Sean Michael (South African actor)

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Sean Cameron Michael
Sean cameron michael headshot
Born Sean Cameron Michael
(1969-12-24) 24 December 1969 (age 45)
Cape Town, South Africa
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present

Sean Cameron Michael (born 24 December 1969) is a South African actor, writer and singer. A native English speaker, he is also fluent in Afrikaans.

Early life[edit]

Michael was born in Cape Town. After completing high school he did his two years compulsory National Service as an infantryman in the South African Defence Force in Potchefstroom. After a number of part-time jobs (including being a waiter and a chef) he decided to become a full-time actor and singer.

Acting career[edit]

Over the past thirty years South African-born actor Sean Cameron Michael has become a respected veteran in his home country, having performed in over 80 local and international television series, shorts and feature films.

American audiences first met Sean back in 2005 when he landed the support lead in Dean Devlin’s Emmy-winning mini-series The Triangle. In 2008 he joined the cast of 24 playing French UN worker, Charles Solenz, in Fox’s multi Emmy and Golden Globe nominated feature 24:Redemption (opposite Jon Voight and Kiefer Sutherland). Over 12 million viewers tuned in for the premiere, while the NY Post singled out Sean’s performance saying that “24” had found a new villain in Africa and that his character was possibly the most spineless role ever created for the series.

In 2011 Sean portrayed the role of Thomas Edison in the History Channel’s Emmy-winning America: The Story of Us, scoring the highest viewership ratings in network history. The following year Sean played the lead in Animal Planet’s TV special Mermaids: The Body Found (scoring the highest viewership ratings for the channel since 2003), as well as appearing in HBO’s Golden Globe nominated The Girl and opposite Games of Thrones’ Charles Dance in HBO’s Emmy-nominated Strike Back series. He also worked opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Universal’s global hit Safe House.

In 2013 Sean starred opposite Oscar winner William Hurt in BBC Films’ Royal Television Society’s award-winning Challenger Disaster and then started work on season 1 of the Michael Bay produced pirate adventure series Black Sails for Starz Entertainment. With over 57 million subscribers, the show premiered in January 2014 to the highest ratings for original series in the cable channel’s history and garnered 4 Emmy nominations and 2 wins. Sean was also a 2014 Emmy nomination contender for Best Supporting Actor for his series regular role of Richard Guthrie. Season 2 premieres in 2015.

Sean was also seen in 2014 playing the supporting role of Lester in Zentropa Entertainment’s feature The Salvation for director Kristian Levring. The Danish western premiered in May at Cannes to a six-minute standing ovation and is presently due for international release in numerous territories, including France (August 2014) and the UK (October 2014). Sean stars opposite Mads Mikkelsen, Jonathan Pryce and Eva Green.

He is repped by Janet du Plessis at APM in South Africa, while Donna Massetti at SMS Talent, Inc. reps Sean in the USA.


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