

Kristoffer Polaha and co-star Ashley Newbrough

Of Polaha's 14 Hallmark movies, seven of them were with Jill Wagner in the Mystery 101 series. He had a starring role every year since his first Hallmark movie in 2016. In fact, he made two movies that year. He made one in 2017, and two in 2018. Four of the seven Mystery 101 movies were released in 2019, one in 2020, and the remaining two in 2021. That means he has had a leading role with Jill Wagner more than any other co-star.

Polaha's last movie was A Dickens of a Holiday! which premiered on December 10, 2021.

Kristoffer Polaha's family

Kristoffer Polaha's family

Personal Life

Polaha married Julianne Morris on June 7, 2003, at the Windermere Chapel in Windermere, Florida. The couple has three sons born in 2004, 2006, and 2011. All the boys have biblical names: Caleb, Jude, and Micah. Julianne is an actress, but she has never starred in a Hallmark movie. She has had recurring roles in two soap operas:

  1. The Young and the Restless (1994–1996, 2014)
  2. Days of Our Lives (1998–2002).

Kristoffer and Julianne are practicing Christians. Kristoffer says he fell away from his faith, but a near-death experience caused him to believe again. Julianne advocates sexual abstinence before marriage. She believes marriage is ordained by God, and the Bible teaches that the romantic attachment between a husband and a wife is parallel to the couple's relationship to God.

Kristoffer keeps in touch with his more than 59.7k Instagram followers.

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