Sebastian Roché
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General Information
Gender: Male
Nicknames: Seb
Birthday: August 4, 1964
Age: 53
Birthplace: Paris, France
Nationality: French
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Height: 5'11"
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: Cours Florent in Paris
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre in Lyon
French National Academy of Dramatic Arts
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Taissa Farmiga (ex-sister-in-law)
Guillaume and Fabien (brothers)
Relationships: Vera Farmiga (ex-wife)
Alicia Hannah (née Kim) (current wife)
Series Information
Character: King Stefan
Only appearance: Enter the Dragon

Sebastian Roché is a French actor and writer, known for his roles as Kurt Mendel on Odyssey 5, Jerry Jacks on the soap opera General Hospital, Thomas Jerome Newton on Fringe, Balthazar on Supernatural, Mikael on both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, and Reichsminister Martin Heusmann on The Man in the High Castle.

He has appeared in the films The Last of the Mohicans (1992), The Peacemaker (1997), 15 Minutes (2001), Sorry, Haters (2005), The Namesake (2006), New York City Serenade (2007), Beowulf (2007), Happy Tears (2009), Safe House (2012), Wer (2013), and A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014). Roché also starred in the Broadway plays Salome (1992) and The Green Bird (2000).

Early life

Roché was born in Paris to a Scottish mother, Gail (née Stewart), and a French father, Philippe Roché. He was named Sebastian Charles Edward after Jacobite pretender Charles Edward Stuart. From age 12 to 18, Roché lived on a sailboat with his parents and brothers, travelling to the Mediterranean, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. He is multilingual – able to speak English, French, Spanish and Italian fluently.

Roché was educated at the Cours Florent in Paris and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre, and also attended the prestigious French National Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which he graduated in 1989. He moved to New York City in 1992.


Roché began his acting career in the made-for-television film The Murders in the Rue Morgue, appearing opposite Ian McShane and Val Kilmer, which aired on CBS on 7 December 1986. Throughout the late 1980s, he had roles in French television and cinema, including the films Adieu je t'aime (1988), La Queue de la comète (1988), La Révolution française (1989), and A Woman's Revenge (1990), and the television series Bonjour maître (1987) and The Hitchhiker (1989–1991). Roché also has an extensive classical theatre background, notably starring in Salome (1992) with Al Pacino at the Circle in the Square Theatre; Titus Andronicus (1994) with the Theatre for a New Audience, directed by Julie Taymor; Macbeth (1994) at the Classic Stage Company, directed by Jack Stehlin; and Arms and the Man (1995) in Hartford, Connecticut, directed by Mark Lamos. He appeared in a supporting role in the Daniel Day-Lewis-starring historical epic The Last of the Mohicans, which was released in the United States on 25 September 1992. On American television, he appeared in Loving (1992), South Beach (1993), New York Undercover (1996), Swift Justice (1996), and Liberty! (1997).

In 1997, Roché was part of the main cast in the Fox fantasy adventure series Roar, playing the role of Saint Longinus. He starred opposite Heath Ledger and Vera Farmiga.[11] The series was cancelled due to low ratings later that same year. Roché's many 1990s television credits include recurring and guest starring stints in series such as Feds (1997), Dellaventura (1997), Sex and the City (1998), Merlin (1998), Law & Order (1999), and Big Apple (2001). In 1998, he returned to the stage in the Off-Broadway production of Trainspotting at the Players Theater. In 2000, he portrayed Prince Renzo in the Broadway production of The Green Bird at the Cort Theatre. The play marked his second collaboration with director Julie Taymor. That same year, he appeared in the television film The Crossing opposite Jeff Daniels, which aired on A&E on 10 January 2000. He also had a minor role in the Robert De Niro-starring thriller film 15 Minutes, released on 9 March 2001.

In 2002, Roché began portraying Kurt Mendel in the Canadian science fiction series Odyssey 5 for Showtime. He remained in the role until the show's cancellation a year later. In the pilot episode, he spoke French. He also guest starred in episodes of Touching Evil (2004), Charmed (2005), Alias (2005), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2005), and The Unit (2006). Roché then co-starred in the Mira Nair-directed drama film The Namesake, released on 9 March 2007, and in the Darby Crash biopic What We Do Is Secret, released on 8 August 2008. He subsequently co-starred with Freddie Prinze, Jr. the comedy-drama New York City Serenade, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 13 September 2007.

