Sebastian Roché

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sebastian Roché
Sebastian Roché.jpg
Roché speaking at an event in 2013
Born (1964-08-04) 4 August 1964 (age 50)
Paris, France
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater CNSAD and ENSATT
  • Actor
  • writer
Years active 1986–present

Sebastian Roché (born 4 August 1964) is a French-Scottish actor and writer known for his roles as Kurt Mendel on Odyssey 5 (2002–03), Jerry Jacks on the soap opera General Hospital (2007–13), Thomas Jerome Newton on Fringe (2009–10), Balthazar on Supernatural (2010–11), and Mikael on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals (2011–15).

On film, he has appeared in The Last of the Mohicans (1992), The Peacemaker (1997), 15 Minutes (2001), Sorry, Haters (2005), The Namesake (2006), New York City Serenade (2007), Beowulf (2007), Happy Tears (2009), Safe House (2012), Wer (2013), and A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014). In addition to his film and television work, Roché has starred in the Broadway stage productions of Salome (1992) and The Green Bird (2000).

Early life[edit]

Roché was born in Paris, France on 4 August 1964.[1][2] He is of Scottish decent on his mother's side and French descent on his father's. He is also fluent in four languages: English, French, Spanish, and Italian.[1][2] As a teenager, he lived for six years on a sailing boat with his family, travelling from France to the Mediterranean, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.[3] He is a graduate of the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique (CNSAD) of Paris. Roché also studied at the Cours Florent and the Conservatoire de la Rue Blanche (ENSATT).[4] Upon his graduation from the CNSAD in 1989, Roché started working in French theatre, films and television with actors such as Michel Serrault, Isabelle Huppert, and Béatrice Dalle.


1986–97: Career beginnings[edit]

Roché began his acting career in the made-for-television film The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986), appearing opposite Ian McShane and Val Kilmer. Throughout the late 1980s, he had roles in French television and cinema, including the films Adieu je t'aime (1988), La Queue de la comète (1988), La Révolution française (1989), and La vengeance d'une femme (1989), and the television series Bonjour maître (1987) and The Hitchhiker (1989–91). Roché also has and extensive classical theatre background, notably starring in Salome (1992) with Al Pacino at the Circle in the Square Theatre; Titus Andronicus (1994) with the Theatre for a New Audience, Off-Broadway, directed by Julie Taymor;[5] Macbeth (1994) at the Classic Stage Company, directed by Jack Stehlin;[6] and Arms and the Man (1995) in Hartford, Connecticut, directed by Mark Lamos.[7]

In 1992, he appeared in a supporting role in the Daniel Day-Lewis-starring The Last of the Mohicans. On American television, he appeared in Loving (1992), South Beach (1993), New York Undercover (1996), Swift Justice (1996), and Liberty! (1997). In 1997, Roché was part of the main cast on the FOX fantasy adventure television series Roar. He played the role of Longinus, opposite Heath Ledger and Vera Farmiga.[8] The series was cancelled due to low ratings later that same year.

1997–2007: Continued acting roles[edit]

Roché's many 1990s television credits include recurring and guest starring stints on series such as Feds (1997), Dellaventura (1997), Sex and the City (1998), Merlin (1998), Law & Order (1999), and Big Apple (2001). In 1998, he returned to the stage and starred in the Off-Broadway production of Trainspotting at the Players Theater.[9] In 2000, he portrayed the character Renzo in the Broadway production of The Green Bird at the Cort Theatre. The play marked his second collaboration with director Julie Taymor.[10] That same year, he appeared in the television film The Crossing (2000), opposite Jeff Daniels. In 2001, he had a minor role in the Robert De Niro-starring thriller film 15 Minutes.

In 2002, Roché portrayed Kurt Mendel in the Canadian science fiction series Odyssey 5. He remained in the role until the show's cancellation in 2003. On the pilot episode of Odyssey 5, he spoke in French. He also guest starred in episodes of Touching Evil (2004), Charmed (2005), Alias (2005), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2005), and The Unit (2006). Roché then starred in the films The Namesake (2006), directed by Mira Nair; What We Do Is Secret (2007), alongside Shane West; New York City Serenade (2007), with Freddie Prinze, Jr.; and Beowulf (2007), also starring Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie.

2007–present: Breakthrough on television[edit]

In 2007, Roché began appearing on the ABC soap opera General Hospital as terrorist/criminal Jerry Jacks (although, when the character reappeared, he was going by the pseudonym James Craig). In April 2007, it was announced that Roché had been signed to a contract on General Hospital, keeping his character around for the foreseeable future. His first contractual airdate was 23 April 2007, which was also the date that his character's true identity was revealed. By 2009, Jerry had minimal screen time and was written out. From July to August 2009, Roché returned to the series in a recurring capacity. He returned again to the role in December 2010. From August 2012 to October 2013, Roché again returned as Jerry on a recurring basis.[11] Roché starred in a total of 315 episodes, and has spoken in Russian, Spanish, and French on the series.

