Award-winning actress Brianna Brown knows what it takes to be successful. If you work smart, center yourself and have grit, you will go places, and Brianna is living proof. Brianna began truly pursuing her dreams as an aspiring actress by flipping through the yellow pages and cold calling local Minnesota agencies at the age of 14. Two decades later, she has been featured in numerous high-profile roles on both the silver and small screen. Brianna has been in more than 20 features, ranging from big budget films to indie productions that she co-produced herself.
On the small screen, Brianna has appeared in more than 30 different television shows, exhibiting her range in both comedy and drama. She is most often recognized for her work opposite Claire Danes on the Emmy-award winning series “Homeland” on Showtime, as the “love to hate” villain Dr. Lisa Niles on ABC’s Emmy-award winning “General Hospital,” and as a series regular on Marc Cherry’s hit dramedy “Devious Maids.”
As an actress, Brianna has been nominated for the Indie Series Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for “Adults Only,” and was nominated for Best Actress by Edgmar Film Festival for “The Encounter.” Brianna won the Long Island International Film Expo for Best Actress, as well an Honorable Mention at the Toronto COMMFest for her work in “The Encounter.” In the spring of 2013, People’s Special Edition 50th Anniversary of “General Hospital,” Soaps in Depth, and Soap Opera Digest all named Brianna one of the best villains in the show’s 50-year history.
When Brianna is not being paid to pretend, she loves to stay active in mind and body. She’s a voracious reader and enjoys staying physically fit. She is also an active philanthropist and producer for her passion projects. Brianna has produced multiple onstage musical benefits and events where all proceeds went to humanitarian causes. On camera, she co-produced a web series, “Retail Therapy,” featuring an all-female cast, a music video benefiting a local environmental organization, TreePeople, as well as the socially-conscious film ” The Encounter,” which was accepted into over 25 different film festivals worldwide and won Best Short, Making a Difference and Audience Choice.
Brianna is an Executive Producer for the socially-relevant feature film “One Moment Please,” which is currently in post-production. Brianna is also an Ambassador for the National Women’s History Museum and co-hosted the LA benefit in 2014, alongside ALMA winner Ana Ortiz, and Brianna will do so again in 2015. She is a board member and co-host for the annual Hollywood Gives Charity Event, which benefits Toys for Tots, and is an ongoing host for The Blank’s Young Playwrights Festival.
Brianna has spoken at numerous conferences and events, such as the Gratitude Summit, Dallas Traver’s Thriving Artist’s Circle, Best Ever You Motivational Marathon, Blazing Border’s Legacy Series, The All American High School Film Festival, and at multiple acting schools across the country. Using her musical talents, Brianna has raised money by singing at various benefits such as “Free to Express” to help stop human trafficking, “The New Hollywood” Benefit Cabaret at Rockwell, and to benefit breast cancer research at “What A Pair” alongside Broadway legends.
Never forgetting her roots, in 2012 Brianna ran the Twin Cities Marathon alongside a team of friends and family to raise funds for The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Dakota County branch, which was co-founded by her grandparents. From 2011 through 2015, Brianna has been nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women Making a Difference Award and won the Philanthropic Award at the Gratitude Summit in 2013.
Brianna also has a passion for socially responsible investing and empowering women to be truly influential. Over the years, Brianna has formed several investment clubs and is currently co-writing a book for women about finance. Most importantly, in 2006 Brianna founded and became CEO of “The New Hollywood” (TNH) a women’s philanthropic goal group and 501(c)(3) nonprofit. TNH helps support women within the entertainment industry to achieve their personal and professional goals, to be a positive example and to make a difference. TNH intends to inspire everyone to Rise Higher, Shine Bright & Give Back!