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Tara Lyn Charendoff-Strong (born February 12, 1973) is a Canadian-born Jewish American actress, voice-over artist, comedian, musician, singer, and businesswoman, perhaps best known for voice acting in animated films and television.


Early life and career

Born in Toronto, Ontario, to Jewish Canadian parents, Strong's acting career began when she volunteered to be a soloist in the school production at age four. Soon, she began acting in the Yiddish Theater; though she didn't speak the Yiddish language, she memorized her lines phonetically. During this time, she also performed at the Toronto Jewish Theater, where she acted in A Night of Stars, and was featured in an audiotape for "Lay Down Your Arms" with the Habonim Youth Choir, where she sang the lyrics in both English and Hebrew[1], a feat she repeated on February 10, 2005, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel during the March of the Living dinner in honor of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger[1]

At age thirteen, Strong was accepted into a performing arts school, where she landed her first professional role: the role of Gracie in the Limelight Theater's production of The Music Man. That same year, she booked a guest starring role in Mr. T's T. and T.. Afterwards, she landed the title role in Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater and starred in the short-lived CBC Television sitcom Mosquito Lake before moving to Los Angeles. [1]

Strong is the voice behind a multitude of North American animated characters, including main roles in The New Batman Adventures as Batgirl; Fillmore! as Ingrid Third; The Rugrats and All Grown Up! as Dil Pickles; The Powerpuff Girls as Bubbles; Ben 10 as Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Benwolf, and Buzzshock; The Fairly OddParents as Timmy Turner and Poof; Xiaolin Showdown as Omi; Teen Titans as Raven; Drawn Together as Princess Clara and Toot Braunstein; The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World as Hip and Hop Koopa; Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends as Terrence; Transformers Animated as Sari Sumdac, Slipstream, Slo-Mo, Strika, Red Alert, Mayor Edsel's press secretary, and additional voices; the singing voice of Meg Griffin and additional voices on Family Guy; and currently does voice of Betty Boop in commercials with Tress MacNeille.

She has also lent her voice to Japanese anime such as Spirited Away, Sailor Moon, and Princess Mononoke, as well as several video games, including her work as Elisa and Ursula in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops; Paz Ortega Andrade in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker; Seth Balmore in Lost Odyssey; Rikku in Final Fantasy X, its sequel Final Fantasy X-2, and Kingdom Hearts II; Norma Beatty in Tales of Legendia; and Talwyn Apogee in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and its sequel, Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (both of which reunite her with her Final Fantasy X/Drawn Together co-star James Arnold Taylor). Numerous sources have stated that she also voiced Bowser Jr. in Super Mario Sunshine and went uncredited for the role. She is currently known for having voice acted in the most cartoons, surpassing voice actor Tom Kenny.[2]

She has appeared in live roles in National Lampoon's Senior Trip, Sabrina Goes to Rome, Sabrina, Down Under, Mosquito Lake, and The Last White Dishwasher. She also made guest appearances on such shows as Forever Knight, Street Legal, Touched by an Angel, Take Home Chef, Party of Five, Comic Book: The Movie, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and 3rd Rock from the Sun.[1] It was announced that she is to appear as the character Miss Collins in Nickelodeon's upcoming live action series Big Time Rush. Strong has been nominated four times for an Annie Award, and once for a Daytime Emmy. [1]

In 2004, she won an Interactive Achievement Award for her role as Rikku in Final Fantasy X-2. She also served as the announcer for the 2000 Kids' Choice Awards, appeared as a guest at several fan conventions (including BotCon, Jacon, Comic-Con International, and Anime Overdose), and was featured on the front cover of the July/August 2004 issue of Working Mother magazine, where she was quoted as saying "My son is now old enough to respond to my work. To me, that's what it's all about." [1]

Personal life

Strong is Jewish, a vegetarian (having been raised kosher)[3] and has one sister, Marla. She also takes classes in Cardio Barre to stay fit. Prior to her marriage, she was originally credited under her maiden name, Tara Charendoff.

She is married to American actor Craig Strong; they have two sons - Sammy James Strong (born February 2, 2002), and Aden Joshua Strong (born August 25, 2004). She and Craig are the founders of VoiceStarz, Inc., an Internet-based company which teaches people how to get into the voice-over business, of which Craig is the CEO. They currently reside in Toluca Lake, California with their sons and their two dogs, Abby and Baci[1].


