Who Are the Leading Cast Members of "Nashville," the TV Show?


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Hayden Panattiere stars in a leading role on the ABC series "Nashville." Her character, Juliette Barnes, overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the top-selling country music stars in the world. Panatierre began acting in commercials as a baby, and her resume includes numerous movies and television series.

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Connie Britton plays Rayna Jaymes, a country music legend who is making a career comeback. Britton took the role after ending six seasons on the series "Friday Night Lights" and starring in "Spin City" with Michael J. Fox. Britton also had a recurring role in NBC's "The West Wing."

Charles Esten acts in the role of Rayna Jaymes' love interest, Deacon Claybourne. His character dealt with an alcohol addiction in his past and a liver cancer diagnosis during the show?s third season. Esten is married with three daughters. He became widely known for his comedic improvisation skills early in his career and previously starred on the television show "Whose Line Is It Anyway."

Johnathan Jackson stars as Avery Barkley, a rising country singer and producer. In reality, Jackson sings with a rock band. He began his acting career on a soap opera, winning several daytime Emmy awards. Jackson is also a writer, publishing a novel and a book of poetry.

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