Linus Roache

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Linus Roache
Born Linus William Roache
(1964-02-01) 1 February 1964 (age 50)
Manchester, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1973–76
Spouse(s) Rosalind Bennett
Parents William Roache
Anna Cropper

Linus William Roache (born 1 February 1964) is an English actor.

Early life[edit]

Roache was born in Manchester, Lancashire, the son of Coronation Street actor William Roache and actress Anna Cropper.[1] Roache was educated at Bishop Luffa School in Chichester, West Sussex and at the independent Rydal School in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. He studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He married Rosalind Bennett in Malvern, Worcestershire in 2002.


In 1975, Roache appeared in Coronation Street playing Peter Barlow, the son of his father's character Ken Barlow. Roache is also a past member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Beginning in the 1990s, Roache began a career in film while remaining active in television and stage. In 1994, he received acclaim for his leading role in Antonia Bird's Priest. He is best known to US audiences as Dr. Thomas Wayne, father of Batman, in Batman Begins (2005), or as Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter in the American TV series Law & Order (2008–2010) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2011–2012).[2]

In June 2010, it was announced that he would return to play Laurence Cunningham, alongside his father William Roache, in Coronation Street. In July 2010, he was cast in the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year.[3]

In April 2011, Roache was cast as the lead in the ITV mini-series Titanic, airing March–April 2012 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship.[4] And in February 2014, Roache debuted in season two of the popular TV series Vikings as England's King Ecbert.[5]


Year Film Role Notes
1973-1975 Coronation Street Peter Barlow
1976 Onedin Line TV series Boy Episode "Quarantine"
1985 No Surrender Ulster Boy
1986 Link (uncredited)
1990 Omnibus Vincent van Gogh TV series
1994 Priest Father Greg Pilkington
Seaforth Bob Longham TV series
How High the Moon TV Mini-series
1997 The Wings of the Dove Merton Densher
1998 Shot Through the Heart Vlado (TV)
1999 Venice Project Count Jacko/Count Giaccomo
Siam Sunset Perry
2000 Best Denis Law
Pandaemonium Samuel Taylor Coleridge Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
2002 RFK Robert F. Kennedy (TV)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Hart's War Capt. Peter A. Ross
Gathering Storm Ralph Wigram Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2003 Beyond Borders Henry Bauford
Blind Flight John McCarthy Nominated — BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in a Scottish Film
2004 The Forgotten Mr. Shineer, A Friendly Man
The Chronicles of Riddick the "Purifier"
2005 12 and Holding Mr. Carges
Batman Begins Dr. Thomas Wayne
2006 A Through M The Voice of the Party
Kidnapped Andy Archer TV series
Find Me Guilty Sean Kierney
The Namesake Mr. Lawson
2007 Broken Thread Ram
2008 Before the Rains Henry Moores
Yonkers Joe Teddy
2008–2010 Law & Order Executive ADA Michael Cutter 63 episodes
2009 Out Here in the Fields: The Field on Beach Lane Narrator
2010 Coronation Street Lawrence Cunningham September 2010
2011–2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bureau Chief ADA Michael Cutter 4 episodes; Cutter is promoted to Bureau Chief ADA.[6]
2012 Titanic Hugh, Earl of Manton aired March–April 2012
$upercapitalist Mark Patterson August 2012
The Making of a Lady Lord Walderhurst ITV one-off drama
2013 Innocence Miles Warner
2014 Non-Stop Captain David McMillan
2014 Vikings Egbert of Wessex TV series
2014 The Blacklist The Kingmaker TV series


  1. ^ Linus Roache Biography (1964–)
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Pushing Daisies and Law & Order Alums Join The Miraculous Year". 
  4. ^ Love, Ryan (6 April 2011). "Linus Roache leads ITV 'Titanic' cast". Digital Spy Television. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Roots, Kimberly. "Vikings Adds Law & Order Vet to Season 2 Cast". 
  6. ^ Stanhope, Kate (8 August 2011). "Law & Order Alum Linus Roache to Reprise Role on SVU". TV Guide. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 

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