Ciara Renée Harper, better known as Ciara Renée is an American actress, singer, and musician. She is best known for her roles on Broadway as The Witch in Big Fish and the Leading Player in Pippin, as well as portraying Esmeralda of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse. She starred as Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl in the CW series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, a spin-off of Arrow and The Flash. Her vocal type is mezzo-soprano.
Renée guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU in the fall of 2014 on NBC. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and animated Disney film of the same name, Renée took on the role of Esmeralda in a musical adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Paper Mill Playhouse in association with the La Jolla Playhouse from March 15 to April 5 of 2015, a performance the NY Daily News described as “earthy and lovely”.
In March 2015, it was announced that Renée had been cast as Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl in The CW’s spin-off series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, an expansion of the network’s existing universe of DC Comics adaptations. She joins co-stars Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Franz Drameh, Dominic Purcell, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller, and Arthur Darvill. Renée made a special guest appearance as Kendra Saunders on the first-season finale of The Flash on May 20, 2015.