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Carly Hannah Chaikin (born March 26, 1990) is an American actress. She began acting in 2009 and received her breakout role two years later, co-starring as Dalia Royce in the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. She played the role until the series' cancellation in 2014, and one year later began playing the role of Darlene in the critically acclaimed USA Network television drama Mr. Robot.

Carly Chaikin
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Chaikin at the Social Animals Premiere in 2018
Carly Hannah Chaikin

(1990-03-26) March 26, 1990 (age 29)
EducationThe Archer School for Girls
Years active2009–present


Early lifeEdit

Chaikin was born in Santa Monica, California, to a cardiologist father and a physiotherapist mother. She was raised Jewish.[1][2]

She went to The Archer School for Girls, a high school in Los Angeles. During this time she played a variety of sports, including volleyball, softball, basketball, and soccer.[3]


In 2009, Chaikin landed the role of Veronica in the film The Consultants, released December 4, 2010 in the US. The same year, Chaikin starred alongside Miley Cyrus in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' The Last Song, initially released in the US on March 31, 2010. She played the role of Blaze, the antagonist of the film, a rebel that stirs up trouble for Ronnie, played by Cyrus.[4]

In 2011, Chaikin was cast as Dalia Oprah Royce in the ABC sitcom Suburgatory alongside Jeremy Sisto and Cheryl Hines.[5][6] Chaikin's character, Dalia, was the mean girl to Jane Levy's Tessa,[7] Her performance received universal acclaim; she quickly became a fan favorite and her performance a popular highlight of the show.[8][9][10] Chaikin originally auditioned for the role of Tessa.[11] Chaikin wrote a series of articles as her character, Dalia, for the magazine, Parade.[12] As her character, Dalia, she shot a music video called "You Missed A Spot." In 2013, Chaikin was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Suburgatory[13] and was discussed as a potential Emmy nomination.[14] The series ended its run on May 14, 2014.[15]

Chaikin appeared in the 2012 independent film My Uncle Rafael starring John Michael Higgins.[2]

In addition to acting, Chaikin is a writer and producer of short films, including Happy Fucking Birthday, and Nowhere to Go, which was honored at the First Glance Film Festival in 2013.[16]

In 2014, Chaikin was cast in the USA Network TV series, Mr. Robot,[17][18] starring Rami Malek ("Elliot") and Christian Slater ("Mr. Robot").[19] She plays the programmer Darlene, part of the fsociety group which writes malicious rootkit code.[20][21] At the 2015 SXSW film festival, the show won the Audience Award for Episodic TV shows.[22][23] Mr. Robot was picked up for a second season. Mr. Robot has received widespread critical acclaim. Chaikin auditioned for the roles of both Angela and Darlene. She said that it was a great pilot and that the bad-ass nature of the character really appealed to her.[24]

Chaikin emceeing the 2016 NAMI Los Angeles Walk and introducing Secretary of State Alex Padilla

In 2015, Chaikin guest-starred on Marc Maron's TV show, Maron, as Tina, a college teaching assistant whom Marc's friend (played by Adam Goldberg) has slept with.

Personal lifeEdit

She knew she wanted to be an actress since she was 11.[25]

Chaikin is also a painter, focusing on acrylics and oil, with some mixed media collage.[3] Although she took painting classes growing up, Chaikin says that she is mostly self-taught.[26]

She has 11 tattoos, one of which features song lyrics by Bob Dylan.[27]

Chaikin is involved with the charitable organization National Alliance on Mental Illness, which conducts research and support for people and their families impacted by mental illness. She served as emcee of NAMI Walks in both 2016 and 2017, as well as raised money for the organization, including matching incoming donations.[28][29] In the past she has recorded PSAs for the group.[30]

On September 3, 2018, she announced she was engaged to longtime boyfriend, Ryan Bunnell.[31]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Consultants Veronica
2010 The Last Song Blaze
2011 Escapee Lynne Petersen
2012 My Uncle Rafael Kim
2013 In a World... Excruciating
2015 Bad Blood Frances
2017 People You May Know Oakley
2018 Social Animals Claire


Year Title Role Notes
2011–2014 Suburgatory Dalia Royce Main cast; 50 episodes
2012 Harder Than It Looks Katie 2 episodes: "Sisters" and "The Tutors"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Brittany Episode: "16 Hop Street"
2015 Maron Tina Episode: "Professor of Desire"
2015–present Mr. Robot Darlene Alderson Main cast; 33 episodes
2019 Into the Dark Danielle Williams Episode: "New Year, New You"

