Torrance Coombs

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Torrance Coombs
Torrance Coombs 2014.jpg
Coombs at Long Beach, California on January 4, 2014
Born (1983-06-14) June 14, 1983 (age 36)
Years active2005–present
Alyssa Campanella
(m. 2016; div. 2019)

Torrance Coombs (born June 14, 1983) is a Canadian-American actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Thomas Culpepper in Tudors (2007–2010) and as Sebastian "Bash" de Poitiers, the illegitimate son of King Henry II of France and his chief mistress Diane de Poitiers in Reign (2013–2017).

Early life and education[edit]

Coombs was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1] He joined the school choir to better express himself and was soon cast in the role of Rum Tum Tugger in the musical play Cats.[2] He rented a video of Elvis Presley in concert to help prepare for the role. Coombs holds a dual citizenship to both Canada and the United States.[3]

He continued to do theatre roles throughout high school at University Hill Secondary School and eventually enrolled in the acting program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.[4]



Coombs has appeared in productions at Bard on the Beach, an annual professional Shakespeare festival held in Vancouver; he has also appeared in the musical A Little Night Music.


His first starring role on television was as John Doe in the 2008 CBC comedy series jPod, based on the novel of the same name by Douglas Coupland. Coombs also appeared as Lance Corporal C. Sellers in a 2009 episode of the television series Battlestar Galactica.

In 2010, Coombs appeared in a recurring role as Thomas Culpeper in the television series The Tudors, and in CBC's Heartland as Chase Powers. In 2011, he co-starred as Sam Besht as in the Hulu drama series Endgame.

On March 11, 2013, it was announced that Coombs had been cast in a lead role as Sebastian in the CW period drama series Reign.[5] He was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Drama TV Series at the 2014 Monte-Carlo Television Festival for his role in Reign.[6] In early 2016, Coombs chose to depart from Reign as a series regular at the end of the third season, with the possibility to return as a guest star in future episodes.[7]

In March 2016, it was announced that Coombs would star as a series regular for Shonda Rimes' new series Still Star-Crossed on ABC.[8]

In August 2017, it was announced that Coombs would star in a recurring role in the final season of The Originals.[9]


In 2009 he starred as Sam Matheson in the short film The Familiar, and appeared as PJ in the short film Good Image Media. In 2012, he starred in the psychological thriller Liars All.

Personal life[edit]

Coombs began dating Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella in 2010. On June 12, 2015 it was announced that they were engaged.[10] He speaks fluent French and can speak English accent in real life and while he filmed the movie Liars All. On 2 April 2016, the couple were married in Santa Ynez, California.[11] In April 2019, the couple announced their separation and they became divorced that same year.[12][13]


Film roles
Year Film Role Notes
2005 Judy's Comeuppance Paramedic #2 Short film
2009 The Familiar Sam Matheson Short film
Nominated—Leo Award for Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama
2009 Good Image Media PJ Short film
2011 Afghan Luke Private Davey
2013 Kill for Me Cameron Direct-to-video
2013 Liars All Dennis
2014 Drawing Home Kit Paley In post-production
2015 Eadweard Bell
2016 The Last Heist Paul
Television roles
Year Film Role Notes
2007 Supernatural Mitch Episode: "Hollywood Babylon"
2008 jPod John Doe Main role; 13 episodes
2009 Battlestar Galactica Lance Corporal C. Sellers Episode: "Someone to Watch Over Me"
2010–2012 Heartland Chase Powers Recurring role; 10 episodes
2010 The Tudors Thomas Culpeper 5 episodes
2011 Endgame Sam Besht Main role; 13 episodes
2011 Haven Kyle Hopkins Episode: "Sins of the Fathers"
2011 Killer Mountain Chance Television film
2013–2016 Reign Sebastian "Bash" de Poitiers Main role (seasons 1–3; 62 episodes)
Nominated – 2014 Monte-Carlo Television Festival for Outstanding Actor in a Drama TV Series
Nominated – 2014 Teen Choice Awards for Breakout Show
Nominated – 2015 Golden Maple Award for Best Actor in a TV series broadcasted in the U.S.
2017 Still Star-Crossed Count Paris Main role (Season 1)
2018 The Originals Declan Recurring role (Season 5)
2018 Royally Ever After Danny Hallmark Movie


  1. ^ "Torrance Coombs".
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Torrance Coombs on Twitter". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Alumni List". The University of British Columbia Department of Theatre and Film.
  5. ^ "Torrance Coombs to play opposite Adelaide Kane in "Reign"".
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-06-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Torrance Coombs to leave "Reign"".
  8. ^ "Torrance Coombs to play Count Paris in new Shonda Rimes series".
  9. ^ "'The Originals': Meet Hope's Love Interest and Hayley's 'Friend With Benefits'". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Reign Star Torrance Coombs Is Engaged".
  11. ^ "FIRST LOOK: Former Miss USA Alyssa Campanella is Married! See Her Gorgeous Gown". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  12. ^ @AlyssCampanella (April 20, 2019). "A personal announcement" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Alyssa Campanella (August 16, 2019). "The other day, someone asked me why I look happy in my photos in the months post-divorce (yes someone actually asked me that and then dared to think my marriage had been fake)..." Instagram. Retrieved August 18, 2019.

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