Stephen Amell

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Stephen Amell
Stephen Amell 2014 Phoenix Comicon 1 (cropped).jpg
Amell at the 2014 Phoenix Comicon
Born Stephen Adam Amell
(1981-05-08) May 8, 1981 (age 34)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Cassandra Jean (m. 2012)
Children 1
Relatives Robbie Amell (cousin)

Stephen Adam Amell[1] (born May 8, 1981) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for portraying Oliver Queen / Green Arrow in the television series Arrow (based on the comic character of the same name) and will portray Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half Shell.

Acting career[edit]

Amell appeared in two episodes of the fourth season of Queer as Folk as the Liberty Ride spinning instructor in 2004. Amell played Adam in the first season of the television series Dante's Cove; he was replaced in the second season by Jon Fleming. In 2007, Amell won a Gemini Award for his guest-starring role on ReGenesis.[2] The same year he was also nominated for a Gemini Award in the Best Ensemble Cast Category for Rent-a-Goalie.[3]

He had recurring roles in the TV series Da Kink in My Hair and Heartland. On December 3, 2010, Amell joined the cast of The Vampire Diaries as werewolf 'Brady' for season 2.[4]

Amell starred as Joran van der Sloot in the Lifetime film Justice for Natalee Holloway which originally aired in May 2011.[5]

In January 2011, it was announced that Liam McIntyre had won the role of Spartacus in the Starz original series Spartacus: Vengeance. Amell along with Aiden Turner were among the other top three contenders for the part.[6]

On October 2, 2011, season 3 of HBO's series Hung premiered with Amell starring as busboy-turned-prostitute Jason, a younger rival "ho" to Thomas Jane's Ray Drecker.[2] He also appeared as Jim in the fourth season of 90210.[7]

Amell announced on October 28, 2011 that he had just finished filming the Christmas episode of New Girl with Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield. He touches on the experience of filming his first "network half hour comedy" in an interview with Daemon's TV.[7] On November 9, 2011, Amell was announced for the recurring role of Scottie, a paramedic on ABC's Private Practice.[8]

In January 2012, Amell was cast as the title character in The CW series Arrow, a re-imagining of the comic-book character Green Arrow.[5]

On March 31, 2015, Amell joined the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half Shell as vigilante Casey Jones, which will be released on June 3, 2016.[9]


As an avid professional wrestling fan,[10] Amell had long campaigned for a guest appearance on WWE's weekly Raw program,[11] when in late May 2015 it was reported that he was tentatively set to wrestle Stardust at WWE's SummerSlam pay-per-view on August 23, 2015.[10] Amell made his first WWE appearance on the May 25 Raw, where he had a confrontation with Stardust.[12] However, after the real-life death of Stardust's father Dusty Rhodes in June 2015, reports speculated that the match had been scrapped.[13] Despite this, Amell stated at the 2015 Comic Con International in July 2015, "I'm probably gonna do some stuff with the WWE. I don't know if that means a wrestling match. We'll see."[14] Amell returned to Raw on August 10, continuing his storyline with Stardust when he stepped into the ring after being assaulted in the audience by Stardust, attacking the wrestler until being contained by security. Following a backstage segment with Triple H, it was announced that Neville would team with Amell to face Stardust and King Barrett at SummerSlam.[15]

At the event on August 23, Amell and Neville defeated Barrett and Stardust in a tag team match. Neville and Barrett started and after Neville used his speed to control the action, Barrett tagged in Stardust. Stardust insisted that Amell enter the ring, a challenge accepted in a way that both imitated and bettered Stardust's own athletic ring entrance. Stardust first pushed Amell to the canvas, Amell then responded with a kip-up and a stiff front thrust kick to Stardust's chest. For the next few minutes Amell was controlled by Stardust and Barrett, and absorbed punches, kicks, knees, slams, falls from ring to floor, and an attack on the floor by the non-legal man, Stardust. Upon returning to the ring, and hitting Stardust with an enzuigiri, Amell made a hot tag to Neville, who dominated both opponents. The conclusion of the match came after Amell dived off the top corner ropes onto Stardust and Barrett who were standing on the floor below. The match ended after Neville hit his finisher, the Red Arrow, on Barrett and pinned him.[16] Behind the scenes, wrestlers were said to have been impressed with Amell's performance. There were also talks of a potential singles match with Stardust.[17]


