Lachlan Nieboer

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Lachlan Nieboer
Born Lachlan Nieboer
11 September 1981
Epsom, Surrey
Nationality English
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Lachlan Nieboer is an English film and television actor. He is best known for playing blind Lieutenant Edward Courtenay in the ITV hit television series Downton Abbey and Slater in the complex psychological thriller Identicals.

Early life and education[edit]

He went to St. Paul's School in Barnes, West London. At 16, he was offered a contract with Northamptonshire Cricket Club. He took a gap year after school, worked as a model, and went to live in Rome, where he got a Diploma in spoken Latin from the Gregorian University. He then travelled to the South Pacific islands, before going on to study Classics at New College, Oxford.

After Oxford, he went to New York to train as an actor and director at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. After drama school, he co-founded, trained and directed Perennial Theatre Company.


Lachlan's first job out of drama school was the role of Captain Jack Harkness' brother Gray in the BBC hit television series Torchwood. He then went on to play the role of Lord Brandon Perry in the film biopic Vivaldi the Red Priest, starring Steven Cree, Clemency Burton-Hill, James Jagger, Charity Wakefield, Matthew McNulty and Christian McKay.

In 2011, Lachlan played the tragic, suicidal character of Lieutenant Edward Courtenay in the second series of Downton Abbey, working alongside Jessica Brown-Findlay and Rob James-Collier. He then starred as Captain Davenport in the Norwegian feature film Cross of Honour (originally Into the White), also starring Rupert Grint and David Kross, a Second World War drama based on a true story about British and German pilots who, having shot each other down, are forced to share a cabin in the mountains. One reviewer noted his performance was 'as elegant as a young Hugh Grant'.[1]

In 2012, he played the sinister character of Dominic in Mike Figgis's suspense thriller Suspension of Disbelief starring Sebastian Koch and Lotte Verbeek. He featured briefly as the character of Ted in Fredrik Bond's Charlie Countryman, starring Shia LaBeouf and Mads Mikkelson. He then went on to play the small part of the arrogant banker Alain Allanic in the English-language French police television series Jo, opposite Jean Reno.

He recently starred in the independent thriller The Unfolding, playing the lead role of a young researcher in psychical events who is drawn into a terrifying confrontation with an evil spirit, which was selected for London FrightFest 2015. He also stars in BFI funded Identicals, a psychological thriller exploring the nature of identity.[2] Working with Bafta Award-winning director Simon Pummell, he plays the lead role of Slater, alongside Nora-Jane Noone. The World Premiere was at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 20 June 2015 and the film was nominated for the prestigious Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film.[3]

Most recently, he finished filming Trendy, a dark social thriller that tracks the disintegration of a man's character during his integration into a new life in East London.

Alongside his film and television work, Lachlan has worked at the National Theatre in the award-winning production of Terence Rattigan's After the Dance, directed by Thea Sharrock and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and in various fringe theatres.[4]

In 2013-14, he also starred in the latest Heineken and Mercedes advertising campaigns.

Personal life[edit]

He is an accomplished pianist, and viola player. He can speak Italian, French and Russian.


Lachlan has supported Blind Veterans UK, formerly known as St Dunstan's, running the London Marathon to raise money for the charity.[5] He has also supported the Stride Foundation.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Heartland Ryan McGonagle Short
2009 Vivaldi, the Red Priest Lord Brandon Perry
2012 Into the White Captain Charles P. Davenport
2012 Suspension of Disbelief Dominic
2013 The House and Everything James Short
2013 Charlie Countryman Ted
2015 The Unfolding Tam Official Selection - London FrightFest Film Festival 2015
2015 Identicals (Brand New-U) Slater Nominated - Edinburgh International Film Festival Best Performance in a British Feature Film

Official Selection - L'Étrange Festival 2015

2016 Checkmate Dimitri Short
2017 Trendy Richard Allen
2017 Baghdad in my Shadow Martin


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Torchwood Gray 2 episodes: "Fragments", "Exit Wounds"
2011 Downton Abbey Lieutenant Edward Courtenay 1 episode: "Episode #2.2"
2013 Jo Alain Allanic 1 episode: "Place Vendôme"