Seth Gabel

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Seth Gabel
Seth Gabel by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Gabel at the 2012 WonderCon in March 2012
Born (1981-10-03) October 3, 1981 (age 39)
Other namesSeth Cosentino
Alma materTisch School of Arts
Years active1999–present
(m. 2006)
FamilyMartin Gabel (great-uncle)

Seth Gabel (born October 3, 1981) is an American actor. Gabel is known for his roles of agent Lincoln Lee on Fox's television series Fringe, Cotton Mather on WGN America's series Salem, and Adrian Moore on the FX series Nip/Tuck. He is a great-nephew of actor Martin Gabel.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Gabel was born to a Jewish family in Hollywood, Florida.[2][3] He was raised under the surname of his stepfather, who adopted him, Cosentino.[1] He finished his high school from University School of Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, in 1999 and from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[1] It was during his youth, where he met his best friend Josh Gad.


Gabel starred in the Universal Pictures coming-of-age drama, Take Me Home Tonight and appeared in the 2006 film version of Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, directed by his father-in-law, Ron Howard. Television credits include recurring and guest starring roles on United States of Tara, The Closer, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sex and the City, and 100 Centre Street, directed by Sidney Lumet. He starred in Dirty Sexy Money as Jeremy Darling, the charming, rebellious, and exceedingly idiosyncratic son of the privileged and powerful Darling family, and the fraternal twin of socialite Juliet Darling, played by Samaire Armstrong.[4]

Gabel won praise for his portrayal of Adrian Moore, the sexually confused adopted son of Ava Moore (portrayed by Famke Janssen) on the FX series Nip/Tuck. The story arc depicting their incestuous and emotionally abusive relationship garnered much attention.[4]

Gabel first appeared on the FOX series Fringe during the 2010–11 TV season. He was promoted to the main cast for the fourth season.[5] The character was written off at the end of that season before returning briefly for the series finale.

On January 30, 2013, Gabel was cast in the episode "Vertigo" of the series Arrow as a character based on Count Vertigo, known as the Count.[6] He played Cotton Mather in Salem.[7] In 2015, Gabel was cast as Jeffrey Dahmer in American Horror Story: Hotel.[8] In 2019 he appeared in an episode of Showtime’s Billions opposite Damian Lewis.

Personal life[edit]

He met actress Bryce Dallas Howard at New York University, and they dated for five years before marrying on June 17, 2006, in Greenwich, Connecticut. They have two children: son Theodore Norman Howard-Gabel (born February 16, 2007), and daughter Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel (born January 19, 2012).[9][10]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Tadpole Mike Uncredited
2006 The Da Vinci Code Michael
2008 Good Dick Kissing Man
2009 Jerry Jerry's Friend #2 Short film
2010 Jonah Hex Adviser
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Brent Tufford
2012 Allegiance Lt. Danny Sefton


Year Title Role Notes
2002 100 Centre Street James Bass Episode: "It's About Love"
2002 Sex and the City Sweet Young Sailor Episode: "Anchors Away"
2003 The Lyon's Den Beau Van Hessche Episode: "Beach House"
2004 The Division Mikhail Ominsky Episode: "Acts of Desperation"
2004 Nip/Tuck Adrian Moore 5 episodes
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gavin "Rex" Layne Episode: "Formalities"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Garrett Perle Episode: "Game"
2005 The Closer Nikolai Koslov Episode: "The Big Picture"
2006 Beyond David Wuhlman Television movie
2007–09 Dirty Sexy Money Jeremy Darling 23 episodes
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Larry Colton Episode: "Unshockable"
2010 United States of Tara Zach 4 episodes
2010–13 Fringe Lincoln Lee 29 episodes
2013 Arrow Cecil Adams / The Count/ Count Vertigo 3 episodes
2013 Gothica Roderick Usher Unsold TV pilot
2014–17 Salem Cotton Mather 36 episodes
2015 Celebrity Name Game Himself 3 episodes
2015–16 American Horror Story: Hotel Jeffrey Dahmer 2 episodes
2017 Genius: Einstein Michele Besso 6 episodes
2018 Genius: Picasso Guillaume Apollinaire Episode: “Chapter 1”
2019 Billions John Rice Episode: "A Proper Sendoff"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2021 Maquette Michael

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2011 Saturn Awards Best Guest Starring Role on Television Fringe Nominated
2016 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Salem Nominated
2017 Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Q&A with Seth Gabel,; accessed May 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed April 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "Bryce Howard Reveals Her Stance On Santa Claus". People. January 26, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Fradkin, Lori (January 8, 2010). "Seth Gabel Talks About Being Dirty, Sexy, and Moneyed". New York. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  5. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 11, 2011). "Fringe Exclusive: Seth Gabel Returning Full-Time". TVLine. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  6. ^ Michael Ausiello (November 13, 2012). "Exclusive: Arrow targets Fringe's Seth Gabel to play Big Bad Vertigo". Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "Video Q&A: Seth Gable and Tamzin Merchant talk "SALEM" and Superstition!". Fangoria. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  8. ^ Roschke, Ryan (October 13, 2015). "Jeffrey Dahmer Will Check Into American Horror Story: Hotel". PopSugar. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  9. ^ "15 Juicy Facts about Bryce Dallas Howard". Extra. Warner Bros. Television Distribution. July 30, 2009. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  10. ^ Raftery, Liz (January 22, 2012). "Bryce Dallas Howard Has a Baby Girl". People. Time Warner Inc. Retrieved January 22, 2012.

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