Poppy Drayton

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Poppy Drayton
Poppy Gabriella Drayton

(1991-06-07) 7 June 1991 (age 27)
Surrey, England
Years active2012–present

Poppy Gabriella Drayton (born 7 June[1] 1991[2]) is a British actress. She is known for playing Elizabeth Thatcher in the feature-length Hallmark Channel television pilot of When Calls the Heart, and for playing Amberle Elessedil in the MTV fantasy drama series The Shannara Chronicles.

Life and career[edit]

Drayton graduated from the Arts Educational School in Chiswick.[2][3]

In 2013 Drayton was cast in her first major role in the Hallmark Channel television movie pilot for When Calls the Heart, in which she played Elizabeth Thatcher (a role that was taken over by Erin Krakow in the subsequent television series).[4][5] This was followed by a role in the 2013 Downton Abbey Christmas special.[2][3]

The following year Drayton was cast as Amberle Elessedil, one of the lead roles in the MTV fantasy drama series The Shannara Chronicles;[6][7] the series premiered on 5 January 2016. In February 2016 Drayton was cast in the titular role in newly launched MVP Studios' film The Little Mermaid (originally titled A Little Mermaid), an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story.[8][9][10]

Drayton has also done stage work, appearing in The Green Bay Tree at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London in 2014.[11]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Emily Emily Short film
2014 Down Dog Amy
2015 Unhallowed Ground Verity Wickes
2015 Writers Retreat Jo
2018 The Little Mermaid Elizabeth [10]
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2013 When Calls the Heart Elizabeth Thatcher Television movie (Hallmark)
2013 Downton Abbey Madeleine Allsopp Episode: "The London Season"
2014 Father Brown Selina McKinley Episode: "The Ghost in the Machine"
2014 Midsomer Murders Summer Haleston Episode: "The Killings of Copenhagen"
2014 Plebs Cordelia Episode: "The Phallus"
2016–2017 The Shannara Chronicles Amberle Elessedil Main role (season 1); guest role (season 2)
2018 Home by Spring Loretta Johnson Television movie (Hallmark)
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2017 Dark Souls III Shira, Knight of Filianore


  1. ^ Birthday from: Poppy Drayton [@PoppyDrayton] (8 January 2016). "@amberlestan @wilohmsfrd June 7th" (Tweet). Retrieved 2016-01-18 – via Twitter. , in response to @amberlestan (8 January 2016). "@PoppyDrayton whens your bday we want to know" (Tweet). Retrieved 2016-01-18 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c Jess Denham (25 December 2013). "Downton Abbey Christmas special: Poppy Drayton talks life on set playing new girl Madeleine Allsop". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-01-18. ...Drayton, as the 22-year-old confesses not to have been a “Downton addict”...
  3. ^ a b Jon Coates (11 August 2013). "Downton Abbey set to make Poppy Drayton a household name". Daily Express. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  4. ^ "Hallmark Channel Adds Second Original Series 'When Calls The Heart', Renews 'Home & Family'". Deadline Hollywood. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  5. ^ ""When Calls the Heart," Hallmark Channel's Newest Original Primetime Series Kicks Off with a 2-Hour Special Extended Pilot on October 5" (Press release). Hallmark Channel. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 2016-01-11 – via The Futon Critic.
  6. ^ Nellie Andreeva (13 November 2014). "Poppy Drayton To Star In MTV 'Shannara' Series Based On Terry Brooks' Books". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  7. ^ Maureen Ryan (4 January 2016). "TV Review: 'The Shannara Chronicles'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  8. ^ Lindsay MacDonald (February 23, 2016). "Poppy Drayton is the second live-action 'Little Mermaid'". Zap2It. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  9. ^ Dave McNary (February 23, 2016). "Shirley MacLaine Starring in 'A Little Mermaid' Movie". Variety. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  10. ^ a b AJ Caulfield (10 March 2017). "The Little Mermaid live-action film trailer unveiled". Looper. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  11. ^ Matt Wolf (3 December 2014). "In Sondheim Musical, a Clamorous Portrait of Psychosis". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-01-11. ...the comely Leonora (Poppy Drayton, giving the best performance of the night).

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