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Dinah Lance
Dinah Lance
Occupation Professor of Greek and medieval history at Central City University
Status Alive
Family Laurel Lance (daughter)
Sara Lance (daughter; deceased)
Quentin Lance (ex-husband)
unnamed husband
Actor Alex Kingston
"Come over to academia, the fun never ends"
—Dinah Lance[src]

Dinah Lance is a professor of Greek and medieval history at Central City University. She is the mother of Laurel Lance and the late Sara Lance, as well as the ex-wife of Quentin Lance. After Sara's apparent death, she left her husband and her surviving daughter. However, 6 years later (in 2013) she returned to make amends with her family and to tell Laurel that she believed Sara to still be alive. Dinah felt the most guilty for Sara's death as, unlike her ex-husband or Laurel, she knew and eventually let Sara go with Oliver Queen on the boat. However, unlike Quentin or Laurel at the time, Dinah never blamed Oliver for Sara's supposed death.


Season 1Edit

In "Dead to Rights", Dinah sends Laurel a text which Laurel doesn't bother to respond and even check the message. Dinah appears at Laurel's door, saying that Sara might still be alive.

In "The Huntress Returns", she tells her ex-husband, Quentin Lance that Sara is still alive. Quentin hesitant to believe, Dinah shows that the island Oliver was on had many islands surrounding. She then shows a photo of a woman on one of the islands in a Starling City Rockets hat who looks similar to Sara Lance.  Laurel learns from the Chinese Embassy that the girl is in Starling City and contacts her. They learn the girl in the photo is Jenn, a girl who went to Zhengjiu for a year which is mandrain for Salvation. Later, Laurel asks how Sara brought the hat to the trip because Dinah was so sure the girl was Sara because of the hat, not because she looks like Sara. She admits she was there when Sara was packing and that she let her go without attempting to stop her and begins to think she was responsible for Sara's death. She visits Laurel one last time to return to Central City which Laurel tells her mother she can call anytime if she wants to talk, forgiving her.

Season 2Edit

In "Heir to the Demon", when Laurel apparently overdosed Dinah returned to Starling to visit her with Quentin and Oliver. However later she was kidnapped by a member of the League of Assassins to be used as leverage to get Sara to return to them, mainly Nyssa al Ghul. Much later Quentin found Dinah with Sara confirming what Dinah had thought all along, that Sara was still alive. However Sara then passed out from self poisoning. Out of rage Nyssa tried to kill Dinah and Quentin until the The Arrow intervened. After the fight was over Quentin and Dinah had a proper reunion with Sara as Laurel arrived in shock. Though Dinah was overjoyed that Sara was home, Laurel wasn't and even threw a glass of wine at her out of rage in front of Dinah.

In "Time of Death", 

Abilities Edit

  • Maternal Instincts: Dinah is shown to have strong maternal instincts when it comes to her children. The entire six years Sara "died" she still maintained the feeling Sara was alive somewhere but when Sara actually died, she lost those feelings, leading her to believe Sara had died without needed to be told.



Season 1

Season 2

Season 3


  • In the DC comics, Dinah Drake Lance is the original Black Canary from the Justice Society of America.
  • Dinah's maiden name is currently unknown.
  • In "Salvation", before leaving for Central City she says "I'll be home in a flash". A reference to the future TV Series "The Flash".


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