David Alpay

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David Alpay
Born David Alpay
(1980-10-06) 6 October 1980 (age 36)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor, musician and producer
Years active 2002–present

David Alpay (born 6 October 1980) is a Canadian actor, musician and producer,[1] best known for playing Mark Smeaton in The Tudors and Professor Atticus Shane in the TV drama The Vampire Diaries.

Early life[edit]

Alpay was born in Toronto, Ontario. had planned to pursue a career in neuroscience when he was studying at Earl Haig Secondary School in North York, Ontario. He even went so far as to win the University of Maryland, Baltimore's Brain Bee in grade 12. Alpay was also a member of the school's winning dragon boat race team and at one time the principal violinist for the Canadian Dance Tapestry. Prior to his first film role, he was studying at the University of Toronto, and he returned there to pursue a Masters in the History of Medicine.


Alpay received critical acclaim for his leading role in Atom Egoyan's Ararat,[2] for which he received a Genie Award nomination. Alpay returned to his education, declaring his plan to leave the business for a while.[3] In 2006, Alpay played the character Danny in the political comedy Man of the Year, starring Robin Williams. He later appeared in some chapters of the second season of The Tudors playing Mark Smeaton,[2] a musician of Henry VIII's court, and narrated the 2008 short film Ten for Grandpa by director Doug Karr. He has also appeared in episodes of Dollhouse and Fairly Legal. In 2013, he played a dual role in the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries as Professor Atticus Shane and the witch turned primordial vampire Silas.[4] In 2015, Alpay was cast in the ABC thriller series Quantico playing the recurring role of Duncan Howell.



Year Series Role Episodes
2004 Wild Card Jack Episode 1
2005 Kevin Hill Donnelly Episode 1
2005 Slings and Arrows Patrick Episode 5
2007 Billable Hours Roderick Stelmakie Episode 10
2008 The Tudors Mark Smeaton Season 2
2009 Dollhouse Seth Episode 1
2011 Flashpoint Xavier Dodd Episode 17
2011 Fairly Legal Eric Episode 9
2012 The Borgias Calvino Season 2
2012-2013 The Vampire Diaries Professor Atticus Shane/Silas Season 4
2013 Royal Pains Conductor Season 5
2013 Perception Dario Donati Season 2, Episode 6 "Defective"
2013 Drop Dead Diva Frank Season 5, Episode 10 "The Kiss"
2014 The Lottery James Lynch Season 1
2014 Motive Ian Weaver Season 2
2015–2016 Quantico Duncan Howell Season 1


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Ararat Raffi
2005 Whiskey Echo Dr. Carlo Scanchelli TV movie
2005 Sabah Mustafa
2005 Anniversary Present Lonnie Dobbs TV movie
2005 Martha Behind Bars Douglas Faneuil TV movie
2005 Burnt Toast Bill TV movie
2005 Category 7: The End of the World Billy Chamber TV movie
2006 Man of the Year Danny
2007 All Hat Paulie Stanton
2007 Closing the Ring Chuck
2008 Inconceivable Mark
2009 Ten for Grandpa Narrator TV movie
2009 Unstable Woody Monroe TV movie
2015 Ice Sculpture Christmas David TV movie
2016 They're Watching Greg Abernathy Movie


  1. ^ IMDB
  2. ^ a b "Q&A: David Alpay". NOW Magazine. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  3. ^ http://www.star-tv.com/vault/bio.asp?artist=668
  4. ^ Gelman, Vlada; Gelman, Vlada (16 August 2012). "Scoop: Vampire Diaries Casts Borgias' David Alpay as a Professor With Witchy Ties". TVLine. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 

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