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Spencer on September 8, 2008
|Born||Jesse Gordon Spencer
12 February 1979
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Partner(s)||Maya Gabeira (2011–present)|
Jesse Gordon Spencer (born 12 February 1979) is an Australian actor and musician. He is best known for playing Dr. Robert Chase on the American medical drama House, and Billy Kennedy on the Australian soap opera Neighbours. He currently stars as Lieutenant Matthew Casey on the American drama series Chicago Fire.
Spencer was born in Melbourne, Australia. His parents, Robyn and Rodney, are the founders of the Australians Against Further Immigration political party and have run several times as candidates in federal and state elections for that party and for One Nation. In an interview, he stated that he did not want to talk about his parents' politics.
Spencer attended Canterbury Primary School, Malvern Central School, and the private Scotch College. Whilst at Scotch, he auditioned for the long-running soap opera Neighbours. He continued to work toward his VCE qualification while working on the show and graduated in 1997.
Spencer is popular in Australia, United Kingdom and Ireland as Billy Kennedy in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, a role he played from 1994 to 2000. Spencer reprised his role in 2005 to appear in an episode celebrating the show's 20th anniversary. He has since appeared in the drama Death in Holy Orders, as well as the films Winning London, Uptown Girls, and Swimming Upstream. From 2004 until 2012, Spencer played Dr. Robert Chase on the American medical drama House. Spencer played Chase for the show's entire run, becoming the second longest-serving member of the title character's team. In 2012, he began starring as Lt. Matthew Casey in the American fire procedural drama Chicago Fire.
Jesse Spencer began his musical career with the Australian Boys Choir from 1986 to 1992. Spencer plays the violin in Band From TV, a music group which includes his former House co-star Hugh Laurie. They play various events, putting the proceeds into the different charities that each member supports. The band also played on American Idol Gives Back alongside former Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher.
For Neighbours, Spencer was nominated for "Most Popular Actor" at the 1998 and 1999 Logie Awards. For House, he was nominated for "Choice TV Breakout Performance – Male" at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards and "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" at the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards. He received a "Golden Boomerang" at the 2006 Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards for his work on House. In 2007, he was included in People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People issue.
Spencer has two older brothers: Tarney, who is an oculo-plastic surgeon, and Luke, who is an orthopaedic surgeon; and a younger sister, Polly, who is an anaesthetic registrar.
He has played the violin since the age of ten, and also plays the guitar and piano.
He met his former House co-star Jennifer Morrison in March 2004 at Vancouver International Airport where they were on their way to film the pilot episode of House. They started dating in July 2004 and were engaged while on vacation in Paris at Christmas 2006. In August 2007, the couple announced that they had called off their engagement.
|2000||Lorna Doone||Marwood de Whichehalse|
|2001||Curse of the Talisman||Jeremy Campbell|
|Winning London||Lord James Browning, Jr.|
|2003||Swimming Upstream||Tony Fingleton|
|Uptown Girls||Neil Fox|
|Death in Holy Orders||Raphael Arbuthnot|
|2012||The Girl is in Trouble||Nicholas|
|Skum Rocks!||David Lockhart|
|1994||Time Trax||Young Bill||Episode: "A Close Encounter"|
|1994–2000, 2005||Neighbours||Billy Kennedy|
|1998||Hercules: The Animated Series||Triten, Jr.||Voice
Episode: "Hercules and the Son of Poseidon"
|2002||Always Greener||Kyle||Episode: "A Death in the Family"|
|2004–2012||House||Dr. Robert Chase||171 episodes|
|2012–present||Chicago Fire||Lt. Matthew Casey||Main Role|
|2013||Phineas and Ferb||Liam||Episode: "Primal Perry"|
|1991||The King and I||Louis||State Theatre|
|1992||Winnie the Pooh||Christopher Robin||The Alexander Theatre|
|1993||Scrooge||Older brother of Tiny Tim||The Princess Theatre, Melbourne|
|1998–1999||Peter Pan||Peter Pan||White Rock Theatre, Hastings|
|1999–2000||Jack and the Beanstalk||Jack||Wolverhampton Grand Theatre|
|2003||The Modernists||Terrance||The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield|
|2009||Caitlin Crosby||"Still Have My Heart"||Dentist|
|2010||Katharine McPhee||"Say Goodbye"||Boyfriend|
|1999||Silver Logie Awards||Most Popular TV Actor||Neighbours (1994)||Nominated|
|1998||Silver Logie Awards||Most Popular TV Actor||Neighbours (1994)||Nominated|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Performance - Male||House M.D. (2004)||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Action||Chicago Fire (2012)||Nominated|
- "Jesse Spencer Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
- Australian Boys Choir website
-  Australians in Film
- Julie Jordan (January 5, 2007). "House costars engaged". People.com. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
- Jordan, Julie (15 August 2007). "House Costars Call Off Engagement".
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