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Rose McIver is the New Zealand actress who portrays Tinker Bell on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Frances Rose[3] McIver was born on October 10,[1] 1988 in Auckland, New Zealand to ceramicist Ann "Annie" Coney and photographer John George "Mac" Whitfield McIver and raised in the suburb of Titirangi.[2] She has one older brother named Paul, who is an actor and musician.

Her first role in the acting business was at age two in a television commercial and went on, at age three, to take up a part in the 1993 film The Piano and other acting gigs as a child star.[4] She has a knack for running[5] as well as writing by gathering creative motivation from authors like John Steinbeck, Wally Lamb and Franz Kafka.[4] After starring in the New Zealand 2009 film The Lovely Bones, she enrolled at the University of Auckland to study various subjects including psychology, anthropology and linguistics, that helped garner potential to strengthen her own acting abilities.[4] While actively shooting the 2010 film Predictament, Rose juggled both university classes and an acting career with school grades suffering as a downside, though she stated what was most important is exploring topics of interest and not worrying about coming up on top all the time.[4]

When she is not on a filming set, Rose seeks out secondary work in babysitting and importing bananas with Fair Trade as a part-time job as a necessary means to pay bills. Deciding the school arts degree could wait, she made a spontaneous move to Wellington in 2010 with architect boyfriend Benjamin Hoeksema.[2][4] Currently, she resides in Los Angeles with actor Fleur Saville.[6]


David Anders
(Victor Frankenstein / Dr. Whale)
Show in general Anders plays fellow main character Blaine DeBeers, one of the main antagonists of the series and the one who turned Rose's character into a zombie
Ty Olsson (Hordor) "Pilot" Murder suspect
Tom Pickett (Bishop) "Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?" Patron at an art gallery Rose's character attends
Manny Jacinto (Quon) "Liv and Let Clive" Murder victim
Christopher Gauthier
(William Smee)
"Virtual Reality Bites" Murder victim
Gabrielle Giraud (Royal Aide) "Virtual Reality Bites" Murder victim's neighbor
Alison Wandzura (Hostess) "Virtual Reality Bites" Murder suspect
Barclay Hope (Lily's Adoptive Father) "Maternity Liv" Murder victim's father
Chad Rook (Captain Ahab) "Maternity Liv" Murder suspect
Aaron Douglas
(Fendrake the Healer)
"Dead Air" and "Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother" Murder suspect
Aleks Paunovic (Berkley) "Patriot Brains" One of Blaine DeBeers's henchmen
David Bloom (Mr. Krzyszkowski) "Mr. Berserk" Murder victim's editor
Andrea Brooks (Charlotte) and Max Lloyd-Jones (Jacob) "Mr. Berserk" Murder suspect (Lloyd-Jones) and his lover (Brooks)
Ryan Hesp (Quartermaster) "Mr. Berserk" Bartender who serves Rose's character
Matthew MacCaull (Knight #1) "Mr. Berserk" and "Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat" Hitman contracted to kill Rose's character
Leah Gibson (Nyx) "Astroburger" Murder victim's friend
Todd Thomson (Business Man) "Blaine's World" Doctor performing surgery on the brother of Rose's character
Jonathan Whitesell (Hercules) "Zombie Bro" Murder victim
Grayson Gabriel (Adult Roderick) "Zombie Bro" Murder suspect
Raphael Sbarge
(Jiminy Cricket / Archie Hopper)
"Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues" Murder suspect
Sandy Robson (Perp) "Method Head" Propmaster of a TV show where the lead actor is murdered on set
Jillian Fargey (Fairy Godmother) "The Whopper" Murder victim's mother
Kacey Rohl (Megara) "Eternal Sunshine of the Caffeinated Mind" Murder suspect (in addition, Suzy Joachim (Madame Leota) plays the victim)
Bruce Blain (Desk Sergeant) "He Blinded Me... With Science" Bartender who serves Rose's character
Richard Meen (Coachman) "Pour Some Sugar, Zombie" Patron at a strip club who hits on Rose's character
Chad Riley
(Black Knight and Jafar's Guard)
"Pour Some Sugar, Zombie" Detective who works with the boyfriend of Rose's character; questions her about his disappearance
Zak Santiago (Prince Henry) "Pour Some Sugar, Zombie" Murder suspect
Jason Simpson (Adda) "Reflections of the Way Liv Used to Be" Henchman of one Rose's character's enemies; gets beaten up by her
Sarah Grey (The Princess) "Reflections of the Way Liv Used to Be" Murder victim's friend
Andre Tricoteux
(Argyle and the Massive Brawler)
"Dead Beat" One of Blaine DeBeers's henchmen; accompanies Blaine when Rose's character is forced to turn to the latter for help
Paul Lazenby (Claude) "Salivation Army" Security guard trying to apprehend Rose's character
Keith Blackman Dallas (Cabbie) "Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother" Security guard who witnessed a zombie attack
Michael Soltis (Black Knight) "Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother" and "Five, Six, Seven, Ate!" Paramedic who delivers a body to Rose's character
Michasha Armstrong (Guard) "Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother" and "Zombie Knows Best" Murder victim
Sally Pressman (Helga) "Zombie Knows Best" Murder suspect's wife
Teach Grant (Dead Eye) "Eat a Knievel" Murder victim's friend
Nelson Wong (Paramedic) "Eat a Knievel" Murder suspect
Kylee Bush (Young Woman) "Eat a Knievel" Murder suspect's girlfriend
Chilton Crane (Hilda Braeburn) "Return of the Dead Guy" Murder suspect's widow
Leana Yu (Woman Customer) "Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 2" Producer of a news program; Rose's character intercepts the broadcast
Giacomo Baessato (Grif) "Are You Ready for Some Zombies? and "You've Got to Hide Your Liv Away" Murder suspect
Ryan Booth (Man) "Are You Ready for Some Zombies?" One of Blaine DeBeers's henchmen
Dan Payne
(Captain of the Guard and Ivo)
"Blue Bloody" Murder suspect
Cory Rempel (Clayton) "Brainless in Seattle, Part 1" Customer at Blaine DeBeers's bar; witnesses a kiss between him and the girlfriend of Rose's character's partner
Christie Laing (Maid Marian) "Brainless in Seattle, Part 1", "Brainless in Seattle, Part 2", "My Really Fair Lady" and "All's Well That Ends Well" Police officer who works in the same precinct as Rose's character
Samuel Patrick Chu
(Frightened Soldier)
Multiple episodes of the fourth and fifth season Spectator watching a public execution with Rose's character; helps her smuggle in a sick girl to Seattle
Nicholas Carella (Bartender) "My Really Fair Lady" Security guard Rose's character distracts during a heist
Jasmine Lukuku (Mrs. Lewis) "Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Brain" Desk clerk who helps Rose's character track down a murder suspect
Toby Levins (Sergeant and Sentry) "Insane in the Germ Brain" Murder suspect
Lee Tichon (Guard) "Dead Lift" Murder victim
Nels Lennarson
(Jabberwocky Guard)
"Dead Lift" Murder victim's friend
Dejan Loyola (Rafi) "Dot Zom", "The Scratchmaker" and "Killer Queen" Teacher hired by Rose's character to home-school zombie orphans taken under her wing
Bill Dow (Mayor Tomkins) "Dot Zom" Murder suspect
Daniel Jeffery (Carl) "Filleted to Rest" Murder victim's employee
Matty Finochio
(Tweedledee and Marcus Tremaine)
"Filleted to Rest Murder suspect
Eric Keenleyside
(Maurice / Moe French)
"Death of a Car Salesman" Murder suspect
Seth Isaac Johnson
(Young Hansel)
"Killer Queen" and "Bye, Zombies" Dying child who Rose's character houses and takes under her wing
Kelly-Ruth Mercier (Store Manager) "All's Well That Ends Well" Woman who sits next to Rose's character on a plane



