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Nathan Parsons
General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: June 16, 1988
Age: 33
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
Social Networks: Instagram
Other Information
Height: 6'
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: University of Southern California
St. Andrew's Episcopal School
Talents: Acting
Interests: Dance
Rock Climbing
Playing Lacrosse
Playing Football
Playing Soccer
Scuba Diving
Series Information
Character: Nick Branson / Jack / Hansel
First appearance: Pretty in Blue
Last appearance: The Guardian

Nathan Dean Parsons is an Australian-born American actor, known for his work in daytime television on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital as the character of Ethan Lovett. He also had roles on primetime television shows as vampire James Kent on the seventh and final season of the HBO drama series True Blood, and the role of exiled werewolf Jackson Kenner on The CW drama series The Originals. Recently, he has been on Once Upon a Time as Hansel/Jack/Nick Branson and is currently portraying the lead of Max Evans in The CW series Roswell, New Mexico.


Nathan Parsons was born in Adelaide, South Australia but raised in Colorado and Texas. He moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California after being accepted into their Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program. He is also a member of Boom Kat Dance Theatre, a non-profit dance company based in Santa Monica, California. Currently, in their third year, Boom Kat has been made a resident company of the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica following the success of their third production NeverWonderland. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys dance, rock climbing, hiking, lacrosse, football, soccer, yoga, and scuba diving.


Early works

As a child actor, he did voice-over work dubbing Japanese anime for ADV Films, including the lead role of Jean Roque-Raltique in Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water and parts in "Soul Hunter", Devil Lady and Jing: King of Bandits. Parsons has previously appeared in the films Teeth (2007) and The Brotherhood V: Alumni (2009).

General Hospital

Parsons originally auditioned for a different role on General Hospital and was not cast, but the series subsequently created a new character for him. He made his first appearance as con artist Ethan Lovett on 30 January 2009. Parsons was initially hired on a recurring basis but was soon put on contract with the series, working closely with multi-Daytime Emmy Award-winner Anthony Geary. Parsons's debut storyline hinted at the secret parentage of his character Ethan, who was later established as the son of Luke Spencer (Geary) and Holly Sutton (Emma Samms), characters made household names during General Hospital's 1980s peak. In March 2009 Soaps In Depth magazine credited Parsons with "taking the show by storm" and dubbed Ethan "one of daytime's most riveting young characters."

In December 2011, Parsons announced that he had decided not to renew his contract with General Hospital (which was expiring in early 2012). His last airdate was 7 March 2012, in a final scene that was shared with his on-screen parents, Anthony Geary and Emma Samms. The storyline was left open-ended for his possible return.

In May 2012, Parsons was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Younger Actor category for his portrayal of Ethan Lovett on General Hospital. The 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards were televised live on 23 June 2012, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Though Parsons did not win in this category, he was prominently featured in the telecast as a presenter for the coveted Outstanding Lead Actor category, in which his former co-stars, Anthony Geary and Maurice Benard, were both nominated. Parsons presented the award to his former on-screen father, Anthony Geary (for an unprecedented 7th win), and was acknowledged in Geary's acceptance speech. General Hospital also won the Outstanding Drama Series award.

In April 2013, Parsons returned to General Hospital as Ethan Lovett as part of the show's 50th Anniversary Celebration. His return aired over two days, 2 and 3 April, in which he appeared with Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) and Constance Towers (Helena Cassadine). He also reprised his character again in July 2015 for two episodes.


Parsons debuted on Bunheads on 16 July 2012, in an episode entitled "Money for Nothing", which introduced his character of Godot. While Godot was well known and idolized by the "bunheads"/girls, the lead character of Michelle (Sutton Foster) had never met him, as he had only just returned from a year-long surfing trip. There was a brief, but instant rapport/flirtation between Michelle and Godot; a relationship that was played out through season 1. He went on to appear in a further six episodes through the show's first and only season.

2014 to present

Parsons replaced Luke Grimes as James in the final season of True Blood and appeared on The Originals as Jackson Kenner from 2014 to 2018.

In March 2018, Parsons was cast as Max Evans in The CW series Roswell, New Mexico.


Year Title Type Role
1990 - 1991 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water TV Series Jean
1991 Nadia: The Secret of Fuzzy Jean (English version, voice)
1998 Devilman Lady TV Series Kid (English version, voice)
2002 King of Bandit Jing TV Mini-Series Angostura (English version, voice)
2007 Teeth Soda Spritzer
2009 The Brotherhood V: Alumni Holden Williams
2009 - 2015 General Hospital TV Series Ethan Lovett / Ethan Spencer
2011 The Roommate Coffee Shop Cashier
2011 State of Georgia TV Series Doug
2012 - 2013 Bunheads TV Series Godot
2013 The Nightmare Nanny TV Movie Jake
2014 #twitterkills Short Justin Tyme
2014 Complete Works TV Series Fantasy Shakespeare
2014 True Blood: Jessica's Blog TV Series James
2014 True Blood TV Series James
2014 - 2018 The Originals TV Series Jackson Kenner
2015 Point of Honor TV Movie John Rhodes
2016 Pet Eric
2016 Late Bloomer TV Movie Shane Rutherford
2016 Rosewood TV Series Nip-Tuck
2017 Justice James McCord
2017 - 2018 Once Upon a Time TV Series Nick Branson / Jack / Hansel
2019 A Feeling of Home TV Movie Ryan (as Nathan Dean Parsons)
2019 - 2021 Roswell, New Mexico TV Series Max Evans
2020 I Still Believe (post-production) Jean-Luc La Joie


Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated


  • Discovered by Director David DeCoteau for the film The Brotherhood V: Alumni.
  • Born June 16, 1988 in Australia, his family moved to the United States when he was young. He was raised in Colorado and Texas.
  • Went to high school at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, TX, graduating in 2006. He was in the same class as actress Ellen Wroe (Final Destination 5).
  • He moved to Los Angeles after being accepted into the BFA acting program at the University of Southern California.
  • He had a recurring role on the ABC Family series, Bunheads, about a dance school.
  • He was born in South Australia, but raised in Colorado and Texas.
  • He appeared in the 2007 dark comedy, Teeth, along with Lenny Von Dohlen.