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Oliver Queen (Arrow)

Played by: Stephen Amell

Oliver Queen
(Stephen Amell)

a billionaire playboy turned hooded vigilante, who is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. After surviving a ship wreck on an isolated island for five years, Oliver returns to his home city with a mission to right the wrongs of his father and save the city from the crime that has grown in his absence. When developing the series, producer Marc Guggenheim expressed that the creative team wanted to "chart [their] own course, [their] own destiny", and opted to cast a new actor (Amell) in the role of Oliver Queen; the Green Arrow character had previously appeared on Smallville from 2006 to 2011, portrayed by Justin Hartley.

Amell was one of the first actors to audition for the role, and Kreisberg felt that he "hit the target from the outset" and "everyone else just paled in comparison". The actor, who was already in shape from Rent-a-Goalie, did physical fitness training at Tempest Freerunning Academy out of Reseda, California.

Amell received archery training as well, which included watching a video on how archery has been displayed inaccurately or poorly in television and film before learning the basics of shooting a bow. For Amell, the appeal of portraying Queen was that he saw multiple roles tied to the same character: "There’s Queen the casual playboy; Queen the wounded hero; Queen the brooding Hamlet; Queen the lover; Queen the man of action, and so on

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Stephen Amell
(born May 8, 1981)

is a Canadian actor, known for portraying Oliver Queen in The CW series Arrow.

Amell played Adam in the first season of the television series Dante's Cove; he was replaced in the second season by Jon Fleming. Amell, credited as Steve Amell, appeared in three episodes of the fourth season of Queer as Folk as the Liberty Ride spinning instructor in 2004.

In 2007, Amell won a Gemini Award for his guest-starring role on ReGenesis. The same year he was also nominated for a Gemini...


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