Katie Cassidy

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Katie Cassidy
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Cassidy at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2012
Born Katherine Evelyn Anita Cassidy
(1986-11-25) November 25, 1986 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Parents David Cassidy (father)
Sherry Williams (mother)

Katherine Evelyn Anita "Katie" Cassidy (born November 25, 1986)[1] is an American actress who stars as Laurel Lance on The CW superhero television series Arrow (2012–present). She has also appeared in The CW series Supernatural (2007–2008), Melrose Place (2009–2010), and Gossip Girl (2010 and 2012); in CBS' Harper's Island (2009); and in the films When a Stranger Calls (2006), Black Christmas (2006), Taken (2008), A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) and Monte Carlo (2011). Cassidy has roles in the upcoming films Fencewalker and The Scribbler.

Early life and family[edit]

Cassidy was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of actor David Cassidy and Sherry Benedon.[2] Cassidy's paternal grandparents were actors Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward, and she is the niece of teen idol and television producer Shaun Cassidy and actor Patrick Cassidy.[1] In her youth, Cassidy was a cheerleader for the California Flyers, a competitive team.[2]



In 2002, Cassidy recorded a version of "I Think I Love You," which had been a hit for her father's made-for-television band, the Partridge Family. She was 15 at the time, five years younger than her dad when he recorded his version.[3] In his autobiography, David Cassidy said he did not support his then-estranged daughter's attempt at a music career, saying she was too young and had not yet 'paid her dues.'[4]


In 2003, Cassidy made her television and acting debut appearing in an episode of the Lifetime drama series The Division. Cassidy has continued to guest appear in television shows such as Celebrity Apprentice 4, Listen Up! and New Girl. In 2005, Cassidy appeared in a recurring role on The WB television series 7th Heaven over the course of four episodes. That same year, she also appeared in the UPN Teen Drama television series Sex, Love & Secrets.

In 2007, Cassidy appeared on The CW supernatural drama television series Supernatural. Cassidy played the role of Ruby, a demon. Making her debut in the show's third season, Cassidy appeared in over six episodes. In 2008, though her character returned for the show's fourth season, Cassidy was replaced by actress Genevieve Cortese.

Cassidy attending The 6th Annual Hollywood Style Awards in Beverly Hills, California on October 10, 2009

In October 2008, Variety announced Cassidy was cast in the CBS horror mystery mini-series television series Harper's Island. Cassidy portrayed the role of Patricia "Trish" Wellington, a bride-to-be. The series centered on a group of family and friends who gather on an island for a wedding on an island known for its sinister past full of gruesome murders. In each episode, at least one character is killed off. Cassidy and her fellow cast members were not told about their characters' deaths until the day they received a script. The series premiered on April 9, 2009 to 10.21 million viewers. Despite ratings failing to maintain the pilot's success, CBS aired the remainder of the series with the series finale airing on July 11, 2009.[5]

That same year, The CW cast Cassidy in the Drama television series Melrose Place. The series is a reboot of the 1990s series of the same name.[6] Cassidy portrays the role of Ella Sims a publicist who resides in a West Hollywood apartment complex and centers on its residents.[7] The series premiered on September 8, 2009 to 2.31 million viewers. Despite mixed reviews, Cassidy's performance was praised by critics and was cited as "the best thing about the Melrose reboot" by New York.[8] The CW cancelled the series in May 2010 due to low ratings.[9]

In June 2010, The CW announced Cassidy would have a major recurring arc in the fourth season of the teen drama television series Gossip Girl. Cassidy features as Juliet Sharp who attends Columbia and sets out to ruin the life of the show's central character Serena van der Woodsen. Cassidy made her first appearance in the season premiere and went on to appear in over 11 episodes of the season.[10]

In March 2011, Cassidy was cast in the ABC pilot Georgetown. Cassidy was cast as Nikki, a smart and quick-witted junior staffer in the White House Communications Office with connections to the First Lady. The pilot was created by Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz. The series was not picked up by ABC.[11]

In 2012, Cassidy was cast in The CW series Arrow, which is based on the Green Arrow comic books, as the female lead Laurel Lance. The series also stars Stephen Amell and Willa Holland and premiered in North America on The CW on October 10, 2012.[12]


In 2006, Cassidy made her film debut as Tiffany Madison in the horror film When a Stranger Calls. Cassidy has gone on to have notable supporting roles in films Click,[13] Taken and Live!.

