Who is upcoming star Riele Downs?

By Kieran Burt
Published: December 2, 2022 (Last updated: February 8, 2024)

This article discusses who Riele Downs is and if she’s still acting, what movies she’s been in, and if she’s married to Jace Norman.  

Riele Downs has attracted a lot of attention lately with her latest film Darby and the Dead, which is coming to Hulu on December 2. The actress is still quite young but has garnered some press because of her role in the TV show Henry Danger. She’s been in a handful of other movies and TV shows as well. But her time on Henry Danger has followed her, with fans still wondering if she and the show’s lead were a couple and even got married.

Who is Riele Downs?

Riele Downs is a young actress from Canada who has risen to prominence thanks to her breakout role in Henry Danger.

Her best friend is Lizzy Greene, who Riele met when they were both working on Henry Danger. Riele was also close to co-star Jace Norman, resulting in many fans speculating that they were dating and even getting married.

Riele has been nominated for the USA Kids’ Choice Awards in 2020 as the favorite female TV star for her time on Henry Danger, but she did not win.

She is also a political activist, using her Instagram to advocate for causes she believes in, including the Black Lives Matter movement. Talking to Glitter magazine in 2020, she spoke about the importance of representation in the film and entertainment industry, her belief in systemic racism in the USA and Canada, and the need to create stories centered on a broad range of personalities and dynamics.

Fashion is something that also appeals to Riele, and she has actually designed some of her own clothes and has posted them to her Instagram.

Is Riele Downs still acting?

Riele is still acting. In fact, she’s just getting started. Her latest film, Darby and the Dead comes out on December 2. Riele stars as The titular Darby Harper, a girl whose near-death experience granted her the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Darby gets used to her powers, but it gets more complicated when her high school rival Capri (Auli’i Cravalho) dies unexpectedly and refuses to move to the afterlife.

People were concerned that the actress had died due to a fake Facebook post shared in 2021 claiming that she was dead. Nickelodeon put out a statement to correct the post to confirm that she is still alive.

As Riele is still quite young, it’s quite likely that her acting career will continue for some time yet, alongside her fashion work and political activism.

How old is Riele Downs?

Riele was born in 2001, making her 21 years old. She started acting when she was 3 years old, meaning she’s acting for 18 years of her life. In an interview with Glitter magazine, Riele revealed that her primary reason for getting into acting was because of her mum, saying, “when she noticed my sister and I making up skits and filming our own little movies, she decided to put both of us in the business officially.”

Where is Riele Downs from?

Riele is from the city of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, in the USA, and splits her time between there and Toronto.  If she is ever feeling homesick, she should watch the Top 5 Things To Do When You’re Home Sick video that she, Jace Norman, and Ella Anderson created while they were together for Henry Danger.

What movies has Riele Downs been in?

Despite being only 21, Riele has already been in several films and TV shows. Her first role was playing Amelia Mercer in the film Four Brothers, which came out in 2005. Three years later, in 2008, she would appear in the comedy Confessions of a Porn Addict as the neighbor’s kid.

She is most known for her breakout role as Charlotte in Henry Danger, a comedy series about Henry Hart and his antics as the sidekick of Captain Man. Charlotte is a co-worker and friend of Henry and often helps him when he needs it. The series ran for five seasons, spanning from 2014 to 2020. Riele has also lent her voice as Charlotte to the animated spin-off show The Adventures of Kid Danger, which ran for one season in 2018.

But Riele’s best critically reviewed movie came out a year before Henry Danger started. In 2013, Riele played the character of Faith Sullivan in The Best Man Holiday, a sequel to The Best Man, released in 1999. The Best Man Holiday is about a group of college friends reuniting over the Christmas holidays and discovering how easy it is for old romances and rivalries to be restarted. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film got a 70% critic score.

Incidentally, the movie with the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score that Riele has been in is Darby and the Dead, with a current 44% critic score, but that will probably change in a few days.

Riele has also been in Ruby Skye P.I.: The Maltese Puppy, which was released in 2014. This is about the teen detective Ruby Skye trying to solve three mysteries at once while trying to avoid creating a long list of enemies. Riele plays Kat, the rightful owner of Nicki, the dog.

Tiny Christmas that released in 2017. Riele played Emma, one of the kids that accidentally gets shrunk down by one of Santa’s elves on Christmas Eve and are forced to navigate several festive perils to make it home for Christmas Day.

Riel has also had guest appearances on the TV shows Rookie Blue, released in 2010, and The After Party, released in 2017.

Is Jace Norman married to Riele Downs? 

While acting in Henry Danger, fans were convinced that Jace Norman was in a romantic relationship with Riele. This was mainly fuelled by the fact that Henry and Charlotte had a close friendship in the show, and fans wondered if this extended beyond the camera.

In actuality, they are not married, not in a romantic relationship, and haven’t had one in the past. Both actors have said that they are just friends and co-workers, similar to Charlotte and Henry in Henry Danger.

Both Riele and Jace are currently single.

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