susan and holly hunter
Susan Lea Gallagher and Oscar winner Holly Hunter on the set of ‘Strange Weather’

Susan was born the youngest of four to Jazz Musician, June Craton, and she received her passion for acting from her father, Sales Executive Buddy Gallagher. She studied for 2 years at the Acting Studio, was cast in commercials, TV, and Film in Florida and Los Angeles, where she trained at Margie Harbor Studios and Joseph Pearlman (RADA). In Florida, her sales experience landed her a plum job where she broke numerous sales records as a live on-air National Spokesperson on The Home Shopping Network, which she did 2 years. In 2000, Susan was handpicked by Aaron Spelling to play Gregory Harrison’s potential love interest as Diner owner, “Claire” in the WB series, “Safe Harbor”. In 2008 she moved to NYC to participate in the privilege of training with retired Broadway Actor/Director Zina Jasper (Stella Adler) and HB Studios, Holly Mandell. After returning from NYC, Susan was cast in the recurring role of “Mrs. Cooper” on the new MTV Comedy, “The Inbetweeners”, which aired in the Spring of 2012 and another recurring role in the season premiere of the HBO series, “Treme”. Susan has also starred in several Indie Films. She studies at The Performers Studio Workshop in Tampa. Susan is married to Jimbo Jahna with two children, Caroline and Bo and they are all under the thumb (or paw if you will) of a very old cat named Leo.

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