David Alpay

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David Alpay
Born (1980-10-06) October 6, 1980 (age 37)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Citizenship Canadian
Alma mater University of Toronto
Occupation Actor, musician and producer
Years active 2002–present

David Alpay (born October 6, 1980) is a Canadian actor, musician and producer, 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, and 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]


Alpay received critical acclaim for his leading role in Atom Egoyan's Ararat,[1] for which he received a Genie Award nomination. Alpay returned to his education, declaring his plan to leave the business for a while.[2] 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,[1] 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.[3] 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
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
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
Perception Dario Donati Season 2, Episode 6 "Defective"
Drop Dead Diva Frank Season 5, Episode 10 "The Kiss"
2014 The Lottery James Lynch Season 1
Motive Ian Weaver Season 2
2015–2016 Quantico Duncan Howell Season 1
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Chad Miller Episode: "Heightened Emotions"
2018 Suits David Fox Season 7, Episode 14 "Pulling the Goalie"
2018 Impulse Daniel


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Ararat Raffi Theatrical film
2005 Whiskey Echo Dr. Carlo Scanchelli Television film
Sabah Mustafa Theatrical film
Anniversary Present Lonnie Dobbs Television film
Martha Behind Bars Douglas Faneuil Television film (CBS)
Burnt Toast Bill Television film
Category 7: The End of the World Billy Chamber Television film (CBS)
2006 Man of the Year Danny Theatrical film
2007 All Hat Paulie Stanton Theatrical film
Closing the Ring Chuck Theatrical film
2008 Inconceivable Mark Theatrical film
2009 Ten for Grandpa Narrator Television short
Unstable Woody Monroe Television film (Lifetime Movies)
2015 Ice Sculpture Christmas David Television film (Hallmark)
2016 They're Watching Greg Abernathy Theatrical film
Sleigh Bells Ring Alex McCord Television film (Hallmark)
2017 Prodigals Wesley Theatrical film (play adaptation)
The Mistletoe Inn Zeke Television film (Hallmark)
2018 Birdland Tom Kale Theatrical film


  1. ^ a b "Q&A: David Alpay". NOW Magazine. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 May 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2006. 
  3. ^ 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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