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,” and recently won UCLA’s prestigious 2018 “Science and Education Pioneer Award.” 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 has published three more of McKellar’s books in 2018: Ten Magic Butterflies in February and both Bathtime Mathtime and Do Not Open This Math Book in June.
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 Physicsand 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, the holiday ratings-buster, “Coming Home for Christmas” and “Very, Very, Valentine” and “Love in Design,” which premiered in September 2018.
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.”
Mark Deklin is most recently known for his role as Senator Jack Bowman on ABC’s “Designated Survivor.” He was also recently seen on TNT’s “Major Crimes” and recently wrapped the fifth season of “Grace & Frankie” on Netflix. Deklin was a series regular on “Devious Maids” and on ABC’s “GCB” (based on the book Good Christian Bitches), CBS’ hit action series “Hawaii Five-0” as Stark Edwards, the husband of Scott Caan’s ex-wife, and “Lonestar” on ABC. His other television credits include TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland,” “Better Off Ted,” the SyFy mini-series “Riverworld,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Big Love,” “Nip/Tuck,” “The Ex List” and “Sex & the City.” He has appeared in the films Herbie Fully Loaded, The Wish List and most recently, Tarzan. Along with “Grace and Frankie,” in 2019 Deklin will appear in the new CBS drama “The Code.”
Deklin’s Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Cyrano de Bergerac (with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner,) Sweet Smell of Success (with John Lithgow,) The Lion King,Arms & the Man, As You Like It, Macbeth, Six-Six-Sixty, Measure for Measure, Tallulah Hallelujah, The Alchemist and Home of the Brave. He has worked at regional theaters across the country, performing a wide range of roles in such plays as Othello, Hay Fever, Snakebit, An Ideal Husband, Romeo & Juliet, The Big Slam, Coriolanus, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Freewill and Wanton Lust, Troilus & Cressida, Born Yesterday and The Taming of the Shrew.
Deklin earned his M.F.A. from the University of Washington’s highly esteemed PATP conservatory, as well as his union cards and a certification with the Society of American Fight Directors.