Sebastian Roché

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Sebastian Roché
Sebastian Roché.jpg
Born (1964-08-04) 4 August 1964 (age 49)
Paris, France
Alma mater Cours Florent
Conservatoire de la Rue Blanche (ENSATT)
Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Alicia Hannah (m. 2014)
Vera Farmiga (m. 1997; div. 2005)

Sebastian Roché (born 4 August 1964) is a Scottish and French actor known for his roles as Kurt Mendel on Odyssey 5, Jerry Jacks on the soap opera General Hospital, Thomas Jerome Newton on Fringe, Mikael, the father of The Originals on their series and The Vampire Diaries and Balthazar on Supernatural.

Early life[edit]

Roché was born in Paris, France. He is of Scottish and French descent. He is also fluent in four languages: English, French, Spanish, and Italian.[1] On General Hospital, he spoke in Russian, Spanish, and French, and on the pilot episode of Odyssey 5, he spoke in French. Has extensive classical theatre background and credits, notably in Salome with Al Pacino, Titus Andronicus and The Green Bird with Julie Taymor, Hamlet, Arms and the Man, Macbeth, Mirandolina, Trainspotting, etc. As a teenager, he lived for six years on a sailing boat with his family traveling from France to the Mediterranean, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. He is a graduate of the prestigious Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique of Paris.


Sebastian studied at the Cours Florent, the Conservatoire de la Rue Blanche (ENSATT) and the CNSAD. Upon his graduation from the Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique in 1989, Roché started working in French theatre, films and television with such actors as Michel Serrault, Isabelle Huppert, and Béatrice Dalle. He moved to the United States in 1992 and has since worked extensively in the US, collaborating with Al Pacino, Julie Taymor, and Mark Lamos, among others. His many television and film credits include: Law & Order, New York Undercover, Sex and the City, Merlin, The Crossing, Touching Evil, Charmed, Alias, CSI, The Unit, Never Get Outta the Boat, We Fight to be Free, and General Hospital. He also starred in What We Do Is Secret with Shane West, New York City Serenade with Freddie Prinze Jr, and Beowulf with Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, and Angelina Jolie.

In 1997, he took the role of Longinus on the FOX television series Roar, starring Heath Ledger, until its cancellation the same year. In 2002, he took the role of Kurt Mendel in the sci-fi television series Odyssey 5. He remained in the role until the show's cancellation in 2004.

He appeared in the French text book series Discovering French bleu (level one) in the video ancillary DVD. Whenever his character appeared he would go by his own name, "Sebastian".

He appeared on General Hospital as terrorist/criminal Jerry Jacks, although when the character re-appeared he was going by the pseudonym James Craig. In April 2007, it was announced that Roché had been signed to a contract on General Hospital, keeping his character around for the foreseeable future. His first contractual airdate was 23 April 2007, which was also the date that his character's true identity was revealed. By 2009, Jerry had a minimal role and was eventually written out. However, Sebastian returned to the show on a recurring basis between July and August 2009. He returned again to the role in December 2010.

Roché plays Wulfgar in Beowulf, a film adaptation of the epic poem. He was seen recently on The Mentalist as Shirali Arlov and as John Quinn in both 24: Redemption (TV movie) and the 2009 season of "24" on Fox. He appeared in Happy Tears with Demi Moore and Parker Posey, as well in 2011's The Adventures of Tintin, directed by Steven Spielberg.[2]

Roché also starred in the 6th season of the CW series Supernatural as Balthazar, a rogue angel and longtime friend of fellow angel, Castiel.[3]

On the TV series Fringe, Roché was cast as a recurring character, Newton,[4] the leader of an army of shapeshifters from a parallel universe. His character recurred in some episodes of seasons 2 and 3; Newton died in the episode entitled "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep"[5]

