Mark Sheppard

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Mark Sheppard
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Mark Sheppard in June 2014.
Born Mark Andreas Sheppard
(1964-05-30) 30 May 1964 (age 50)
London, England
Other names Mark A. Sheppard
Mark "Empire" Sheppard
Occupation Actor, King of Hell
Years active 1992 – present
Parents W. Morgan Sheppard

Mark Andreas Sheppard (born 30 May 1964) is an English actor and musician, born in London of an Irish-German background. He is often credited as "Mark A. Sheppard". Sheppard is best known for his recurring roles as the demon Crowley on Supernatural, lawyer Romo Lampkin on the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Interpol investigator James Sterling on Leverage and small-time crime lord Badger on Joss Whedon's Firefly.

Personal life[edit]

Mark Sheppard is the son of actor W. Morgan Sheppard.[1] He has been married to Jessica since March 6, 2004. They have two children named Max Sheppard (1995) and Will Sheppard.

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

At 15, he became a professional musician and enjoyed many years as a recording and touring artist with bands including Robyn Hitchcock,[2] the Television Personalities[2] and the Irish group Light a Big Fire. Mark played drums on Light a Big Fire's second album.[3] As a session musician, he recorded albums for many groups throughout Europe,[citation needed] and eventually moved to the United States.

Stage[edit]

Sheppard was invited to audition for the American production of the play Cock and Bull Story (directed by Midnight Express author Billy Hayes), for which he won numerous awards, including the 1992 L.A. Drama Critics' Circle award and the LA Weekly and Dramalogue awards.

Television[edit]

His television work includes the "Fire" episode of The X-Files, a year on the Jerry Bruckheimer action series Soldier of Fortune, guest-starring and recurring roles on The Practice, The Invisible Man, Special Unit 2, JAG, Star Trek: Voyager, The Chronicle, Monk, Las Vegas, CSI: NY, Chuck and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, among others. Mark played a demon named Arnon on an episode titled "Witches in Tights" on the TV series Charmed. He played Badger, a semi-comical cockney-style crime boss in the short-lived Joss Whedon show Firefly and later cast again in another Joss Whedon show, Dollhouse as Paul Ballard's dismissive FBI superior. He has appeared as a villain in season five of the Fox show 24 and as Patricia Arquette's serial-killer nemesis on Medium.[4] He appeared as Romo Lampkin in seasons three and four of Battlestar Galactica, and had a recurring role as Manservant Neville in ABC Family's short-lived cult hit The Middleman. He has been seen as Anthony Anthros on Bionic Woman,[5][6] as Sterling the nemesis character on Leverage, as the King of Hell Crowley on Supernatural, and as bank robber Tom Prescott on an episode of Burn Notice. He appeared in the pilot episode of the USA series White Collar as a villainous master forger and in NBC's Chuck as the Director of the Ring criminal organisation. Most recently, he appeared in the SyFy series Warehouse 13 as Regent Benedict Valda. He appears in the 2011 Doctor Who episodes "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon" playing the character Canton Everett Delaware III.[7] This was the first time Sheppard had appeared in a British TV series. In October 2013, Sheppard returned to White Collar, reprising his 2009 role as master forger Curtis Hagan.

Film[edit]

His film credits include the Jim Sheridan film In the Name of the Father, starring opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thompson as Guildford Four member Patrick Armstrong; the romantic comedy Lover's Knot; the Russian historical drama Out of the Cold; the thriller Unstoppable; and with Heather Graham and Jeremy Sisto in the dark independent, Broken. He also starred in Megalodon and New Alcatraz.

Mark Sheppard directed his father W. Morgan Sheppard in the film Room 101 and co-stars with him in the psychological thriller Nether World, which the younger Sheppard also co-produced. His father also played the older version of his son's character in the afforementioned Doctor Who episodes.

Video games[edit]

He voiced the role of protagonist Michael Ford in The Conduit, whose mentor, John Adams, is voiced by his father W. Morgan Sheppard.

Double casting[edit]

Three times Sheppard has been cast with his father as the same character, each playing the character at different ages. "Canton Everett Delaware III" in the Doctor Who episode "The Impossible Astronaut",[1] War criminal Mercin Jarek a.k.a. "Mr. Pain" in the NCIS episode "Broken Bird" playing the younger version of his father's character, and "Captain Nemo" in the 2010 film Mysterious Island, which Mark Sheppard also directed.

Voice[edit]

Since 2011 Mark Sheppard has been "The Voice" of "BBC America" promos/announcements.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 In the Name of the Father Paddy Armstrong
1996 Lover's Knot Nigel Bowles
1997 Nether World California
1999 Out of the Cold Fang
2000 Farewell, My Love M.J.
2001 Lady in the Box Doug Sweeney
2001 New Alcatraz Yuri Breshcov
2002 Megalodon Mitchell Parks Video
2004 Evil Eyes Peter
2004 Unstoppable Leitch
2006 Broken Malcolm
2010 Mysterious Island Young Captain Nemo
2010 Xtinction: Predator X Dr. Charles LeBlanc
2013 Sons of Liberty Ackley

