Who is Merritt Patterson?
Merritt is a Canadian actress, known for her roles in various television series and movies. She gained recognition for her portrayal of Olivia Matheson in the television series “Ravenswood”, and has also appeared in popular shows such as “The Royals” and “The Art of Us”, in addition to many other roles she’s had so far in her career.
Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Merritt Patterson was born on 2 September 1990 in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, the daughter of Leslie and Dave Patterson; she has one sibling, a sister named Mackenzie Patterson.
Merritt Patterson’s passion for the arts was evident from a young age. Engaging in dance competitions and theatrical productions from the age of 11, she honed her skills throughout her high school years. At 15, Patterson was presented with her first opportunity, featuring in a UNO commercial, followed by appearances in TV commercials for ‘Roger Touch Phones.’ She was the victor among 10,000 contenders as she clinched the prestigious ‘Teen Model Search’ title in 2006, sponsored by Canadian Herbal Essences. However, her journey in the modeling industry faced hurdles due to her moderate height, posing a challenge in securing modeling assignments.
There is no precise information on her educational background, though it’s believed that she finished high school in her hometown.
Acting Career Beginnings
Merritt began her acting career by taking on minor roles, and steadily working her way up. In 2006, she appeared as Ashleigh Redmond in the TV series “Kyle XY”, featuring in episodes such as “Diving In” and “Endgame”. The show revolves around a teenage boy named Kyle, who possesses extraordinary abilities but no memory of his past; Patterson’s Ashleigh is a friend of the main protagonist.
In 2009, she appeared as Jessica in the film “The Hole”, a horror-thriller directed by Joe Dante. The movie follows a group of teenagers who discover a mysterious trapdoor in the basement of their new house, leading to terrifying consequences.
In 2012, Merritt Patterson took on the role of Maddie in the television film “The Pregnancy Project”, which aired on Lifetime. The film is based on a true story, and follows a high school student who fakes her own pregnancy as a social experiment to explore stereotypes and attitudes toward pregnant teens. The same year, Patterson appeared in the Disney Channel movie “Radio Rebel” as Stacy DeBane – the film revolves around a shy high school student who leads a secret double life as a confident and outspoken radio DJ known as Radio Rebel.
Moreover, Merritt portrayed Tracy in the movie “Rufus”, a Canadian horror directed by Dave Schultz. The film features Rory J. Saper in the lead role of Rufus, an enigmatic young man who arrives in a small town in Saskatchewan, and is later unveiled as a vampire.
Rise to Stardom
Merritt Patterson’s journey in the entertainment industry eventually led her to secure a significant role in the television series “Ravenswood” from 2013 to 2014, portraying Olivia Matheson, a main role in the show. The series is a supernatural teen drama and a spin-off from the popular series “Pretty Little Liars”. The series follows a group of young individuals who become entangled in a centuries-old curse that haunts the town of Ravenswood. As Olivia Matheson, Patterson played a central character navigating the mysterious and eerie happenings in the town. The show featured an ensemble including Tyler Blackburn, Nicole Gale Anderson, Brett Dier and Steven Cabral, as they unraveled the secrets of Ravenswood and fought against supernatural forces.
Following her role in “Ravenswood”, Merritt Patterson continued her career with notable roles in various projects. In 2014, she appeared in the television film “Damaged” as Taran Hathaway, which aired on Lifetime. The film explores the story of a young woman named Sam, played by Chris Klein, who becomes a suspect in a hit-and-run case.
The same year, Patterson also joined the cast of the television series “The Royals” in a main role for its first season. “The Royals” is a drama series that delves into the lives of a fictional British royal family, highlighting their scandals, power struggles, and personal dramas. Patterson portrayed Ophelia Pryce, a passionate and free-spirited young woman who gets involved with the royal family.
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In 2014, Merritt Patterson appeared in the film “Wolves” as Angelina Timmins. This supernatural thriller follows the story of a young man named Cayden Richards, played by Lucas Till, who discovers he comes from a lineage of werewolves.
In 2016, Patterson took on a main role in the television series “The Art of More” for its second season. The show explores the high-stakes world of auction houses and the intense competition that exists within them.
Television Films and Recent Work
Merritt Patterson has been involved in several television films and series, showcasing her talent in romantic dramas and holiday-themed productions. In “Bad Date Chronicles”, she portrayed Leigh Rynes in a television film for PixL. In “A Royal Winter”, a Hallmark television film, Patterson played Maggie Marks, while in “The Christmas Cottage”, also a Hallmark film, she portrayed Lacey Quinn.
Continuing her collaboration with Hallmark, Patterson appeared in “Wedding 4 March: Something Old, Something New” as Abby Russo and “Christmas at the Palace” as Katie Hendricks. She further showcased her talent in Hallmark films such as “Picture a Perfect Christmas” as Sophie Griffiths and “Forever in My Heart” as Jenna.
In 2020, Patterson starred in “Chateau Christmas” as Margot Hammond, a Hallmark television film. She continued her involvement with Hallmark in 2021, appearing in “Gingerbread Miracle” as Maya and “Jingle Bell Princess” as Princess Amelia, a film released on GAC Family.
Patterson expanded her repertoire beyond Hallmark productions by taking on the role of April in the television miniseries “The Now”, which consisted of three episodes. In 2022, she starred as Molly Frost in the television film “Catering Christmas” released by Great American Family.
She is now working on several projects. These include the TV movie “Christmas by Chance”, which is in post-production, and the film “One Perfect Match”. The film is now in production, and in addition to Merritt, it will star Joshua Sasse and Lynn Gilmartin. The film tells the story of Lucy Marks, a professional matchmaker who falls for a wealthy businessman, her newest client.
According to authoritative sources, Merritt Patterson’s net worth is estimated at $1.5 million, as of mid-2023.
Personal Life, Marriage, Husband, Children
Merritt Patterson has been married to JP Ringer since 17 September 2022. The couple has often shared pictures of themselves on social media, especially Instagram accounts. Unfortunately, there is no information on how the two met, though it’s known that they dated for several years before marrying.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Merritt Patterson has natural brown hair, but sometimes dyes it blonde or black. She has blue eyes. Merritt stands at a height of 5ft 5ins (1.65m), weighs approximately 125 lbs (57 kgs), with vital statistics of 35-26-35, and bra size 32C.