Ashley Zukerman

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Ashley Zukerman
Born (1983-12-30) 30 December 1983 (age 34)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.


Alma mater Victorian College of the Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present
Known for
Home town Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ashley Zukerman (born 30 December 1983) is an Australian-American actor best known for playing Dr. Charlie Isaacs on WGN America's Manhattan, Senior Constable Michael Sandrelli in Australian drama series Rush, and Jesse Banks in the Australian political thriller The Code, for which he received an AACTA award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama in 2014. Recently, he starred in the role of Peter MacLeish in the ABC political drama Designated Survivor.[1]

Early life[edit]

Zukerman was born in Santa Monica, California,[2] and moved to Melbourne with his family when he was two years old. Zukerman attended Wesley College, Melbourne, at the Glen Waverley campus and began a degree in Science and Engineering at Monash University before being accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts. His parents are Jewish.[3]


Graduating from the VCA in 2006, his professional career began in the theatre. He had a critically acclaimed role in The History Boys,[4] directed by Peter Evans for the Melbourne Theatre Company. He then appeared in HBO's war miniseries The Pacific, which premiered 14 March 2010 and also in Lowdown created by Adam Zwar and Amanda Brotchie. His Australian break came when he played Constable Michael Sandrelli on the long running series Rush for which he was nominated for a Logie award in the Most Outstanding New Talent category. In 2011, after his time on Rush, Zukerman joined the cast of the short-lived Steven Spielberg–produced scifi TV series Terra Nova.

Zukerman then returned to the theatre working with director Eamon Flack at the Belvoir Theatre Company in As You Like It playing Orlando, and then two years later on Angels in America playing Joe Pitt. Angels in America went on to win Best Play at the 2014 Helpmann awards.[5]

He went on to play socially dysfunctional genius hacker Jesse Banks opposite Dan Spielman in the Australian political thriller The Code created by Shelley Birse. The show received huge national and international acclaim and 10 AACTA award nominations, out of which it won six including Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama for Zukerman.[6]

Early in 2014, Zukerman won the role of ambitious wunderkind Dr. Charlie Isaacs in the WGN America original drama Manhattan created by filmmaker Sam Shaw and directed by Thomas Schlamme.

In 2016, Zukerman was cast in the recurring role of Peter MacLeish on the ABC political drama series Designated Survivor, which premiered in the autumn of the same year.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Tom White Thug #2
2010 Blame Anthony
2011 The Crimson Room John Short
2013 The Humble Beginnings of the Balloon Todd Digby Short
2013 Miasmata Max Short


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2011 Rush Michael Sandrelli Main role
2010 The Pacific 2nd Lt Robert "Mac" MacKenzie TV miniseries
2010 Lowdown Dylan Hunt Recurring role
2011 The Slap Dylan[7] "Anouk"
2011 Terra Nova Lucas Taylor Recurring role
2012 Death Star PR Bilson "Nemesis"
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Alex Moran "En Vogue"
2013 Underbelly: Squizzy Det. James Bruce Main role
2014–15 Manhattan Charlie Isaacs[8] Main role
2014–2016 The Code Jesse Banks Main role
2015 Childhood's End Jake Greggson[9] TV miniseries
2016 Four Stars Danny TV film
2016 Fear the Walking Dead Will "Pillar of Salt"
2016 Masters of Sex Gary Bucksey "The Pleasure Protocol", "Coats or Keys"
2016–17 Designated Survivor Peter MacLeish[10] Recurring role (season 1)
2017 Friday on My Mind Ted Albert TV miniseries
2018 Reverie Nate Hallo "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
2018 Succession Nate "1.3", announced



Year Award Category Subject Result
2009 Logie Awards Best New Talent Rush Nominated
2014 AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Television Drama The Code Nominated
2015 Won
Silver Logie Award Most Outstanding Actor Nominated
2016 AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Television Drama Nominated


  1. ^ a b Petski, Denise Petski (5 August 2016). "'Designated Survivor' Casts Ashley Zukerman; Amanda Brooks Joins 'Outsiders'". 
  2. ^ Ashley Zukerman on IMDb
  3. ^
  4. ^ The History Boys – Arts Review –
  5. ^ Joel Meares (August 18, 2014), Helpmann Awards winners dominated by Sydney theatre talent Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh, Sydney Morning Herald 
  6. ^ 4th AACTA Awards Nominees & Winners (PDF),, retrieved 22 January 2016 
  7. ^ "Credit – The Slap – ABC TV". Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  8. ^ Owen, Rob (27 June 2014). "TV Q&A: 'The Talk,' TV ratings and paranormal TV shows". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Zukerman to star in US sci-fi drama
  10. ^ Designated survivor casts Ashley Sukerman
  11. ^ "As You Like It | Belvoir". 24 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ "B.C." The Hayloft Project. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  14. ^ "The Hypocrite | Melbourne Theatre Company". 14 November 2008. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  15. ^ "The History Boys – Arts Reviews – Arts – Entertainment". Retrieved 2012-09-21.