Hallmark 'The Christmas Contest': 5 things to know about Candace Cameron Bure

Hallmark 'The Christmas Contest': 5 things to know about Candace Cameron Bure
Candace Cameron Bure (Lara) and Barbara Niven (Donna) in 'The Christmas Contest' (Hallmark)

The Holiday season is just around the corner which means it’s time to open your television screens and watch Hallmark Channel make your Christmas even more special. The network will be coming out with a bunch of Christmas movies to celebrate the occasion and take viewers on a magical journey this year as well.

One of the movies that will be on everybody’s watchlist is none other than ‘The Christmas Contest’. The movie revolves around round exes Lara (Candace Cameron Bure) and Ben (John Brotherton) who have entered a contest and compete against each other to win money for the charity of their choosing. As the contest moves forward, everyone gets to know about their past and the whole city watches what is more important for them: victory or love.

So, if you are going through a rough patch in your relationship or having a fight, you can come together to watch this movie and work it out. Apart from having an interesting premise, the movie also features a stellar cast that will put a smile on everyone’s face.


Let’s take a look at the cast.

Candace Cameron Bure as Lara

Candace Cameron Bure needs no introduction. The actress has been a part of the industry for many years now and worked on several high-end projects. Bure made her acting debut in 1982 with a recurring role in the TV series ‘St. Elsewhere’. After that, she made several cameo appearances on shows like ‘TJ Hooker’, ‘Punky Brewster’, ‘Who’s The Boss?’ and ‘Growing Pains’.

However, she gained a lot of recognition and praise for her role in the blockbuster TV series ‘Full House’. She played the role of DJ Tanner and was on the show for all eight seasons. Candace was nominated for the Best Young Actress accolade at the Young Artist Awards for 5 years in a row.




Apart from being a successful Television actress, Candace is also considered to be a fan-favorite on Hallmark Channel. She has worked on various Hallmark projects such as ‘Aurora Teagarden Mystery’, ‘A Christmas Detour’, ‘Switched for Christmas’, ‘A Shoe’ Addict’s Christmas’, ‘Christmas Town’ and ‘If I Only Had Christmas’.


John Brotherton as Ben

The actor has been doing stage shows since the age of 10 and made his acting debut with the 2005 movie ‘Pervert’. However, he received his first major acting role in the 2007 TV series ‘One Life to Live’. The actor was a part of the series for three years and garnered a lot of praise for his acting. Since then, Brotherton has made appearances in several blockbuster projects such as ‘Friends with Benefits’, ‘Dexter’, ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’, and ‘Fairly Legal’.

The actor received worldwide recognition with the horror flick ‘The Conjuring’ in which he played the role of Brad Hamilton, a police officer who helps the Warrens.




He was recently seen in ‘Family Reunion’ and ‘American Horror Stories’. 

Barbara Niven as Donna


Niven is one of the prominent names in the industry right now and has a career spanning over 30 years. She made her debut in 1986 with the movie ‘Promise’. Interestingly, her debut also came in a Hallmark film that was released in 1986. She served for three years on the National Board of Directors for the Screen Actors Guild. Niven also played the iconic Marilyn Monroe in the HBO film ‘The Rat Pack’.

The veteran has multiple credits for Hallmark as well. Some of the Hallmark projects she has appeared on include ‘A Carol Christmas’, ‘Back to You and Me’, ‘Moonlight & Mistletoe’, ‘A Christmas Detour’, ‘Christmas in Evergreen’, ‘Love Takes Flight’ and ‘USS Christmas’. 




BJ Harrison as Martha

The actress has been a part of the industry since 1990 and worked in several hit ventures. Making her debut in 1990 with the TV series ‘Neon Rider’, Harrison has gone on to play supporting roles on various TV shows and movies like ‘Beyond Betrayal’, ‘The X-Files’, ‘The Christmas List’, ‘I’ve Been Waiting For You’ and ‘Battlestar Gallactica’.

She has also made appearances in shows like ‘Fringe’, ‘Supernatural’, and ‘Cold Blood’.

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘The Killing’, ‘Impostors’, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’, and ‘Maid’ are some of the projects she has been a part of.




Advah Soudack as Mia

Born and brought up in Canada, she grew up performing and singing in professional theatre productions around the country. Advah studied at The University of Alberta where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in acting. She made her debut in the entertainment industry in 2009 with ‘What Goes Up’. The actress voiced the character of Seita in the blockbuster animated series ‘Gintama’.


Advah Soudack (IMDb/Karolina Turek)


Excited about ‘The Christmas Contest’? Catch the enchanting love story on Hallmark Channel on Sunday, November 28, at 8 pm EST. 


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