Sam Underwood

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Sam Underwood
Sam Underwood SDCC 2014.jpg
Underwood at the 2014 Comic-Con International
Born (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 29)
Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Actor

Sam Underwood (born 4 August 1987)[1][2] is a British actor who portrayed the twins Luke and Mark Gray in the Fox thriller drama The Following.[3] As of summer 2017, he portrays Jake Otto in the hit AMC series Fear the Walking Dead.

Early life and education[edit]

Underwood was born in Woking, Surrey[4] and attended the Winston Churchill School. He trained at the Karen Clarke Theatre Group (now Summerscales Performing Arts), was taught by vocal coach Phil Wisdom and attended Songtime Theatre Arts.[5]

He moved to the United States in October 2006 where he studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. He graduated in February 2008.[6][7]

He co-founded the Fundamental Theater Project in New York with Nicola Murphy in April 2010.[8]


While appearing as Marchbanks in George Bernard Shaw's Candida at the Irish Repertory Theatre, New York, in April 2010,[9] Underwood was asked to play the part of Alan Strang in a production of Equus at the John Drew Theatre, East Hampton, co-starring alongside Alec Baldwin.[6][10]

In 2013, Underwood was cast in the eighth season of television series Dexter in the recurring role of Zach Hamilton, Dexter Morgan's "protégé".[3] He subsequently joined the third season of Homeland as Leo Carras.[3]

Beginning in February 2014, Underwood took on the dual roles of twins Mark and Luke Gray in the second season of the Fox murder mystery The Following. But after the death of Luke, he was left playing Mark - who had split identities - in its third and final season.[3]

As of summer 2017, Underwood joined the cast of the hit AMC thriller series Fear the Walking Dead in its third season as Jake Otto, the enigmatic son of the colony leader.



Year(s) Title Role(s) Description
2013-07-062013 Zero Hour Krupp, MartinMartin Krupp Season 1
2013-07-282013 Dexter Hamilton, ZachZach Hamilton Season 8
2013-10-062013 Homeland Carras, LeoLeo Carras Season 3
2014-01-212014-15 Following, TheThe Following Gray, Luke and MarkLuke and Mark Gray Main cast
Seasons 2-3
2017-present Fear the Walking Dead Jake Otto Season 3


Year Title Role Description
2013-04-252013 The Last Keepers Sands, OliverOliver Sands Feature film (debut)
2016 Hello Again Leocadia Filming


Year(s) Title Role Director(s) Performance history
2010-03-072010 Candida Marchbanks Walton, TonyTony Walton Irish Repertory Theatre, New York, 7 March-18 April 2010[9]
2010-06-062010 Equus Strang, AlanAlan Strang Walton, TonyTony Walton John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, East Hampton, 8 June-13 July 2010[10]
2010-08-202010 Veritas Lumbard Davis, Ryan J.Ryan J. Davis HERE Arts Center, New York, 20–28 August 2010[11]
2011-08-052011 Hamlet Hamlet theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh Festival, 5–27 August 2011[4][12]
{{{1}}}2012 Picture of Dorian Gray, TheThe Picture of Dorian Gray Gray, DorianDorian Gray Quin Gordon The Pershing Square Signature Center, 10–19 August 2012[13]


  1. ^ My 21st Birthday weekend (blog) dated 7 August 2008, retrieved 15 October 2013. This date is also repeated in official British birth registration records.
  2. ^ "Happy Birthday, Sam Underwood!". Darkly Dexter. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Jeffery, Morgan (7 August 2013). "'The Following' season two adds 'Dexter's Sam Underwood". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Richardson, Jay (21 April 2011). "Beam me up, Edinburgh festival ... Alec Baldwin takes on virtual Hamlet". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Duffell, Beth (18 October 2013). "Homeland role as young Woking actor heads for big time". getSurrey. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Panarello, Joseph (16 August 2010). "BWW Interviews: VERITAS' Sam Underwood". Broadway World. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Alumnus Sam Underwood on The Following!". The American Musical and Dramatic Academy Blog. 30 Jan 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Muldoon, Molly (12 June 2013). "In Focus: Nicola Murphy, native of Dublin, brings her many talents to New York City". Irish Central. New York. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Jones, Kenneth; Gans, Andrew (7 March 2010). "Errico, Murray, O'Reilly and Underwood Star in Irish Rep's Candida, Opening March 7 in NYC". Playbill. New York. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Van Dyck, Larson et al. Join Baldwin & Underwood in EQUUS, 6/8 - 7/13". Broadway World. New York. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Perkins 28 Productions Presents VERITAS at FringeNYC, 8/20-28". Broadway World. New York. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Farrow, Danielle (August 2011). "FRINGE REVIEW – 3D Hamlet: A Lost Generation". Edinburgh Spotlight. Edinburgh. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew (25 July 2012). "Sam Underwood Cast in Sonnet Repertory Theatre's Picture of Dorian Gray". Playbill. New York. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 

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