December 10, 1981 |
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
|Occupation||Film and television actorsinger song writer.|
Caleb Ross (born 10 December 1981) is a New Zealand film and television actor best known for his role as Lex in the cult science fiction television series The Tribe. In 1998, he played Logan Patterson on Shortland Street. Throughout the years, he has appeared in Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Mercy Peak and Revelations - The Initial Journey.
Ross was one of eight children born in Whangarei, New Zealand. He became interested in acting after watching Les Misérables and, at the age of 9, he began performing in musical theatre in his hometown. As part of the Whangarei Amateur Opera and Dramatics Society, he participated in stage productions of Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Peter Pan. His father helped him get an agent shortly afterwards and he made his acting debut, in an uncredited role, in the 1994 short film Avondale Dogs. He also appeared in a commercial for McDonald's. He soon appeared in minor roles on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Plainclothes and Shortland Street. At age 14, his first screen kiss was on that show.
In 1999, he was cast in perhaps his best known role as Lex on the science fiction teen drama The Tribe. One of the main antagonists during the first series, his character eventually became part of his adopted tribe the Mall Rats although remained an anti-hero throughout the show's run. He was one of the few original cast members to appear in all five seasons, as well as being the only one in every episode (with the exception of one), and sang the lead vocals on the spin-off album Abe Messiah. He was regarded as one of the main character and was a very popular character, he is regarded as the one who made the show very popular. He made numerous promotional appearances for the show in New Zealand and the United Kingdom  which, in March 2001, included being interviewed on the early morning talk show The Big Breakfast.
Following the show's cancellation, he guest starred on Mercy Peak and Revelations. He and Vanessa Stacey (Alice) were both involved in behind-the-scenes work for The Tribe follow up series The New Tomorrow, with Ross becoming a foley artist for the series, and was a unit assistant in the 2004 film Futile Attraction. In September 2006, Ross made an appearance at the 2006 Dragon*Con convention in Atlanta, Georgia with Tribe co-stars Tom Hern (Ram) and Matt Robinson (Slade).
In recent years, Ross has been in the process of publishing his autobiography. He has also been involved in a number of television and short film projects including a cameo appearance with another former Tribe cast member Michael Wesley-Smith (Jack) in the 2007 film The Last Great Snail Chase. He has also indicated in interviews an interest in immigrating to Canada to continue his acting career.
- Cloud 9 Screen Entertainment Group. "Who's Who: Lex". TribeWorld.com.
- "Cast Interviews". TheTribe2005.com. 2005.
- "Interview with Caleb Ross". Channel 5 Interview. TribeHeaven.co.uk. 2002-02-03.
- "DragonCon 2006 Interview with Caleb Ross - Lex on The Tribe - Part One". Kellygirl's Pop Culture Palace. 2006-09-04.