Shorts and web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Harder Than It Looks Katie Web series; 2 episodes
2012 Nowhere to Go[32] Austyn short film; also writer and executive producer
2013 Happy Fucking Birthday Maddy McDowell short film
2014 Dissonance Julia short film; also producer
2014 Literally[33] Hello Giggles shorts[21]
2016 Into Me[34] short film; also writer, executive producer and editor

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2013 13th FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood Best Shorts Too (shared with Robert May)
Nowhere to Go
3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards[35] Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
15th Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Villain Nominated


  1. ^ "Carly Chaikin, Celebrity – Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b Steely, Jon (March 2010). "Introducing Carly Chaikin". Venice Magazine. Archived from the original on 11 June 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b Garron, Barry (22 August 2011). "SM Native Quickly Becomes TV Star". Santa Monica Patch. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  4. ^ O., Courtney (16 June 2009). "The Last Song Goes Into Production". MovieWeb. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (9 March 2011). "Jeremy Sisto to star in ABC comedy pilot Suburgatory". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  6. ^ Ng, Philiana (17 October 2012). "Suburgatory Co-Stars Tease 'Sweet' Dallas-George Moments, Barely-There Outfits and Epic Dance-Offs". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  7. ^ Ryan, Maureen (9 May 2012). "Suburgatory's Dalia Speaks: Carly Chaikin On One Tan And Funny Chatswin Resident". Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  8. ^ Stanhope, Kate (5 March 2013). "Suburgatory's Carly Chaikin on Taking Dalia's Crazy to New Heights, Her Throwdown with Tessa". TV Guide. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  9. ^ Acord, Tanner; Nededog, Jethro (26 March 2014). "Drinking With the Star: Suburgatory's Carly Chaikin on Dahlia's Signature Faces, Meddling in Lisa's Marriage Proposal (Video)". The Wrap. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  10. ^ Prudom, Laura (6 March 2013). "Suburgatory: Carly Chaikin Previews Dalia's Revenge, Dry Crying And 'How To Be A Baby'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  11. ^ Redd, Nancy (5 August 2013). "Carly Chaikin on The New Season of Suburgatory". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Suburgatory's Dalia Royce". Parade. 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  13. ^ "HBO, FX Lead Critics' Choice TV Awards – But Where Are Mad Men, Modern Family?". Deadline Hollywood. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  14. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (19 July 2013). "Carly Chaikin of Suburgatory". HitFix. Archived from the original on 20 October 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  15. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 9, 2014). "Suburgatory, Super Fun Night canceled by ABC". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  16. ^ "Dalia Royce Played by Carly Chaikin". ABC. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  17. ^ Ng, Philiana (11 September 2014). "'Suburgatory,' 'Her' Alums to Co-Star in USA's Hacker Drama Mr. Robot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Darlene – Played by Carly Chaikin". USA Network. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  19. ^ "Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin join USA pilot Mr. Robot; Rupert Evans in Amazon's Man in the High Castle". Deadline Hollywood. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  20. ^ Tang, Jenny (9 April 2015). "Interview with Mr Robot cast at SXSW 2015". Nerdgeist. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  21. ^ a b Nickalls, Sammy (24 June 2015). "Nerding out with Carly Chaikin: On her new show Mr. Robot, and her HelloGiggles series Literally". Hello Giggles. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  22. ^ Wiese, Christina (21 March 2015). "2015 SXSW Film Audience Award Winners Announced". SXSW. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  23. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (25 March 2015). "Review: What is Mr. Robot, and Why Did It Win the SXSW Audience Award?". Indiewire. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  24. ^ "Christian Slater: Mr. Robot Q&A – Film 2015". SXSW. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  25. ^ Hinojosa, Stacy (14 March 2012). "Exclusive: Carly Chaikin Suburgatory Interview". Cambio. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  26. ^ Liza, Darwin (24 April 2014). "Artist in Residence: Carly Chaikin". Nylon. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  27. ^ Brody, Caitlin (16 October 2012). "Suburgatory's Carly Chaikin is Nothing Like Her Character, Dalia. Count the Tattoos for Proof!". Glamour. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  28. ^ Carly Chaikin - Team 'Mr. Robot'. "Comments". Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  29. ^ "Comments". 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  30. ^ NAMI (2016-05-19). "#StigmaFree: Carly Chaikin". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  31. ^ "Mr. Robot Star Carly Chaikin Is Engaged: See Her Ring". E!#E! Online. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  32. ^ Nowhere to Go on Vimeo
  33. ^ "Literally". YouTube. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  34. ^ "Into Me". YouTube.
  35. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly; Wilson Hunt, Stacey (10 June 2013). "Critics' Choice Television Awards: Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 July 2015.

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