Where Has Shannon Purser Been Since Getting Killed Off Of Stranger Things?

Shannon Purser made her acting debut in 2016 as Barbara “Barb” Holland in the Netflix sci-fi horror drama series Stranger Things. As fans of the show know, her character ends up dying in the Upside Down in season one — something plenty of fans still can’t get over.



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While Shannon Purser isn’t a recurring cast member on Stranger Things anymore (and some believe the show ruined her career), the actress has kept herself busy over the past couple of years. Keep on scrolling to see just which projects Shannon Purser participated in since saying goodbye to the sci-fi drama. Spoiler alert — quite a few of them are also Netflix projects!

9 Riverdale

Kicking the list off is the Netflix teen drama Riverdale which premiered in January 2017. In it, Shannon Purser portrays Ethel Muggs, and she stars alongside KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, and Madelaine Petsch. Riverdale is based on the characters of Archie Comics, and it currently holds a 6.6 rating on IMDb. In March 2022, the teen drama was renewed for a seventh and final season, which is set to premiere in 2023.

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8 Sierra Burgess Is A Loser

Next on the list is the 2018 Netflix teen comedy-drama Sierra Burgess Is a Loser in which Shannon Purser portrays the titular character.

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Apart from Purser, the movie also stars Kristine Froseth, RJ Cyler, Noah Centineo, Loretta Devine, and Giorgia Whigham. The movie is a modern adaptation of the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, and it currently has a 5.8 rating on IMDb.

7 The First Lady

In 2022, Shannon Purser could be seen as Peg in an episode of the anthology drama The First Lady. The show stars Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gillian Anderson, O. T. Fagbenle, and Dakota Fanning — and it follows the life and family events of three First Ladies of the United States: Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama. The First Lady premiered on Showtime in April 2022, and it currently holds a 6.6 rating on IMDb.


6 Rise

Let’s move on to the musical drama show Rise which premiered on NBC in March 2018. In it, Shannon Purser plays Annabelle Bowman in all 10 episodes of season one. Apart from Purser, the show also stars Josh Radnor, Marley Shelton, Auliʻi Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, and Shirley Rumierk. Rise is inspired by the 2013 book Drama High by Michael Sokolove, and it currently holds a 6.7 rating on IMDb. Unfortunately, the show got canceled in May 2018 after only one season.

5 Wish Upon

The 2017 supernatural horror movie Wish Upon is next. In it, Shannon Purser plays June Acosta, and she stars alongside Joey King, Ki Hong Lee, Sydney Park, Elisabeth Rohm, and Ryan Phillippe.

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The movie tells the story of a teenage girl who gets a magic music box that gives seven wishes — but each wish kills someone close to her. Wish Upon was made on a budget of $12 million, and it ended up grossing $23.5 million at the box office. The movie currently holds a 5.0 rating on IMDb.


4 Equal

Next on the list is the 2020 docuseries Equal which showcases landmark events and leaders in LGBTQ history — and it is a mixture of archival footage and scripted reenactments. In it, Shannon Purser plays Del Martin, and she stars alongside Samira Wiley, Jamie Clayton, and Anthony Rapp. Equal premired on HBO Max in October 2020, and it currently has a 6.6 rating on IMDb. The show consists of four episodes.

3 Room 104

Let’s move on to the anthology show Room 104 which premiered in July 2017 on HBO. Shannon Purser portrayed Megan in an episode of season four which aired in 2020. Room 104 ended up running for four seasons before it concluded in October 2020.The show currently has a 6.1 rating on IMDb.

2 Shadow Kingdom: The Early Songs Of Bob Dylan

In 2021, Shannon Purser could be seen as a Club Member in the 2021 concert movie Shadow Kingdom: The Early Songs of Bob Dylan. The movie was shot on a soundstage in Santa Monica, California over the course of seven days in early 2021. As of writing, Shadow Kingdom: The Early Songs of Bob Dylan has a 9.0 rating on IMDb.


1 Final Space

And finally, wrapping the list up is the animated adult space opera comedy drama Final Space which premiered on TBS in February 2018. In four episodes of the show, Shannon Purser is the voice behind Shannon Thunder. The rest of the show’s voice cast includes Olan Rogers, David Tennant, Coty Galloway, Steven Yeun, and Tom Kenny. In 2021, Final Space got canceled after three seasons. Currently, the show holds an 8.2 rating on IMDb.

As far as any upcoming projects go, according to Shannon Purser’s IMDb profile, she doesn’t have any as of writing.

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