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ARROW: Season 2: SPARTACUS’ Katrina Law has been Cast as Nyssa al Ghul

Nyssa Raatko Katrina Law

The CW‘s Arrow taps another Spartacus alum for role. Expect Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter to make an appearance on Arrow, just not Talia. Talia’s half-sister, Nyssa al Ghul (aka Nyssa Raatko), will be the one to deal with the League of Assassins’ Canary problem. Katrina Law will play the role, making her the third veteran of the Spartacus series (joining Manu Bennett, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to be cast on Arrow.

About Nyssa al Ghul:

Ra’s al Ghul had a love child born during his travels in Russia in the 19th century named Nyssa. Enamored by the romantic stories that her mother told her about Ra’s as a child, Nyssa sets out to find Ra’s and eventually locates him at his headquarters in North Africa.

Impressed by her beauty, her warrior skills, and the fact that she was able to locate him, she is promoted to a position similar to that later held by her half-sister, Talia. As a right hand associate, she accompanies him during his adventures. Ra’s is so impressed with her abilities, he even allows Nyssa to use his Lazarus Pits. Like her sister Talia, Nyssa eventually becomes disenchanted with Ra’s genocidal plans to “cleanse the Earth,” and disassociates herself from her father sometime in the early 19th century. Ra’s reluctantly approves this, believing that she will return to him and that she and/or her children will become his future heirs. To his disappointment, Nyssa refuses to give herself or her family to him, causing him to disown her permanently. He does however allow her to keep a Lazarus Pit for herself and, much to his surprise, she finds a way to reuse it, allowing her to survive until modern times.

About Katrina Law:

Katrina Law (born 1 January 1985 in Deptford, NJ) is an American actress. She represented New Jersey in the Miss Teen USA Pageant. Law is also the lead singer and bass player in her band “Soundboard Fiction”. She played the role of Mira (a slave in the house of Batiatus) in the Starz television series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Spartacus: Vengeance.
Law worked alongside director Adrian Picardi with producers Eric Ro and Don Le, to create a low budget web series called “The Resistance”. Picardi was the series’ official creator and director.

In 2011, Law completed an action-oriented project called “3 Minutes” with director Ross Ching, producers Don Le and George Wang, starring Harry Shum, Jr., Stephen “tWitch” Boss (the runner up on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (season 4), and herself. Law’s mother is Taiwanese.

Katrina Law will debut, as Nyssa al Ghul, in episode thirteen of Arrow‘s second season: “Heir to the Demon.”

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Sources: TVGuide, Wikipedia (1, 2 )


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