Morgan Smith (actress)

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Morgan Smith Goodwin
Born (1986-03-29) March 29, 1986 (age 35)
EducationBirmingham-Southern College
Years active2011-present
Known forTV commercial ads as Red, a.k.a. "Wendy's Girl" for Wendy's restaurants in 2012–16
Spouse(s)Dave Ridgway Goodwin (2009-present)

Morgan Smith-Goodwin (born March 29, 1986) is an American actress. She is best known as Red, the "Wendy's Girl" in TV commercial ads for Wendy's restaurants in 2012–16.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born and raised in Cullman, Alabama, Smith-Goodwin entered Birmingham-Southern College to study musical theater. After receiving her degree there, she moved to New York City, where she had performed in concerts, readings, and benefits. She was an original cast member of the Off-Broadway production, Freckleface Strawberry.[2]

Smith-Goodwin appeared as the lead in the Birmingham, Alabama, production of Sweet Charity during October 2011.[2][3] She is currently based in New York City. Smith-Goodwin also appeared in the 2006 drama Circumstance directed by Lena Khan.[citation needed]

Smith-Goodwin gained national attention when she was selected to be the face of Wendy's Restaurants' advertising campaign, titled Now That's Better.[4] Television commercials carrying that theme began airing in April 2012.[1] Naturally a dark blonde, her hair was dyed "orangey red" for the commercial role.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Smith is married to David Ridgway "Dave" Goodwin, manager of Gramercy Tavern in New York City.[2][5][6] The couple have two children, a son and daughter. The family makes their main residence in Los Angeles, shuttling between there and New York City.


  1. ^ a b c Scordo, Lizbeth (July 16, 2014). "Just Who Is That Wendy's Girl?". Yahoo! News. Retrieved July 19, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c Harvey, Alec (September 30, 2011). "Birmingham Exam: Morgan Smith, star of Red Mountain Theatre's 'Sweet Charity'". The Birmingham News. Birmingham, AL. Retrieved 2014-04-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Sweet Charity". Red Mountain Theater Company of Birmingham. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2013-06-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Harvey, Alec (June 4, 2012). "Birmingham's Morgan Smith is new face of Wendy's advertisements". The Birmingham News. Birmingham, AL. Retrieved 2014-04-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Miller, Fred (January 24, 2013). "Morgan Smith Goodwin is the Wendy's Girl". Retrieved 2013-06-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Clothier, Gary (August 6, 2014). "Ask Mr. Know It All". The Vindicator. Youngstown, OH. Retrieved January 16, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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