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Charles Mesure
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General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: August 12, 1970
Age: 48
Birthplace: Somerset, England, UK
Other Information
Height: 6'2"
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: Sydney University
Newington College
National Institute of Dramatic Art
Talents: Acting
Series Information
Character: Black Beard
First appearance: The Jolly Roger
Last appearance: Breadcrumbs

Charles William David Mesure is an English Australian actor.

View the Charles Mesure Gallery.

Birth and education

Mesure was born in Somerset, England. When he was five, his family moved to Australia and he grew up in Sydney. Mesure attended Newington College (1982–1987) and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia, with a degree in Performing Arts (Acting) in 1995.


In 1995, he moved to New Zealand where he soon picked up a few acting roles. Mesure has acted in, directed, designed, and written upwards of thirty productions for the Sydney University Drama Society while studying law. In 1998, he was nominated for a Best Actor New Zealand Television Award for his work as Ryan Waters on the New Zealand soap opera, City Life and in 2003 he won the Best Supporting Actor award for his work as Kees Van Damm on the New Zealand drama, Street Legal. Mesure appeared as a supporting character in Season 1 of the American TV series V, and was promoted to a regular series cast member for Season 2.

Mesure is known internationally for his role as Kyle Hobbes in the 2009 re-imagining of V and the archangel Michael in both the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. He has played guest roles on hit shows such as Lost, Without a Trace, Bones and Stacked. Mesure has also had a recurring role as the reporter JD Pollack on Crossing Jordan. He has previously played movie roles in Boogeyman with Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel and Lucy Lawless, Mee Shee: The Water Giant with Bruce Greenwood, Rena Owen and Joel Tobeck, and Superfire with D. B. Sweeney, Chad Donella and Diane Farr.

In 2009, he played Detective-Sergeant Zane Gerard in the New Zealand drama Outrageous Fortune.

In 2010, he played Alec Ross, the lead character in Television New Zealand's new drama series, This Is Not My Life.

Mesure joined the final season cast of Desperate Housewives as Ben Faulkner, a ruthless self-made contractor who shares a connection with Renee Perry (Vanessa Williams). He made a guest appearance on a 2013 episode of Burn Notice, playing the head of a criminal hacking syndicate.

On 30 March 2014, he played Edwin MacKaye in the episode called "Violets" on The Mentalist. From 2014–18 he guest-starred in five episodes of Once Upon a Time, as the pirate Blackbeard.



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Boogeyman Mr. Jensen
2005 Mee-Shee: The Water Giant Watkins
2013 Mis-drop Sgt. Vaughn Short film
2018 Occupation Arnold


Year Title Role Notes
1996–98 City Life Ryan Waters Main role
1997–98 Mirror, Mirror II Matthew / Tobias
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess Darnelle Episode: "The Dirty Half Dozen"
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess Mercer Episode: "The Price"
1997 Duggan Billy Jamieson Episode: "Death in Paradise"
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Johnny Pinto Episode: "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Hercules"
1998 Tiger Country Constable Barry Gardener Television film
1999 The Life & Times of Te Tutu
1999 A Twist in the Tale Nick Martinelli Episode: "The Green Dress"
1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Archangel Michael Episode: "Revelations"
1999–2001 Xena: Warrior Princess Archangel Michael 5 episodes
2000–03 Street Legal DSS Kees Van Damm Main role; also writer of 7 episodes
2002 Superfire Trent Holbrook Television film
2003 Skin and Bone Clean Television film
2005 Briar & Graves Father Malachi Briar Unaired television pilot
2005 Lost Bryan Episode: "Hearts and Minds"
2005 Stacked Eddie 2 episodes
2005 Without a Trace Emil Dornvald 2 episodes
2005–07 Crossing Jordan J.D. Pollack Recurring role, 12 episodes
2006 Bones Pete Sanders Episode: "Aliens in a Spaceship"
2006 Cold Case Tom McCree Episode: "Forever Blue"
2007 Ghost Whisperer The Messenger Episode: "The Gathering"
2007 Las Vegas Paul Grant Episode: "It's Not Easy Being Green"
2009–10 Outrageous Fortune DS Zane Gerard Recurring role, 14 episodes
2010–11 V Kyle Hobbes Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2); 18 episodes
2010 Kaitangata Twitch Carey Gallagher Main role, 13 episodes
2010 This Is Not My Life Alec Ross Main role, 13 episodes
2011–12 Desperate Housewives Ben Faulkner Main role (season 8), 15 episodes
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Greg Dyson Episode: "A Caribbean Mystery"
2013 Burn Notice Jack Frakes Episode: "All or Nothing"
2014 The Mentalist Edwin MacKaye Episode: "Violets"
2014, 2015-2018 Once Upon a Time Blackbeard Season 3 (2 episodes), Season 4 (2 episodes), Season 6 (1 episode), Season 7 (1 episode)
2014–16 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Ralf Recurring role, 5 episodes
2015 Castle Liam Hollister Episode: "The Nose"
2015–2020 The Magicians The Beast Recurring role
2016 Criminal Minds Edgar Solomon Episode: "Derek"
2016 Dead of Summer Sheriff Boyd Heelen/The Teacher Recurring role