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Shannon Purser (born June 27, 1997) is an actress best known for her portrayal of Barbara Holland in the first season of the Netflix original television series Stranger Things.

Barb was Shannon's first acting role. Due to the character's popularity, she has gained a level of fame and interest from other TV and film productions. She was very interested in acting when she was young and took part in her school theatrical adaptations.

Barb was confirmed deceased by The Duffer Brothers in an interview with IGN.

She now portrays Ethel Muggs in CW's Riverdale in a recurring role.



Year Title Role
2017 Wish Upon June Acosta
2018 Sierra Burgess Is a Loser Sierra Burgess


Year Title Role
2016 Stranger Things Barbara "Barb" Holland
2017 Riverdale Ethel Muggs
2018 Rise Annabelle Bowman
2018 Final Space Shannon Thunder

Awards and Nominations

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
2017 Stranger Things Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominated


  • On April 18, 2017, Purser came out as bisexual through Twitter.
  • She once worked in a movie theatre, but quit to focus on acting.
  • Purser is currently attending Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.
  • Her father was an airline pilot and her mother was a flight attendant.
  • Her celebrity crush is Santino Fontana.
  • She has a younger sister.
  • On October 16, 2017, Purser got a tattoo of a candle with wax dripping down the sides, framed by flowers. The meaning of her tattoo means “This tattoo brings back memories of my mom burning sweet smelling candles during the fall and winter and of nights spent in prayer and meditation with the candles lit”.
  • In her Instagram, she texted “Candles have always represented warmth, comfort, and the presence of something higher than ourselves,” she wrote on Instagram. “For me, this is the presence of God.”
  • The tattoo artist was Sophie C'est la Vie.
  • She tweeted “took 3 1/2 hours, but it was totally worth it”.
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