Once Upon a Time/Cora

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Cora/Queen of Hearts
Once Upon a Time
Actors Barbara Hershey
Rose McGowan (young)
Jennifer Koenig (Hat Trick)
First Appearance 1x17 - Hat Trick
Last Appearance -
Series Billing Series: Guest
Episode Count 17
Notable Episodes 1x18 - The Stable Boy
2x02 - We Are Both
2x09 - Queen of Hearts
2x16 - The Miller's Daughter

Cora is a powerful sorceress from the magical land of the Enchanted Forest and mother of the Evil Queen, Regina. Originally the poor daughter of a miller, Cora is an evil woman who uses her powers for her own benefit, often harming others, including her own family. She acquired magic through her master and former lover, Rumplestiltskin, and, determined to climb in the social ladder, ripped her own heart out so she wouldn't be affected by her scruples.

Her machinations to force Regina into marrying King Leopold ended by her daughter banishing her to Wonderland, where she became the notorious Queen of Hearts. When Regina unleashed an evil curse on the entire realm, most of the land was destroyed and its inhabitants transported to a land without magic. However, with the aid of Captain Hook, Cora found her way back to the Enchanted Forest and was among a group of people in a secluded part of the land which went untouched by Regina's curse.

It is later revealed that she had another daughter, Zelena, who became the Wicked Witch of the West, whom she abandoned when she was born. She is played by Barbara Hershey and has appeared in seventeen episodes to date.


Basic Information

Episode Appearances

  1. 1x17 - Hat Trick[1]
  2. 1x18 - The Stable Boy
  3. 2x02 - We Are Both
  4. 2x03 - Lady of the Lake
  5. 2x04 - The Crocodile
  6. 2x05 - The Doctor[2]
  7. 2x08 - Into the Deep
  8. 2x09 - Queen of Hearts
  9. 2x10 - The Cricket Game
  10. 2x12 - In the Name of the Brother
  11. 2x14 - Manhattan
  12. 2x15 - The Queen Is Dead
  13. 2x16 - The Miller's Daughter
  14. 3x16 - It's Not Easy Being Green[3]
  15. 3x18 - Bleeding Through
  16. 4x20 - Mother
  17. 5x12 - Souls of the Departed
  18. 5x19 - Sisters

Additionally, Cora has appeared in one episode of the spin-off series, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

  1. 1x11 - Heart of the Matter

Character History

Memorable Moments




  1. The Queen of Hearts's face is obscured in the episode. She is potrayed by Jennifer Koenig, although Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz revealed in the podcast for "Queen of Hearts" that it was actually Barbara Hershey who provided the voice for the character.
  2. Archive footage.
  3. A hooded Cora is featured in past events shown by the Wizard of Oz.