The actress will take over the role of DC Comics heroine Katana on Arrow Season 3, CW sources confirm, after Devon Aoki was forced to depart the series due to a scheduling conflict.
Known as Tatsu Yamashiro, Katana is a sword-wielding martial arts guru will serve as one of Oliver’s mentors via flashbacks this fall, becoming a crucial influence on his journey to becoming the hero we all know and love.
Arrow Season 3 premiers on October 8 at 8/7c.
You can watch Arrow online to catch up before then and you can go back in time below to see where the stars were before arriving in Startling City:
Amell lead up to his stunning turn as Arrow by way of Nick Harwell in Heartland (2007-2012), a hooker in the Showtime series Hung (2011) and hunky fireman Scott Becker in Private Practice (2012), where he wooed older woman Violet (Amy Brenneman).
Amell started out on Queer as Folk as a spinning instructor in 2004 before he landed a part on Dante's Cove, an LGBT-friendly mystery series (2005). Along the way he was on several other series in bit or recurring roles, including The Vampire Diaries and 90210 (both 2011). He also played Joran Van Der Sloot in TV movie, Justice for Natalie Holloway that same year.
On his way to Diggle-dom, Ramsey played with Dexter as Anton Briggs (2008-9), was Al Druzinski in Outlaw (2010) and Mayor Carter Poole in Blue Bloods (2011-2013), a part that ran concurrent to Diggle. That's not where it started....
Ramsey has had a long career, with his first credited role in horror film Scared Stiff in 1987. He had various parts before landing the lead as a pastor in UPN's Good Ones. Later he had bits in Charmed, The West Wing, Ghost Whisperer and Castle, among others.
Katie's first noted role was in The Division in 2003. She then had some series work with a focus in movies such as When a Stranger Calls and Black Christmas in 2006, before landing the recurring role of Ruby (#1) in Supernatural in 2007 and a significant part on Harper's Island in 2009, the same year she joined the Melrose Place reboot as Ella.
Holland had parts in Legion (2010) and Straw Dogs (2011) during her tenure on Gossip Girl as Agnes Andrews from (2008-12). Think she ever saw Katie Cassidy on set? There was another famous TV Star she met with earlier...
Holland's first role was in a movie called Ordinary Madness in 2001. She went on to play Kaitlin Cooper (#2, after Shailene Woodley) on The O.C., on which she roomed at boarding school with a character played by Lucy Hale!
Before reaching Starling City, Blackthorne was Stephen Saunders in 24 (2004), Wizard (yes, as in witch) Harry Dresden in The Dresden Files (2007-08), Shane Healy in Lipstick Jungle (2008-9), Christian Harper in The Gates (2010) and Clark Quietly in The River (2011) and that ain't all!
Blackthorne started his career in the UK in 1999 on a TV series called Peak Practice. When he arrived in the states he starred in Presidio Med with Dana Delaney in 2002 and took a part on ER as Dr. Lawson in 2004.
Haynes was best known as Jackson Whittemore on Teen Wolf before he donned the red hood, a role he played from 2011-12. Before that he had a guest role in The Nine Lives of Chloe King and was a werewolf in...
Haynes has small parts in CSI: Miami (2007), Pushing Daisies (2008) and Melrose Place (2009) before landing a significant role in the horror series The Gates in 2010, in which he starred as Brett Crezski, a teen werewolf!
Before poping on the mask, Lotz was in a horror movie called The Pact in 2011 and another called The Machine in 2012. Concurrently to Arrow, she's been featured as Don Draper's "niece" in Mad Men (2010-14). Before that? Find out...
Lotz got her start in Bring It On: All or Nothing in 2006 as a cheerleader. The movie starred Hayden Panettiere. She landed the part of Officer Kirsten Landry in MTV's Death Valley (a zombie series) in 2011.
Barrowman has had a great time being moderately good and evil. Before Malcolm he had a role in Zero Dark Thirty and helmed Torchwood as Captain Jack Harkness (2006-11), a character he created for the Doctor Who series. Before that? Click on!
In 1995 Barrowman landed the part of Peter Fairchild in C.P.W. (formerly Central Park West) alongside Madchen Amick and Lauren Hutton for his first credited role! Woot! He was in Titans in 2001 and stole our hearts as Captain Jack Harkness in a recurring role when Doctor Who returned in 2005.
Felicity: What's going on? Ray? Ray: Oliver Queen is the Arrow. Felicity: What? Ray: I have a 140 IQ and three PhDs, but it's pretty hard to insult my intelligence, but I'm pretty sure you just did. It all makes sense now. Your, ah, sudden disappearances, your apprehension of helping me with my mission. You've been working with the Arrow this whole time.