David Lyons (actor)

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David Lyons
David Lyons by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lyons speaking at the 30 March 2013 WonderCon in Anaheim, California.
Born (1976-04-16) 16 April 1976 (age 42)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
EducationYarra Valley Grammar school
Alma materNational Institute of Dramatic Art
Years active2001–present

David Lyons (born 16 April 1976) is an Australian actor. He is known for his roles as Josh Holiday in the Nine Network navy drama Sea Patrol, Dr. Simon Brenner in the NBC medical drama ER and as General Sebastian Monroe in the NBC post-apocalyptic drama Revolution.

Early life and education[edit]

Lyons was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Lyons graduated from Yarra Valley Grammar school in 1993 and continued on to graduate from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in Performing Arts (Acting) in 2004.


Lyons starred in the Nine Network police drama Sea Patrol, in which he played the Leading Seaman Josh Holiday for the show's first three series from 2007 until 2009.

In 2005, Lyons had a recurring role on the Seven Network police drama Blue Heelers and guest-starred on the Seven Network/Network Ten/Eleven soap opera Neighbours.

Lyons began starring in the NBC medical drama ER as Dr. Simon Brenner, making his first appearance in season 14, episode 14 titled "Owner of a Broken Heart" which aired on 10 April 2008, though he was credited as a special guest star. When the show's 15th and final season premiere titled "Life After Death" aired on 25 September 2008, Lyons was added to the main cast. Lyons played this role until the show ended with the two-hour series finale, "And in the End...", which aired 2 April 2009.

In 2009, Lyons starred in the TV movie A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne.

In 2010, Lyons appeared in the biographical film Eat Pray Love, which starred Julia Roberts and was based on the Elizabeth Gilbert autobiography of the same name.[1]

In January 2011, Lyons starred as the titular role in the NBC superhero drama The Cape until the show was cancelled in March that same year after ten episodes.[2]

Lyons starred in the NBC post-apocalyptic drama Revolution, which ran for two seasons from 17 September 2012 to 21 May 2014 as Sebastian "Bas" Monroe, a former US Marine Corps sergeant who served alongside Billy Burke's character Miles Matheson, founded the Monroe Republic, and became its President and later General of its Militia.[3]

In 2013, Lyons co-starred in the romantic drama film Safe Haven opposite Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name.


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Penitent Man Short
2002 Four Past Friday Short
2002 Neighbours Damian Slattery
2004 The Watch 2004 Short
2005 Elemenopee Jimmy Short
2005 Blue Heelers Jason Tyler 3 episodes
2006 Dead Man's Cards
2007 Storm Warning Jimmy
2007–2009 Sea Patrol Leading Seaman Josh "E.T." Holiday Series regular
2008 Cactus Eli
2008 Four Kit Short
2008–2009 ER Dr. Simon Brenner Special guest cast (Season 14), main cast (Season 15)
2009 Ca Byrne
2009 Emilia Eckle Tom Short
2009 A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne Gordon Wood
2010 Day One Sam TV Movie
2010 Swerve Colin
2010 Eat Pray Love Ian
2011 The Cape Vince Farraday/The Cape Series regular
2011 Mobius [4] Steve Short
2012 Don't Try This at Home Matt Episode 1x07 "Sex/Death, Part II"
2012 My Mind's Own Melody Jack Winton
2012 Save Your Legs! The Prince
2012–2014 Revolution General Sebastian "Bass" Monroe Series regular
2013 Safe Haven Kevin Tierney
2013 Revolution: Enemies of the State General Sebastian "Bass" Monroe TV Mini-Series
2013 The Trials of Cate McCall Josh
2014 Penance Thomas Walker Short
2015 Truth Josh Howard
2016 Game of Silence Jackson Brooks Series regular
2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Connie Episode: "Autofac"
2018 Seven Seconds Mike Diangelo Series regular

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 Stellae Awards "Best Actor" Penance Won


  1. ^ "David Lyons unveiled as action man" Herald Sun 7 January 2011
  2. ^ Bellafante, Ginia (7 January 2011). "David Lyons to the Rescue in 'The Cape' on NBC". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "David Lyons Bio - Revolution TV Show". 14 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  4. ^ Laforet, Vincent (4 November 2011). "Mobius - 1080p HQ".

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