Ari Millen

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Ari Millen
Ari Millen at Nerd-HQ 2015.jpg
Millen in 2015
Born (1982-01-19) January 19, 1982 (age 37)
Years active2007–present
Kassandra Santos (m. 2016)

Ari Millen (born January 19, 1982) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his performance as numerous clones in the Space and BBC America science fiction television series Orphan Black (2014–2017), for which he won a Canadian Screen Award in 2016.[1]

Early life[edit]

Millen was born in Kingston, Ontario. As a child he aspired to play in the National Hockey League until, at the age of 17, a friend offered him a part in a small play and he decided to pursue performing arts instead. In secondary school at Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute, he spent his Ontario Academic Credit year studying theatre. He subsequently attended Ryerson University's Theatre School and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.[2]


Millen signed with a talent agency in his fourth year of university, and one of his first roles was in a 2008 episode of the television series ReGenesis. In September 2008 he appeared in a Halifax production of Vern Thiessen's play Vimy, and in December 2008 he was cast in The Veil, a play written by Shahin Sayadi. The Veil opened in Halifax before relocating to Iran in January 2009, where the play was featured in Tehran's Fajr International Theater Festival.[2] From 2010 to 2013, Millen appeared in a variety of small roles in the television series Nikita, Rookie Blue and State of Syn, as well as the horror films Monster Brawl and Exit Humanity.

In August 2013 he successfully auditioned for a role on the second season of the science fiction series Orphan Black, after two unsuccessful auditions during the show's first season.[3] It was announced in October 2013 that he had got the role of Mark.[4] He spent six months filming Orphan Black's second season, which aired in 2014, and returned for the third season in 2015.[3] He now has multiple roles on the show, being upgraded to the main cast. At PaleyFest on October 18, 2015, it was confirmed that Millen would be returning for season four.[5] He made a guest appearance in Reign in 2014.

In 2016, Millen won a Canadian Screen Award for his work on Orphan Black.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Millen is married to Canadian actress Kassandra Santos. They have a daughter named Lily and a son named Leo.



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Makeout! Unknown Short
2011 Monster Brawl Dr. Igora
2011 Exit Humanity Wayne
2012 Embryonic Chad Konerko
2014 Ejecta Agent Rudder
2014 Hellmouth Harry
2015 Farhope Tower Henry
2015 The Hexecutioners Charles Ivey
2016 Rupture Dr. Raxlen
2017 Darken Martin
2017 Hunter's Moon Remy
2018 The Death and Life of John F. Donovan Big Billy


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Smart Woman Survival Guide Airport Security 1 Episode: #3.39
2008 ReGenesis Greg Fitzsimmons 1 Episode: #4.6
2010 Nikita Ronnie 1 Episode: #1.2
2012 Rookie Blue Taylor 'TK' Hickman 1 Episode: #3.6
2013 State of Syn Hawk Television Shorts: 4 Episodes
2013 Darknet Jack the Thug 1 Episode: #1.6
2013 Played Liam 1 Episode: #1.8
2014 Katie Chats Himself Guest: 2 Episodes
2014 Reign Fake King Francis/Roger 1 Episode: #2.6
2014-15, 17 Orphan Black Mark Rollins Recurring: 8 Episodes (Season 2)
Main: 11 Episodes (Season 3,5)
2014-15 Rudy Guest: 1 Episode (Season 2)
Main: 9 Episodes (Season 3)
2014-15 Styles Miller Guest: 1 Episode (Season 2)
Main: 5 Episodes (Season 3)
2015 Seth Guest: 2 Episodes (Season 3)
2015 Parsons Guest: 1 Episode (Season 3)
2015 Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries Himself 1 Episode (Documentary)
2015 12 Monkeys Adam Wexler Guest: 2 Episodes
2016 11.22.63 Dickie 1 Episode: #1.2
2016 Canadian Screen Awards Himself Television Special
2016-17 Orphan Black Ira Blair Main: 14 Episodes (Season 4-5)
2017 Murdoch Mysteries Agent Tanner 1 Episode: #10.14


  1. ^ a b Barnard, Linda (2016-03-13). "Movie also wins Best Actress and Best Actor for media darling Jacob Tremblay". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  2. ^ a b Desousa, Melissa (11 February 2009). "Theatre role an exciting stage in actor's life". Kingston Whig-Standard. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b McKay, Julia (20 April 2014). "Kingston actor living the dream". Kingston Whig-Standard. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (11 October 2013). "Orphan Black Exclusive: Nashville, Nikita Actors Among Season 2's New Additions". TVLine. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  5. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (18 October 2015). "'Orphan Black' Cast & Co-Creator On Season 4, Feminism And Representation – New York PaleyFest". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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