Arrow

Season Premiere Oct. 18 at 9 pm ET on CTV Two

Synopsis

After being gone for five years, during which he suffered unimaginable ordeals, billionaire Oliver Queen returned home to Starling City with a mysterious agenda and a set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. Reinventing the DC Entertainment character for a modern-day audience, the Arrow is not a super hero ... but a hero -- every bit as formidable as the criminals he's hunting. Determined to right his city's wrongs and sworn to bring justice to those who have corrupted it, Oliver Queen, a.k.a. THE ARROW (Stephen Amell), -- with the help of his iron-fisted right hand, John Diggle (David Ramsey), the tech-savvy Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) and the newest member of the team, Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) -- narrowly defeats the vengeful Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett), his onetime ally and mentor on the island of Lian Yu. But like all wars, there are casualties. Sacrificing herself for her children, Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) falls at the hand of Deathstroke, sending Oliver's sister, Thea Queen (Willa Holland), into self-imposed exile with her biological father, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). Now, to honor his fallen friends and family and protect the people he loves, Oliver must rededicate himself to his cause -- to become a beacon of hope for those most in need, and a weapon of justice against those who prey upon them. He is THE ARROW. ARROW stars Stephen Amell (HUNG) as Oliver Queen, Katie Cassidy (GOSSIP GIRL) as Laurel Lance, Colin Donnell (PAN AM) as Tommy Merlyn, David Ramsey (DEXTER) as John Diggle, Willa Holland (GOSSIP GIRL) as Thea Queen, Susanna Thompson (COLD CASE) as Moira Queen, and Paul Blackthorne (THE RIVER) as Detective Quentin Lance.

Cast Info

Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen)
Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen)
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Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen)

Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen)

Stephen Amell plays Oliver Queen on CTV’s ARROW, a billionaire playboy who moonlights as a crime-fighting hero looking to clean up the streets of Starling City. Joined by his team, John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), Oliver juggles his duties as hero with his recently reclaimed role as CEO of Queen Consolidated.

Amell played the role of Joran Van Der Sloot in Justice for Natalee Holloway, which told the true story of Beth Holloway’s quest to bring Joran, the presumed killer of her daughter, to justice. Amell received praise for his chameleon-like role as the Dutch sociopath.

On the small screen, Amell has recently been seen opposite Zooey Deschanel on NEW GIRL, and had a recurring arc as EMT Scotty on the series PRIVATE PRACTICE. In the most recent season of the series HUNG, Amell joined the cast as Jason, a young gigolo.

Other notable guest star appearances include CSI: MIAMI, NCIS: LA, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (CTV Two) and 90210. In the fall of 2007, Amell won a Gemini Award for Best Actor in a Guest-Starring Role for his work in REGENESIS, a dramatic series on The Movie Network.

Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance)
Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance)
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Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance)

Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance)

Familiar to audiences from her roles on GOSSIP GIRL and SUPERNATURAL, Katie Cassidy plays Laurel Lance on CTV’s ARROW, a brilliant and tough attorney who recently joined the Assistant District Attorney’s office. Laurel blames the Arrow (Stephen Amell) for Tommy Merlyn’s (Colin Donnell, PAN AM) death and vows to bring him to justice.

Cassidy recently wrapped production on Independent Edge Films’ Kill for Me, a thriller centered around two female college roommates whose lives take an unexpected dark and deadly detour. Cassidy will also star opposite Tracy Spiridakos (REVOLUTION) and Donal Logue (GOTHAM). Additionally, she will appear in another thriller titled The Scribbler, in which she stars with Michelle Trachtenberg (GOSSIP GIRL) and Eliza Dushku (DOLLHOUSE). Cassidy’s other film credits include Monte Carlo, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Taken, Black Christmas, Click, The Lost, and When a Stranger Calls.

No stranger to the small screen, Cassidy’s other television credits include playing the female lead in the murder mystery miniseries HARPER’S ISLAND. She also starred on GOSSIP GIRL, MELROSE PLACE, SUPERNATURAL, and 7th HEAVEN.

David Ramsey (John Diggle)
David Ramsey (John Diggle)
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David Ramsey (John Diggle)

David Ramsey (John Diggle)

David Ramsey portrays Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) trusted bodyguard and ex-soldier John Diggle on CTV’s ARROW. As one of the few characters that knows Oliver’s(Amell) hooded secret identity, John is able to guide Oliver on how to better help the city and to make his quest for justice less personal.

Best known for portraying Anton Briggs in the hit series DEXTER, David Ramsey can also be seen recurring as Mayor Carter Poole in CTV’s BLUE BLOODS. Prior to this, Ramsey starred opposite Jimmy Smits in the series OUTLAW.

