Danica McKellar, well known from her roles as Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years” and Elsie Snuffin on “The West Wing,” recently wowed audiences as a quarterfinalist on the ABC juggernaut “Dancing with the Stars,” and gets recognized for her frequent Hallmark Channel movies.
McKellar is also the founder of McKellarMath.com and the New York Times bestselling author of groundbreaking books including Math Doesn’t Suck and Kiss My Math. For tackling math education and simultaneously breaking the stereotype of the “math nerd” with these books, McKellar was named “Person of the Week” by “ABC World News.” Her latest New York Times bestseller is Goodnight Numbers, which hit the shelves in March 2017, and is aimed at parents of young children, to introduce numbers as a friendly and relevant part of their lives. Crown Books for Young Readers is the publisher and will also publish two more of McKellar’s books in 2018.
A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, McKellar earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics while also contributing original research. Her theorem, since dubbed “The Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem,” was published in Britain’s esteemed Journal of Physics and has been featured on the front page of the science section of The New York Times.
After college, in addition to her nine-episode arc on “The West Wing,” McKellar continued her acting career with such roles as a recurring spot on CBS’ hit show “How I Met Your Mother” and a guest appearance on “The Big Bang Theory,” among others. McKellar also voices many roles in cartoons, including the regular role of Miss Martian on Cartoon Network’s “Young Justice.”
McKellar has starred in many television movies, including “The Wrong Woman” on Lifetime, which garnered some of the network’s highest ratings, and made her Hallmark Channel debut in
2015 with two original movies – “Perfect Match” and “Crown for Christmas,” with the latter earning 4.3 million impressions with P2+, making it the network’s second highest-rated original movie premiere of the year. More recently, she starred in the network’s “Wedding Bells” and “My Christmas Dream,” which was once again one of Hallmark Channel’s top-rated movies of the year, in addition to 2017’s “Campfire Kiss,” on which she also served as executive producer.
For all of McKellar’s updates and news, follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook – and Periscope for her “McKellar Motivational Monday” live video chats and behind-the-scenes videos! Username for all is @danicamckellar. And make sure to visit mckellarmath.com for her full line of books and her YouTube comedy series, “Math Bites.”
Originally from small town Alberta, Canada, Niall Matter started out working on the oil rigs before pursuing a career in film and television. He got his first break when he signed on as Trent Hamilton for the hit Canadian TV series “The Best Years.”
Matter is perhaps best known for his series regular role as Zane Donovan on Syfy’s “Eureka” and as the lead, Evan Cross, on Syfy’s “Primeval: New World.” Matter maintains a balance of work on Canadian as well as American projects; he recently guest starred on ABC’s “The Good Doctor” alongside Freddie Highmore and Nicholas Gonzalez, NBC’s “Constantine” and The CW’s “Supernatural” and “iZombie.” Matter also played a lead role alongside Julia Stiles in TNT’s pilot “Guilt by Association,” directed by Nelson McCormick.
Previous credits include a major recurring role as ER doctor Peter Cutler on the Canadian drama “Remedy,” with Enrico Colantoni and Sara Canning. He had a starring role in the independent feature film Chokeslam alongside Amanda Crew and Michael Eklund, as well as in Ally Was Screaming opposite Camille Sullivan. Notably, Matter was hand-selected to portray the Mothman in Zach Snyder’s feature film Watchmen and he had major recurring roles on “Melrose Place” and The CW’s “90210.”
Matter previously appeared in the Hallmark Channel original movies “Stop the Wedding” with Alan Thicke and Rachel Boston and “Frozen in Love” with Rachael Leigh Cook. On Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Matter played Ian in “Finding Father Christmas,” “Engaging Father Christmas,” and “Marrying Father Christmas.” He has also recently appeared in the latest three installments of the “Aurora Teagarden Mysteries” franchise, portraying Nick Miller.
Last year, Matter had a large supporting role in The Predator, filming every scene opposite Emmy© Award-winning actor, Sterling K. Brown.