Roché at an event with the cast of The Vampire Diaries, 16 June 2013

In 2009, he guest starred on The Mentalist as Shirali Arlov, and as John Quinn in both 24: Redemption (2008), and the 2009 season of 24. He appeared in Happy Tears with Demi Moore and Parker Posey, and in 2011's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, directed by Steven Spielberg.[12] Roché also starred in the sixth season of The CW's drama series Supernatural as Balthazar, a rogue angel and longtime friend of fellow angel Castiel.[13] On the television series Fringe, Roché was cast as the recurring character Thomas Jerome Newton, the leader of an army of shapeshifters from a parallel universe and a main antagonist of the series. His character recurred in seasons two and three; Newton died in the episode "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?", which aired on 14 October 2010.[14]

In 2011, Roche appeared as the recurring character Mikael, the father of the Original Vampires, on The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries.[15] In 2012, Roché had a supporting role in the thriller Safe House, also starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington.[16] From 2014 to 2015, he reprised his role as Mikael in the spin-off series of The Vampire Diaries, titled The Originals.[17] Roché then starred in the American crime drama-thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones, alongside Liam Neeson.[18] On 22 December 2014, it was announced that Roché would guest star in season four of ABC's fairy tale drama series Once Upon a Time as King Stefan. He made his debut as the character in the episode "Enter the Dragon", which aired on 15 March 2015.[19] On 20 May 2015, it was confirmed that Roché will guest star in a seventh season episode of CBS' procedural drama series NCIS: Los Angeles.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Roché moved to the United States in 1992.[3] He met American actress Vera Farmiga while co-starring together on the short-lived television series Roar.[21] They eloped to The Bahamas after the series ended in 1997. The couple resided on a 117 acre estate in Upstate New York.[22] Roché and Farmiga separated in 2004, and were divorced in 2005 following eight years of marriage.[21] Through his marriage to Farmiga, he was the brother-in-law of actress Taissa Farmiga.

In 2007, Roché purchased a 3-bedroom house in Venice, Los Angeles for $1.52 million.[22] On 31 May 2014, he married Australian actress Alicia Hannah in a private ceremony at the Chateau Les Bouysses in Mercuès, France.[23]



  1. ^ a b "IMDb Bio". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Sebastian Roché". Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Sebastian Roche: Coming to America". Soap Opera Digest. 20 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Sebastian Roché: Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals". Armageddon Expo. 
  5. ^ Richards, David (16 March 1994). "Theater in Review: 'Titus Andronicus'". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Brantley, Ben (10 December 1994). "Theater in Review: 'Macbeth'". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Malcolm L. (15 May 1995). "A Stylish 'Arms And The Man' At Hartford Stage". Hartford Courant. 
  8. ^ Richmond, Ray (July 20, 1997). "Review: 'Roar'". Variety. 
  9. ^ Brodesser, Claude (October 21, 1998). "'Trainspotting' cast onboard". Variety. 
  10. ^ Isherwood, Charles (19 April 2000). "Review: 'The Green Bird'". Variety. 
  11. ^ "General Hospital Shocker: Jerry's Back for More Mayhem, and [Spoiler] Isn't Far Behind!". TVLine. 4 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (29 April 2012). "Sebastian Roché Joins 'The Devil Inside' Director William Brent Bell's 'Wer'". Indiewire. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Richenthal, Matt (7 August 2010). "Sebastian Roche to Play Shady Angel on Supernatural". TVFanatic. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  14. ^ O'Connor, Mickey (22 October 2009). "General Hospital Vet Signs On to Fringe". TV Guide. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  15. ^ Bierly, Mandi (10 August 2011). "'Vampire Diaries' casts Sebastian Roche as mysterious vampire hunter". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  16. ^ Bierly, Mandi (18 November 2011). "Sebastian Roche joins cast of Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds thriller 'Safe House' -- after first trailer hits". Entertainment Weekly. 
  17. ^ "'The Originals' casts 'Vampire Diaries' patriarch Sebastian Roche and 'Supernatural' shapeshifter Todd Stashwick". Zap2it. 27 August 2013. 
  18. ^ Platten, Dominic (7 March 2013). "Casting Couch: Sebastian Roché Added To 'A Walk Among The Tombstones', Trio Of Actresses Join 'Larry Gaye'". 
  19. ^ Roots, Kimberly (22 December 2014). "Once Upon a Time Casts Originals Baddie as Aurora's Father". TVLine. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  20. ^ Frith, Vanessa (20 May 2015). "'NCIS: LA' Season 7: Sebastian Roche & Lauren Bowles Set For Chris O'Donnell Directed Episode". Enstars. 
  21. ^ a b Brown, Mick (30 August 2008). "Vera Farmiga: rare breed". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  22. ^ a b David, Mark (October 5, 2007). "Soap Stud Sebastian Roche Buys Venice House". Variety. 
  23. ^ "Sebastian Roché Marries Alicia Hannah – See the Exclusive Photos". People. 16 June 2014. 

External links[edit]