Nicholas Lea

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Nicholas Lea
Lea in 2013
Nicholas Christopher Herbert

(1962-06-22) June 22, 1962 (age 61)
Years active1989–present

Nicholas Lea (born Nicholas Christopher Herbert; June 22, 1962) is a Canadian actor[1] known for his portrayal of Alex Krycek on The X-Files[2] and of Tom Foss on Kyle XY.

Life and career[edit]

Lea was born in New Westminster, British Columbia. He attended Prince of Wales Secondary School (graduated 1980).[citation needed]

Lea's first major role was on the TV series The Commish[3] where he played Officer Enrico Caruso from 1991 to 1994. It was during this time that he had a minor guest role in a first-season episode of The X-Files called "Gender Bender". The producers were impressed by his performance and when, in the second season, he auditioned for the role of turncoat FBI agent Alex Krycek, he was successful.

Lea guest starred in eleven episodes from 1994 to 1996 and became a popular character amongst the fans.[4] Because of his character's willingness to switch sides, he was known as the 'ratboy'.[5] In the season three episode "Apocrypha," Krycek was left to die in an abandoned missile silo with an alien ship. This allowed Lea to take a starring role in the series Once a Thief—which followed on from the 1996 John Woo film—alongside Ivan Sergei.[6] The series was cancelled after one season. Lea continued to play Krycek, who became a nemesis not just of Mulder and Scully but particularly of A.D. Skinner (Mitch Pileggi).

Lea co-starred with Lau Ching-Wan, Theresa Lee and Bif Naked in the Hong Kong-Canadian film Lunch with Charles in 2001.[7][8]

In 2006, Lea had a role on ABC Family's Kyle XY (26 episodes) playing Tom Foss, Kyle's tutor, and was one of the lead actors (playing Ethan McKaye) on the Canadian TV series Whistler.[9] He was also that series' associate producer. He did not return to Whistler for its second season in 2007.[10]

He has guest starred in shows such as NYPD Blue (3 episodes), Andromeda, Burn Notice, Sliders, Highlander: The Series, Judging Amy, CSI (4 episodes) (as Catherine Willows' boyfriend) and Men in Trees (10 episodes) (as Eric, the minister). Nicholas has also guest starred in the ABC remake of the sci-fi series V. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Lyric School of Acting in Vancouver.

Lea appeared in the film Guido Superstar: The Rise of Guido, starring, produced, and directed by Silvio Pollio, including Lea, John Cassini, Terry Chen, and Michael Eklund. The film screened at the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival.[11] In 2012 he portrayed Eliot Ness[12] who formed the law enforcement group The Untouchables in the Supernatural episode "Time after Time".[13] Lea had a minor role on Arrow as Mark Francis, who was Moira Queen's campaign manager. He appeared in three episodes.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 American Boyfriends Ron
1990 Xtro II: The Second Encounter Baines
1993 From Pig to Oblivion Short
1994 The Raffle David Lake
1995 Bad Company Jake
2000 Vertical Limit Tom McLaren
2001 Lunch with Charles Matthew
2001 The Impossible Elephant Steven Harris
2001 A Shot in the Face The Robber
2002 Ignition Peter Scanlon
2003 Threshold Dr. Jerome 'Geronimo' Horne
2003 Moving Malcolm[15] Herbert
2003 See Grace Fly Grace - male Voice
2005 Chaos Det. Vincent Durano
2007 Butterfly on a Wheel Jerry Crane
2007 American Venus Dougie
2007 Hastings Street Charlie Voice, short
2008 Vice Jenkins
2008 Crime Varsity Coach
2008 Mothers & Daughters Dinner Party Guest Nicholas
2009 Dancing Trees Detective Velez
2009 Unspoken Rules Narrator
2009 Excited Skidder
2010 Guido Superstar: The Rise of Guido Mr. Other Guy
2012 Crimes of Mike Recket Mike Recket
2017 Before I Fall Dan Kingston
2018 The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco George Mason
2018 The Lie Detective Rodney Barnes


