Sebastian Arcelus

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Sebastian Arcelus
Sebastian Arcelus 2014.jpg
Arcelus in May 2014
Sebastian Carlos Arcelus

(1976-11-05) November 5, 1976 (age 43)
Alma materWilliams College
OccupationActor, singer, voice actor
Years active1996–present
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)

Sebastian Carlos Arcelus (born November 5, 1976) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Lucas Goodwin in the Netflix TV series House of Cards from 2013 to 2016 and Jay Whitman in the CBS TV series Madam Secretary.

Early life[edit]

Arcelus was born in New York City, New York, the son of Nobile Fiammetta Farace (b. Budapest, Hungary, February 19, 1940) and Victor Carlos Arcelus.[1] He is of Italian, Russian, Serbian and German descent on his mother's side and Uruguayan descent on his father's.[2] His maternal grandparents were Ruggero Farace, Marchese di Villaforesta, and Princess Catherine Ivanovna,[3] who was the daughter of Prince John Konstantinovich of Russia and Princess Helen of Yugoslavia, and the last member of the House of Romanov born before the Russian Revolution.

He attended Williams College and is bilingual in Spanish and English.[2]

Through his maternal grandmother, he is third cousin once removed of American actress Catherine Oxenberg, with whom he shares the same Serbian ancestry.

As a descendant of Sophia of Hanover, he is distantly in the line of succession to the British throne.[4]


He has made a career in theater on Broadway, regionally, and internationally. He made his Broadway debut in Rent, first as a swing, covering the male ensemble roles as well as Mark and Roger, and then as Roger. He starred as Jan in the original cast of the Beach Boys musical, Good Vibrations. He played Fiyero on the first national tour of Wicked from January 3 until October 3, 2006. He then reprised the role of Fiyero in the Broadway production from January 9 to December 16, 2007.

In 2004, Arcelus appeared in the movie musical Temptation, with Broadway stars Alice Ripley, Adam Pascal, Anika Noni Rose, and film actress Zoe Saldana, among many others.[5]

Arcelus was featured on iChannel, an interactive web-series about "a self-conscious young man who finds his life taken over by a video blog." He played I's brother, who frequently called or visited. Over 40 episodes were produced, each of 3–9 minutes in length.[6]

During summer 2011, Arcelus filmed and helped produce the independent feature film The Last Day of August, which opened in New York City on October 4, 2012.[7]

He starred as Bob Gaudio in the Broadway production of Jersey Boys from January 10, 2008 to January 11, 2009.[8] before starring in Happiness, a musical which ran Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater for 14 weeks beginning on February 27, 2009.[9] He resumed the role of Bob Gaudio in the Broadway production of Jersey Boys on July 14, 2009 and finished the role on October 10, 2010.[10][11] He originated the role of Buddy in Elf the Musical for a limited engagement run from November 10, 2010, through January 2, 2011, at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theater.[12] He assumed the role of Jack Chesney in Where's Charley? in a semi-staged production as part of New York City Center's Encores! series from March 17–20, 2011.[13]

Arcelus in 2008

Arcelus originated the role of Jake Brigance in the stage production of A Time to Kill, premiering at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The play, based on the John Grisham novel of the same name, ran May 6 through June 19, 2011.[14]

In November 2011, Arcelus starred in an off-Broadway limited engagement musical production of The Blue Flower at Second Stage, along with Marc Kudisch and Teal Wicks.[15]

Arcelus played Jake Brigance in the Broadway production of A Time To Kill at the Golden Theatre in New York City, which premiered on October 20, 2013.[16]

Arcelus played Lucas Goodwin in the Netflix TV series House of Cards from 2013 to 2016. He currently portrays Jay Whitman on the CBS drama Madam Secretary.[17]

Personal life[edit]

He married his Wicked co-star Stephanie J. Block on October 16, 2007, with a religious ceremony following on October 25, 2007 in Tuscany. Block played Elphaba in Wicked, both on the national tour and on Broadway.[18][19] Their daughter Vivienne Helena Arcelus was born on January 19, 2015.[20]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Last Day of August Mark
2014 The Best of Me Frank
2015 Ted 2 Dr. Ed Danzer
2016 Split Casey's father
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Person of Interest Matthews Episode 1x05
2013–14, 2016 House of Cards Lucas Goodwin 17 episodes
2014 It Could Be Worse Howard TV miniseries
2014 The Leftovers Doug Durst 2 episodes
2014–2019 Madam Secretary Jay Whitman Main cast (Season 1-5); Guest (Season 6)
2016 Codes of Conduct Simon Proposed TV limited series
2018 The Deuce Dave Hiller 6 episodes
2019 FBI Drew Harper Episode 2x02: The Lifes of Others
2019 Bull Eric Crawford Episode 4x08: Safe and Sound

Voice roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Yu-Gi-Oh! Espa Roba, Rex Raptor
2003 Samurai Deeper Kyo Hotaru
2003 Shaman King Yoh Asakura / Zeke Asakura (Hao Asakura)
2004 Gokusen Youichi Minami
2004 Shrine of the Morning Mist Tadahiro Amatsu
2004 Ultimate Muscle Road Rage / Additional Voices
2004 Winx Club (4Kids Entertainment edit) Timmy/Palladium
2005 Go, Diego, Go! Papi
2005 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Marcel (Martin Kanou)
2005 Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys Rafe
2007 Dinosaur King Rex Ancient (Rex Owen)
2008 Man of the People Little G / Miscellaneous
2009 Turtles Forever - '87 Raphael Foley Zipper, Ricardo Gherkin
2013 Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Vetrix


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Person Page". Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Jersey Boy Sebastian Arcelus Find Success (and Love) in Musicals". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  3. ^ Willis, Daniel A. "Smashwords – Romanovs in the 21st Century - A book by Daniel A. Willis - page 38". Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Persons eligible to succeed to the British Throne as of 1 Jan 2011". Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Sebastian Arcelus". IMDb. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  6. ^ "View I Channel here". Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  7. ^ "NYC Release! - The Last Day of August". Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Andrew Rannells is the New Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys Starting January 13". Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  9. ^ "Gleason, Arcelus, Powers and Sapp Cast in Lincoln Center Theater's Happiness". Archived from the original on 30 December 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Sebastian Arcelus Returns to Jersey Boys July 14". Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  11. ^ "Sebastian Arcelus Plays Final Performance in Broadway's Jersey Boys Oct. 10". Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2010-11-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Where's Charley? at New York City Center "Encores!"
  14. ^ "A Time To Kill at Arena Stage in Washington, DC". 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  15. ^ Sebastian Arcelus, Marc Kudisch, Graham Rowat, Teal Wicks Will Help Blue Flower Grow at Second Stage, Playbill, September 8, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  16. ^ "A Time to Kill Stars Sebastian Arcelus, Patrick Page & More Hold Court on a Star-Studded Opening Night". 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  17. ^ "STAGE TUBE: First Look at Patina Miller, Bebe Neuwirth & Sebastian Arcelus in CBS' Political Drama MADAM SECRETARY". Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  18. ^ "DIVA TALK: Chatting with Wicked's Stephanie J. Block Plus News of Mason and Kuhn". 2007-12-14. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  19. ^ Kathy Henderson (2009-08-03). "Jersey Boy Sebastian Arcelus Find Success (and Love) in Musicals". Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  20. ^ Andrew Gans (2014-08-04). "Twitter Watch: Congrats! Stephanie J. Block and Sebastian Arcelus Are Expecting Their First Baby!". Retrieved 4 August 2014.

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