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Princess Mononoke Kaya
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun
1998 Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island Leena
1999 Can of Worms Lula
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Batgirl/Barbara Gordon
2000 The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Melody
2001 Spirited Away Boh
2002 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Additional Voices
2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
2002 Ice Age
2002 The Powerpuff Girls Movie Bubbles, Female Child 1, Female Citizen 1
2002 Tarzan & Jane Hazel
2002 Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring Nibbles
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie
2003 The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris
2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Barbara Gordon
2004 The Toy Warrior
2005 The Batman vs. Dracula Vicki Vale
2005 Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone
2005 The Proud Family Movie Bebe, Cece, Cashew
2006 Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas Priscilla Pig
2006 Bratz Genie Magic Katia
2006 Leroy & Stitch Angel [4]
2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks Mercy Graves
2006 Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Raven
2007 Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix Ben Tennyson
2007 Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams Sharma
2007 Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme April Strange
2007 TMNT Additional Voices
2007 The Aristocats II (Aborted) Marie
2008 Bolt Additional Voices
2008 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning Adella and Andrina (various voices)
2008 Secrets of the Furious Five Young Tigress
2008 The Last White Dishwasher Tamara Swanson
2009 Wonder Woman Alexa
2010 The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! Princess Clara, Toot Braunstein
Television (Live action)
Year Film Role Notes
1989 The Long Road Home
1989 Mosquito Lake Tara Harrison
1991 Married to It Student in Pageant
1992 A Town Torn Apart
1992 The Judge
1992 Forever Knight
1993 Family Pictures
1993 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
1993 Ready or Not
1994 Reform School Girl
1994 Skin Deep
1994 Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story
1995 National Lampoon's Senior Trip Carla Morgan
1995 Party of Five
1998 Sabrina Goes to Rome Gwen
1999 Sabrina, Down Under Gwen
1999 Touched by an Angel
1999 Black Mask Additional Voices
1999 Candid Camera
2004 Comic Book: The Movie
2006 Take Home Chef Herself (live)
2007 The Bad Girls Club Season 2 Narrator
2008 According to Jim [5]
Television (Animation)
Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Care Bears
1986 Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater Hello Kitty
1986 T. and T.
1986 Desiree's Wish Waitress
1987 Garbage Pail Kids Patty Putty
1987 Maxie's World
1987 My Pet Monster
1987 The Wild Puffalumps Holly
1989 Babar Young Celeste
1989 Beetlejuice Clare, Bertha
1990 The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Lemmy "Hip" Koopa and Iggy "Hop" Koopa
1990 Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures
1990 Madeline Chloe
1990 Piggsburg Pigs!
1991 Here's How!
1991 ProStars
1991 Super Mario World Lemmy "Hip" Koopa and Iggy "Hop" Koopa
1991 Wish Kid
1992 X-Men Magik
1993 The Incredible Dennis the Menace
1993 Tales from the Cryptkeeper
1994 Tekkaman Blade II Yumi Francois/Tekkaman Hiver
1995 Gadget Boy & Heather Heather
1995 Little Bear Tutu
1995 The Schnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show Toulouse
1996 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Additional voices
1996 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Girl
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Kazrina
1997 101 Dalmatians: The Series Spot, Two-Tone
1997 Channel Umptee-3
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters Kylie Griffin
1997 Healthspells
1997 The New Batman Adventures Batgirl/Barbara Gordon
1997 Pepper Ann Brenda
1997 King of the Hill
1998 Gadget Boy's Adventures In History Heather
1998 The Powerpuff Girls Bubbles
1998 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Molly Dolly
1999 Detention Shareena Wickett
1999 The Kids from Room 402
1999 Mona the Vampire
1999 The Powerpuff Girls Bubbles
1999 Sonic Underground Additional Voices
2000 Clerks: The Animated Series Giggling Girl
2000 Sailor Moon S additional voices
2001 The Proud Family Bebe and Cece Proud, Puff
2001 The Fairly OddParents Timmy Turner, Poof, Britney Britney, Additional voices
2001 Lloyd in Space Cindy's Nice Head
2001 Thomas and Friends Bridgett Hatt
2002 Codename: Kids Next Door Mushi Sanban
2002 Fillmore! Ingrid Third
