Once Upon a Time Scoop: iZombie's Rose McIver to Return as Tinker Bell

ABC’s Once Upon a Time will get a visit from a most uncommon “common fairy” when iZombie‘s Rose McIver reprises her role as Tinker Bell, TVLine has learned.

“Tinker Bell was integral to Regina discovering her destiny with Robin Hood, so it only stands to reason that with Sean Maguire’s return to the show, our favorite fairy would pop back in for a visit,” Once creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis tell TVLine. “We’re thrilled that Rose McIver was able to join us once again,” in a springtime episode.

McIver first brought Tink to life early in Season 3, as the Neverland arc kicked off, and recurred throughout that season — revealing along the way how Regina first came to learn she had a “soul mate” out there. She is the latest alum set to return in the back half of Season 6, along with the aforementioned Maguire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher (as Ariel) and Alan Dale (as King George).

In addition to her run as iZombie‘s Liv (which resumes Tuesday, April 4, with Season 3), McIver’s previous TV credits include Masters of Sex, the Veronica Mars web series Play It Again, Dick and Power Rangers R.P.M.

Once Upon a Time resumes Season 6 in March.

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  1. Darrel Smith says:

    She doesn’t have far to go as both series are done in and around Vancouver.

  2. Vari says:

    I like Tink
    But i am so tired of hearing about dull Robin Hood, i rather watch paint dry then him and his acting

  3. Nicky says:

    She is probably returning cause of the Black Fairy. And maybe we might see how the Black Fairy get banished cause Tink hinted that she was involved with this.

  4. Nicky Aiuto says:

    Or maybe she is involved for the Wish Realm Robin arc with Regina, Snow and Zelena.

  5. Jason says:

    You can never have too much Rose McIver on your TV screen. And it’s probably nice for her, getting to act without the Liv Moore makeup.

  6. Nicky Aiuto says:

    To the one who posted this spoiler: King George (Alan Dale) is not Charming’s dad. Robert is. You typed wrong.

  7. Rebecca Reiswig says:

    All these characters returning this season just screams ‘last season’ checklist or something. Not saying that’s what’s happening. But I can’t help but think that is all.

  8. Aurelie says:

    i’m so excited about her return i missed Tinkerbell Rose McIver is great i can’t wait

  9. M says:

    Now THIS is the OUAT scoop I like to hear!

  10. Nicky Aiuto says:

    So far the characters that made a return this season are:



    Baelfire/Neal (Flashback and portrait in Wish Realm Only)


    Dr. Frankenstein/Dr. Whale

    Dr. Lydgate

    Gus/Billy (Flashback Only)


    Jiminy Cricket/Archie

    King George

    Liam 2



    Prince Eric

    Prince Henry (Flashback Only)

    Prince Thomas

    Robin Hood (Wish Realm and Flashback Only)

    Ruth (Flashback Only)

    Sheriff of Nottingham

    Stealthy (Wish Realm Only)

    The Dragon

    Tinker Bell (who was just reported in 1/9/17 to return)


    I wonder who will return next whether it is in this season or next. There is always others like Red, Happy, Dopey (different actor), Geppetto, Princess Abigail, Frederick, Maleficent, Lily, Magic Mirror/Sydney Glass, Graham (flashback), Huntsman’s Wolf, Hansel & Gretel, Hansel & Gretel’s Father, Maurice, Jefferson, Grace, Aurora, Phillip, Mulan, Lancelot, Dorothy, Toto, Glinda, Sir Morgan, Nova, & Anton. Maybe even Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Merida.

    • SP says:

      I would to see more Merlin (whether in flashbacks or even if somehow he is alive… After all he was the most powerful sorcerer in all the realms!)

    • kelz says:

      They will probably never bring back the Huntsman because Jamie Dornan is really busy… and they’d likely have to address the fact that Regina killed him in the narrative. I doubt they’ll ever bring it up. Yes they had Henry say it in S1 but that was when Emma didn’t believe in the curse. Obviously they haven’t revisited his murder. I wish they would.

      Or, were you just talking about the a wolf and not the Huntsman/Graham himself?

  11. Chet says:

    Rose is great, but they needed to kill OQ with fire, not revisit it.

  12. bluji says:

    Hope she’d stay around for more than a single episode!

  13. Queen of the Run-on Sentence says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I like this news. I just wish that she was so busy filming extra episodes of iZombie that she didn’t have time to do any OUAT episodes.