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Silk Stalkings Eric Episode: "In Too Deep"
1993 Silk Stalkings Eddie Bryce Episode: "Schemes Like Old Times"
1993 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Bob / Cecil L'Ively Episode: "Fire"
1995 M.A.N.T.I.S. C. Flayton Ruell Episode: "Spider in the Tower"
1997 Soldier of Fortune Christopher 'C.J.' Yates TV film
1997-1998 Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Christopher 'C.J.' Yates (20 episodes)
1998 Sliders Jack Episode: "Net Worth"
1999 Martial Law Clay Sullivan Episode: "Thieves Among Thieves"
1999 Practice, TheThe Practice Eddie Wicks Episode: "Day in Court"
2000 Star Trek: Voyager Leucon Episode: "Blink of an Eye", "Child's Play" (2 episodes)
2000 JAG Deputy Director of Air Operations/Young General Parker Episodes: "A Separate Peace: Parts 1 & 2" (2 episodes)
2001 Invisible Man, TheThe Invisible Man Yuri Gregorov Episode: "Diseased"
2001 Chronicle, TheThe Chronicle Nitro Episode: "Bring Me the Head of Tucker Burns"
2001 Special Unit 2 The Chameleon Episode: "The Skin"
2001 Lost Voyage Ian Fields TV film
2001 V.I.P. Nero Episode: "A.I. Highrise"
2002 V.I.P. Nero Episode: "48½ Hours"
2002 UC: Undercover Mitchell Reeves Episode: "Manhunt"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Rod Darling Episode: "The Hunger Artist"
2002 Charmed Arnon Episode: "Witches in Tights"
2002 Firefly Badger Episodes: "Serenity", "Shindig" (2 episodes)
2003 Fastlane Ronan Dennehy Episode: "Simone Says"
2003 Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle Man in Car TV film
2003 Deep Shock Chomsky TV film
2003 Jake 2.0 Hartman Episode: "Whiskey - Tango - Foxtrot"
2004 Las Vegas George Beckwahr Episode: "Degas Away with It"
2005 Monk Chris Downey Episode: "Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra"
2005 CSI: NY Kevin Hannigan Episode: "Hush"
2005 Medium Dr. Charles Walker Episode: "Penny for Your Thoughts"
2006 Medium Dr. Charles Walker Episodes: "Doctor's Orders", "Blood Relation" (2 episodes)
2006 24 Ivan Erwich Recurring role (6 episodes)
2006 Without a Trace Ioannis 'Johnny' Patani Episode: "Requiem"
2007-2009 Battlestar Galactica Romo Lampkin Episodes: "The Son Also Rises", "Crossroads: Parts 1 & 2","Sine Qua Non","Blood on the Scales", "Daybreak: Part 2 (6 episodes)
2007 Bionic Woman Anthony Anthros Episodes: "Pilot", "Sisterhood" (2 episodes)
2008 Shark Rupert Stone Episode: "One Hit Wonder"
2008 In Plain Sight Russell Episode: "To Serge with Love"
2008 Middleman, TheThe Middleman Manservant Neville Episodes: "The Clotharian Contamination Protocol", "The Palindrome Reversal Palindrome" (2 episodes)
2008-2012 Leverage Jim Sterling Recurring role (10 episodes)
2009 NCIS Young Mr. Pain Episode: "Broken Bird"
2009 Burn Notice Tom Prescott Episode: "Bad Breaks"
2009 Dollhouse Tanaka Episodes: "The Target", "Man on the Street", "Omega" (3 episodes)
2009 Conduit, TheThe Conduit Agent Michael Ford (voice) Video game
2009 - 2014 White Collar Curtis Hagen Episodes: "Pilot", "At What Price", "One Last Stakeout","No Good Dead","Live Feed" (5 episodes)
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dimitri Sadesky Episode: "The Lost Girls"
2009 -2014 Warehouse 13 Benedict Valda Episode: "Breakdown", "Beyond Our Control", "Around the Bend", "Buried", "Endless Terror", "Cangku Shisi" (6 episodes)
2009 -

present

Supernatural Crowley Recurring role (34 episodes), seasons 5-9; series regular season 10 [8]
2010 Chuck Ring Director Episodes: "Chuck Versus the American Hero", "Chuck Versus the Other Guy" (2 episodes)
2011 Doctor Who Canton Everett Delaware III Episodes: "The Impossible Astronaut", "Day of the Moon" (2 episodes)
2011 Prime Suspect Blackjack Mullins Episode: "A Gorgeous Mosaic"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Martin, Dan (23 April 2011). "Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut - Series 32, episode 1". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2011. "...the older Canton on the beach is actually Mark Sheppard's dad, William Morgan Sheppard." 
  2. ^ a b "Hayes Moves in New Direction". Daily News of Los Angeles. 1992-04-03. "They are played by Trevor Goddard, a former pro boxer, and Mark Sheppard, a drummer who has performed with the Barracudas, Robyn Hitchcock and the TV Personalities." 
  3. ^ "Light a Big Fire". Irish Punk and New Wave Discography. 
  4. ^ Rohan, Virginia (2006-02-13). "No Mr. Nice Guy". The Bergen County Record. 
  5. ^ Dodd, Stacy (2007-07-26). "Players: Mark Sheppard". Daily Variety. 
  6. ^ Owen, Rob (2007-09-26). "TV Review: 'Bionic Woman' dark, but intriguing". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  7. ^ "Casting Update: Mark Sheppard". Doctor Who News Page. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Fowler, Matt (2014-05-23). "Supernatural: Mark Sheppard Promoted to Series Regular". IGN. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 

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