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Nicholas Lea
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General Information
Gender: Male
Nicknames: Nick
Birthday: June 22, 1962
Age: 59
Birthplace: New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Other Information
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Green
Height: 6'1"
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: Prince of Wales Secondary School
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Relationships: Suleka Mathew (girlfriend)
Series Information
Character: The Woodcutter / Michael Tillman
First appearance: True North

Nicholas Lea (born Nicholas Christopher Herbert) is a Canadian actor best known for his portrayal of Alex Krycek on The X-Files and of Tom Foss on Kyle XY.

View the Nicholas Lea Gallery.

Life and career

Lea was born in New Westminster, British Columbia. He attended Prince of Wales Secondary School (Grad of 1980).

Lea's first major role was on the TV series The Commish where he played Officer Enrico Caruso from 1991 to 1994. It was during this time that he had a minor guest role in a first-season episode of The X-Files called "Gender Bender". The producers were impressed by his performance and when, in the second season, he auditioned for the role of turncoat FBI agent Alex Krycek, he was successful. Lea guest starred in eleven episodes from 1994 to 1996 and became a popular character amongst the fans. Because of his character's willingness to switch sides, he was known as the 'ratboy'. In the season three episode "Apocrypha," Krycek was left to die in an abandoned missile silo with an alien ship. This allowed Lea to take a starring role in the series Once a Thief — which followed on from the 1996 John Woo film — alongside Ivan Sergei. The series was cancelled after one season. Lea continued to play Krycek, who became a nemesis not just of Mulder and Scully but particularly of A.D. Skinner (Mitch Pileggi).

Lea co-starred with Lau Ching-Wan, Theresa Lee and Bif Naked in the Hong Kong-Canadian film Lunch with Charles in 2001.

In 2006, Lea had a role on ABC Family's Kyle XY (26 episodes) playing Tom Foss, Kyle's tutor, and was one of the lead actors (playing Ethan McKaye) on the Canadian TV series Whistler. He was also that series' associate producer. He did not return to Whistler for its second season in 2007.

He has guest starred in shows such as NYPD Blue (3 episodes), Andromeda, Burn Notice, Sliders, Highlander: The Series, Judging Amy, CSI (4 episodes) (as Catherine Willows' boyfriend) and Men in Trees (10 episodes) (as Eric, the minister). Nicholas has also guest starred in the ABC remake of the sci-fi series V. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Lyric School of Acting in Vancouver.

Lea appeared in the film Guido Superstar: The Rise of Guido, starring, produced, and directed by Silvio Pollio, including Lea, John Cassini, Terry Chen, and Michael Eklund. The film screened at the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival.

In 2012 he portrayed Eliot Ness who formed the law enforcement group The Untouchables in the Supernatural episode "Time after Time".

Lea had a minor role on Arrow as Mark Francis, who was Moira Queen's campaign manager. He appeared in three episodes.


