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Stephen Amell (born May 8, 1981) is a Canadian actor who portrays Oliver Queen / Arrow in the television series Arrow.

Personal life

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

He married American actress and model Cassandra Jean on December 25, 2012 in a private ceremony in the Caribbean, and for a second time in New Orleans on May 26, 2013. The couple has a daughter born in 2013.

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 seriesDante'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. The same year he was also nominated for a Gemini Award in the Best Ensemble Cast Category for Rent-a-Goalie.

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.

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

In January of 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.

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. He also appeared as Jim in the fourth season of 90210.

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

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

On November 6, 2014, Amell joined comedy Whatever Makes You Happy based on the novel-of-the-same-name by William Sutcliffe.

Amell will play Casey Jones in the sequel to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in 2016, as well as co-starring with Susan Sarandon in the film adaption of the novel,Whatever Makes You Happy. A release date is yet to be announced with filming commencing in June 2015.

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