Susan Lea Gallagher is an American actress and producer who was born the youngest of four in Charlotte, NC to Jazz Musician, June Craton. But it was her father, Buddy Gallagher, who always dreamed of being an actor, but instead helped to grow the family business, Good Will Publishers in Gastonia, NC, where Susan grew up.
She began her studies at the Actors Studio as well as numerous well known teachers. After raising a family, she spends a lot of her time in NYC where she continues studying with retired Broadway Star/Director/Teacher, Zina Jasper.
Her most recent appearances in television have come from a series regular in ‘Queering’ Webisode where she plays a bi-sexual Mom coming out to her lesbian daughter. She’s had recurring roles on Safe Harbor, Treme, Inbetweeners and her favorite role as Homeless woman Lynn, in the Karate Kid’s new hit series, ‘Cobra Kai’. Some other notable credits include ‘Strange Weather’ opposite Holly Hunter, ‘Bloodline’ opposite Kyle Chandler and just wrapped on ‘The Christmas Contract’ opposite Hilarie Burton and Cheryl Ladd, due out in 2018.
Susan loves Indie Films and she’s just wrapped on several including Danny Madden’s, ‘Beast Beast’ produced by Alec Baldwin. Her Lead roles have included ‘Picking Back Up’ where she portrays an alcoholic/addict, receiving a Best Actress Nom. from the WIFF in Los Angeles. Other Lead roles out soon are ‘The Door Step’ and ‘Windblown’, both female driven. Her most challenging role is currently in production where she plays a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s in ‘I’ll Be Here For Awhile’, which wraps late 2018 in NYC.
As a Producer and forming Her Little Red Productions, LLC in 2014, she has written and/or produced several award winning short films and is excited about her current project, ‘Portrait of a Woman at Dawn’, written and directed by the talented Cullen Douglas and premieres late October in Los Angeles. Susan’s been married to Jimbo Jahna since 1987 and mother to Caroline Jahna Pryor and Bo Jahna, who reside in Florida and NC.
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Look for Susan in the TV Movie, How High 2, directed by Bruce Leddy.
Susan played Claire in Season 2 of Step Up:High Water.
Susan plays Lilly Henderson in the upcoming MarVista film, Cruel Fixation, starring Tanner Buchanan.
Susan recurs as wheelchair bound, Opal, in the upcoming series, Sons of Thunder, opposite Randal Reeder and directed by veteran actor, Sam Medina.
Coming soon is the heartwarming film “I’ll Be Here for Awhile” where Susan’s Lead character, Ruth, is suffering from Alzheimer’s and us cared for by her son, played by David Call (The Sinner).
Look for Susan as Inez Gold in HBO’s new limited series The Outsider, based on Stephen King’s novel and produced by Jason Bateman.
NBC’s Bluff City Law (Look for Susan as Mrs. Davis in the Premiere on September 23rd, at 9pm)
Watch Susan playing the ex-wife of Joe Haley, played by David Strathairn in ‘Walkaway Joe’ coming out soon. Also starring The Walking Dead’s, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and directed by veteran actor, Tom Wright.
Susan just played the Lead in Indie Film, “Dirty Diamond” written and directed by award winning filmmaker, Alan Landver and due out Spring 2019
NEW!!! Things are buzzing about Beast Beast in Atlanta produced by Alec Baldwin and written and directed by Danny Madden (Thunder Road).
Susan played the lead in the indie films, ‘Picking Back Up’ in Richmond and ‘Door Step’ in NYC. She just wrapped in Jackson, Mississippi, on the pilot, ‘Boots and Trenches’. Watch this site for release dates and further information.
Click Here to see behind the scene photos and the official trailer for “Picking Back Up”
After the unexpected death of her brother, Beth Reeves seeks solace in her family’s New England cottage. What seems at first like a quiet retreat, quickly proves deceptive… and dangerous. Windblown challenges the classic adage, “find what you love and let it kill you”. And proves that grief… is a bitch.
For more details and to view the trailer, visit www.windblownfilm.com