Alona Tal (Joanna Beth “Jo” Harvelle)

 Full Name: Alona Tal
Dath of Birth: October 20, 1983
Place of Birth: Herzelia, Israel  

Alona Tal studied at the Thelma Yellin School of Arts in Tel-Aviv and at the age of fifteen went on to study acting in The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York. She served in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Theater and after completing her military service released a children’s musical video tape (co-starring Sofi Tzdaka).

Following that, Tal appeared in two Israeli commercials and afterward landed the lead role in Arnon Zadok's movie, Lihiyot Kochav (To Be a Star). She then went on to star in two other TV shows: Tsimerim (Guest Rooms), which was broadcast on Israel's Channel One, and in the Children Channel's (Channel Six) hit show Ha'Pigamot (The Pyjamas). She also recorded a song with one of Israel's leading Rap ensembles, Subliminal and the Shadow. 

In 2004, Tal flew to New York to meet with her sister and endeavoured to follow her dreams. She met Wyclef Jean, a fruitful occurrence as the meeting led to her recording a song with him. She started auditioning for different roles. After two days in Los Angeles, Tal auditioned for the leading role of Veronica Mars on the UPN series of the same name. Eventually the role was given to Kristen Bell. However, Rob Thomas, Veronica Mars' creator, liked Tal so much that he created the recurring role of Meg Manning especially for her.

Tal has guest-starred in other high profile shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cold Case, 7th Heaven and Commander in Chief, as well as shooting the pilot for the CW series Split Decision, which was not picked up by the network.

She then landed a recurring role as Jo Harvelle, a demon hunter, in the second season of The CW’s hit series, Supernatural, where she was brought in as Dean Winchester’s (Jensen Ackles) love interest. Presently, Tal has been cast in Cane (previously known as Los Duques) as Rebecca King. 

In addition, her film credits include roles as Sara in Frangela, Ellie in Half Past Dead 2 and Devon in Taking 5. Her latest project is College where she stars alongside Drake Bell.


Away from her career, in the realm of her personal life, Alona has tied the knot with actor Marcos Ferraez of Pacific Blue fame. The ceremony was held at SCAPA in Namal Tel-Aviv on June 5, 2007.