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Strong in 2012
|Born||Tara Lyn Charendoff
February 12, 1973
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Education||Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
The Second City
|Spouse(s)||Craig Strong (m. 2000)|
|Parents||Syd and Lucy Charendoff|
Tara Lyn (Charendoff) Strong (born February 12, 1973) is a Canadian actress. She has done voice work in numerous animated films and television series. Her voice roles include Batgirl in The New Batman Adventures, Harley Quinn from Batman: Arkham, Dil Pickles from Rugrats and All Grown Up!, Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls, Timmy Turner and Poof from The Fairly OddParents, Raven from Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!, Ben Tennyson from Ben 10, Princess Clara and Toot Braunstein from Drawn Together, and Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
Tara Strong was born on February 12, 1973 to Syd (born 1933) and Lucy Charendoff (1936–2004). Syd and Lucy ran a convenience/toy/candy store called The Wiz; Syd has also worked as a pharmacist. Tara and her sister Marla (born 1971) were raised in Toronto, Ontario. Strong and her family are Jewish. Her acting career began when she volunteered to be a soloist in a school production at age four. Soon, she began acting in the Yiddish Theater; though she did not know Yiddish, she memorized her lines phonetically. During this time, she also performed at the Toronto Jewish Theater (TJA), where she acted in A Night of Stars, and was featured in an audiotape for "Lay Down Your Arms" with the Habonim Youth Choir, where she sang the lyrics in both English and Hebrew, a feat she repeated on February 10, 2005, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel during the March of the Living dinner in honor of then-Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.
At age 13, Strong was accepted into a performing arts school, where she landed her first professional role: the role of Gracie in the Limelight Theater's production of The Music Man. That same year, she booked a guest starring role in Mr. T's T. and T. Afterwards, she landed the title role in Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater and starred in the short-lived CBC Television sitcom Mosquito Lake before moving to Los Angeles in the midst of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Strong is the voice of numerous animated characters, including main roles in The Fairly OddParents as Timmy Turner and Poof; Rugrats and All Grown Up! as Dil Pickles; The Powerpuff Girls as Bubbles; Ben 10 as Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Benwolf, and Buzzshock; Teen Titans as Raven; Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends as Terrence; the singing voice of Meg Griffin and additional voices on Family Guy; My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as Princess Twilight Sparkle.
She has also lent her voice to English-language localizations of Japanese anime such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, as well as several video games, including her work as Elisa and Ursula in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops; Paz Ortega Andrade in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker; Rikku in Final Fantasy X, its sequel Final Fantasy X-2, and Kingdom Hearts II; Talwyn Apogee in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and its sequel, Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty; Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham City, replacing Arleen Sorkin from the franchise; and Juliet Starling, the main character of Lollipop Chainsaw.
She has appeared in live roles in National Lampoon's Senior Trip, Sabrina Goes to Rome, Sabrina, Down Under, Mosquito Lake, and The Last White Dishwasher. She also made guest appearances on such shows as Forever Knight, Street Legal, Touched by an Angel, Take Home Chef, Party of Five, Comic Book: The Movie, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, and 3rd Rock from the Sun. In January 2013, she voiced the character "Plum" in Cartoon Hangover's Bravest Warriors, created by Pendleton Ward. She has the role of the character Miss Collins in Nickelodeon's live action series Big Time Rush. Strong has been nominated four times for an Annie Award.
In 2004, she won an Interactive Achievement Award for her role as Rikku in Final Fantasy X-2. She also served as the announcer for the 2000 Kids' Choice Awards, appeared as a guest at several fan conventions (including BotCon, Jacon, Comic-Con International, and Anime Overdose), and was featured on the front cover of the July/August 2004 issue of Working Mother magazine, saying, "My son is now old enough to respond to my work. To me, that's what it is all about."
Prior to her marriage, she was originally credited under her maiden name, Charendoff. Strong attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, class of 1991. After leaving high school she studied at The Second City in Toronto for two years before moving to Los Angeles in January 1994. Strong and actress Neve Campbell lived together when they both moved to Los Angeles at the same time. They both auditioned for the same role, Julia, in the 1990s TV series Party of Five. Strong appeared in an episode as Lorna.
She met former American actor-turned real estate agent, Craig Strong in 1999; they married in May 14, 2000. Together they have two sons, Sammy Strong (born 2002), and Aden Strong (born 2004).
