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'Christmas for Keeps': 5 things you never knew about Christa B Allen

A group of childhood buddies comes together after a decade for a warm and joyous celebration of the life of their favorite high school teacher
UPDATED DEC 15, 2021
Christa B Allen of 'Christmas for Keeps' (Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Pooya Nabei)
Christa B Allen of 'Christmas for Keeps' (Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Pooya Nabei)

'Christmas for Keeps' is the newest holiday movie set to premiere on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel and is looking very sweet! The festive watch is set to reunite a close-knit friend group that will see them come home after 10 years for a special remembrance. 

The Hallmark movie will focus on how these friends were influenced by this one special teacher in high school who passed away with all of them coming together to celebrate his life and legacy. Along with this promising watch, do check out 'Christmas Sail' and 'Next Stop, Christmas' as well to completely and thoroughly enjoy the festive season at home. For now, read on to know more about the actors who will bring the wholesomeness to screens!


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Christa B Allen as Avery Taylor

Christa B Allen is an American actress. She is popularly recognized for portraying the younger version of Jennifer Garner in the hit rom-com '13 Going on 30' and later in 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past'. The actress along with television shows and films had also appeared in several students films and commercials. Her works include 'The Suite Life on Deck', 'Grey's Anatomy', 'One Wish', 'Detention of the Dead', 'The Valley', 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation', 'Code Black', 'When Vows Break' and more. Allen's more prominent role is starring as one of the leads in ABC's drama series 'Revenge'. 

The actress is multi-talented and also part of a musical act called 'Pour Vous' along with Johnny What, with the duo releasing their first single called 'Scorpio' in 2018. Although her first love is acting, she is extremely passionate about all things female empowerment, beauty, and wellness. Aleen will be playing the role of Avery Taylor one of the friends in 'Christmas for Keeps'.


Ryan Rottman as Ben Tillman

Ryan Rottman is an American actor. He forayed into the acting scenes with his debut being an extra in the comedy film 'The House Bunny'. Before that he used to also perform in plays at Texas Tech University while he studied there. From 2009 onwards he has gone on to work in many television shows and movies. His works include 'The Open Road', 'Cousin Sarah', 'White Dwarf', 'Guidance', 'Sister of the Bride', 'The Middle', 'See Dad Run', and more. His more prominent work is starring in the TeenNick series 'Gigantic', the drama 'The Lying Game' and the movie 'Billionaire Boys Club' alongside Ansel Egort, Taron Egerton, and Emma Roberts.

He's no stranger to Hallmark and has starred in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original 'Christmas Wonderland' opposite Emily Osment, as well as in the Hallmark Original Movie 'Sister of the Bride'. Rottman will play one of the five friends in 'Christmas for Keeps'.


Other cast members

The rest of the cast comprises Ashley Newbrough as Sarah Jones-Wong, Marielle Scott as Mia Reynolds, Cardi Wong as Noah Wong, Everick Golding as James Massey, Liza Huget as Lillian Massey, Janet Kidder as Patricia Taylor, and more.

'Christmas for Keeps' is set to premiere on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 10/9c. You can watch it on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel.