David Sutcliffe

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David Sutcliffe
David Sutcliffe.jpg
Sutcliffe in 2012
Born David R. Sutcliffe
(1969-06-08) June 8, 1969 (age 49)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Education University of Toronto
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Julie McCullough (m. 2001; div. 2003)

David R. Sutcliffe (born June 8, 1969) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for playing Christopher Hayden on the television series Gilmore Girls and Detective Aidan Black on the television series Cracked.

Early life[edit]

Sutcliffe was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but raised in Grimsby and St. Catharines, Ontario.[1] He studied English literature at Victoria College in the University of Toronto.[1] He was recruited to play varsity basketball at university, but had to give up the sport when he was diagnosed with a herniated disk.[1]


Sutcliffe has appeared in numerous TV shows, his most notable roles are Adam Williams on Cold Feet,[2] Patrick Owen on I'm with Her,[3] Christopher Hayden on Gilmore Girls,[1] Officer Kevin Nelson on Private Practice,[4] Detective Aidan Black on Cracked[5] and Dr. Len Barliss on Proof.[6]

Sutcliffe's film work includes the straight to DVD film Cake,[7] Testosterone,[8] Under the Tuscan Sun,[5] Misconceptions[9] and the made-for-TV movies Murder in the Hamptons[10] and Before You Say I Do.[11]

He also produced and directed the 11-part documentary series Group, about a week-long group therapy retreat.[12]

Other work[edit]

Sutcliffe is also a Certified Core Energetics Practitioner, a graduate of the Radical Aliveness Institute of Southern California.[13]


Sutcliffe played on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games, for the Hollygrove House charity.[14] In 2013, he helped raise funds in support of children’s mental health programs in Toronto.[15]


Year Title Role Note
1999 Will & Grace Campbell Episode: Secrets and Lays-Series 1
1999 Two of a Kind Rick Episode: "First Crush"
2000 Friends Kyle Episode: "The One with the Engagement Picture"
Grapevine Matt Brewer 5 episodes
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ian Wolf Episode: "Overload"
Providence Russell Banks Episode: "Love Story"
2001–2007 Gilmore Girls Christopher Hayden 37 episodes
2002 Mutant X Mark Kearney Episode: "Body and Soul"
Body & Soul Barry Matheson Episode: "The Curse"
2003 Under the Tuscan Sun Ed
Testosterone Dean Seagrave
The Division Jonah 6 episodes
The Atwood Stories Morrison Episode: "Polarities"
CSI: Miami Rick Breck Episode: "Evidence of Things Unseen"
I'm with Her Patrick Owen Series regular (1 season, 22 episodes)
2005 Murder in the Hamptons Ted Ammon
Cake Ian
Happy Endings Gil
Snow Wonder Jim TV movie
His and Her Christmas Tom Lane TV movie
2007 Towards Darkness / Hacia la Oscuridad Charlie Bain Movie Spanish/English dialog
2007–2009 Private Practice Kevin Nelson 13 episodes (season 1 - season 2)
2008 Sticks and Stones Neil Martin
Inconceivable Jon Du Bose
Norm Norm
Misconceptions Parker Bliss Sr
2009 Before You Say I Do George TV movie
Accidentally on Purpose Brian Episodes: "The Third Man", "One Night Stand"
2010 Drop Dead Diva Charles Ellis Episodes: "The Long Road to Napa"
The Wish List Fred Jones TV movie
Lie to Me John Stafford Episode: "Beyond Belief" (Season 3, Episode 6)
2011 On Strike for Christmas Stephen TV movie
Mega Cyclone Jason TV movie
2013 Cracked Det. Aidan Black Season 1–2
21 Episodes
2015 Proof Dr. Len Barliss 10 Episodes
Rookie Blue Lloyd Hill Episode: Perfect Family
Charming Christmas Nick TV movie
2016 Degrassi: Next Class Himself Episode: #NotAllMen (Season 1, Episode 6)
Milton's Secret Bill Adams
The Convenient Groom Lucas Wright TV movie
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Christopher Hayden

Credit Sesame

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2014 ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance - Male Cracked Nominated [16]
Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Nominated [17]
2015 Nominated
2016 Golden Maple Awards Best actor in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. Proof Nominated [18]


  1. ^ a b c d "From U of T grad to Rory's dad: actor David Sutcliffe on the 'Gilmore Girls' revival - Arts & Science News". Arts & Science News. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "'COLD FEET': PUNCHLESS IN SEATTLE". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "I'm With Her | EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "David Sutcliffe returning to Private Practice". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Eramo, Steve (9 September 2013). "The Human Equation: Interview with David Sutcliffe from Cracked". The Morton Report. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Gilmore Girls star joins Proof". Digital Spy. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Cheryl Hines jons the cast of Cake". movieweb.com. 2 June 2004. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "We Love Soaps talks to actor David Sutcliffe about playing Antonio Sabato Jr.'s lover in "Testosterone"". greginhollywood.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Staff, Variety (9 July 2009). "Review: 'Misconceptions'". Variety. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "REALITY MUCH BETTER THAN 'MURDER'". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Before You Say 'I Do' (2009) starring David Sutcliffe, Jennifer Westfeldt, Lauren Holly, Brad Borbridge, Jeff Roop, John Boylan, Brandon Firla, Reagan Pasternak directed by Paul Fox - movie review on The Movie Scene". www.themoviescene.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Media Distributors Exposes New Archival Production Values for Reality Show Pilot 'Group' Using Archive Station". www.consumerelectronicsnet.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "Cracked star David Sutcliffe on how therapy helps him play a cop with mental health issues | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  14. ^ "A Winning Pair: Celebrity Poker Aces and Top Pros Ante Up for World Poker Tour Invitational". prnewswire.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "Hincks-Dellcrest Centre One Night Stand Charity Fundraiser". Filler Magazine. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  16. ^ "The ACTRA Awards in Toronto | ACTRA Toronto". www.actratoronto.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  17. ^ "awards database". www.academy.ca. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  18. ^ "Golden Maple Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 

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