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Enchanted Forest Character
Biographical Information
Gender: Female
Status: Deceased
Home: Rumplestiltskin's House (formerly)
Jolly Roger
Occupation: Pirate
Physical Description
Species: Human
Hair color: Dark brown
Eye color: Gray
Show Information
Portrayed by: Rachel Shelley
First mentioned: "Desperate Souls"
First appearance: "The Crocodile"
Latest appearance: "Manhattan"
Latest mention: "Siege Perilous"
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Other wives became honoured widows, while I became lashed to the village coward.

—Milah to Rumplestiltskin src

Milah is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the fourth episode of the second season. She is portrayed by guest star Rachel Shelley, and does not have a Storybrooke counterpart.


Before First Curse

In the Enchanted Forest, Milah marries and becomes the wife of Rumplestiltskin. They live in a cottage together and make a living spinning and selling wool. Rumplestiltskin rushes in to inform her of his enlistment in the ogre war at the front line. At first, Milah is against the idea, but he wishes to prove himself a different man from the cowardly reputation of his father. She decides to give support to Rumplestiltskin's cause and believes he will do well as a soldier. Several months later, Milah gives birth to their son, who she names Baelfire. During this period, she hears gossip about her husband purposely injuring himself so he can be exempt from fighting in the war. While she rocks Baelfire to sleep one night, Rumpelstiltskin returns home at last. At his arrival, Milah is happy to see him, but then inquires about the rumors of how he left the battlefield. Rumplestiltskin admits it's true and attempts to give an explanation about a seer's prophecy that forced him to abstain from fighting, but she sees it as just an excuse for his cowardice. She argues that it would have been better for him to fight and die on the battlefield rather than return home to her and sentence Baelfire to having a cowardly father. She thrusts Baelfire into his arms, and storms out of the cottage; slamming the door behind her. ("Manhattan")

Several years later, Milah's marriage with Rumplestiltskin continues to deplete. In her spare time, she drinks at the tavern. She meets a pirate, Killian Jones, and begins spending time with him and his crewmen. Killian entertains her with stories of his travels, to which Milah falls in love with him. When Rumplestiltskin comes to retrieve Milah, who tauntingly tells him to go to home. When Baelfire begins calling her, Milah promptly leaves with him. Later, while laying in bed, she expresses displeasure to Rumplestiltskin of her current life. Milah wishes to leave village life so they can explore and see the rest of the world. Oblivious to her concerns, Rumplestiltskin asks her to try to make their marriage work for their son's sake. She agrees reluctantly, but during the night, leaves behind both Rumplestiltskin and Baelfire to join Killian on an adventure travelling the seas. As a cover story, word spreads that Milah is kidnapped by Killian.

Years later, she interrupts a duel just as Rumplestiltskin, now the Dark One, is preparing to kill Killian. Milah clarifies that Killian never kidnapped her, and she went willingly with him due to their mutual love for each other. While Rumplestiltskin is seething, Milah holds out the red hat of his associate, Smee, and reveals she is possession of the magic bean he so desires. In exchange for the item, she wants Rumplestiltskin to leave her and Killian alone. To carry out the deal, Rumplestiltskin ascends onto the deck of Killian's ship and questions her about leaving their son behind. Milah retorts that she has lived with the regret of leaving Baelfire, but couldn't stay in a loveless marriage with Rumplestiltskin. At one point, he moves to grab the bean from her hand, but she throws it to Killian. When she claims to have never loved him, a furious Rumplestiltskin rips out her heart. Collapsing in Killian's arms, she proclaims her undying love for him just as Rumplestiltskin crushes the heart to ash; killing her instantly. ("The Crocodile")




  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriage relationships that result in offspring
  • denotes the deceased



  • The name "Milah"[1] is of Slavonic origin derived from the word "mila" that means "pleasant, dear".[2]

Character Notes

Production Notes

  • The casting call described her as, "a woman who's often at her village's tavern and is bored with being a wife and mother. Yearning for adventure, she joins a band of thieves".[4]
  • The casting call name for her was "Milha".[4]

Props Notes

Other Notes


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

  • Milah's name appears in Hook's tattoo in "Tallahassee".[15]
  • Milah appears in a drawing in "And Straight On 'Til Morning".[16]


Start a Discussion Discussions about Milah

  • What would've Belle and Milah say to eachother if they had met....

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    • If Belle had any sense, she would listen to Milah.
    • Just watched Family Business. Belle's reflection had much more sense than Belle. I hope that the Belle gets better treatment scriptwise this ye...
  • How did Rumple and Milah meet?

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    • I was just curious if people would be interested to find out how Rumple and Milah met and how they got married.  I could imagine younger act...
    • They certainly seemed to be quite in love in "Manhattan", so perhaps it was a marriage founded on a desire to truly be together. I imag...

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