The family resides in Los Angeles. She and Craig run VoiceStarz, Inc., an Internet-based company which teaches people how to get into the voiceover business.
|1988||T. and T.||Sydney|
|1989||Mosquito Lake||Tara Harrison|
|1991||Married to It||Student in Pageant|
|1992||A Town Torn Apart|
|The Judge||Millie Waters|
|Kung Fu: The Legend Continues||Elizabeth|
|Ready or Not|
|1994||Reform School Girl||Lucille|
|Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story||Terra (age 16)|
|Party of Five||Lorna|
|1996||3rd Rock from the Sun||Yoga Lady||Episode: "My Mother the Alien"|
|1998||Sabrina Goes to Rome||Gwen|
|1999||Sabrina, Down Under||Gwen|
|Touched by an Angel|
|Black Mask||Additional Voices|
|1997 Kids' Choice Awards||Herself||Winner (with the cast of Rugrats) for Favorite Cartoon|
|1998 Kids' Choice Awards||Herself||Winner (with the cast of Rugrats) for Favorite Cartoon|
|1999 Kids' Choice Awards||Herself||Presenter, Winner (with the cast of Rugrats) for Favorite Cartoon, Winner (with the cast of The Rugrats Movie) for Favorite Movie|
|2004||Comic Book: The Movie|
|2006||Take Home Chef||Herself|
|2007||The Bad Girls Club||Season 2 Narrator|
|2008||According to Jim||Kayla|
|2010||Big Time Rush||Miss Collins||Recurring Role|
|2013||Super Fun Night||Young Pamela|
|2014||Arrow||Harley Quinn (voice)||Episode: "Suicide Squad"|
|1986||The Care Bears||Anna secret bear champ bear|
|1987||Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater||Hello Kitty|
|Garbage Pail Kids||Patty Putty|
|My Pet Monster||Amie|
|The Wild Puffalumps||Holly|
|1988||Clifford's Fun with...||Additional voices|
|1990||The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3||Lemmy "Hip" Koopa and Iggy "Hop" Koopa|
|Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures|
|The Raccoons||Donna (1 episode "Join the Club")|
|Super Mario World||Lemmy "Hip" Koopa and Iggy "Hop" Koopa|
|1993||The Incredible Dennis the Menace|
|Tales from the Cryptkeeper||Jenny Lawson ("Pleasant Screams")|
|1994||P Pals/PTV Park||Petunia and Penny|
|Tekkaman Blade II||Yumi Francois/Tekkaman Hiver|
|1995||Gadget Boy & Heather||Heather|
|1996||Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||Additional voices|
|Adventures from the Book of Virtues||Girl|
|The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Kazrina|
|1997||101 Dalmatians: The Series||Spot, Two-Tone, Vindella de Vil|
|Channel Umptee-3||Additional voices|
|Extreme Ghostbusters||Kylie Griffin|
|The New Batman Adventures||Batgirl, Barbara Gordon|
|King of the Hill|
|1998||Rugrats||Dil Pickles, Timmy McNulty|
|Gadget Boy's Adventures In History||Heather|
|Histeria!||Big Fat Baby Girl
|Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Molly Dolly|
|The Powerpuff Girls||Bubbles|
|Rescue Heroes||Maureen Biologist|
|The Kids from Room 402||Penny|
|Timon & Pumbaa||Princess Claudia ("No-Good Samaritan / Living in De Nile")|
|Sonic Underground||Additional voices|
|2000||Clerks: The Animated Series||Giggling Girl|
|Sailor Moon S||Additional voices|
|2001||Baby Felix & Friends||Baby Kitty|
|The Proud Family||Bebe and Cece Proud, Puff|
|The Fairly OddParents||Timmy Turner, Poof, Britney Britney, additional voices|
|Lloyd in Space||Cindy's Nice Head|
|Codename: Kids Next Door||Mushi Sanban, Willard, Numbuh 10, Numbuh 93, Sally Sanban, Katie, The Interesting Twins From Beneath The Mountain|
|Fillmore!||Ingrid Third, Jenna ("Red Robins Don't Fly"), Croquet Kid ("Next Stop, Armageddon"), Ariella Third ("A Cold Day At X"), Treplew ("Two Wheels, Full Throttle, No Breaks")|
|Gotham Girls||Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, Elizabeth Styles|
|The Paz Show||Additional voices|
|Kim Possible||Tara, Joss Possible, Britina|
|Totally Spies!||Various characters|
|What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Terry/Alexandra Viggi/Trudy|
|2003||The Animatrix||Crew Woman ("Final Flight of the Osiris") / Nurse ("World Record") / Misha ("Beyond")|
|Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks||Dannan 'O Mallard / Molly Winks|
