Who is Stephen Amell?
Stephen Amell is a Canadian film and TV actor, best known for his roles in films like ‘Closing the Ring’, ‘Stay with Me’, and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’. His portrayal of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in the television series ‘Arrow’ made him popular, and earned him four awards. Through five seasons now, he portrays the lead role of a superhero. The show has found so much success that it has spawned a number of other series that make up the network's 'Arrowverse'. Recently in an interview, Amell said that if ‘Arrow’ goes into season 6, then the superhero, the role he plays, should be humorous, and if the show goes beyond that, then he should be more socially conscious. During his school and college days, Amell had a keen interest in sports, and supported and campaigned for local sporting teams. He is also a wrestler and did a television program on wrestling, where he confronted Stardust. Amell has another side to his character—he loves getting involved in social activities and helps charities by fundraising for them.
In 2004, Stephen Amell appeared in the fourth season of a television series ‘Queer as Folk’, as a spinning instructor. The series ran from December 2000 to August 2005. He portrayed Adam in the first season of a television series ‘Dante's Cove’ in 2005. It is an American LGBT-oriented supernatural soap opera, which continued till 2007. However, in the second season, Jon Fleming replaced him.
In 2007, he did two films, ‘The Tracey Fragments’, where he played the role of a detective; and ‘Closing the Ring’, where he portrayed Teddy Gordon. The same year, he made a guest appearance in ‘ReGenesis,’ a television series. The series ran for four seasons. He bagged a Gemini Award for his guest-role on ‘ReGenesis’. Also that same year, he was nominated for the Gemini Award in the Best Ensemble Cast Category for ‘Rent-a-Goalie’, a comedy television series.
In 2010, he portrayed recurring roles in the comedy TV series ‘Da Kink in My Hair’, and ‘Heartland’, a family drama. In December the same year, he joined ‘The Vampire Diaries’, an American supernatural television series, where he portrayed Brady. He also portrayed Travis in ‘Blue Mountain State’, a comedy series.
In 2011, Stephen Amell appeared as Joran van der Sloot in a television film ‘Justice for Natalee Holloway’. In October the same year, he starred in HBO's series, ‘Hung’, where he played Jason, a busboy-turned-prostitute. He also portrayed Jim in the fourth season of ‘90210’ in 2011. He also filmed the Christmas episode of ‘New Girl’, a television series. The same year, he did the short film ‘Stay with me’ as well, where he portrayed Travis.
In 2012, he played the recurring role of Scott Becker in ‘Private Practice’. He was then cast as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in an American action crime television series ‘Arrow’, for which he won a Best Ever TV Award 2015 for Best Couple and Steamiest Moment (shared with Emily Bett Rickards) and MTV Fandom Award in the category Ship of the Year. In 2015, he did ‘Reelside’, a Canadian documentary television series.
In 2016, he did two films, ‘Code 6’ and an action adventure film ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’, and won CinemaCon Award for Male Star of Tomorrow for portraying Casey Jones in the latter.
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Stephen Amell is a wrestling fan and appeared in two episodes of ‘WWE Raw’, a wrestling television program. In May 2015, he made his first WWE appearance on ‘WWE Raw’. He returned to Raw on August 10 and faced Stardust. Later it was announced that Neville would team up with him to face Stardust and King Barrett at SummerSlam. On August 23, 2015, Amell, along with Neville, defeated Stardust and Barrett. He was awarded a Slammy for the ‘Celebrity Moment of the Year’ for his dive onto Stardust.
Stephen Adam Amell was born on May 8, 1981, in Toronto, Ontario, to Sandra Anne and Thomas J. Amell. Actor Robbie Amell is his first cousin. He attended St. Andrew's College and had a keen interest in sports. He was a fan of local sporting teams like Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Toronto Blue Jays. In 2015, he campaigned for Jays' third baseman Josh Donaldson to be elected to the all-star team. After he moved to Los Angeles, he supported LA Kings and LA Rams.
He married Carolyn Lawrence, on December 8, 2007. Later after his divorce, he married actress Cassandra Jean on December 25, 2012. They have a daughter, Maverick, who was born in 2013.
He, and his business partner, also own a wine company called Nocking Point.