In February 2006, Cassidy was cast as Kelly Prelsey in the Dimension Films horror-slasher film Black Christmas, a remake of the 1974 film.[14] The movie centers on an escaped maniac who returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and one by one kills all sorority sisters. The film was released on December 15, 2006 to negative reviews from critics. The film was a moderate success making over $50 million worldwide.[15]

In April 2010, Cassidy appeared in another remake; this time the iconic horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street,[16] originally released in 1984 of the same name. Cassidy portrays Kris Fowles; a high school student who becomes a victim to Freddy Krueger. Filming begin in Chicago with the film earning over $31 million in its opening weekend.[17] Cassidy was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the "Horror/Thriller Actress" category for her role, which she lost to Megan Fox.[18]

Shortly after the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Variety announced Cassidy was cast in the Adventure Comedy film Monte Carlo. The film, which also stars Leighton Meester and Selena Gomez, follows three friends who pose as wealthy socialites while on holiday in Monte Carlo. Production began in May 2010 with filming taking place in Monaco, Budapest, Paris and Texas. The film was released on July 1, 2011 and received mixed to negative reviews from critics and went on to gross $39 million worldwide.[19]

In May 2012, Cassidy was cast as the title character in the film adaptation of The Scribbler alongside Eliza Dushku, Michelle Trachtenberg and Gina Gershon. She plays Suki, a young woman with multiple personality disorder.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Cassidy is a spokesperson for the charity H.E.L.P. Malawi.[21]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 When a Stranger Calls Tiffany Madison
2006 Lost, TheThe Lost Dee Dee
2006 Click Samantha Newman at 27 years old
2006 Black Christmas Kelli Presley
2007 Spin Apple
2007 Live! Jewel
2007 Walk the Talk Jessie
2008 Taken Amanda
2010 Nightmare on Elm Street, AA Nightmare on Elm Street Kris Fowles
2011 Monte Carlo Emma Perkins
2013 Kill for Me Amanda Rowe
2014 Scribbler, TheThe Scribbler Suki Completed
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Division, TheThe Division Young CD Episode: "Oh Mother, Who Art Thou?"
2005 Listen Up! Rebecca Episode: "Snub Thy Neighbor"
2005 7th Heaven Zoe 4 episodes
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Gabrielle 2 episodes
2007–2008 Supernatural Ruby Main cast (season 3); 6 episodes
2009 Harper's Island Patricia "Trish" Wellington Miniseries; 13 episodes (1 uncredited)
2009–2010 Melrose Place Ella Simms Main cast; 18 episodes
2010, 2012 Gossip Girl Juliet Sharp 12 episodes (1 uncredited)
2011 Celebrity Apprentice 4, TheThe Celebrity Apprentice 4 Herself Episode: "Pepperoni Profit"
2011 New Girl Brooke Episode: "Wedding"
2011 Georgetown Nikki Belmington Unsold ABC pilot
2012–present Arrow Laurel Lance Main cast


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  2. ^ a b "Katie Cassidy: Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Katie Cassidy - I Think I Love You (cd) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  4. ^ Could It Be Forever?: My Story Paperback by David Cassidy (Author) published 2007
  5. ^ Rice, Lynette. "'Harper's Island:' No chance for second season, insiders say". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Katie Cassidy, Steven McQueen land at CW". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 24, 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ L. Carter, Kelley (November 18, 2009). "Locklear, Cassidy follow these five rules for a 'Melrose' vixen". USA Today. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ Martin, Denise (October 14, 2009). "'Melrose Place' star Katie Cassidy on facing off with Amanda Woodward". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ Gorman, Bill (May 19, 2010). "CW's Melrose Place Canceled". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael. "'Gossip Girl' snags 'Melrose' minx Katie Cassidy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  11. ^ Cantor, Brian. "ABC Books "Charlie’s Angels" "Apartment 23" "Pan Am" Passes on "Poe" "Georgetown"". Headlineplanet.com. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ MacKenzie, Carina Adly (June 28, 2012). "CW announces 2012 season premiere dates: Why do 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Supernatural' and more start late?". Zap2It. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ Chang, Justin (April 10, 2005). "Katie Cassidy joins "Click", "When a Stranger Calls"". Variety. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  14. ^ Dodd, Stacy (February 20, 2006). "Katie Cassidy added to "Black Christmas"". Variety. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Black Christmas". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  16. ^ Simon, Reynolds. "Katie Cassidy added to 'Elm Street'". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  17. ^ "EXCL: Cassidy Meets Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  18. ^ "2010 Teen Choice Awards scorecard". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 5, 2010. [dead link]
  19. ^ McClintock, Pamela (April 8, 2010). "Cassidy set for 'Monte Carlo'". Variety. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  20. ^ Gilchrist, Todd (May 9, 2012). "Katie Cassidy signs up for The Scribbler". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  21. ^ "Katie Cassidy New Spokesperson for Charity HELP Malawi". helpchildren.org. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 

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