Michael Welch (actor)

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Michael Welch
Born Michael Alan Welch
(1987-07-25) July 25, 1987 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present

Michael Alan Welch (born July 25, 1987) is an American actor. Welch is currently filming Z Nation, a 13-episode zombie series, coming to Syfy Fall 2014. He has portrayed the roles of Luke Girardi on the television series Joan of Arcadia and Mike Newton in the 2008 film Twilight and its sequels New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.

Life and career[edit]

Welch was born in California.[1] His father is Protestant and his mother is Jewish.[2]

He is best known for his role as the popular Mike Newton in The Twilight Saga film series (2008-2011) and Luke Girardi in the beloved TV series Joan of Arcadia (2003-2005).

2014 has been a very busy year for Welch. He is starring in a new series Z Nation on Syfy Fall 2014. The acclaim Boy Meets Girl, a romantic comedy, received many awards at LGBT Film Festivals nationally and internationally. The Boys of Abu Ghraib and The Well also hit both theaters and film festivals respectively. Welch stars in The Grounds (comedy) as a reclusive mansion owner that strikes up an unlikely friendship with his ground keeper, soon to be released.

Films released in 2013 that Welch starred in are: Grace Unplugged, Hansel and Gretel Get Baked, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and The Demented.

Welch won best actor 2014 at Outfest San Diego for the romantic comedy Boy Meets Girl. In 2011 he picked up best actor at First Glance Film Festival in Hollywood for his portrayal of a troubled young man in Unrequited. He is the recipient of two Young Artist Awards, first for his performance in Star Trek: Insurrection at the age of 10 as Artim, and the second for his work as Luke Girardi on the hit television series Joan of Arcadia, which ran for two seasons on CBS.


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Frasier Young Niles TV, 1 episode
Veronica's Closet Aaron TV, 1 episode
Chicago Hope Lama Topa Rinpoche TV, 1 episode
Star Trek: Insurrection Artim Young Artist Award[3]
1998–1999 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Michael Rush TV, 3 episodes
1999 7th Heaven Donovan Birbeck TV, 1 episode
Walker, Texas Ranger Adam Crossland TV, 1 episode
Disney's Villains' Revenge Peter Pan voice
The Norm Show Jimmy TV, 1 episode
Jesse Gabe TV, 3 episodes
2000 American Adventure Kevin TV movie
Ladies Man Kyle TV, 1 episode
Shasta McNasty Jeff TV, 1 episode
Straight Right Joey Geddes
The Pretender Eric Gantry TV, 1 episode
Personally Yours Sam Stanton TV movie
The Drew Carey Show Scout #1 TV, 1 episode
2001 Delivering Milo Mr. Owen
Malcolm in the Middle Josh TV, 1 episode
The X Files Trevor TV, 1 episode
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Butte Whipple TV movie
The Invisible Man Adam Reese TV, 1 episode
Touched by an Angel Robbie McGregor TV, 1 episode
The District Christian Gilroy TV, 1 episode
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse Pinocchio voice
Judging Amy Mike Amble TV, 1 episode
2001–2002 House of Mouse Pinocchio TV, voice
2002 Rocket Power: Race Across New Zealand TV, voice
The Angel Doll Little Jerry Barlow
Birds of Prey 14 Year Old 'Guy' TV, 1 episode
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Todd Branson TV, 1 episode
2003 The United States of Leland Ryan Pollard
Stargate SG-1 Young Jack O'Neill TV, 1 episode
2003–2004 Fillmore! Cockney Kid TV, 2 episodes
2003–2005 Joan of Arcadia Luke Girardi TV; Young Artist Award[3]
2005 Without a Trace Lance TV, 1 episode
Strong Medicine Win TV, 1 episode
Cold Case Daniel Potter - 1972 TV, 1 episode
2006 NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service Kody Meyers TV, 1 episode
Crossing Jordan Josh Winter TV, 1 episode
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Emmet
2007 An American Crime Teddy Lewis
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Scott Heston TV, 1 episode
Choose Connor Max
The Beautiful Ordinary Stephen aka Remember the Daze
Numb3rs Kyle Clippard TV, 1 episode
CSI: Miami Shane Partney TV, 1 episode
2008 American Son Goldie
Day of the Dead Trevor Bowman
The Riches Ike TV, 4 episodes
My Suicide Earl
The Thacker Case Kevin Thacker
Twilight Mike Newton
The Grind Josh
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Steuben Lorenz TV, 1 episode
The Lost Dream Perry
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Mike Newton
2010 Criminal Minds Syd Pearson TV, 1 episode
Unrequited Ben Jacobs
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Mike Newton
Glenn Martin DDS voice TV, 1 episode
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Mike Newton
Bones Norman Hayes TV, 1 episode (6x17)
Born Bad Denny
Grimm Jake Barnes TV, 1 episode (3x04)
2013 Hansel & Gretel Get Baked Hansel
Grace Unplugged Quentin completed
2014 "Boys of Abu Ghraib Pits completed
Chasing Eagle Rock J.R. post production
"The Grounds" Jack Completed
"Boy Meets Girl" Robby Completed
Z Nation TV


  1. ^ "Interview with Michael Welch, March 2005". TheStarScoop.com. 2005-03-29. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Joan of Arcadia's Michael Welch Keeps the Holiday Light". people.com. 2004-12-03. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  3. ^ a b Michael Welch – IMDB

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