Tara Strong is a Canadian-American actress, voice actress, singer, and successful businesswoman. She is best known for voicing Timmy Turner in The Fairly OddParents, Bubbles in The Powerpuff Girls (1998 TV series), Raven in Teen Titans and its spin-off Teen Titans Go, and Twilight Sparkle in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Harley Quinn in the video game Batman: Arkham City, Maguro in Sushi Pack, as well as Miss Collins in the Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush.
Tara Lyn Charendoff was born on February 12, 1973 to Syd and Lucy Charendoff. Her parents ran a convenience/toy/candy store called The Wiz; Syd had also worked as a pharmacist. She and her older sister Marla were raised in Toronto, Ontario. Her acting career began when she volunteered to be a soloist in a school production at age four. Soon, she began acting in the Yiddish Theater; though she did not know Yiddish, she memorized her lines phonetically. During this time, she also performed at the Toronto Jewish Theater (TJA), where she acted in A Night of Stars, and was featured in an audiotape for "Lay Down Your Arms" with the Habonim Youth Choir. She sang the lyrics in both English and Hebrew, a feat she repeated on February 10, 2005, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel during the March of the Living dinner in honor of then-Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.
At age 13, she 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 in the midst of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.