Taylor Kinney

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Taylor Kinney
Taylor Kinney BTVR 14 (cropped).jpg
Kinney in 2016
Born (1981-07-15) July 15, 1981 (age 41)
EducationLancaster Mennonite School
Alma materWest Virginia University
OccupationActor, model
Years active2006–present

Taylor Jackson Kinney (born July 15, 1981[1]) is an American actor and model. He has played Mason Lockwood in The Vampire Diaries, Jared in Zero Dark Thirty, Phil in The Other Woman, and Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Kelly Severide in Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med.

Early life and education[edit]

Taylor Jackson Kinney[2] was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.[1]

In 2000, he graduated from Lancaster Mennonite School.[3] Kinney studied Business Management at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.[4]


Kinney played Luke Gianni on Fashion House (2006) on MyNetworkTV, and played Glenn Morrison on Trauma[5] on NBC.[6] Kinney had a recurring role on the supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries, joining the cast during the second season as Mason Lockwood. In 2011, Kinney was featured in Lady Gaga's music video for the song "You and I".[7]

In 2012, Kinney landed a starring role on Chicago Fire, a drama series that follows the lives of firefighters and paramedics. Kinney plays Lieutenant Kelly Severide on Rescue Squad 3 opposite former House star Jesse Spencer. Also in 2012, Kinney appeared on the big screen in Kathryn Bigelow's acclaimed war drama Zero Dark Thirty. In 2012, he guest starred on Shameless as Craig, the former high school crush of the lead character Fiona (played by Emmy Rossum).[8]

Personal life[edit]

Kinney began dating singer-songwriter Lady Gaga in July 2011. They first met in Nebraska while working on the music video for her song "You and I", and started dating soon afterwards.[9] They became engaged in February 2015,[10] but ended up calling off their engagement in July 2016.[11][12]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 White Air Frank
2007 Furnace Bill Jamison
2010 Scorpio Men on Prozac May's Lover
2011 Prodigal Brad Searcy Short film
2012 Least Among Saints Jesse
2012 Stars in Shorts Brad Searcy
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Jared
2014 The Other Woman Phil Hampton
2015 Consumed Eddie
2015 Rock the Kasbah Private Barnes
2016 The Forest Aiden
2018 Here and Now Jordan


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Fashion House Luke Gianni Main role; 35 episodes
2007 What About Brian Jared Episode: "What About Secret Lovers..."
2008 Bones Jimmy Fields Episode: "Player Under Pressure"
2009–2010 Trauma Glenn Morrison Main role; 19 episodes
2010–2011 The Vampire Diaries Mason Lockwood Recurring role (seasons 2–3); 9 episodes
2011 A Mann's World France Television film
2011 Five Tommy Television film
2011 CSI: NY Jason Locke Episode: "Identity Crisis"
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Jesse Wade Episode: "Don't Hate the Player"
2012 Dating Rules for My Future Self Dave Recurring role
2012 Shameless Craig Heisner Recurring role; 2 episodes
2012 Castle Darren Thomas Episode: "Once Upon a Crime"
2012 Breakout Kings Perry Episode: "SEALd Fate"
2012–present Chicago Fire Lieutenant Kelly Severide Co-lead role; 195 episodes
2014–present Chicago P.D. Lieutenant Kelly Severide Recurring role; 10 episodes
2015–present Chicago Med Lieutenant Kelly Severide Recurring role; 8 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Notes
2011 "You and I" Lady Gaga Love Interest

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actor Chicago Fire Nominated[13]
2016 Won [14]
2017 Nominated [15]


  1. ^ a b "Taylor Kinney". TV Guide. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Taylor Jacks Kinney - United States Public Records". FamilySearch. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "Lady Gaga blends in during visit to Lancaster County". Lancaster Online. March 28, 2013. Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  4. ^ "Actor Taylor Kinney heats up 'Chicago Fire'". USA Today. Gannett Company. October 10, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "Taylor Kinney as Glenn Morris". Trauma. NBC. Archived from the original on February 12, 2010. Retrieved December 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Keck, William (July 10, 2010). "Keck's Exclusives! Vampire Diaries Casts Mason Lockwood". TV Guide. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
  7. ^ "Lady Gaga goes public with romance". The Belfast Telegraph. December 29, 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Bentley, Jean (January 6, 2012). "'Shameless': Emmy Rossum on romancing James Wolk, Taylor Kinney & buying a bra in Season 2". Zap2it. Archived from the original on January 17, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  9. ^ "Lady Gaga fell for Taylor Kinney on video shoot". 3news.co.nz. November 25, 2013.
  10. ^ Lewis, Barry (February 16, 2015). "Our editor congratulated her: Lady Gaga is engaged". Times-Herald Record. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  11. ^ "Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney Split; Couple End Engagement". People.com. July 19, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  12. ^ Mizoguchi, Karen (July 20, 2016). "Lady Gaga Breaks Her Silence Following Taylor Kinney Breakup: We 'Have Always Believed We Are Soulmates'". People. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  13. ^ "People's Choice Awards: Fan Favorites in Movies, Music & TV - PeoplesChoice.com". www.peopleschoice.com. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  14. ^ "People's Choice Awards: Fan Favorites in Movies, Music & TV - PeoplesChoice.com". www.peopleschoice.com. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  15. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2017: Full List Of Nominees". People's Choice. November 15, 2016. Archived from the original on November 17, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2016.

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