Stephen Amell
Amell in 2023
Stephen Adam Amell

(1981-05-08) May 8, 1981 (age 43)
Toronto, Canada
Alma materSt. Andrew's College
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active2004–present
Known forGreen Arrow in Arrow
Carolyn Lawrence
(m. 2007; div. 2010)
(m. 2012)
RelativesRobbie Amell (cousin)

Stephen Adam Amell[1] (born May 8, 1981) is a Canadian actor. He came to prominence for playing the lead role of Oliver Queen on the CW superhero series Arrow (2012–2020), based on DC Comics. Amell also appeared in subsequent Arrowverse franchise media, along with reprising his role in various video games. Following the conclusion of Arrow, Amell landed the lead role of Jack Spade on the Starz drama series Heels (2021–2023).

Outside of television, Amell portrayed Casey Jones in the superhero film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016). He co-produced and starred in Code 8 and its sequel Code 8: Part II with his cousin Robbie Amell. He has also made a number of appearances in the professional wrestling circuit.

Early life

Stephen Adam Amell was born on May 8, 1981[2] in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Sandra Anne (née Bolté) and Thomas J. Amell.[3][4] He is a first cousin of actor Robbie Amell.[5] He attended St. Andrew's College, a private independent school for boys, and graduated in 2000.[6]

Acting career

2004–2012: Early career

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.[7] The same year he was also nominated for a Gemini Award in the Best Ensemble Cast Category for Rent-a-Goalie.[8] 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.[9] Amell starred as the real life convicted killer Joran van der Sloot in the Lifetime film Justice for Natalee Holloway which originally aired in May 2011.[10]

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.[7] He also appeared as Jim in the fourth season of 90210.[11] 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.[11] On November 9, 2011, Amell was announced for the recurring role of Scottie, a paramedic on ABC's Private Practice.[12] He also played the role of Travis McKenna in Blue Mountain State.

2012–2020: Arrow

Amell on the set of Arrow in September 2014

In January 2012, Amell was cast as Oliver Queen in The CW series Arrow, based on the DC Comics superhero of the same name.[10] This series and role led to Amell appearing as the character on other superhero series on the network as part of the growing Arrowverse, including The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow,Supergirl, and Batwoman, as well as the CW Seed webseries Vixen.

Amell co-starred in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (released on June 3, 2016) as vigilante "Casey Jones".[13] Amell announced in May 2017 that he would be participating on a special celebrity edition of American Ninja Warrior.[14] Amell demonstrated great physical abilities which was reflective of his athleticism in his portrayal of Oliver Queen.[15] In 2017, he took part in the directorial debut of former Heartland co-star Michelle Morgan, a short film entitled Mi Madre, My Father, playing the estranged father of a six-year-old girl. Morgan raised funds for the production through a crowdfunding campaign.[16] The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.[17]

In March 2019, Amell announced the end of Arrow with its eighth and final season, which premiered in October 2019 and concluded in January 2020.[18]

2020–present: Post-Arrow

His first post-Arrow project was announced in August 2019 as Heels, a Starz drama series set in the world of independent professional wrestling.[19] In December of the same year, it was announced that short-form streaming platform Quibi were developing a spin-off series starring Amell and his cousin Robbie Amell, developed from their crowd-funded film Code 8.[20] In September 2023, Heels was canceled after two seasons, being purchased by netflix in 2024.[21] In February 2024, Stephen Amell was cast as Ted Black in the upcoming NBC pilot Suits L.A., based on the USA Network original series Suits.[22]

Professional wrestling career

WWE (2015)

As an avid professional wrestling fan,[23] Amell campaigned for a guest appearance on WWE's weekly Raw program.[24]

In May 2015, it was reported that he was set to wrestle Stardust (Cody Rhodes) at WWE's SummerSlam pay-per-view in August.[23] Amell made his first WWE appearance on the May 25 episode of Raw, where he had a confrontation with Stardust.[25] Amell returned to Raw in early August; after being assaulted in the audience by Stardust, Amell got into the ring to attack him 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.[26]

At the event on August 23, 2015, Amell and Neville defeated Barrett and Stardust in a tag team match. Amell participated in the wrestling, and, behind the scenes, wrestlers were said to have been impressed with Amell's performance.[27][28] Amell became friends with Rhodes, with whom he later also worked on Arrow.[29]

On December 21, 2015, Amell was awarded a Slammy for the "Celebrity Moment of the Year" for his dive onto Stardust during the match.[30]

Ring of Honor (2017)

Amell returned to professional wrestling for Ring of Honor on November 17, 2017, at Survival of the Fittest.[31] On the day of the show, Amell joined the Bullet Club faction, and teamed with Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, and The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) in a five-on-four tag team match. They defeated The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian), Flip Gordon, and Scorpio Sky, and Amell again participated in the wrestling, including being put through a table by The Addiction.[32]

All In (2018)

On August 6, 2018, it was announced that Amell would be competing at All In, in his first-ever singles match, where he was defeated by Christopher Daniels.[33]

