Tuesday, January 22, 2013
ARROW Casts Alex Kingston as Dinah Lance
Entertainment Weekly reports that Doctor Who and E.R. actress Alex Kingston is joining the CW series Arrow in a recurring guest-star role. Kingston will be playing Dinah Lance, the mother of Katie Cassidy's character Dinah "Laurel" Lance and ex-wife of Paul Blackthorne's character Quentin Lance. Later this season, Dinah will return to Starling City to "make amends with her family that she abandoned years earlier following the tragic death of her daughter (Sara) aboard Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) yacht."
Kingston is the second major star from Doctor Who to appear in a recurring role on Arrow, after John Barrowman signed on to play Malcolm Merlyn, father to Oliver's best friend Tommy. Arrow producer Andrew Kreisberg is "a lifelong Doctor Who fan," who asked Barrowman to be a part of the show and developed Malcolm Merlyn around him. Interestingly, Kingston appeared in the Doctor Who two-parter "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead" with Colin Salmon, who plays Walter Steele on Arrow.
On the 2002 TV series Birds of Prey, actress Lori Loughlin played Carolyn Lance, a similar version of the Golden Age Black Canary, Dinah Drake Lance. This character was also the estranged mother of the young Dinah depicted in the series.
Personally, I'm just hoping that Dinah's first words to Laurel are "Hello, sweetie..."