Studies acting with Milton Katselas at The Beverly Hills Playhouse.
Has built her own official web site where she occasionally communicates with her fans.
Has dual USA and Canadian citizenship.
Speaks at seminars about her personal struggle to overcome an eating disorder.
Was an exceptional student. In the third grade, she did so much extra credit homework that she began suffering from migraines. After a meeting with her parents, teacher and principal, she was barred from doing any homework for the rest of the year.
Had daughter Jessica when she was young.
Ex-sister-in-law of Jamie Niven.
Ex-husband's parents were David Niven and Primula Rollo.
Doing movies for Lifetime and Hallmark and special guest appearances on popular TV series (Cold Case (2003), Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery (2006), Las Vegas (2003)). [April 2007]
Wrapped up filming Heat Wave (2009). [July 2008]
Her daughter, Jessica, is married to Derek, a band member, and mother to a boy, River, and a girl, Sasha.
Barbara Niven plays no part in the movie, Miss Christmas (2017), but whenever photos of the McNary family grandmother are shown in the movie, it is actress Barbara Niven (I) that is shown as the grandmother in those photos.