Purser at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
|Alma mater||Kennesaw State University|
Shannon Purser (born June 27, 1997) is an American actress. She made her acting debut as Barbara "Barb" Holland in the Netflix drama series Stranger Things (2016–2017), for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
Purser made her film debut in the supernatural horror film Wish Upon (2017), and starred in the romantic comedy Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018). She also portrays the recurring role of Ethel Muggs in the CW teen drama series Riverdale (2017–present).
Purser was born on June 27, 1997 in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2016, Purser was attending Kennesaw State University. She formerly worked at a movie theater in her hometown, in Roswell, Georgia, but quit in order to focus on acting.
Purser made her acting debut in the Netflix science fiction drama series Stranger Things. She portrayed the character Barbara Holland, an intelligent and outspoken girl, who is the best friend of Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer). Despite her only being a minor character, several outlets called Barb one of their favorite characters. This role brought Purser to international fame, and earned her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
Purser portrays Ethel Muggs in The CW's teen drama series Riverdale. In 2018, she played the titular role in the film Sierra Burgess Is a Loser. She had a minor role in the comedy film Life of the Party, which ended up being cut. Purser played Annabelle Bowman, a member of the drama troupe at Stanton High, in the drama Rise, and read the audiobook of Leah on the Offbeat.
|2017||Wish Upon||June Acosta|
|2018||Sierra Burgess Is a Loser||Sierra Burgess|
|2016–2017||Stranger Things||Barbara "Barb" Holland||7 episodes|
|2017–present||Riverdale||Ethel Muggs||13 episodes|
|2018||Rise||Annabelle Bowman||10 episodes|
|2018–2019||Final Space||Shannon Thunder (voice)||4 episodes|
|2020||Room 104||Megan||1 episode|
|Equal||Del Martin||Docuseries, 1 episode|
|2020||Day by Day||Betty Lannon||Episode: "Winnie, Betty, and..."|
Awards and nominations
|2017||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Stranger Things||Nominated|||
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