2002 Gotham Girls Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, Elizabeth Styles
2002 The Paz Show Rabbit
2002 Kim Possible Tara, Joss Possible, Britina
2002 Totally Spies! Various characters
2002 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Terry/Alexandra Viggi/Trudy
2003 The Animatrix Crew Woman ("Final Flight of the Osiris") / Nurse ("World Record") / Misha ("Beyond")
2003 Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks Dannan 'O Mallard / Molly Winks
2003 Justice League Sera, Queen
2003 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Angel
2003 Shaman King Young Yoh
2003 Teen Titans Raven, Kitten, Kole
2003 Xiaolin Showdown Omi
2004 Danny Phantom Ember McLain, Star, and Penelope Spectra
2004 Drawn Together Princess Clara, Toot Braunstein
2004 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Terrence, various characters
2004 6teenStarr
2004 The Infinite Darcy
2004 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Little Girl
2005 American Dragon: Jake Long Kara & Sara, Veronica, Stacey
2005 Avatar: The Last Airbender Mai's mother, Actress Azula
2005 Ben 10 Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Future Gwen, Buzzshock, Benwolf, Lucy, Ken Tennyson, Sandra Tennyson, Additional voices
2005 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Gabriella/Mom Howler
2005 The Buzz on Maggie Dawn Swatworthy
2005 Camp Lazlo Amber, Tootie, & Honey
2005 Family Guy Meg Griffin's singing voice
2005 The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Roger, Lila the Sasquatch
2006 Justice League Unlimited Johnny
2006 Legion of Super-Heroes Alexis Luthor/Esper/Emerald Empress
2006 The Replacements Sierra, additional voices
2007 My Friends Tigger & Pooh Porcupine
2007 The Boondocks Cindy McPhearson
2007 Chowder Truffles
2007 Phineas and Ferb Additional voices
2007 Sushi Pack Maguro
2007 Transformers Animated Sari Sumdac, Slipstream, Slo-Mo, Strika, Red Alert, Mayor Edsel's press secretary, Carly, Teletran-1
2008 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Daizy "Dazed"
2008 Ben 10: Alien Force Princess Attea (1 episode)
2008 Wolverine and the X-Men Marrow, Dust, X-23, Firestar, Stepford Cuckoos, Magik/Illyana
2009 The Powerpuff Girls Rule! Bubbles
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Huntress [6]
2009 The Goode Family
2009 The Penguins of Madagascar Additional voices
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show H.E.R.B.I.E., Invisible Woman, Scarlet Witch,Brynnie Bratton, Destiny
Video Games
Year Game Role Notes
2000 Icewind Dale Yxunomei
2000 Orphen: Scion of Sorcery
2000 Sacrifice
2001 Batman Vengeance Batgirl/Barbara Gordon
2001 Final Fantasy X Rikku
2001 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
2002 Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat Mara
2002 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
2002 Whacked! Lucy, Charity
2003 Final Fantasy X-2 Rikku
2004 Hot Shots Golf Fore! Emma
2004 Jak 3 Keira, Seem
2004 La Pucelle: Tactics Goddess Poitreene, Chocolat
2004 Ninja Gaiden Rachel
2004 Shrek 2 Lil' Red
2004 Spyro: A Hero's Tail Ember, Flame
2004 Tales of Symphonia Presea Combatir, Corrine
2005 Jak X: Combat Racing Keira
2005 Killer7 Kaede Smith
2005 Psychonauts Sheegor
2005 Shrek SuperSlam Red Riding Hood
2005 Tales of Legendia Norma Beatty
2005 Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble Captain Blue Jr..
2005 Xenosaga II Sakura Mizrahi
2005 X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Blink
2006 Blue Dragon Kluke
2006 Cartoon Network Racing Bubbles
2006 Family Guy Video Game! additional voices
2006 Justice League Heroes Supergirl
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Rikku
2006 Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Elisa & Ursula
2006 Ninja Gaiden Sigma Rachel
2006 Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams Arin
2006 Xiaolin Showdown Omi
2007 Ben 10: Protector of Earth Ben Tennyson
2007 Gurumin: A MonstrousAdventure Cream, Mosby, and Baby Tokaron
2007 Lost Odyssey Seth
2007 Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Talwyn
2008 Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty Talwyn
2008 Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World Presea Combatir
2008 Line Rider 2: Unbound Bailey
2008 Wii Music Melody Tute
2008 Crash: Mind over Mutant Additional Voices
2009 Fat Princess Princess
2009 Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall Bubbles
2009 Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier Keira
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
2009 Watchmen: The End is Nigh
2009 Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Rachel, Sanji
2010 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Paz


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