Shannon Purser

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Shannon Purser
Shannon Purser by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Purser at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1997-06-27) June 27, 1997 (age 22)
Alma materKennesaw State University
Years active2016–present
Home townRoswell, Georgia

Shannon Purser (born June 27, 1997) is an American actress. She made her acting debut in the Netflix drama series Stranger Things as Barbara "Barb" Holland,[2] and portrays Ethel Muggs in The CW's teen drama series Riverdale.[3] She made her film debut in the 2017 horror film Wish Upon.[4]


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.[5][6] This role brought Purser to international fame,[7][8] and earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination.[9]

Purser portrays Ethel Muggs in The CW's teen drama series Riverdale.[10] In 2018, she played the titular role in the film Sierra Burgess Is a Loser.[11] She also had a minor role in the comedy film Life of the Party, which ended up being cut.[4][12] Purser also 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.

Personal life[edit]

Purser is currently attending Kennesaw State University. She formerly worked at a movie theater in her hometown, in Roswell, Georgia,[13][14] but quit in order to focus on acting. On April 18, 2017, Purser came out as bisexual in a Twitter post.[15]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2016–2017 Stranger Things Barbara "Barb" Holland 4 episodes
2017 Wish Upon June Acosta Film
2017–present Riverdale Ethel Muggs 12 episodes
2018 Sierra Burgess Is a Loser Sierra Burgess Direct-to-video film
2018 Rise Annabelle Bowman 10 episodes
2018–present Final Space N/A 3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result Ref.
2017 Stranger Things Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [16]


  1. ^ Radloff, Jessica (August 17, 2016). "Why Shannon Purser A.K.A. Barb Had to Quit Her Movie Theater Job Because of Stranger Things". Glamour. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  2. ^ Chaney, Jen (July 27, 2016). "Stranger Things' Shannon Purser on Playing Barb". Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  3. ^ Osborn, Alex (August 30, 2016). "Stranger Things Actress Shannon Purser Joins Riverdale". IGN. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Gardner, Chris. "Barb Takes Hollywood: 'Stranger Things' Breakout Meets Casting Directors and Lands a Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  5. ^ Coates, Tyler (August 1, 2016). "This 19-Year-Old Unknown Actress Just Became an '80s Cult Icon". Esquire. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  6. ^ Moylan, Brian (July 25, 2016). "Praise Barb, Stranger Things' Best Character". Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  7. ^ Radlof, Jessica (August 17, 2016). "Why Shannon Purser A.K.A. Barb Had to Quit Her Movie Theater Job Because of Stranger Things". Glamour.
  8. ^ Hogan, Michael (December 17, 2016). "Shannon Purser: 'People have actually had Barb's face tattooed on their bodies'". The Guardian. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  9. ^ Mitovich, Matt (July 13, 2017). "Emmy Nominations: SNL, Westworld, FEUD and Stranger Things Lead Pack, Freshman Hit This Is Us Scores 11 Nods". TVLine.
  10. ^ Evry, Max (August 30, 2016). "Riverdale Cast Adds Shannon Purser and Robin Givens". Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  11. ^ Hipes, Patrick (January 5, 2017). "'Stranger Things' Shannon Purser To Star In 'Sierra Burgess Is A Loser'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
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  13. ^ Mulkerin, Tim (July 29, 2016). "She has worked on the stage for several years, and this was her first TV role. The breakout star from 'Stranger Things' still has a surprisingly normal day job". Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  14. ^ Strong, Mary (August 20, 2016). "'Stranger Things'; Shannon Purser Quits Her Day Job". Inquisitr.
  15. ^ Moniuszko, Sara (April 19, 2017). "'Stranger Things' star Shannon Purser comes out as bi, addresses queerbaiting". USA Today. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  16. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (July 13, 2017). "Barb From 'Stranger Things' Scores Unexpected Emmy Nomination". Variety.

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