Roché is currently directing his first feature-length documentary titled Machine Gun Preacher, on the life of Sam Childers, a pastor who opened an orphanage for orphans and child soldiers in war-torn south Sudan.[6] As of August 2011, Roche has signed on as a recurring character on The Vampire Diaries for the CW network as Mikael, an original vampire, the father of The Originals.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to actress Vera Farmiga from 1997 to 2005. Roché is married to Australian actress Alicia Hannah as of June 1st.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Murders in the Rue Morgue Henri Uncredited
1987 Bonjour maître Jerry TV mini-series
1988 Adieu je t'aime Thierry
La queue de la comète Joachim, le frère d'Alice
1989 La grande cabriole William TV mini-series
La révolution française Le Marquis de Dreux-Brézé Segment "Années Lumière, Les"
The Hitchhiker Glenn Birch 2 episodes (1989–1991)
1990 La vengeance d'une femme Le dealer
Counterstrike unknown 1 episode
1991 L'huissier L'ange Gabriel TV
1992 The Last Mohican Martin
Le Lyonnais unknown
Loving Peter Rogers Unknown episode
1993 Law & Order Clarence Carmichael/'C Square'
Ken Taylor
Episodes: "Discord" (1993) and "Patsy" (1999)
South Beach Boronsky 1 episode
Household Saints Jesus As Sebastian Roche
1995 Loungers James
1996 New York Undercover Domenick Rallo 1 episode
Swift Justice Tony Jacks 1 episode
1997 Liberty! The American Revolution Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette 1 episode
Roar Longinus 11 episodes (1997–2000)
Feds Domenick Rallo 1 episode
Dellaventura unknown 1 episode
The Peacemaker German Backpacker
1998 Sex and the City Jerry 1 episode
Merlin Gawain TV
Naked City: Justice with a Bullet Marco TV
Into My Heart Chris
1999 The Hunley Collins TV
2000 Baby Rebel Clark TV
2001 15 Minutes Ludwig the Hairdresser As Sebastian Roche
Big Apple Vlad 4 episodes
Haven Johan TV
2002 Odyssey 5 Kurt Mendel 19 episodes (2002–2003)
Never Get Outta the Boat Soren
Benjamin Franklin Vicomte TV mini-series
2004 Touching Evil Stephan Laney 1 episode
Legend of Earthsea King Tygath TV
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Josh Frost/Moriarty 1 episode
Charmed The Sorcerer 1 episode
Alias Willem Karg 1 episode
Sorry, Haters Mick Sutcliffe Uncredited
Seagull Sebastian
2006 The Unit Colonel Leclerq 1 episode
The Namesake Pierre
We Fight to Be Free George Washington
2007 General Hospital Jerry Jacks
Role since: (January 2007-November 2008; April 2009; July–August 2009; December 2010; August 2012- )
TBA: (Masquerading as Jerry Jacks)
Beowulf Wulfgar As Sebastian Roche
Beowulf: The Game Wulfgar (voice) Video game
New York City Serenade Noam Broder
What We Do Is Secret Claude Kickboy Bessy
2008 24: Redemption John Quinn TV movie
2009 The Mentalist Shirali Arlov 1 episode
24 John Quinn TV
Happy Tears Laurent
Shattered Glory Matt Taylor
2010 L.L. J.J
Fringe Thomas Jerome Newton 8 episodes
Supernatural Balthazar 6 episodes
2011 The Vampire Diaries Mikael 5 episodes
The Adventures of Tintin Pedro
2012 Safe House Heissler
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! (film) Chef Frank Didier
Criminal Minds Clyde Easter 3 episodes
Unforgettable Victor Cushman 1 episode
Grimm Edgar Waltz 1 episode
2013 Burn Notice Roger Steele Episode: "Things Unseen"
The Originals Mikael 6 episodes (2013-Present)
Wer Klaus Pistor
2014 A Walk Among the Tombstones Filming
Scandal Dominic Bell / Mikael 2 episodes


  1. ^ "IMDb Bio". 
  2. ^ Kevin Jagernauth (29 April 2012). "Sebastian Roché Joins 'The Devil Inside' Director William Brent Bell's 'Wer'". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  3. ^ Matt Richenthal (7 August 2010). "Sebastian Roche to Play Shady Angel on Supernatural". TVFanatic. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Mickey O'Connor (22 October 2009). "General Hospital Vet Signs On to Fringe". Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  6. ^ Ian Urbina (27 April 2010). "Get Kony". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  7. ^ Mandi Bierly (10 August 2011). "'Vampire Diaries' casts Sebastian Roche as mysterious vampire hunter". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
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