|First appearance||'Pilot' (October 10, 2012)|
|Created by||Callie Khouri|
|Portrayed by||Jonathan Jackson|
|Full name||Avery Silas Barkley|
|Occupation||Singer-songwriter, producer, tour manager|
|Affiliation||Highway 65 Records|
|Family||Sandra Barkley (mother), Carl Barkley (father)|
|Spouse||Juliette Barnes (2015)|
|Significant other||Layla Grant, Scarlett O'Connor, Marilyn Rhodes|
|Children||Cadence Barkley (b. 2016)|
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Avery Barkley is a fictional character and a main character ABC/CMT musical drama series Nashville. Avery is portrayed by actor Jonathan Jackson since the pilot episode, which aired on October 10, 2012.
Avery's desire to achieve his dream of fame brings him much conflict at first, leading him to become involved with Marilyn Rhodes to further his chances of making it big, causing him to break up with Scarlett. However, he finds that he is being made into someone he's not, and he has lost his sound. He has also lost his band, having to drop them to become a famous solo artist. He realizes who he's become and burns his master tapes, thus ending his moment of favor with the popular music industry. He experiences a financial and emotional fall that humbles him. He has to start over again at the bottom, having lost everyone, he becomes a roadie on Juliette's tour.
Avery is back home from Juliette's tour. He is left with no job, or place to turn so he begins to write with Gunnar and Zoey Dalton, and eventually decide to form their own band. Avery and Scarlett also reconcile for a short while, but breakup when she realizes he has feelings for Juliette (as he has since they briefly met in season one). After Juliette is publicly humiliated when a video of her rebuking a heckler is doctored so that she says there is no God, Avery visits her to find her passed out drunk on her bed. When she comes to, he says he and Scarlett broke up and he decides to cheer her up by taking her busking disguised. It works and she requests that they write a song together." This helps build the two's friendship, and underlying romance. Avery becomes one of the few people to be a friend for Juliette when she needs one. After Juliette is fired by Jeff, she goes to see Avery, knowing he is a friend, and the two end up sleeping together, the start of their romance. Juliette, is a huge star, and Avery is not, which leads to Avery having insecurities. This leads to the two having a fight, Juliette getting drunk, and going to the BMI music part alone, where she sleeps with Jeff. Gunnar spots the two together and tells Zoey, leading them to telling Avery, just when Juliette was about to tell him. He breaks up with her, feeling betrayed, leaving her.
The season starts, and Avery is miserable without Juliette, staying at home, drinking. In the premiere, he decides to return to Mississippi with Scarlett, but Gunnar ends up going with them as he tries to stop Scarlett from leaving. Avery gets in multiple drunken fights as he is very miserable. Juliette finds out she is pregnant, and lets Avery know while he is doing community service, after having been arrested after one of his drunk fights (Juliette bailed him out). Avery ultimately decides to have a role in their child's life, but does not want to get back together with Juliette. At the CMA Awards, the pair meet Avery's parents, who do not like Juliette, having heard all about her. Juliette reveals that night that they are having a baby girl. Later in the season, Avery turns to producing albums, Sadie Stone's in particular. Juliette is jealous of this, but still loves Avery very much and gets Avery the producing job. Juliette asks Avery to move in with her temporarily while the baby is young. Avery accepts, but in the midseason finale, decides he cannot take it any longer, and proposes to her. The two elope in a court house seconds later, no one from the cast is present. The two plan to take a proper honeymoon after the baby is born. In the second half of the season, Avery goes on tour with his new band, The Triple Exes. He rushes back home when Juliette goes into labor, and later drops out of the band. After Cadence is born, Juliette struggles from severe post-partum depression, and after a series of erratic behavior, ignoring her daughter, only caring about her career, and throwing a snow globe at Avery while holding Cadence, Avery is forced to leave Juliette, once again, in the finale.
Avery has taken an active role in raising his and Juliette's daughter, as she has ignored the two completely. He later cannot take her horrible behavior, and asks for a divorce and full custody of Cadence, to which she accepts. He has no money, so he becomes forced to record jingles for commercials. Juliette enters rehab, and Avery is forced to lie about her whereabouts, and their marital status, until she comes out with the truth. Layla, to get back at Juliette for her treatment of her, sets her sights on Avery for her next album, and band manager. Avery later tries to date again, which fails. When Juliette gets out of rehab, she seeks more time with Cadence, and Avery accepts. Layla, in her revenge plot, makes a relationship with Avery, angering Juliette and making her jealous, she and Avery later take it to sleeping together. However, she blackmails and lies to Avery, constantly leaking things about their relationship to the press, trying to hurt Juliette. In the season finale, Avery tells Layla that Juliette wants to see Cadence, but she gets angry not wanting Juliette to be around her or Avery. After Juliette told Layla that she was the reason for Jeff's death, in the finale, she leaks the truth to the press, Avery finds out, and realizes her true ways, calls her crazy and breaks up with her. Moments before he and Juliette finally reunite, he is informed that Juliette's plane had an engine go out, and is missing.
Juliette survives the plane crash, causing her and Avery to realize how much they care about each other. They appear to wear their wedding rings again. Avery gets an offer to open on a tour for seven weeks, and initially denies it, but realizes he needs to do something for himself, and leaves.
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