4 August 1964 |
|Alma mater||Cours Florent
Conservatoire de la Rue Blanche (ENSATT)
Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique
|Spouse(s)||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.
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. 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.
On the TV series Fringe, Roché was cast as a recurring character, Newton, 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"
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. As of August 2011[update], 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.
He was married to actress Vera Farmiga from 1997 to 2005.
|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|
|1992||The Last Mohican||Martin|
|Loving||Peter Rogers||Unknown episode|
|1993||Law & Order||Clarence Carmichael/'C Square'
|Episodes: "Discord" (1993) and "Patsy" (1999)|
|South Beach||Boronsky||1 episode|
|Household Saints||Jesus||As Sebastian Roche|
|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|
|The Peacemaker||Hans, German Backpacker|
|1998||Sex and the City||Jerry||1 episode|
|Naked City: Justice with a Bullet||Marco||TV|
|Into My Heart||Chris|
|2001||15 Minutes||Ludwig the Hairdresser||As Sebastian Roche|
|Big Apple||Vlad||4 episodes|
|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|
|2006||The Unit||Colonel Leclerq||1 episode|
|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- )|
|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|
|Shattered Glory||Matt Taylor|
|Fringe||Thomas Jerome Newton||8 episodes|
|2011||The Vampire Diaries||Mikael||5 episodes|
|The Adventures of Tintin||Pedro|
|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||1 episode|
|2014||A Walk Among the Tombstones||Filming|
- "IMDb Bio".
- Kevin Jagernauth (29 April 2012). "Sebastian Roché Joins 'The Devil Inside' Director William Brent Bell's 'Wer'". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
- Matt Richenthal (7 August 2010). "Sebastian Roche to Play Shady Angel on Supernatural". TVFanatic. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
- Mickey O'Connor (22 October 2009). "General Hospital Vet Signs On to Fringe". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
- Ian Urbina (27 April 2010). "Get Kony". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
- Mandi Bierly (10 August 2011). "'Vampire Diaries' casts Sebastian Roche as mysterious vampire hunter". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-13.