Scarlett O'Connor

Played by Clare Bowen


Scarlett grew up on a farm near Natchez. Miss., never dreaming she’d become a performer like her uncle Deacon. She instead gravitated toward poetry, and her love of writing earned her a scholarship to college, where she met her then boyfriend Avery.

Much has changed since then, with Scarlett going on to date and break up with Avery’s pal Gunnar, and the young songbird launching a professional music career on country star Rayna Jaymes’ music label Highway 65. The pressures of fame and touring took a toll on Scarlett, who turned to pills to cope and had a very public meltdown on stage. She continues to write songs and appears to be easing her way back into the spotlight.

MEET THE CAST: Rayna James | Juliette Barnes | Deacon Claybourne | Scarlett O'Connor | Teddy Conrad | Avery Barkley | Will Lexington | Maddie Conrad | Gunnar Scott | Daphne Conrad | Jeff Fordham | Luke Wheeler


Clare Bowen has enjoyed a flourishing career in film, theatre and television. A native Australian, she has appeared in several of her home country’s iconic television dramas, including “Home and Away,” the medical drama “All Saints,” “The Cut” and the critically acclaimed comedy, “Chandon.”

Shortly after graduating from the University of Wollongong in 2009, Bowen was offered a lead role in the highly controversial feature film, “The Combination,” directed by David Field. This was followed by a major role in the thriller “The Clinic,” which screened at several international film festivals, and the independent film “Not Suitable for Children,” alongside Ryan Kwanten.

In her U.S. film debut, she starred as the female lead in the western, “Dead Man’s Burden,” which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2012 and was released on May 3, 2013 in limited theaters.

In 2012 Bowen was cast as a series regular alongside Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere in the ABC musical drama television series “Nashville.” Written by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri, Bowen plays the sweet and talented singer Scarlett O’Connor. She performs on both of Season One’s soundtracks, which at press time had sold over 2 million tracks.

A gifted singer, Bowen has performed in several theatre productions. In her most recent production, she starred as the lead role of Wendla in the Geordie Brookman-directed rock musical, “Spring Awakening,” under the co-artistic direction of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Bowen was born and raised in the South Coast of Australia.