Year Title Role
1993 The Piano Angel
1997 Topless Women Talk About Their Lives Sally
1998 Flying Josie
2002 Toy Love Lucy
2006 Ozzie Cailtin
2007 Knickers Emily
2009 The Lovely Bones Lindsey Salmon
2010 Dangerous Ride Renee
2010 Predicament Maybelle
2013 Blinder Sammy Walton
2013 Light Years Charlotte


Year Title Role
1993 Shortland Street Holly
1994 Hercules and the Amazon Women Girl (Hydra)
1994 Hercules in the Underworld Ilea
1994 Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur Ilea
1995 Riding High Billy
1995–97 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Ilea
1999 Xena: Warrior Princess Daphne
2002 Murder in Greenwich Sheila McGuire
2002 Mercy Peak Gwyneth Couch
2003 P.E.T. Detectives Genevieve
2003 Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off Hannah
2004 Maiden Voyage Jenny
2006 Maddigan's Quest Garland
2007 Rude Awakenings Constance Short
2007 Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board Valerie
2009 Legend of the Seeker Alice
2009 Power Rangers R.P.M. Summer Landsdown / Yellow Bear RPM Ranger
2011 Super City Candice
2011 Tangiwai Nerissa Love
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bridget Byron
2012 Cassandra French's Finishing School for Boys Cassie
2013–14 Masters of Sex Vivian Scully
2013–17 Once Upon a Time Tinker Bell
2014 Petals on the Wind Cathy Dollanganger
2015–19 iZombie Liv Moore


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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