Heather Donahue - Updated May 2024

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Heather Donahue

Heather Donahue is a well-known writer, businesswoman, and former actress from the United States. Heather Donahue is known for her roles as Heather in the 1999 film “The Blair Witch Project” and Mary Crawford in the miniseries “Taken.”

Early Life 

On the 22nd of December 1974, Heather Donahue was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, the United States of America. She is 49 years old as of 2024 and holds American nationality. Meanwhile, she has a birth sign of Capricorn, and her ethical background and religious beliefs are still a secret. 

She is the daughter of her father James Donahue, and her mother Joan Donahue. Professionally, her mother is an office manager while her father is a printer. However, there is not much known about her early childhood days. Similarly, it is still a mystery whether she has any siblings or not.

Heather Donahue

Caption: Heather Donahue’s childhood photo (Source: Instagram)


Talking about her academic career, Donahue studied at a local private high school near her hometown and completed her early schooling. Later, she enrolled at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia) and completed her graduation in the year 1995 with a BFA in the theater. 

Professional career

Heather Donahue made her first appearance as Sadey in only a single shot of not so famous film called “Crude: Stripped Deep Down.” During the same period, she went to a tryout for a thriller, and one of the necessities was the presence of improvisational abilities, which she assumed she had.

Heather Donahue

Caption: The poster of the 1999 film, The Blair Witch Project (Source: The Movie Database)

Moreover, this actress’s best-known role is in the 1999 found-footage horror film “The Blair Witch Project.” The movie turned out exemplary in that class, and one of the best free movies ever, which added an extensive sum to her total assets. For the film, she and the two other main cast members, Michael C. Williams and Joshua Leonard used their birth names as character names. Later in life, after retiring from acting, she changed her name to Hance. The film was widely praised by both audiences and critics, but Heather received mixed reviews, making it difficult for her to find work for the next two or three years.

Post roles after the movie appearance “The Blair Witch Project”

Later, she appeared as Megan in the 2000 lighthearted comedy “Young Men And Young Ladies”, featuring close by Jason Biggs and Freddie Prinze, Jr., as well as in the film “Home Field Benefit”, playing Wendy Server. She appeared in the film “Seven And A Match” (2001), and around the same time she visitor featured in the television series “As far as possible.”

She also appeared as Claire Linkwood in an episode of the 2001 television series “The Outer Limits.” In 2002, she starred as Molly in the film “New Suit.” During the same year, she was seen playing herself in the television film, “The Big Time.” She also starred as Mary Crawford in the 2002 science fiction miniseries “Taken.”

For her role in the series, she was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television. Next year, she was seen playing the role of Linda Schmidt in an episode of the police procedural drama television series “Without a Trace.”

After two years, she was seen playing the role of Cpl. Keats in the television film “Manticore.”   That same year, she appeared as Stacy Corvelli in the sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” In 2008, she was last seen as Nan in the direct-to-DVD horror film “The Morgue” and the movie was directed by Halder Gormes and Gerson Sanginitto.

Post-career after acting

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Caption: Heather with her book, Growgirl (Source: E! Online)

In the year 2008, she left acting to become a medical marijuana grower. She signed a publishing deal for her debut book Growgirl, about her time as a marijuana grower in 2011. The book was released on January 5, 2012, under the Heather Donahue name by Gotham Books.


During her acting career, she has won three awards and four nominations. In the year 2000, she won the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for Best Actress- “The Blair Witch Project”, the OFTA Film Award for Best Breakthrough Performance: Female, and the Razzie Award for Worst Actress for the same movie.

Heather Donahue – Net Worth 2024

Being a writer, businesswoman, and former actress, she has collected a good sum of money for a living. Meanwhile, her net worth is around $400,000 as of 2022 and her earnings and annual salary are yet to be revealed by her.

Relationship Status

Currently, Heather Donahue is single and unmarried. Moreover, she has not dated anyone at the moment. Meanwhile, it is unknown whether she has dated someone or not in the past. She seems to keep her personal and love life private.

In a 2016 interview with GQ, she discussed the ongoing difficulties she faced as a result of using her birth name in The Blair Witch Project – a name she was still using at the time of the interview.

During the same interview, she revealed that she was writing and planning to produce a sitcom based on her marijuana farming experiences, tentatively titled The High Country. She changed her name from Heather Donahue to Rei Hance sometime after that interview and before 2021.

Body Measurements

Heather Donahue

Caption: Heather posing for a photo (Source: Ravepad)

Donahue stands 5 feet 8 inches tall (173 cm) and weighs around 54 kg (119 lbs). In addition, she has blonde hair with blue eyes and her body measurement measures 33-24-33 inches. Moreover, she wears a bra size of 38 B (US) and a shoe size of 38 (EU).

Heather Donahue – Social Media

On her Instagram page ‘@reihance’ there are over 2k followers. Likewise, there are over 5.7k followers on her Facebook page, and she is not active on Twitter. She has a self-titled YouTube channel ‘@feathernorth’ and there are 303 subscribers as of writing this article.