Nikki DeLoach to Star in Fourth Hallmark Christmas Movie (Exclusive)
Nikki DeLoach is heading home for the holidays.
The former Awkward star and Hallmark Channel favorite is set to star in her fourth Christmas movie, Two Turtle Doves, ET has learned exclusively.
Michael Rady (Timeless, Jane the Virgin), also starring in his fourth holiday film, will play DeLoach's love interest.
In the upcoming film, named after a lyric from "The 12 Days of Christmas," Dr. Sharon Hayes (DeLoach) searches for a beloved family heirloom in a small Christmas town. When she unexpectedly discovers an adorable little girl and her disheartened father (Rady), she realizes that Christmas miracles really do happen.
Previously, DeLoach has toplined 2015's Christmas Land, 2016's A Dream of Christmas and last year's Reunited at Christmas. Rady last starred in 2016's Christmas in Homestead, 2017's A Joyous Christmas and 2018's Christmas at Pemberley Manor.
Hallmark is knee-deep in lining up its original holiday movies this year, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of Countdown to Christmas.
Earlier this year, Hallmark banked its first Christmas film, The Christmas Song, starring Kristin Chenoweth and Scott Wolf; has cast Legacies star Matthew Davis and Jodie Sweetin in two others; and is reuniting One Tree Hill's Chad Michael Murray and Torrey DeVitto in a third movie, which has a To All the Boys I've Loved Before twist. While 2018 saw a record-breaking 38 Christmas movies, Hallmark will top that with 40 this year.
"I think that our challenge to our team is to find casts that we haven't worked with yet," Michelle Vicary, Executive VP of Programming and Network Publicity at Crown Media Family Networks, told ET in February, adding that it's important to "continue to deliver on the brand and do more of what we do and make people feel good and make them want to buy socks and mugs and decorate their towns like a Hallmark Christmas movie. Someone said it to me the other day that Hallmark is a movement for people that want to feel positive and so, we are here to be bigger and bolder in that way."
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