All Elite Wrestling (2020)

On February 29, 2020, Amell made an appearance at All Elite Wrestling's Revolution, where he accompanied Cody Rhodes alongside Rhodes' Nightmare Family for his match against MJF.[34]


Amell has hosted a number of successful fundraising campaigns via the crowd funded merchandise platform[35] 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.[36][37] 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.[37] 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 cheque together at Emily's House.[38] During the Red Nose Day special of American Ninja Warrior, Amell donated $35,000 for completing all six obstacles, and an extra obstacle, the Salmon Ladder.[39]

Personal life

Amell married his first wife, fellow Canadian Carolyn Lawrence, on December 8, 2007, in Toronto.[40] The couple divorced in 2010.[41] Amell married actress and model Cassandra Jean on December 25, 2012, in a private ceremony in the Caribbean,[42] and for a second time in New Orleans on May 26, 2013.[43] The couple have a daughter who was born on October 15, 2013. They have a son, born May 13, 2022.[44]


Amell's personal statements and behavior have occasionally drawn controversy. In September 2015, he came under scrutiny after commenting on an incident in Irving, Texas, where a Muslim student was arrested for bringing a disassembled digital clock to his high school. Amell posted a tweet saying that "[s]tereotyping Texas isn't any better than stereotyping Ahmed", referring to the name of the student.[45] The tweet sparked backlash on the internet, prompting Amell to take a break from social media.[46][47][48]

In 2018, Amell faced accusations of disrespecting Black names when he tweeted "my âpölògīés" to respond to comments criticizing his failure to use the acute accent while tweeting singer Beyoncé's name.[49] He later clarified that his omission of the accent was due to being "lazy in the midst of a mediocre joke".[50] Initially, Amell mentioned Beyoncé in the context of missing her Coachella performance to watch an André the Giant documentary.[51]

In 2020, during the Black Lives Matter protests, Amell garnered criticisms, including from comic book writer Tee Franklin, after admitting that racism is a systemic problem but he had not personally "seen it in action".[52]

In 2021, Amell was asked to leave a Delta Air Lines flight traveling from Austin to Los Angeles for yelling at his wife.[53] Amell later explained on a podcast hosted by Michael Rosenbaum that he was intoxicated when the incident took place.[54][55]

In July 2023, Amell was criticized for comments he made at a fan convention regarding the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike. While he expressed support for SAG-AFTRA as his union, he called striking a "reductive negotiating tactic" and "myopic" and seemed to criticize that the strike banned him from promoting the second season of Heels.[56][57] He later clarified his opinion, saying that while he does not like striking, he "[understands] fundamentally why we're here" and stated that his support for the union was unconditional and that he stood with them.[58] Amell did not attend the Arrow cast reunion on the picket line outside the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, California, as he was in New York City at the time, but on the day of the reunion, he was photographed on the picket line in front of the Warner Bros. Discovery offices in New York and reportedly sent his regards to his former showrunners in California. Marc Guggenheim, executive producer of Arrow and organizer of the revival, interpreted his attendance in New York as a symbolic stand in solidarity.[59][60]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Tracey Fragments Detective
2007 Closing the Ring Teddy Gordon
2009 Screamers: The Hunting Guy Direct-to-video
2011 Stay with Me Travis Short film
2016 Code 8 Drone Operator Short film; also producer
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Casey Jones
2018 Mi Madre, My Father Hal Nelson Short film[17]
2019 Code 8 Garrett Kelton Also producer
2024 Calamity Jane Wild Bill Hickok [61]
2024 Code 8: Part II Garrett Kelton Also producer


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 The House Next Door Buddy Harrelson Television film
2006–2008 Rent-a-Goalie Billy Main role
2007 ReGenesis Craig Riddlemeyer 2 episodes
2007–2009 Da Kink in My Hair Matthew 4 episodes
2007–2012 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 The 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 role (season 3); 10 episodes
2011 90210 Jim 2 episodes
2011–2012 New Girl Kyle 2 episodes
2012 Private Practice Scott Becker 7 episodes
2012–2020 Arrow Oliver Queen / Green Arrow Lead role
2013 When Calls the Heart Wynn Delaney Television film
2014–2019, 2023 The Flash Oliver Queen / Green Arrow 9 episodes
2015 Reelside Himself Episode: "Superheroes"
2015 WWE Raw Himself 2 episodes
2016–2020 DC's Legends of Tomorrow Oliver Queen / Green Arrow 6 episodes
2017 American Ninja Warrior Himself Episode: "Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day"
2017–2019 Supergirl Oliver Queen / Green Arrow 3 episodes
2019 Batwoman Oliver Queen / Green Arrow Episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two"
2021–2023 Heels Jack Spade Main role


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Dudes Being Dudes in Wine Country Himself Also co-creator
2015–2016 Vixen Oliver Queen / The Arrow / Green Arrow (voice) 5 episodes
2017–present Being The Elite Himself Cameo
2021–present Shot of Brandi Himself Cameo

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Green Arrow
2014 Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Green Arrow [62]


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