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Carly Hannah Chaikin

(1990-03-26) March 26, 1990 (age 34)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present
Ryan Bunnell
(m. 2021; separated 2023)

Carly Hannah Chaikin (born March 26, 1990) is an American actress. Her acting career began in 2009 and she received her breakout role two years later, co-starring as Dalia Royce in the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. She played the role until the series' cancellation in 2014, and one year later began playing the role of Darlene in the USA Network thriller drama series Mr. Robot.

Early life

Chaikin was born in Santa Monica, California, to a cardiologist father and a psychotherapist mother. She was raised Jewish and has a sister.

She attended The Archer School for Girls and the New Roads School. During this time she played a variety of sports, including volleyball, softball, basketball, and football.


2009–2011: Early career

Chaikin knew she wanted to be an actress since she was 11. During high school, she decided to forgo college and dedicate herself to acting.

In 2009, Chaikin landed the role of Veronica in the film The Consultants, released December 4, 2010 in the US. The same year, Chaikin starred alongside Miley Cyrus in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' The Last Song, initially released in the US on March 31, 2010. She played the role of Blaze, the antagonist of the film, a rebel that stirs up trouble for Ronnie, played by Cyrus.

2011–2014: Early television work and Suburgatory

In 2011, Chaikin was cast as Dalia Oprah Royce in the ABC sitcom Suburgatory alongside Jeremy Sisto and Cheryl Hines. Chaikin's character, Dalia, was the mean girl to Jane Levy's Tessa, Her performance received universal acclaim; she quickly became a fan favorite and her performance a popular highlight of the show. Chaikin originally auditioned for the role of Tessa. Chaikin wrote a series of articles as her character, Dalia, for the magazine, Parade. As her character, Dalia, she shot a music video called "You Missed A Spot." In 2013, Chaikin was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Suburgatory and was discussed as a potential Emmy nomination. The series ended its run on May 14, 2014.

Chaikin appeared in the 2012 independent film My Uncle Rafael starring John Michael Higgins.

In addition to acting, Chaikin is a writer and producer of short films, including Nowhere to Go, which was honored at the First Glance Film Festival in 2013.

2014–present: Mr. Robot

In September 2014, Chaikin was cast in the USA Network TV series, Mr. Robot, starring Rami Malek ("Elliot") and Christian Slater ("Mr. Robot"). She plays the programmer Darlene, one of the show's central characters, who is a member of the fsociety group and writes malicious rootkit code. Chaikin auditioned for the roles of both Angela and Darlene. She said that it was a great pilot and that the bad nature of the character really appealed to her. Mr. Robot has received widespread critical acclaim. At the 2015 SXSW film festival, the show won the Audience Award for Episodic TV shows. Chaikin was a series regular for all four seasons of Mr. Robot.

Carly Chaikin NAMI
Chaikin, emceeing the 2016 NAMIWalks Los Angeles, and introducing Secretary of State Alex Padilla

During the five years Chaikin was involved with Mr. Robot, she also appeared in three independent films, the 2015 thriller Bad Blood, the 2017 comedy People You May Know, and the 2018 rom-com Social Animals, as well as filmed the currently unreleased film Last Moment of Clarity. In 2015, Chaikin guest-starred on Marc Maron's TV show, Maron, as Tina, a college teaching assistant. In 2019, she was featured in the New Years episode of Hulu's horror anthology Into the Dark. Additionally, Chaikin has been a guest judge on Project Runway two times; in season 15 (2016) and season 16 (2017).

In February 2021, it was announced that Chaikin was developing her television series Messy with Miramax TV. Chaikin will star in the show, which she also wrote and will be showrunning with producer Liz Brizius.

Personal life

Chaikin is also a painter, focusing on acrylics and oil, with some mixed media collage. Although she took painting classes growing up, Chaikin says that she is mostly self-taught.

She has 11 tattoos, one of which features song lyrics by Bob Dylan.

Chaikin is involved with the charitable organization National Alliance on Mental Illness, which conducts research and support for people and their families impacted by mental illness. She served as emcee of NAMI Walks in both 2016 and 2017, as well as raised money for the organization, including matching incoming donations. In the past she has recorded PSAs for the group.

On September 3, 2018, Chaikin announced that she is engaged to her longtime boyfriend, television director Ryan Bunnell. The two wed in November 2021 and live in Los Angeles together. In February 2023 Bunnell filed for divorce from Chaikin which cited irreconcible differences as the reason for their split.



Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Consultants Veronica
2010 The Last Song Blaze
2011 Escapee Lynne Petersen
2012 My Uncle Rafael Kim
2013 In a World... Excruciating
2015 Bad Blood Frances
2017 People You May Know Oakley
2018 Social Animals Claire
2020 Last Moment of Clarity Kat
2022 Daniel's Gotta Die Jessica Powell


Year Title Role Notes
2011–2014 Suburgatory Dalia Royce Main cast; 50 episodes
2012 Harder Than It Looks Katie 2 episodes: "Sisters" and "The Tutors"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Brittany Episode: "16 Hop Street"
2015 Maron Tina Episode: "Professor of Desire"
2015–2019 Mr. Robot Darlene Alderson Main cast; 32 episodes
2019 Into the Dark Danielle Williams Episode: "New Year, New You"

Shorts and web series

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Harder Than It Looks Katie Web series; 2 episodes
2012 Nowhere to Go Austyn short film; also writer and executive producer
2014 Dissonance Julia short film; also producer
2014 Literally Hello Giggles shorts
2016 Into Me short film; also writer, executive producer and editor

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2013 13th FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood Best Shorts Too (shared with Robert May) Nowhere to Go Won
3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Suburgatory Nominated
15th Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Villain Nominated

See also

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