Hynden Walch is an American actress, voice actress, writer and singer who rose to fame in the early 2000s for voicing computer-animated characters, such as Penny Sanchez on Nickelodeon's 'ChalkZone', Elsie on Disney Channel's 'Stanley', Ace on Cartoon Network's 'Justice League', and Starfire on Cartoon Network's 'Teen Titans'. Later, she became very popular for providing the voice for Princess Bubblegum on Cartoon Network's 'Adventure Time'. She has voiced Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn in the animated films 'Batman: Assault on Arkham' and 'Batman: Hush'. She has provided voice to video games like 'Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble!', 'The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest', and 'Kingdom Hearts Re: coded', and is particularly known for providing the English voice of Hitomi in 'Dead or Alive Xtreme 2' and 'Dead or Alive Paradise', and Viridi, the Goddess of Nature, in 'Kid Icarus: Uprising'. She has also acted in the live-action films 'Groundhog Day' and 'Jerry Maguire', and had a recurring role on the series 'The Untouchables'.
Rise to Stardom
After completing her graduation from UNC, Hynden Walch went to Chicago, Illinois, where she performed in several plays including 'The Rise and Fall of Little Voice' on Broadway, in which her performance as the title character earned her the 'Outer Critics Circle Award'. She made her television debut in the telefilm 'Angel Street' in 1992 and debuted on the big screen the following year in the role of Debbie in the fantasy comedy film 'Groundhog Day' starring Bill Murray. Throughout the decade, she continued to act in films and telefilms such as 'Angela', 'Jake's Women', 'Sudden Manhattan', and 'Jerry Maguire'. On television, she played the recurring role of Mae Capone on the crime drama series 'The Untouchables' in 1993-94.
In the following years, she made guest appearances on series such as 'Law & Order', 'The Practice', 'The Drew Carey Show', 'Charmed' and 'NYPD Blue'. However, during the early 2000s, she became more popular for providing voice to various animated characters such as Elsie on the Disney Channel show 'Stanley' (2001-04), Penny Sanchez on the Nickelodeon show 'ChalkZone' (2002-08), Ace on Cartoon Network's 'Justice League' (2003-05) and 'Justice League Unlimited' (2005), and Starfire on Cartoon Network's 'Teen Titans' (2003-06). She has reprised several of these characters on television, in films, and in video games over the years, and has also provided voice to more memorable characters later in her career.
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Hynden Walch's other notable voice roles on television during the 2000s included Amy Stapleton in 'Immortal Grand Prix', Valina in 'Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!', various roles in 'American Dragon: Jake Long', Emiri Kimidori/Sonou Mori in 'The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya', Amish Girl/Rainbow Monkey Leader in 'Codename: Kids Next Door', Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn in 'The Batman' and Jean Grey in 'The Super Hero Squad Show'. She voiced both Young Cassandra and Young Bruce Wayne in the direct-to-video film 'Batman: Gotham Knight' in 2008.
In 2010, she provided additional voices to the Disney animated musical 'Tangled' and began voicing one of her iconic characters, Princess Bubblegum, on the Cartoon Network fantasy animated series 'Adventure Time'. The same year, she provided voice to several video games including 'Dead or Alive Paradise', 'Ninety-Nine Nights II', 'The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest', and 'Kingdom Hearts Re: coded'. In 2011, she began voicing Lockette/Amore on the Nickelodeon series 'Winx Club' and Bubblemonkey/Nikki Nickel on Disney's 'Doc McStuffins', which she continues to do.
Since 2013, she is also reprising her role as Starfire on 'Teen Titans Go!', apart from providing several other voices. She also voiced Starfire/Blackfire on 'DC Super Hero Girls' in 2015-18. Her film voice-roles in the current decade include Tiny Fish in 'Back to the Sea', Lena/Joan in 'Big Top Scooby-Doo!', Yo-Yo in 'Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox', Hannah Grace in 'Justice League: War', Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn in 'Batman: Assault on Arkham' and 'Batman: Hush', and Starfire in several of the 'Teen Titans' movies.
Family & Personal Life
Heidi Hynden Walch was born on February 1, 1971, in Davenport, Iowa, United States. She was only 11 years old when she began acting professionally on stage. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, from where she majored in voice (soprano) at the age of 16. As a high school senior, she was awarded the Presidential Scholarship in the Arts in Drama in 1989, which allowed her to study at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She subsequently enrolled into University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to study American Literature and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in 2005. She founded the Hillside Produce Cooperative, a free neighborhood monthly exchange of local, organically grown food, for which she was named runner up 'Citizen Entrepreneur of the Year' by Global Green USA.
She has been married to Sean McDermott since 1999.