Year Title Role Notes
1991–1994 The Commish Ricky Caruso 33 episodes
1993 Madison Jack 1 episode
1993 The Hat Squad Brett Halsey 1 episode
1993 North of 60 2nd Lt. Lloyd Hillard 1 episode
1994 Robin's Hoods Loren Faber 1 episode
1994–1996 Highlander: The Series Cory Raines / Rodney Lange 2 episodes
1994–2002 The X Files Michel / Alex Krycek 24 episodes
1995 The Marshal Ray Turner Pilot
1995 Jake and the Kid Tony Edwards / Mack Smith 1 episode
1995–1996 Sliders Ryan Simms 2 episodes
1996 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Tom Andrews 1 episode
1996 Once a Thief Victor Mansfield TV movie
1996 The Burning Zone Philip Padgett 1 episode
1996–1998 Once a Thief Victor Mansfield Main role
1997 Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother Victor Mansfield TV movie
1997 Moloney Anson Greene 1 episode
1997 Their Second Chance Roy TV movie
1998 Once a Thief: Family Business Victor Mansfield TV movie
1998–1999 The Outer Limits Jacob Hardy / Mac 27 2 episodes
2000 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Dustin Yarma TV movie
2001 Earth Angels Maximillian TV movie
2002 NYPD Blue Frank Colohan 3 episodes
2002 The Investigation Les Forsythe[16] TV movie
2003–2004 Andromeda Tri-Lorn 4 episodes
2004 Judging Amy Vincent Canello 1 episode
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Chris Bezich 4 episodes
2005 Deadly Isolation Patrick Carlson / Jeff Watkins TV movie
2005 Category 7: The End of the World Monty TV movie
2006 Whistler Ethan McKaye 13 episodes
2006–2009 Kyle XY Tom Foss 26 episodes
2007 Drive Mr. Bright Unaired Pilot
2007–2008 Men in Trees Eric 10 episodes
2009 Burn Notice Quinn Luna 1 episode
2009 Without a Trace Raymond Walsh 1 episode
2010 CSI: Miami Donald Newhouse 1 episode
2010–2011 V Joe Evans 5 episodes
2011 Obsession Sebastian Craig TV movie
2012 Once Upon a Time The Woodcutter / Michael Tillman 1 episode
2012 The Philadelphia Experiment Bill Gardner TV movie
2012–2013 Continuum Agent Gardiner 8 episodes
2012 Supernatural Eliot Ness 1 episode[17]
2013 King & Maxwell Theo Bancroft 1 episode
2013 The Killing Dale Daniel Shannon 5 episodes
2014 Arrow Mark Francis 3 episodes
2015 Unveiled Bill TV movie
2019 The Twilight Zone Captain Donner Episode: "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet"
2019 The InBetween Jace Gray Episode: "While The Song Remains The Same"
2020-2021 The Stand Norris 5 episodes
2023 The Fall of the House of Usher Judge John Neal 4 episodes

Video games[edit]

  • Guido Superstar: The Rise of Guido (2010) (post-production) as Mr. Other Guy
  • The X-Files: Resist or Serve (2004) (voice and likeness) as Alex Krycek


  1. ^ Nicholas Lea's bio at
  2. ^ "The X-Files biggest baddie" by Mike Flaherty at
  3. ^ "The Commish Set Up" by Todd Everett at
  4. ^ "Once more on the trail of the wicked" by Catherine Dawson March at
  5. ^ X-Files's supporting cast" by Bret Watson at
  6. ^ John Woo’s Once a Thief review by Carole Horst at
  7. ^ Lunch with Charles review by Ken Eisner at
  8. ^ "A labour of love" by Alexandra Gill at
  9. ^ "Sexy Whistler joins West Coast revival" by Distin Dinoff at
  10. ^ "New faces add spunk to Whistler" by Jim Bawden at
  11. ^ "Telefilm Canada announces its support of the 29th edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival" at
  12. ^ "A Preview of Supernatural Episode 7.12 – Time After Time After Time" by Steve Barton at
  13. ^ "Two New Guest Stars Lined Up for Supernatural" by Steve Barton at
  14. ^ "Nicholas Lea". imdb. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  15. ^ "Peace Arch makes noise/Moved to direct" by Ian Edwards at
  16. ^ "Nominees for best actor in a dramatic program or miniseries/Nicholas Lea – The Investigation" at
  17. ^ ""Supernatural" Time After Time (TV Episode 2012) - IMDb". IMDb.

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