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Juliana Jay Harkavy[2] (born January 1, 1985) is an American actress writer and singer. She is known for portraying Rebecca in Dolphin Tale, Jessie in To Write Love on her Arms, and Alisha in the television series The Walking Dead. Her roles include a starring role in the horror film Last Shift, and a reprise of her role as Rebecca in Dolphin Tale 2.[3][4][5][6][7] She is currently a series regular on The CW superhero series Arrow, portraying Dinah Drake / Black Canary.[8]

Juliana Harkavy
Juliana Harkavy, 2017 (cropped).jpg
Harkavy in 2017
Juliana Jay Harkavy

(1985-01-01) January 1, 1985 (age 34)
OccupationActress, writer, musician
Years active1996–present
Peter Christopher Kupchick (m. 2014)

Early life and educationEdit

Harkavy was born in New York City. She is the daughter of Berta Carela and Michael Harkavy, who is the former Senior Vice president of Warner Bros. Entertainment Worldwide Publishing, Kids' WB Music, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.[citation needed] Her professional acting career began when she was 10 years old.[citation needed]

Harkavy trained at the Young Actors Space in Sherman Oaks, California for nine years. She attended her first year of high school at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, where she became fluent in French,[citation needed] and did part of her schooling in the South of France. She earned her high school diploma from the Milken Community High School in Los Angeles, California.[citation needed]After high school, Harkavy attended The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she majored in Theater in the Sanford Meisner studio.[9]


Harkavy’s first acting job was at age 10 in a commercial for the Fox Kids series Goosebumps, based on the popular horror-book series.[citation needed] Her first role in a major motion picture was an uncredited role in the 1995 version of A Little Princess, directed by Alfonso Cuarón.[citation needed]

Harkavy starred in the 2011 film If You Only Knew about early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. She stars as Jessica Loren in the horror film Last Shift.[10][11][12]

Harkavy starred in the 2010 short film Whatever Lola Wants. Nominated for a Best Actress Award at the 2011 University of Miami Canes Film Festival[13] Harkavy is the star in the short film The Lost Doll directed by James Walhberg.[14]

Harkavy plays Alisha, a survivor involved with the Governor on The Walking Dead. She appeared in two episodes: "Dead Weight" and "Too Far Gone".[15]

In 2016 she was cast in the fifth season of the CW show Arrow, in the recurring role of Detective Tina Boland,[16] whose true name is revealed to be Dinah Drake, acting as the new Black Canary.[8] She was promoted to series regular for the show's sixth season, which began airing in the fall of 2017.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Harkavy has described herself as "a Dominican Jew", although her mother was born Catholic.[18][19] She also said that her ancestors were from Russia, Hungary, the Dominican Republic, Africa, and China.[20]

She has lived in New York, New Mexico, New Jersey, California, Florida, and France.[citation needed] On June 19, 2014, she married Peter Christopher Kupchick (son of State Rep. Brenda Kupchick and Peter Kupchick) .[1]

She plays the piano, the guitar, and the flute.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 A Little Princess Girl in India
2005 Flushed Groupie Short
2006 Love is Blind Crystal
My Super Ex-Girlfriend Passerby
2010 Whatever Lola Wants Lola Short movie, nominated for Best Actress Award at UM Canes film festival.
2011 Dolphin Tale Rebecca
If You Only Knew Louise
2012 A Feeling from Within Stacey
2013 Finding Joy Pretty Young Woman
House of Bodies Tisha
Marriage Material Madeline
2014 Dolphin Tale 2 Rebecca
Last Shift Officer Jessica Loren
2015 To Write Love on Her Arms Jessie Filmed in 2011, released in 2015


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Glades Amy Episode: "Doppelganger"
2011 Big Mike Janette Ogilvy TV movie
2013 Graceland Alex Episode: "Heat Run"
The Walking Dead Alisha Episodes: "Dead Weight", "Too Far Gone"
2014 Constantine Sarah Episode: "Blessed are the Damned"
2016 Below the Surface Kelly TV movie
2017–2020 Arrow Dinah Drake / Black Canary Recurring role (Season 5); Main role (Season 6-8)
2017 The Flash Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 3"
2017 Legends of Tomorrow Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 4"


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  3. ^ "'Dolphin Tale 2' filming underway at Clearwater Aquarium". On Location Vacations. October 18, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Matt (February 16, 2012). "RENEE Movie Image and Set Photo". Collider. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "Anthony DiBlasi Directing Horror Pic 'Paymon'". Deadline. June 28, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "Picture - Juliana Harkavy Los Angeles, California, Saturday 17th September 2011 | Photo 2588460". September 17, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "Meet The Cast". Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Speed Weed & Sarah Tarkoff (writers) & Mark Bunting (director) (February 1, 2017). "Second Chances". Arrow. Season 5. Episode 11. The CW.
  9. ^ "ABCD". Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  10. ^ "Chiller | Scary Good". July 29, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  11. ^ Turek, Ryan (June 25, 2013). "First Official Image from Anthony DiBlasi's Paymon". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  12. ^ "Character one-sheets released for Dread director's unique sounding chiller 'Paymon' » Horror Cult Films - Movie Reviews of Obscure, Weird, Strange, Horror and Cult Cinema". Horror Cult Films. July 10, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  13. ^ "Canes Film Festival". Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  14. ^ "The Lost Doll Short Film PSA Commercial". Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  15. ^ Dessner, Dina (December 1, 2013). "Geek League Interview - Juliana Harvkavy, "Alisha" On 'The Walking Dead'". Geek League of America. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  16. ^ "TVLine Items:Arrow's New Detective" "TVLine", Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  17. ^ "Arrow Ups Rick Gonzalaz & Juliana Harkavy To Season 6 Regulars". "Deadline Hollywood". April 13, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
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  20. ^ "That's right! That's mom's side. Pops is Russian/Hungarian". Twitter. February 7, 2017.

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