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 29)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Parent(s) David Cassidy
Sherry Williams
Relatives Jack Cassidy (paternal grandfather)
Evelyn Ward (paternal grandmother)
Shaun Cassidy (paternal half-uncle)
Patrick Cassidy (paternal half-uncle)

Katherine Evelyn Anita "Katie" Cassidy (born November 25, 1986)[1] is an American actress who stars as Laurel Lance on The CW's series Arrow. She has also appeared on the CW shows Supernatural, Melrose Place, and Gossip Girl; on the CBS miniseries Harper's Island; and in the films Click (2006), Taken (2008), Monte Carlo (2011), and The Scribbler (2014). Cassidy has gained a reputation as a "scream queen" due to her numerous roles in horror films (most of which are remakes of classics of the genre) which include her feature film debut When a Stranger Calls (2006), The Lost (2006), Black Christmas (2006), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).

Early life and family[edit]

Cassidy was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of actor David Cassidy and Sherry Benedon in 1986.[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] Cassidy also has two younger cousins who live in Australia named Samantha Cassidy and Jasmine Cassidy. Cassidy has a younger half-brother named Beau, born in 1991, from her father's third marriage to Sue Shifrin.[3] In her youth, Cassidy was a cheerleader for the California Flyers, a competitive team.[2]



In 2002, Cassidy recorded a cover 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.[4] In his 2007 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".[5]


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's series 7th Heaven over the course of four episodes. That same year, she also appeared on the UPN teen drama series Sex, Love & Secrets.

In 2007, Cassidy appeared on The CW's supernatural drama 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 in 2008

In October 2008, Variety announced Cassidy had been cast on the CBS horror mystery miniseries 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 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.[6]

In February 2009, The CW cast Cassidy as a lead in the drama series Melrose Place, a reboot of the 1990s series of the same name.[7] Cassidy portrayed the role of Ella Sims, a publicist who resides in a West Hollywood apartment complex and centers on its residents.[8] 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 magazine.[9] The CW cancelled the series in May 2010 due to low ratings.[10]

In June 2010, The CW announced Cassidy would have a major recurring arc in the fourth season of the teen drama series Gossip Girl. Cassidy portrayed Juliet Sharp, who attends Columbia University 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 eleven episodes of the season.[11]

In March 2011, Cassidy was cast in the ABC drama pilot Georgetown 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 executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.[12] The series was not picked up by ABC.[13]

In 2012, Cassidy was cast in The CW series Arrow, which is based on the Green Arrow comic books, as Laurel Lance/Black Canary. The series also stars Stephen Amell and Willa Holland and premiered in North America on The CW on October 10, 2012.[14]


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,[15] 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.[16] 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.[17]

In April 2010, Cassidy appeared in another remake; this time the horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street,[18] originally released in 1984 of the same name. Cassidy portrays the false protagonist 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.[19] Cassidy was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the Horror/Thriller Actress category for her role, which she lost to Megan Fox.[20]

Shortly after the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Variety announced Cassidy had been 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.[21]

In May 2012, Cassidy was cast as the title character in the film adaptation of the graphic novel The Scribbler, alongside Eliza Dushku, Michelle Trachtenberg and Gina Gershon. She plays Suki, a young woman with multiple personality disorder.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Cassidy is a spokesperson for the charity H.E.L.P. Malawi.[23]


Cassidy at Supanova Pop Culture in June 2014
Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 When a Stranger Calls Tiffany Madison
2006 The 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 Direct-to-video
2014 Scribbler, TheThe Scribbler Suki
Television roles
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
2007–08 Supernatural Ruby Main role; 6 episodes
2009 Harper's Island Patricia "Trish" Wellington Main Cast: 13 episodes
2009–10 Melrose Place Ella Simms Main Cast: 18 episodes
2010, 2012 Gossip Girl Juliet Sharp Recurring (Season 4)
Special Guest Star (Season 6): 12 episodes
2011 Celebrity Apprentice 4, TheThe Celebrity Apprentice 4 Herself Episode: "Pepperoni Profit"
2011 New Girl Brooke Episode: "Wedding"
2012–present Arrow Laurel Lance/Black Canary Main role
2015 Flash, TheThe Flash Laurel Lance/Black Canary Episode: "Who Is Harrison Wells?"
2016 DC's Legends of Tomorrow Laurel Lance/Black Canary Episode: "Pilot, Part 1"


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  2. ^ a b "Katie Cassidy: Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
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  4. ^ "Katie Cassidy - I Think I Love You (cd) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  5. ^ Cassidy, David (2007). Could It Be Forever?: My Story. Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0-755-31580-4. 
  6. ^ Rice, Lynette. "'Harper's Island:' No chance for second season, insiders say". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
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  8. ^ L. Carter, Kelley (November 18, 2009). "Locklear, Cassidy follow these five rules for a 'Melrose' vixen". USA Today. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ Martin, Denise (October 14, 2009). "'Melrose Place' star Katie Cassidy on facing off with Amanda Woodward". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ Gorman, Bill (May 19, 2010). "CW's Melrose Place Canceled". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  11. ^ Ausiello, Michael. "'Gossip Girl' snags 'Melrose' minx Katie Cassidy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 2, 2011). "Pilot Scoop: Katie Cassidy Going To Georgetown". TVLine. PMC. Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ Rose, Lacey; Goldberg, Lesley (May 13, 2011). "ABC Picks Up 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Pan Am,' Tim Allen and Shonda Rhimes Projects, More". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Chang, Justin (April 10, 2005). "Katie Cassidy joins "Click", "When a Stranger Calls"". Variety. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  16. ^ Dodd, Stacy (February 20, 2006). "Katie Cassidy added to "Black Christmas"". Variety. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Black Christmas". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  18. ^ Simon, Reynolds. "Katie Cassidy added to 'Elm Street'". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  19. ^ "EXCL: Cassidy Meets Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  20. ^ "2010 Teen Choice Awards scorecard". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 5, 2010. [dead link]
  21. ^ McClintock, Pamela (April 8, 2010). "Cassidy set for 'Monte Carlo'". Variety. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  22. ^ Gilchrist, Todd (May 9, 2012). "Katie Cassidy signs up for The Scribbler". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Katie Cassidy New Spokesperson for Charity HELP Malawi". helpchildren.org. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 

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