On the feature side, Ramsey starred in the Rodrigo Garcia directed film Mother and Child, with Kerry Washington (SCANDAL) and Annette Bening (American Beauty). In addition, Ramsey stars in the political satire Nailed, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal (Jarhead). Additional film credits include a supporting role in Pay it Forward, The Nutty Professor, and Con Air.

Ramsey’s incomparable versatility was showcased in his starring role as Mohammed Ali in the television biopic ALI: AN AMERICAN HERO, where he received rave reviews for his portrayal of the self-proclaimed “greatest fighter of all time.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Ramsey attended Wayne State University’s Fine Arts Program, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Willa Holland (Thea Queen)
Willa Holland (Thea Queen)
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Willa Holland (Thea Queen)

Willa Holland (Thea Queen)

Familiar to television audiences from her roles on THE O.C. and GOSSIP GIRL, Willa Holland now stars as Thea Queen in CTV’s ARROW, Oliver’s younger sister who has taken over his nightclub, Verdant. Thea is dating bad boy Roy Harper, but fears losing him to the streets.

Audiences first fell in love with Holland when she took on the role of Kaitlin Cooper in the hit series, THE O.C., in 2005. Since then, she has appeared in projects with some of the most established actors, including Susan Sarandon, Colin Firth, Catherine Keener, and Paul Bettany. In 2008, Holland appeared in director John Stockwell’s Middle of Nowhere. The movie also starred Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), and premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival®. Holland also starred alongside Colin Firth in Genova, Legion, and Straw Dogs.

Holland began modeling with Ford models at the age of seven, and has appeared in campaigns for numerous brands including Burberry of London, Guess, Gap, Nivea, Ralph Lauren, and Abercrombie & Fitch, among others.

Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak)
Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak)
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Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak)

Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak)

Last season on CTV’s ARROW, Oliver (Stephen Amell) revealed his secret identity to Felicity Smoak, played by Emily Bett Rickards, and made her an integral part of his team. Felicity serves as Oliver’s masterful computer expert to help solve cases, and also occasionally acts as his conscience.

After attending the Vancouver Film School Acting Essentials Program, whose alumni include directors Neil Bomkamp, Neil Kopp and Kevin Smith, Rickards landed her first feature role in the third installment of the very successful Flicka franchise, Flicka: Country Pride. That same year, Rickards booked a recurring role in the Canadian series SOLDIERS OF THE APOCALYPSE. She also appeared in the controversial movie of the week Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story, and had a small supporting role in the independent comedy Random Acts of Romance. During her hiatus from ARROW this year, Rickards starred in the independent feature Dakota’s Summer.

Rickards currently resides in Vancouver, Canada.

Colton Haynes (Roy Harper)
Colton Haynes (Roy Harper)
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Colton Haynes (Roy Harper)

Colton Haynes (Roy Harper)

Familiar to television audiences from his role on MTV’s TEEN WOLF, Colton Haynes stars as Roy Harper on CTV’s ARROW. After being rescued by the Arrow last season, Roy is inspired to take up the mantle and starts policing The Glades, looking to protect the city from its numerous villains. His girlfriend, Thea Queen (Willa Holland), doesn’t approve of his extracurricular activities so he must learn to balance his duties as boyfriend with his new job of secretly helping the Arrow.

Haynes is on his way to becoming one of Hollywood’s leading young stars. Most recently, Haynes starred as Jackson in the series TEEN WOLF, a darker reconstruct of the 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox. No stranger to the world of television werewolves, Haynes also starred as Brett Crezski, the town’s football star and resident werewolf, on the series THE GATES. In his young acting career, Haynes has been able to garner several notable television roles guest starring. He has appeared as one of the stars of the controversial miniseries LOOK, in addition to guest starring roles on PRIVILEGED, PUSHING DAISIES, and MELROSE PLACE.

Born in Kansas, Haynes has two sisters and one brother. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance)
Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance)
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Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance)

Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance)

Accomplished British actor Paul Blackthorne is the brusque and determined Quentin Lance on CTV’s ARROW, a detective in the Starling City Police Department. Quentin had originally sworn to take down the Arrow (Stephen Amell) by any means necessary. This changed when The Arrow told him about Malcolm Merlyn’s (John Barrowman) plan to level The Glades and everyone in it. He came to see the Arrow as a symbol for good.

Born in Shropshire, England, Blackthorne began acting at the age of 12 and later studied the Spiritual Psychology of Acting in London from 1996-1998, before earning his first roles in British TV and film.

Blackthorne was recently seen in the paranormal thriller THE RIVER (CTV), as a manipulative reality show producer. His feature films include Special and A Christmas Carol. In 2000, he found himself portraying the villainous Captain Russell in the Academy Award®-nominated film Lagaan. Soon after American television and film roles followed including: CSI, NECESSARY ROUGHNESS, 24, ER, THE DRESDEN FILES, LIPSTICK JUNGLE, DEADWOOD, and BURN NOTICE, among many others.

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