Netflix has a growing reputation for giving upcoming and unexpected acting talent a chance to shine, including the actress who plays Noreen in Sweet Magnolias.

Netflix may be best known for its big-budget TV dramas such as Stranger Things and The Witcher but the streaming service has actually been serving a crucial purpose in recent years.

As well as starring plenty of big-name talent in its films and TV series, Netflix has also been keen on giving up and coming or unexpected actors a chance to shine.

That’s exactly the case in Netflix’s newest arrival, Sweet Magnolias and the character of Noreen Fitzgibbons.

But just who plays this key character in the Netflix drama?

Sweet Magnolias on Netflix

Sweet Magnolias was released on Netflix on May 19th, 2020.

The 10-episode season, which is based on the Sherryl Woods novels of the same name, tells the story of three women from the fictional town of Serenity, South Carolina.

Maddie, Dana Sue and Helen are there to support each other through relationship, career and life mishaps.


Who plays Noreen in Sweet Magnolias?

  • Noreen Fitzgibbons is played in Sweet Magnolias by Jamie Lynn Spears.

Noreen is a nurse who, thanks to a much-discussed relationship with a doctor, is pregnant. She is seen as ‘the other woman’ in Sweet Magnolias and is often judged thanks to the circumstances surrounding her pregnancy.

Jamie Lynn Spears, who is 29 years old at the time of writing, was born in McComb, Mississippi in April 1991 to parents James and Lynne Spears.

She is the younger sister of singing sensation, Britney Spears.

Jamie Lynn has been a singer and actress since her childhood but her appearance in Sweet Magnolias will be her first in over a decade after taking a long career hiatus after it was announced in 2007 that she was pregnant at the age of 16.

Away from the screen, Jamie Lynn Spears is active on social media, particularly Instagram, where she has over 1.9 million followers.

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Jamie Lynn Spears: Films and TV

As mentioned, Jamie Lynn Spears began her acting career in her childhood, with her first professional role coming in 2002 when she appeared alongside her sister, Britney, in the film Crossroads.

Since then, Jamie Lynn has gone on to appear in just seven acting roles, the biggest of which came in the TV series All That, Miss Guided and, of course, Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101 where she starred as the lead character between 2005 and 2008.

Sweet Magnolias’ Noreen is Jamie Lynn Spears’ first acting role in a whopping 12 years but after an impressive return to our screens, we’re sure it won’t be the last we see of her.

Sweet Magnolias is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on May 19th, 2020.

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