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Thank you for the incredibly warm welcome, beyond excited to join the cast of @OnceABC & will represent Tiger Lily with fervor and pride!
—Sara Tomko src

Sara Tomko is the American actress who portrays Tiger Lily on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Sara Tomko is of Polish, Slovak and Native Heritage. From 2001 to 2005, she studied at James Madison University in Virginia, where she got a BA in Theatre and Dance.[1] During her degree, she won a theatre scholarship, the Steven Snyder Memorial Award, which recognizes a creative achievement in Experimental Theatre.[2] From 2005 to 2007, she was a part of Shadowbox Live in Columbus, Ohio, where she studied Sketch Comedy and Cabaret. Eventually, she attended Los Angeles' Playhouse West acting school from 2011 to 2014.[1]

Sara's first main role was on Scott Wheeler's Journey to the Center of the Earth in 2008.[1] After that, she appeared on many short films such as 2009's Touching the Sky, 2010's Weight of the Sun, 2013's Painted Perfect or 2014's Not Funny. In 2012, she played the supporting role of Minnie on Nir Paniry's Extracted.[1] She is also an active theater actress in Los Angeles, as she was cast on Lola's Catering, Yerma or Tree of Life: Frida Kahlo.[1]

In 2015, Sara played the role of the Cave Woman in The Leftovers's season two premiere. Her performance was praised by the critics, while her scene was described as a "stunning, wordless opening".[3] That same year, she appeared on Matt Osterman's 400 Days. In 2016, she guest starred as Dr. Blackhorse on NBC's Heartbeat.[1]


Thank you @OnceABC for letting me be apart of that hope 🧚🏼‍♀️ May the whole show, cast & crew, find a new hope #everonward.[4]
  • Has her own user page on the Once Upon a Time Wiki.


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