Brendan Penny

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Brendan Penny
Brendan Penny 2014.jpg
Penny at the 2014 Leo Awards
Born Brendan James Penny
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present

Brendan James Penny is a Canadian film and television actor who first became well known to TV audiences as "A.J. Varland" in the first season of Whistler that aired in Canada from 2006-2008. He is perhaps best known as Detective Brian Lucas in Motive, a Canadian Crime drama centered on a team of Vancouver Homicide detectives, also starring Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira and Lauren Holly, that aired from 2013-2016. Brendan is currently starring as Kevin O'Brien in the family drama series "Chesapeake Shores" which premiered on August 14, 2016 to much fanfare and critical acclaim. The series is shot on location on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. A well known and beloved actor in the Canadian film scene, Brendan Penny's incredible talents are indisputable and it is easy to see why this warm, genuine, charming man with such diverse and immersive performing abilities is poised on the verge of international stardom.

Early life and career[edit]

Penny was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and grew up in both Ottawa and London. He attended Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, earning a BS in Accounting. He later attended the Lyric School of Acting, Vancouver, British Columbia, where he had moved in 2002 to pursue an acting career. After several television roles, he became known to audiences for playing A.J. Varland in Whistler.[1][2]

Penny has had various roles in television series such as Kyle XY and Supernatural. His first lead role was in Whistler. He appeared in a recurring role in Stargate: Atlantis as Todd the Wraith. His roles include shows such as Diamonds, Smallville, Blade: The Series, and The L Word. Penny starred in The Assistants and appeared as Sean in I Love You, Beth Cooper. In a main cast role, he plays Detective Brian Lucas in Motive.[3]


Year Film Role Other notes
2005 When Jesse Was Born Spanky
2005 LTD. Pete Main role
2006 John Tucker Must Die Teammate #1 Canada: French title: John Tucker doit mourir
2008 The Ex-Convict's Guide to Surviving House Arrest Parole Officer 3
Poison Ivy: The Secret Society Will Mitchell Television movie
Thomas Kinkade's Home for Christmas Eugene
Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures Ben
2009 I Love You, Beth Cooper Sean Supporting role
Held Hostage Chris Clark/Money One Aired July 19, 2009, television movie
Year Series Role Other notes
2003 Jake 2.0 Rollerblader Episode: "Training Day"
2006 Supernatural Steve "Scarecrow" (Season 1, Episode 11)
2005–2006 The L Word Coleman Alt/Young PA 3 episodes; 2 as Coleman Alt, 1 as Young PA
2006 Kyle XY Wes "Memory Serves" (Season 1, Episode 8)
Whistler A.J. Varland 13 episodes, series regular in season 1
Blade: The Series Zed "Hunters" (Season 1, Episode 10)
Smallville Wagner "Sneeze" (Season 6, Episode 2)
2008 Stargate: Atlantis Wraith technician/Male Wraith 2 episodes; 1 as Wraith technician, 1 as Male Wraith
2008–2009 Diamonds Tom Anderson "Part One" (Season 1, Episode 1)
"Part Two" (Season 1, Episode 2)
2009–2010 The Assistants Danny Newell Lead role
2013–2016 Motive Detective Brian Lucas Supporting role}
2015 'Tis The Season for Love Hallmark Channel made-for-TV movie
2016 Autumn in the Vineyard Hallmark Channel made-for-TV movie
2016 Chesapeake Shores Hallmark Channel TV series
2017 A Dash of Love Hallmark Channel TV Movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Nominated Work
2007 Leo Award Nominated Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series Whistler


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed September 28, 2014.
  2. ^ Profile Archived September 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.,; accessed September 28, 2014.
  3. ^ Brendan Penny at the Internet Movie Database