Amell has hosted a number of successful fundraising campaigns via the crowd funded merchandise platform[18] In 2014, Amell partnered with the charity Fuck Cancer to raise almost a million dollars with the release of a T-shirt featuring his face on the front (with a Post-it note on his forehead, and featuring the organization's name). He ended up selling over 60,000 shirts from this campaign.[19][20] In January 2015, Amell launched his second campaign featuring a word he made up, Sinceriously, to benefit two mental health charities: Paws and Stripes, and Stand For The Silent.[20] In August 2015, Amell used his guest appearance on WWE Raw with Stardust to raise funds via his third campaign for children's hospice Emily's House in Toronto. The campaign raised $300,000, and Amell and Stardust presented a check together at Emily's House.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Early life[edit]

Amell was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the cousin of actor Robbie Amell.[22]

Later years[edit]

Amell married actress and model Cassandra Jean on December 25, 2012 in a private ceremony in the Caribbean,[23] and for a second time in New Orleans on May 26, 2013.[24] The couple have a daughter, born in 2013.[25]

Growing up, Amell was a fan of various local sporting teams, such as the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Blue Jays. Amell is still very involved with the sports; he often jokes with fans telling them to skip Maple Leafs games and watch Arrow when the team faces a tough opponent, and recently, Amell campaigned to have Jays' third baseman Josh Donaldson elected to the 2015 all-star game.[26][27]



Amell on the set of Arrow in September 2014
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Tracey Fragments, TheThe Tracey Fragments Detective
2007 Closing the Ring Teddy Gordon
2009 Screamers: The Hunting Guy
2011 Stay with Me Travis Short film
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half Shell Casey Jones Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Queer as Folk Spinning Instructor 2 episodes
2004 Degrassi: The Next Generation Doorman Episode: "Ghost in the Machine: Part 2"
2005 Missing Ian Harrington Episode: "Paper Anniversary"
2005 Tilt Bellboy Episode: "Rivered"
2005 Beautiful People Jason 5 episodes
2005 Dante's Cove Adam 2 episodes
2006 House Next Door, TheThe House Next Door Buddy Harrelson Television film
2006–08 Rent-a-Goalie Billy Main cast; 18 episodes
2007 ReGenesis Craig Riddlemeyer 2 episodes
2007–09 Da Kink in My Hair Matthew 4 episodes
2007–12 Heartland Nick Harwell 6 episodes
2009 Flashpoint Peter Henderson Episode: "Exit Wounds"
2010 Blue Mountain State Travis McKenna 2 episodes
2010 CSI: Miami Peter Truitt Episode: "Sleepless in Miami"
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Marine Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Weaver Episode: "Bounty"
2010 The Cutting Edge: Fire and Ice Philip Seaverm Television film
2011 Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries Brady 2 episodes
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation A.J. Gust Episode: "73 Seconds"
2011 Justice for Natalee Holloway Joran van der Sloot Television film
2011 Hung Jason Main cast; 10 episodes
2011 90210 Jim 2 episodes
2011–12 New Girl Kyle 2 episodes
2012 Private Practice Scott Becker 7 episodes
2012–present Arrow Oliver Queen / Green Arrow Lead role
2013 When Calls the Heart Wynn Delaney Television film
2014–present The Flash Oliver Queen / Arrow 3 episodes
2015 Reelside Himself Episode: "Superheroes"
2015 WWE Raw Himself 2 episodes
2015 Summerslam (2015) Himself Professional wrestling appearance


Year Title Role Notes
2015–present Dudes Being Dudes in Wine Country Himself Also co-creator
2015 Vixen Oliver Queen / Arrow Voice; 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Green Arrow (Arrow skin) Voice
2014 Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Green Arrow / Arrow Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2007 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series ReGenesis Won
2007 Gemini Award Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series Rent-a-Goalie Nominated
2008 Gemini Award Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series Rent-a-Goalie Nominated
2012 IGN Awards[28] Best TV Hero Arrow Nominated
2013 NewNowNext Award[29] Cause You're Hot Arrow Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Award[30] Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Arrow Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Award[30] Choice TV Breakout Star Arrow Nominated
2014 IGN Awards[31] Best TV Hero Arrow 2nd place
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Arrow Nominated
2014 Leo Awards[32] Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series Arrow Nominated
2014 Constellation Awards[33] Best Male Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television Episode Arrow Nominated
2014 Young Hollywood Awards[34] Super Superhero Arrow Nominated
2015 Best. Ever. TV Awards 2015[35] Best Couple and Steamiest Moment Arrow (shared w/ Emily Bett Rickards) Won
2015 MTV Fandom Awards[36] Ship of the Year Arrow (shared w/ Emily Bett Rickards) Won
2015 Teen Choice Awards[37] Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Arrow Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards[37] Choice TV: Liplock Arrow (shared w/ Emily Bett Rickards) Nominated


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  33. ^ "The Constellation Awards - A Canadian Award for Excellence in Film & Television Science Fiction". 
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