Linus William Roache
1 February 1964
|Years active||1973–1976, 1985–present|
|Relatives||James Roache (half-brother)|
Linus William Roache (born 1 February 1964) is a British actor. He is known for playing Executive ADA Michael Cutter in the NBC dramas Law & Order (2008–2010) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2011–2012). More recently, Roache played Ecbert, King of Wessex in Vikings from 2014 to 2017.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for playing Robert F. Kennedy in RFK (2002) and won a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor (TV) for his role as Ralph Wigram in The Gathering Storm (2002). His film appearances include Priest (1994), The Wings of the Dove (1997), Pandaemonium (2000), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Batman Begins (2005), Non-Stop (2014) and Mandy (2018). In 2018 and 2020 he had a recurring role in the final two seasons of Homeland.
Roache was born in Manchester, England, the son of Coronation Street actor William Roache and actress Anna Cropper. Roache was educated at Bishop Luffa School in Chichester, West Sussex, and at Rydal School in Colwyn Bay in north Wales. He studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He married actress Rosalind Bennett in Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, in 2002.
In 1975 Roache appeared in Coronation Street playing Peter Barlow, the son of his father's character Ken Barlow. Roache is also a past member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In the 1990s Roache began a career in films while remaining active in television and on stage. In 1994 he took a leading role in Antonia Bird's Priest. In 1997, he starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter in the film The Wings of the Dove. In 2001, he won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor, for his performance as Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the Julien Temple directed movie Pandaemonium alongside Samantha Morton.
In 2005, he played Thomas Wayne, father of Batman, in Batman Begins. On television he played Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter in two American series, Law & Order (2008–2010) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2011–2012).
In June 2010 it was announced that he would return to play Laurence Cunningham alongside his father William Roache in Coronation Street. In July 2010 he was cast in the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year.
In April 2011 Roache was cast as the lead in the ITV miniseries Titanic, airing in March and April 2012 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship.
In February 2014 Roache debuted in season two of the TV series Vikings as Ecbert, King of Wessex.
He starred in seasons seven and eight of the TV series Homeland as David Wellington in 2017-2019.
|1985||No Surrender||Ulster Boy|
|1994||Priest||Father Greg Pilkington|
|1997||The Wings of the Dove||Merton Densher|
|1999||Venice Project||Count Jacko/Count Giaccomo|
|Pandaemonium||Samuel Taylor Coleridge||Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor|
|2002||Hart's War||Capt. Peter A. Ross|
|2003||Beyond Borders||Henry Bauford|
|Blind Flight||John McCarthy||Nominated—BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in a Scottish Film|
|2004||The Forgotten||Mr. Shineer, A Friendly Man|
|The Chronicles of Riddick||Purifier|
|2005||12 and Holding||Mr. Carges|
|Batman Begins||Dr. Thomas Wayne|
|2006||A Through M||The Voice of the Party|
|Find Me Guilty||Sean Kierney|
|The Namesake||Mr. Lawson|
|2008||Before the Rains||Henry Moores|
|2009||Out Here in the Fields: The Field on Beach Lane||Narrator|
|2014||Non-Stop||Captain David McMillan|
|2016||ID2: Shadwell Army||Vinnie|
|2017||Division 19||Charles Lynden|
|2019||The Last Full Measure||Whit Peters|
|2019||A Call to Spy||Maurice Buckmaster|
|2022||My Policeman||Older Tom Burgess|
|2022||The Apology||Jack Kingsley|
|TBA||The Dresden Sun||Malik||Post-production|
|1973–1975||Coronation Street||Peter Barlow||Recurring role|
|1976||The Onedin Line||Boy||Episode "Quarantine"|
|1990||Omnibus||Vincent van Gogh||Episode: "Van Gogh"|
|1994||Seaforth||Bob Longman||9 episodes|
|1998||Shot Through the Heart||Vlado Selimovic||Television film|
|2002||RFK||Robert F. Kennedy||Television film|
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
|2002||The Gathering Storm||Ralph Wigram||Television film|
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|2006–2007||Kidnapped||Andy Archer||13 episodes|
|2006||The Ten Commandments: The Complete Miniseries (TV series)||Aaron||2 episodes|
|2008–2010||Law & Order||Executive ADA Michael Cutter||63 episodes|
|2010||Coronation Street||Lawrence Cunningham||4 episodes|
|2011–2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Bureau Chief ADA Michael Cutter||4 episodes|
|2012||Titanic||Hugh, Earl of Manton||4 episodes|
|2012||The Making of a Lady||Lord Walderhurst||Television film|
|2014–2017||Vikings||Ecbert of Wessex||26 episodes|
|2014||The Blacklist||The Kingmaker||Episode: "The Kingmaker"|
|2017||Bancroft||Tim Fraser||2 episodes|
|2017–2020||Homeland||David Wellington||23 episodes|
|2019||Summer of Rockets||Richard Shaw MP||6 episodes|
|2023||Fellow Travelers||Senator Wesley Smith|||
- Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Ian Hastings at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (1989)
- The title role in Richard II. Directed by James Macdonald at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (1993)
Awards and nominations
|1996||Chlotrudis Society for Independent Films||Best Actor||Priest||Nominated|||
|2001||Evening Standard British Film Awards||Best Actor||Pandaemonium||Won|||
|2003||60th Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film||RFK||Nominated|||
|7th Golden Satellite Awards||Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||The Gathering Storm||Won|||
|2004||BAFTA Awards, Scotland||Best Actor in a Scottish Film||Blind Flight||Nominated|||
|2018||Fright Meter Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Mandy||Nominated|||
|2019||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Nominated|||
|CinEuphoria Awards||Best Supporting Actor - International||Won|||
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- Linus Roache at IMDb
- 1964 births
- 20th-century English male actors
- 21st-century English male actors
- Living people
- Alumni of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
- English male child actors
- English male film actors
- English male Shakespearean actors
- English male stage actors
- English male television actors
- Male actors from Manchester
- People educated at Bishop Luffa School
- People educated at Rydal Penrhos
- Royal Shakespeare Company members