John Barrowman and Alex Kingston on the set of Arrow.
Quick note re: the casting of Alex Kingston on Arrow—they’ve also cast Colin Salmon, who played Dr. Moon in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead, as Oliver’s stepfather, Walter. Fans for sure!
Doctor Who star Alex Kingston has signed up to play Dinah Lance, the estranged mother Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) in Arrow.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Dinah Lance will make her debut later in 2013, seeking to make amends with the family she deserted following the death of her daughter – Laurel’s sister – Sarah (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) in the accident that marooned Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).
As we’ve mentioned before, the Arrow executive producers are huge fans of Who. First they cast Jack in a key role, now they’ve cast River.
I’m a lifelong Doctor Who fan. Like Peter Davison/Colin Baker, lifelong fan. So, when John Barrowman’s name came up for this part, they said, “Well, you should call him, Andrew,” which was amazing. I basically laid out the plan that we had for his character, and who he is and how he relates to everybody and what’s going on because we didn’t have a lot written, and I said, “So, I guess I’m asking you to take a leap of faith.”
He said, “It’s funny, seven years ago, Russell T. Davies told me to take a leap of faith with him, and I hear your passion and creativity the way I heard his. So, let’s do it!”
What’s most exciting is that he’s not playing Jack. This is a completely different character. He’s just such a tremendously talented actor, and it’s one of the things we’re most proud of with the show.
hat tip to Digital Spy
Torchwood fans stateside will be pleased to hear that a familiar face will be popping onto their telly screens this fall. Entertainment Weekly reports John Barrowman has nabbed a reoccurring role in the CW’s upcoming action drama Arrow.
The new series is based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, which centers on billionaire playboy Oliver Green, who, after spending five years shipwrecked on an island, returns home and assumes a secret vigilante identity to make amends and fight the ills of society.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Barrowman will play a “well-dressed man who is as mysterious as he is wealthy … he is an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City.”