|Birthday:||June 22, 1962|
|Birthplace:||New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada|
|Hair Color:||Dark Brown|
|Education:||Prince of Wales Secondary School|
|Family & Friends|
|Relationships:||Suleka Mathew (girlfriend)|
|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.
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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.
|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||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||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||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||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||Hastings Street||Short||Charlie (voice)|
|2007||Drive||TV Series||Mr. Bright|
|2007 - 2008||Men in Trees||TV Series||Eric|
|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|
|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|
|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. 
- 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.