|Justice League||Sera, Queen|
|Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Angel, Adult Lilo|
|Spider-Man: The New Animated Series||Christina, ("Head Over Heels")|
|Teen Titans||Raven, Kole, Jinx ("Titans Together"), Gizmo ("Titans Together")|
|All Grown Up!||Dil Pickles|
|2004||Danny Phantom||Ember McLain, Star, and Penelope Spectra|
|Drawn Together||Princess Clara, Toot Braunstein, Wilma Flintstone, Unusually Flexible Girl, Paper Baby|
|Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends||Terrence, Various Characters|
|Stroker and Hoop||Additional voices|
|Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi||Little Girl|
|Megas XLR||Pulsar, Comet|
|2005||American Dragon: Jake Long||Kara & Sara, Veronica, Stacey|
|Avatar: The Last Airbender||Governor's Wife, Actress Azula|
|Ben 10||Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Adult Gwendolyn Tennyson ("Ben 10,000" and "Ken 10"), Benwolf ("Benwolf"), Ken Tennyson, Buzzshock, ("Ken 10"), Cousin Lucy ("Big Fat Alien Wedding"), Sandra Tennyson ("Goodbye and Good Riddance"), additional voices|
|Brandy & Mr. Whiskers||Gabriella/Mom Howler|
|The Buzz on Maggie||Bella Pesky, Dawn Swatworthy|
|Camp Lazlo||Amber, Tootie, & Honey|
|Celebrity Deathmatch||Paris Hilton|
|Family Guy||Meg Griffin||Singing voice|
|The Life and Times of Juniper Lee||Roger, Lila the Sasquatch|
|2006||Justice League Unlimited||Johnny|
|Legion of Super-Heroes||Alexis Luthor/Esper/Emerald Empress|
|The Replacements||Sierra, additional voices|
|Family Guy||Additional voices|
|2007||My Friends Tigger & Pooh||Porcupine|
|Afro Samurai||Otsuru, Jiro|
|Phineas and Ferb||Additional voices, including a bird.||Episode: "Interview With a Platypus"|
|Storm Hawks||Screaming Queens Sky Knight|
|Transformers Animated||Sari Sumdac, Slipstream, Slo-Mo, Strika, Red Alert, Mayor Edsel's press secretary, Carly, Teletran-1|
|Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!||Daizy|
|2008||Ben 10: Alien Force||Princess Attea|
|Wolverine and the X-Men||Marrow, Dust, X-23, Firestar, Stepford Cuckoos, Magik/Illyana|
|The Garfield Show||Monica the Cat|
|The Powerpuff Girls Rule!||Bubbles|
|2009||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Huntress, Billy Batson, Mary Batson|
|The Goode Family|
|The Penguins of Madagascar||Eggy the duckling, Mother Duck, Know-it-all Kid, additional voices|
|The Super Hero Squad Show||H.E.R.B.I.E., Invisible Woman, Scarlet Witch, Brynnie Bratton, Toro, Anelle|
|Random! Cartoons||Beth, New Alien|
|Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||Ben Tennyson (age 10), Serena|
|Mad||Various voices,Twilight Sparkle,Raven,Bubbles|
|Pound Puppies||Becky O'Bannon, Lily (cat), Woman, Little girl 2, Zipper (dog), Julie, Bubbles (dog), Dolores|
|My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic||Twilight Sparkle||Speaking voice only|
|2011||Young Justice||Dr. Serling Roquette, Lunch lady, additional voices|
|The Looney Tunes Show||Motel Receptionist||Episode: "Jailbird and Jailbunny"|
|New Teen Titans||Raven|
|2012||Napoleon Dynamite||Kangaroo singer, Scantronica, Dody, Shaylene, Candy, Egg Queen|
|Ultimate Spider-Man||Mary Jane Watson, Thundra, Sandy|
|Super Best Friends Forever||Barbara Gordon/Batgirl|
|Green Lantern: The Animated Series||Iolande|
|Ben 10: Omniverse||Benjamin Kirby Tennyson (11 years old), Pakmar, Princess Attea, Pesky Dust, Lucy Mann, Albedo (11 year old Ben form)|
|Robot Chicken||Selena Gomez, Harley Quinn|
|Brickleberry||Pamela Anderson, News Reporter, Bear No. 1, Additional voices|
|2013||Xiaolin Chronicles||Omi, Ping Pong|
|Teen Titans Go!||Raven, Old Lady, Jayna, Batgirl, Kitten, Silkie (speaking voice)|
|Beware the Batman||Barbara Gordon|
|Uncle Grandpa||Susie||Episode: "Afraid of the Dark"|
|Bravest Warriors||Plum||Web series|
|Futurama||Tanya||Episode: Stench and Stenchibility|
|2014||Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed||Bubbles|
|Wander Over Yonder||Beeza, additional voices||Episode: "The Ball"|
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