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 Alzheiers 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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Susan just wrapped on Walkaway Joe in New Orleans playing the ex wife of Joe Haley, played by David Strathairn and also starring The Walking Dead’s, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and directed by veteran actor, Tom Wright.
Director Leticia De Bortoli and Susan work the red carpet in Hollywood, CA at the HollyShorts Film Festival for their new series “Queering”
Susan Lea Gallagher is recurring in Cobra Kai premiering May 2 on YouTube Red. Watch this website for clips of the new series, and click the red link to see the entire series!
Season Two of Cobra Kai is currently shooting in Atlanta and fingers and toes crossed that homeless Lynn will return!
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.
NEW!!! Susan recently wrapped on Beast Beast in Atlanta produced by Alex Baldwin and written and directed by Danny Madden (Thunderroad).
Click Here to see behind the scene photos and the official trailer for “Picking Back Up”