Brittany O’Grady is a young but daring actress, who started her career at the age of three, and couldn’t leave the stage from those early years. She is well-known for her appearances in such series as “Star” and “The Messengers”. Let’s find out more about her current relationship status, net worth, family, etc.
Early life and family
Brittany O’Grady was born on 2 June 1996, in Arlington, Virginia USA, so under the sign of Gemini and holding American nationality. She was born into the family of African, Irish, French and Louisiana Creole descents – her parents are Mike and Monique O’Grady, both having a strong interest in the performing arts. Brittany’s mother participated in various pageants, and was even titled Miss District of Columbia when she was around 16 years old, so Brittany inherited her mother’s passion for performing on stage, dancing and acting.
As of 2019, Monique is a former TV reporter and current PR professional, and a co-founder of the Arlington Montessori Action Committee. Brittany’s father, Mike, is an experienced musician who plays the sax and does a lot of charity events to help people with financial aid. Brittany regularly shares the photos of her parents, cheering their family traditions and strong bond between the members of her family. She also has two siblings, a younger brother named Mike O’Grady Jr. and an older sister Caitlin. Brittany once shared she was born 7 weeks premature, and her parents tried hard to improve her health to compensate for her early birth.
Brittany attended Arlington’s Washington-Lee High School, and also took classes in Drew Model School. After her matriculation in 2013, she entered Pepperdine University, graduating in 2018 with majors in Encore Stage and Studio Theatre.
Brittany once shared she played her first role when she was only three years old – she laughs now as it became a comedic one, playing a baby-angel in her local church pageant, but fell asleep right on stage, with the director returning still sleeping Brittany to her mother. However, Brittany started acting professionally at the age of four, when she was invited to become the face of the “National Food Program”. Along with modelling, she continued acting and participating in various projects.
Brittany’s debut in a theater production outside of her school was in the part of Cindi in “12 Dancing Princesses” at Encore Stage and Studio Theatre, at the age of 10. She still remembers this to be one of her most exciting experiences, as she is still in touch with many cast members as they became friends those times. While in school, she enjoyed playing the Fiancée in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” produced by Synetic Theater, as it helped her to develop her acting skills on stage. Also at 10 years of age, she performed in “The Witches of Eastwick” produced by Signature Theater. She admitted that she felt strong support from the Arlington community, and it helped her to believe in herself and express herself artistically.
After her matriculation from high school Brittany started considering major roles in various TV shows and theatre plays. Thus in 2014 Brittany appeared as a guest star in “Trophy Wife” produced by ABC, and was invited to participate in the “Tabloid” aired on Investigation Discovery, which is a show hosted by Jerry Springer. She was then cast as Alicia in the TV series “The Night Shift” (2014 – 2017), and concurrently in “The Messengers” (2015) in which she played the role of Nadia, and later performed the role of Georgia Beale in the film “Above Suspicion” (2019). She likes to accept invitations from various talk shows, such as “Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show”, “Entertainment Tonight”, “The Real” and “FOX Fall Preview”. Brittany also participated in multiple performances at The White House, and at the Kennedy Center.
The “Star” series
Brittany’s most notable work was her participation in the “Star”, series which was launched in December 2016, sharing the screen with the legendary Queen Latifah, experienced drama actress Jude Demorest, and Ryan Destiny, a young actress and artist. The series tells the story of two sisters who found each other after being separated from a young age, and their pursuing the dreams of becoming professional performers. Brittany sang several songs, which were written and recorded exclusively for the series, such as “I Can Be” and “I Bring Me”. Even though the series now has three seasons, critics haven’t been so positive about the plot and actors’ performances.
Queen Latifah’s acting was beyond praise, but other members of the cast were blamed for mediocrity, and the plot was too stereotypic, clichéd and poor. It is known that the third season was the last one launched on TV; however, in July 2019 the screenwriter of the series, Lee Daniels, announced that the series will end with a finale two-hour movie which is planned to be out in 2020. The announcement is still unconfirmed as neither Fox Entertainment nor 20th Century Fox TV have agreed yet. It is worth saying that despite low ratings, the series featured many guest celebrities, such as Missy Elliott, who played the role of a legendary rapper Pumpkin, Lenny Kravitz, Teyana Taylor, Tasha Smith and many others.
Personal life, boyfriend Ben Huyard
Since 2015, Brittany has been in a romantic relationships with Ben Huyard, an advertising director of Pepperdine University Graphic Media, both often sharing mutual photos on their Instagram accounts, not hiding their relationship. They haven’t announced any updates on their engagement; they don’t have any kids. In April 2019 Ben graduated from Pepperdine University and also participated in an interview made for his University’s study of gendered behavior and stereotypical ideas of masculinity.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Brittany has a strong passion for travelling and uses any opportunity to go for a trip to some place where she can swim in the ocean and enjoy herself on the beach; her boyfriend Ben shares her passion, so they often go travelling together. For example, the visited Padang-Padang Beach in Uluwatu, Koh Yao Yai beaches in Thailand, Hong Kong, Shanghai and many others. Both Ben and Brittany are big dog lovers, and have a dog named Lady. Brittany enjoys skiing. Her favorite dessert is macarons. Brittany likes, as it’s often said, to stop and smell the roses – she likes witnessing and enjoying simple gifts of nature, such as a beautiful cut lemon or a nice flower around her house. She is also a big fan of the British Royal family, especially of Meghan and Harry’s union.
another family photo. New episode of Star premieres tonight. Almost to the finish lineee. ? pic.twitter.com/yB3pmPsVOK
— RYAN DESTINY (@RyanDestiny) May 1, 2019
Social media presence
Brittany is quite active on various social media platforms, and often communicates with her fans. Her Instagram account is followed by almost 800,000 subscribers, and she loves posting her childish, baby and even newborn photos there, especially on her birthdays. Her Twitter is read by over 68,000 people, while her Facebook page is ‘liked’ and followed by almost 23,000 users.
Appearance, clothing style
Brittany has long naturally curly black hair and brown eyes. She is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall and weighs around 121lbs (55kgs); her vital statistics are unavailable at the moment, but one can see she has a slim body, as she is a fan of sports and likes to keep fit.
As to her clothing style, she prefers casual looks and often wears ordinary jeans, T-shirts, plaid shirts and hoodies.
Net worth and salary
According to authoritative sources, Brittany’s current net worth is estimated to be around $700,000, accumulated by working hard on the stage from a young age, developing her skills and pursuing her dream to become a professional actress. Her Instagram is also so popular, that it can earn her up to $4,000 per post. Brittany is signed to several new projects, such as a new movie “Black Christmas”, to be launched by the end of 2019, so her net worth is only going to grow.