Year Title Type Role
1989 American Boyfriends Ron
1990 Xtro II: The Second Encounter Baines
1991 - 1994 The Commish TV Series Ricky Caruso
1993 The Hat Squad TV Series Brett Halsey
1993 North of 60 TV Series 2nd Lt. Lloyd Hillard
1993 Madison TV Series Jack
1993 From Pig to Oblivion Short
1994 E.N.G. TV Series Jeffrey Leggett
1994 Robin's Hoods TV Series Loren Faber
1994 The Raffle David Lake
1994 - 1996 Highlander TV Series Cory Raines / Rodney Lange
1994 - 2002 The X-Files TV Series Alex Krycek / Michel
1995 Bad Company Jake
1995 The Marshal TV Series Ray Turner
1995 Taking the Falls TV Series Mac Stringer
1995 - 1996 Sliders TV Series Ryan Simms
1995 - 1999 Jake and the Kid TV Series Tony Edwards / Mack Smith
1996 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years TV Series Tom Andrews
1996 Once a Thief TV Movie Victor Mansfield
1996 The Burning Zone TV Series Philip Padgett
1996 - 1998 Once a Thief TV Series Victor Mansfield
1997 Moloney TV Series Anson Greene
1997 Their Second Chance TV Movie Roy
1997 Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother TV Movie Victor Mansfield
1998 Saturday Night Live TV Series Alex Krycek
1998 Once a Thief: Family Business TV Movie Victor Mansfield
1998 - 1999 The Outer Limits TV Series Jacob Hardy / Mac 27
2000 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye TV Movie Dustin Yarma
2000 Vertical Limit Tom McLaren
2001 Lunch with Charles Matthew
2001 The Incredible Elephant Steven Harris
2001 Ignition Peter Scanlon
2001 Shot in the Face Robber
2001 Earth Angels TV Movie Maximillian
2002 NYPD Blue TV Series Frank Colohan
2002 The Investigation TV Movie Les Forsythe
2003 Threshold TV Movie Dr. Jerome 'Geronimo' Horne
2003 Moving Malcolm Herbert
2003 See Grace Fly Grace's Male Voice (voice, as Nick Lea)
2003 - 2004 Andromeda TV Series Tri-Lorn
2004 Judging Amy TV Series Vincent Canello
2004 The X Files: Resist or Serve Video Game Alex Krycek (voice)
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV Series Chris Bezich
2005 Deadly Isolation TV Movie Patrick Carlson / Jeff Watkins
2005 Category 7: The End of the World TV Mini-Series Monty
2005 Chaos Det. Vincent Durano
2006 Whistler TV Series Ethan McKaye
2006 - 2009 Kyle XY TV Series Tom Foss
2007 Shattered Jerry Crane
2007 American Venus Dougie
2007 Hastings Street Short Charlie (voice)
2007 Drive TV Series Mr. Bright
2007 - 2008 Men in Trees TV Series Eric
2008 Vice Jenkins
2008 Crime Varsity Coach
2008 Mothers&Daughters Dinner Party Guest Nicholas (as Nick Lea)
2009 Dancing Trees Detective Velez
2009 Without a Trace TV Series Raymond Walsh
2009 Burn Notice TV Series Quinn Luna
2009 Quinn Luna Narrator
2009 Excited Skidder
2010 CSI: Miami TV Series Donald Newhouse
2010 Guido Superstar: The Rise of Guido Mr. Other Guy
2010 - 2011 V TV Series Joe Evans
2011 A Trusted Man TV Movie Sebastian Craig
2012 Supernatural TV Series Eliot Ness
2012 Once Upon a Time TV Series The Woodcutter / Michael Tillman
2012 The Philadelphia Experiment TV Movie Bill Gardner
2012 Crimes of Mike Recket Mike Recket
2012 - 2013 Continuum TV Series Agent Gardiner
2013 King & Maxwell TV Series Theo Bancroft
2013 The Killing TV Series Dale Daniel Shannon
2014 Arrow TV Series Mark Francis
2015 Working Class Heroes Short Wilchuk
2015 Unveiled TV Movie Bill
2016 NCIS: New Orleans TV Series Army Colonel Samuel Nilsen
2017 Before I Fall Dan Kingston
2017 Campus Caller TV Movie Professor Drake
2018 Status Update Coach Milligan
2018 ReBoot: The Guardian Code TV Series Mark Rowin
2018 The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco TV Series George Mason
2018 Take Two TV Series Marcus Cutler
2018 The Lie Detective Rodney Barnes
2019 The Twilight Zone TV Series Captain Donner
2019 The InBetween TV Series Jace Gray
2020 The Stand (filming) TV Series Norris
Slump (pre-production) Bruce Ryan


  • Was the lead singer in an alternative rock band called Beau Monde for five years
  • Auditioned for the part of Cal in Titanic (1997)
  • Served in the Canadian Navy.
  • Worked in a clothing store.
  • Went to art school for three years to become an illustrator.
  • Read for the role of Danny on NYPD Blue (1993).
  • Best known for his portrayal of "Alex Krycek" in The X-Files (1993).
  • Last name is pronounced Lee.
  • Guest-starred on the ABC TV show, Men in Trees (2006), opposite his real-life girlfriend (since 2001), Suleka Mathew.
  • In 2001 Nick was teaching acting at the Lyric School of Actors in Vancouver along with Martin Cummins, Benjamin Ratner, Nancy Sivak, Brent Stait , Michael Tiernan, David Palffy and Mark Regan. [2001]
  • While best known for his role as Alex Krycek, Nicholas Lea actually made his first X-Files appearance in Season 1, Episode 14: "Gender Bender." His character is credited as Michel. He plays an almost-victim of the episode's culprit.
  • He played Ethan McKaye on the Canadian series, Whistler, where he was also associate producer.
  • He has been romantically linked with Lucy Liu and several other Hollywood actresses.
  • He played Officer Ricky Caruso on the police series, The Commish, starring Michael Chiklis.