Rebecca Mader

Rebecca Leigh Mader (born 24 April 1977)[1][2] is an English actress, best known for her roles as Charlotte Lewis in the ABC series Lost, and as Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the West, on ABC's Once Upon a Time.

Rebecca Mader
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Rebecca Mader in May 2017
Rebecca Leigh Mader

(1977-04-24) 24 April 1977 (age 43)
OccupationActress, producer
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Joseph Arongino (?–2008; div.)
Marcus Kayne (m. 2016)

Life and careerEdit

Mader was born in 1977 in Cambridge, England.[1] She worked as a model in New York City for a year, appearing in adverts for L'Oréal, Colgate and Wella Hair. She began her television career on the ABC daytime soap operas All My Children as Morgan Gordon, and One Life to Live as Margaret Cochran.[3] She also appeared on the soap opera Guiding Light in 2003.

Mader has made number of guest appearances on television shows. In 2006, she had a series regular role of the short-lived Fox legal drama Justice. In 2008, Mader began starring as anthropologist Charlotte Lewis on ABC series Lost.[4] She appeared in the show from 2008 to 2009 and in two episodes in 2010. In 2011, she had a recurring role on No Ordinary Family, and in 2012, she made a guest starring appearance on the Fox science-fiction series Fringe as Jessica Holt.[5] Also in 2012, Mader starred in the short-lived ABC comedy series Work It.[6]

In June 2013, Mader made her stage debut in the role of Barrie in the one-act comedy The Third Date at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.[7]

In December 2013, Mader was cast as the Wicked Witch of the West, a new antagonist for the second half of the third season of Once Upon a Time.[8] She also made guest appearances during the second half of the fourth season and was later promoted to a series regular for the fifth and sixth seasons.[9] In May 2017, Mader announced that she would not be returning for the seventh season of the show due to a creative decision by the showrunners.[10] However, in September 2017, it was announced that Mader would be reprising her role as Zelena in a recurring capacity for the second half of the seventh season.[11] In all, she made seven appearances in the seventh season, including the series finale "Leaving Storybrooke".

In May 2020, during the COVID-19 lockdown in California, Mader created the "At Home with Sean and Bex" interview series on YouTube with Once Upon a Time co-star Sean Maguire.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Mader's first husband was businessman Joseph Arongino, whom she divorced in 2008.[13]

On 29 December 2014, Mader announced her engagement to producer Marcus Kayne.[14] The two were married on 23 November 2016[15] and had a son in 2019.[16]


Mader in January 2015


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Mimic 3: Sentinel Carmen Direct-to-video
Replay Belinda Brown
2005 Hitch Uncredited Cameo
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Jocelyn
2007 Great World of Sound Pam
2008 The Rainbow Tribe Mrs. Murray
2009 The Men Who Stare at Goats Debora Wilton
2010 Ceremony Esme Ball
The Big Bang Zooey Wigner
2011 Cougars, Inc. Mary
2013 Iron Man 3 Sweat shop agent
2014 It's Gawd! Holly


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Madigan Men Kim Episode: "Bachelors"
2001 Third Watch Mandy Episode: "Exposing Faith"
2003 All My Children Morgan Gordan Series regular; 17 episodes
Fastlane Nicole Martin Episode: "Monster"
Guiding Light Tony's Mystery Woman 2 episodes
2004 One Life to Live Margaret Cochran Series regular
Samantha: An American Girl Holiday Aunt Cornelia TV film
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Melanie Ferris Episode: "The Abominable Showman"
Stella Pretty Girl Episode: "Meeting Girls"
Starved Puma Girl / Heather Episodes: "Pilot", "3D"
2006 Conviction Hannah Episode: "Breakup"
Love Monkey Grace 3 episodes
2006–2007 Justice Alden Tuller Main role
2007 Mr. and Mrs. Smith Jordan TV pilot
Private Practice Leslie Episodes: "In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl from Somewhere Else"
2008–2009; 2010 Lost Charlotte Lewis Main role (seasons 4–5); starring (season 6)
2009 Ring of Deceit Madison Byrne TV film
2010 Law & Order: LA Rebecca Townley Episode: "Pasadena"
2011 Second City This Week Celebrity Guest Episode: "Pilot"
No Ordinary Family Victoria Morrow Recurring role
Covert Affairs Franka Episode: "Half a World Away"
Friends with Benefits Ariel Episode: "The Benefit of Avoiding the Mindbanger"
Alphas Griffin Episode: "Blind Spot"
2012 Work It Grace Hudson Main role
Fringe Jessica Holt Episodes: "Brave New World: Part 1", "Brave New World: Part 2"
White Collar Abigail Kincaid Episode: "Honour Among Thieves"
30 Rock Super Hot Lady Episode: "My Whole Life Is Thunder"
2013 Drop Dead Diva Mistress Robin Episode: "Jane's Secret Revealed"
2014 Warehouse 13 Lisa Da Vinci Episode: "Endless Terror"
Blue Bloods Tori Parsons Episode: "Most Wanted"
2014–2018 Once Upon a Time Zelena
Wicked Witch of the West
Kelly West
Recurring role (seasons 3–4, 7); main role (seasons 5–6)
2015 Hawaii Five-0 Nicole Booth Episode: "Ua'aihue"


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Aim High Miss Walker 4 episodes


  1. ^ a b "England & Wales Births 1837–2006". Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2011. Birth year: 1977
  2. ^ Rebecca Mader [@bexmader] (24 April 2015). "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 13 September 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Rebecca Mader". Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (10 September 2008). "Rebecca Mader joins 'Goats' herd". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press.
  5. ^ "Fringe Nabs Rebecca Mader, Jersey Housewives Season 4 Premiere Date and More". TVLine. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Work It canceled". TV Series Finale. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  7. ^ "The Third Date". Hollywood Fringe Festival. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  8. ^ Hibberd, James (16 December 2013). "'Once Upon a Time' reveals Wicked Witch". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Once Upon a Time promotes Sean Maguire, Rebecca Mader to series regulars". Entertainment Weekly. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (12 May 2017). "'Once Upon A Time': Rebecca Mader Confirms She Won't Return". Deadline. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  11. ^ Mitovich, Matt (20 September 2017). "Once Upon a Time: Rebecca Mader to Return for Multiple Season 7 Episodes". TVLine. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
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  13. ^ Finn, Natalie (30 December 2014). "Rebecca Mader Is Engaged! Check Out the Once Upon a Time Star's Dazzling Ring". E! Online. Archived from the original on 22 December 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  14. ^ Mader, Rebecca [@bexmader] (29 December 2014). "It's Official" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Rebecca Mader [@bexmader] (12 December 2016). "We are thrilled to announce that on the 23rd of Nov, Marc and I became Husband and Wife!" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 29 November 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2016 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Mader, Rebecca [@bexmader] (7 November 2019). "Dear Milo. You came into the world on Monday and you made us a family. Thank you for making our dreams come true. We love you so much and will never let you go. Love Mummy & Daddy (and Bella🐶) 👶🏻💙 @marcuskayne" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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