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.
Picking Back Up screened at the California Women’s Film Festival in Hollywood CA at the Acme Comedy Theater (135 N. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles CA 90036) – on July 13th, 2018
Susan was nominated for a best actress award at this festival Click Here
This young lady is going places!! And getting recognition for it to boot. Click here to view the clip!