Chris Wood (actor)

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Chris Wood
Profile picture of Wood at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017
Wood at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con
Christopher Charles Wood[1]

(1988-04-14) April 14, 1988 (age 31)
Alma materElon University (B.F.A.)
Years active2010–present
Melissa Benoist (m. 2019)

Christopher Charles Wood[1] (born April 14, 1988[2]) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Malachai Parker in the sixth season of the CW's television series The Vampire Diaries in 2014, after previously appearing on The CW's The Carrie Diaries in the role of writer Adam Weaver in 2013. He also starred in the 2016 CW television series Containment in the leading role of Atlanta police officer Jake Riley. From 2016 to 2018, he played Mon-El on the CW superhero series Supergirl.

Early life[edit]

Wood was born in Dublin, Ohio.[1] He attended Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, where he graduated in 2010, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Theater.[3] He has been friends with actor Grant Gustin since college.[4]


After graduation, he played Melchior in the national tour of Spring Awakening.[5] He also played Joe Hardy in Paper Mill Playhouse's production of Damn Yankees in 2012.[6] He made his film debut in a made-for-TV movie entitled Browsers in early 2013. In September 2013, producers of The Carrie Diaries announced that Wood would join the show in its second season.[7]

Wood appeared as the recurring role of Malachai Parker on season six of The Vampire Diaries;[8] he returned to the role in a guest appearance in the eighth and final season of The Vampire Diaries.[9] He appeared also in a guest role as Paul, in the episode "Beach House" of Girls.

He was cast in a starring role in the 2016 CW drama series Containment, portraying officer Jake Riley.[10][11] Wood gained 30 pounds for the role.[12]

In April 2016, Wood was cast in a role on the second season of the PBS period drama Mercy Street.[13] In July 2016, he was cast as a series regular in the role of Mon-El for the second season of Supergirl,[14][15][16] playing the first live-action adaptation of the DC Comics superhero. He left the series at the end of the third season.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Wood is an active ambassador for Mental Health America and often advocates ending the stigma surrounding mental illness, following his father's death from an untreated condition.[19] In October 2017, he launched his website “I Don’t Mind” that works to put a stop to the stigma of mental illness.[20]

Wood and his Supergirl co-star Melissa Benoist began dating in 2017, and they announced their engagement on Instagram on February 10, 2019.[21] In early September 2019, the two married.[22]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Magazine Girl Devin Short film
2013 Browsers Justin Television film
2013 Major Crimes Brandon North Episode: "Poster Boy"
2013–2014 The Carrie Diaries Adam Weaver Recurring role; 6 episodes
2014 Girls Paul Episode: "Beach House"
2014–2015, 2017 The Vampire Diaries Kai Parker Recurring role (season 6); archival footage (season 7); guest star (season 8)[9]
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Perry Daffodil Episode: "Tony Hale Wears a Blue Flannel Shirt and Fuchsia Sneakers"
2016 Containment Jake Riley Main role; 13 episodes
2016 Mercy Street Captain Lance Van Der Berg Episodes: "Balm in Gilead", "The House Guest"
2016–2018 Supergirl Mon-El Main role (season 2–3)
2017 The Flash Mon-El, Tommy Moran Episode: "Duet"
2020 Legacies Kai Parker Guest role[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Villain The Vampire Diaries Nominated [24]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Action TV Actor Supergirl Nominated [25]
Choice Liplock (with Melissa Benoist) Supergirl Nominated [25]
Choice TV Ship (with Melissa Benoist) Supergirl Nominated [25]


  1. ^ a b c "Chris Wood". TV Guide. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Chris Wood". Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Elon University Performing Arts Alumni". Elon University Performing Arts.
  4. ^ Abrams, Natalie (March 20, 2017). "Grant Gustin on Being Back in his element". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 2, 2017. ...But the weirdest person is actually Chris Wood, because we went to Elon University together, we were musical theater majors together, and we were very good friends in school.
  5. ^ "Chris Wood Theatre Credits". Broadway World. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Christopher Charles Wood Damn Yankees at the Paper Mill Playhouse". Talkin' Broadway.
  7. ^ Levy, Rachel (September 6, 2013). "AnnaSophia Robb heats things up in a fierce red frock as she gets close to Chris Wood on The Carrie Diaries set". Daily Mail. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  8. ^ Lee, Ben (July 21, 2014). "Vampire Diaries season 6 casts The Carrie Diaries actor Chris Wood". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Gennis, Sadie (February 7, 2017). "The Vampire Diaries: See Photos from Kai's Return". TV Guide. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  10. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 24, 2015). "The CW Casts 'Vampire Diaries' Star Chris Wood in Julie Plec's 'Cordon' Pilot". Variety. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  11. ^ Moore, Debi (February 24, 2015). "Casting Firms up for The CW's Cordon Pilot Including TVD Star Chris Wood". Dread Central. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  12. ^ Lindsay, Benjamin (April 12, 2016). "Why Chris Wood Bulked Up 30 Pounds for 'Containment'". Backstage. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (April 27, 2016). "'Vampire Diaries' Chris Wood Joins 'Mercy Street'; 'Ray Donovan' Casts Paula Jai Parker". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  14. ^ Ausiello, Michael (July 20, 2016). "Chris Wood Joins Supergirl Season 2 as 'Surprise' Series Regular". TV Line. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  15. ^ Johnston, Rich (July 23, 2016). "That Honking Big Casting Spoiler From Supergirl – Who's In The Pod?". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  16. ^ Byrne, Craig (August 11, 2016). "TCA News: Mon-El Confirmed, Miss Martian & Musical Episode Coming". Kryptonsite.
  17. ^ Swift, Andy (June 19, 2018). "Supergirl's Chris Wood Not Returning for Season 4 — EPs Explain Mon-El's 'Bittersweet' Departure". TVLine. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  18. ^ "Chris Woods Leaving 'Supergirl', Producers Explain Reason Behind Character's 'Bittersweet' Exit". ET Canada.
  19. ^ "Why Chris Wood Wants to Break Down the Stigma of Mental Illness". Media Planet. Archived from the original on May 18, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  20. ^ Vargas, Alani. "'Supergirl' Star's Mental Health Campaign "I Don't Mind" Is So Important To Increase Awareness". Elite Daily. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  21. ^ Corriston, Michele (February 10, 2019). "Melissa Benoist Is Engaged to Her Supergirl Costar Chris Wood: 'It Will Always Be Yes'". People. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  22. ^ Guglielmi, Jodi. "Supergirl Costars Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood Are Married: Reports". People. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  23. ^ Swift, Andy (November 7, 2019). "Legacies: Chris Wood to Appear as Vampire Diaries' Kai Parker in Season 2". TVLine. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  24. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Full List". Variety. August 16, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  25. ^ a b c "VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE NOMINEES!". Teen Choice. August 13, 2017. Retrieved June 25, 2018.

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