Roché next starred in the motion capture epic fantasy film Beowulf, alongside Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie, which was directed by Robert Zemeckis and released to cinemas on 16 November 2007. He reprised his role as Wulfgar from the film in the accompanying video game Beowulf: The Game, released on 13 November 2007. In 2007, Roché began appearing in the ABC soap opera General Hospital as terrorist/criminal Jerry Jacks (although, when the character reappeared, he was going by the pseudonym James Craig). By early 2009, Jerry had minimal screen time and was ultimately written out. Later, from July to August 2009, Roché returned to the series in a recurring capacity, and returned again to the role in December 2010. From August 2012 to October 2013, Roché again returned as the character on a recurring basis. He starred in a total of 319 episodes, and has spoken Russian, Spanish, and French in the series.

In 2009, Roché guest starred in The Mentalist as Shirali Arlov, and as John Quinn in both 24: Redemption (2008), and the 2009 season of 24. He then appeared in the comedy-drama film Happy Tears with Demi Moore and Parker Posey, released on 19 February 2010, and lent his voice to the animated film The Adventures of Tintin, directed by Steven Spielberg and released on 21 December 2011. In 2010, Roché joined the recurring cast of The CW's drama series Supernatural. He starred in six episodes of the sixth season as Balthazar, a rogue angel and longtime friend of fellow angel Castiel. He was next cast in the Fox science fiction drama series Fringe, recurring in the second and third seasons as Thomas Jerome Newton, the leader of an army of shapeshifters from a parallel universe and a main antagonist of the series.

In 2011, Roché began recurring as Mikael, the father of the Original Vampires, in The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries. He then recurred as Clyde Easter in the CBS procedural crime drama series Criminal Minds. Roché next had a supporting role in the action-thriller film Safe House, starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington, which was released on 10 February 2012. Also in 2012, he made a guest appearance in NBC's procedural fantasy drama series Grimm. He then starred in William Brent Bell's horror film Wer, released first in Japan on 16 November 2013.

From 2014 to 2015, and continuing through 2018, Roché reprised his role as Mikael in The Vampire Diaries spin-off series, The Originals. Roché then starred in the American crime drama-thriller film A Walk Among the Tombstones alongside Liam Neeson, released on 19 September 2014. In March 2014, he joined ABC's political drama series Scandal in a recurring capacity. In December 2014, it was announced that Roché would guest star in season four of ABC's fairy tale drama series Once Upon a Time as King Stefan. Roché starred as Pierre Curie in an episode of the documentary miniseries The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements, which aired on PBS on 19 August 2015. Roché then guest starred in season seven of CBS' procedural drama series NCIS: Los Angeles, as Lee Ashman.

In 2016, Roché co-starred as Cardinal Michel Marivaux in Paolo Sorrentino's drama series The Young Pope, alongside Jude Law and James Cromwell. He also had a starring role in the second season and upcoming third season of Amazon Video's drama series The Man in the High Castle as Martin Heusmann, the estranged Nazi father of main character Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank). Roché co-starred in Christopher Gorham's directorial debut comedy We Love You, Sally Carmichael! (2017), portraying film star Perry Quinn, alongside Gorham and Bitsie Tulloch. He then appeared as Emile Gilot, the father of French painter Françoise Gilot, in the second season of the National Geographic anthology series Genius. Roché has been cast in a modern-day adaptation of the Molière play Tartuffe, making his West End theatre debut as Orgon. He will portray Klaus Jager in the war film Burning at Both Ends, opposite Cary Elwes and Judd Hirsch.

Personal life

Roché met American actress Vera Farmiga while co-starring with her in the short-lived series Roar. They eloped to the Bahamas after the series ended in 1997, and lived on a 117-acre estate in Upstate New York. After seven years of marriage, Roché and Farmiga separated in 2004. On 31 May 2014, he married Australian actress Alicia Hannah (née Kim) at the Chateau Les Bouysses in Mercuès, France. The couple co-starred in the film We Love You, Sally Carmichael! (2017).


Year Title Type Role
1986 The Murders in the Rue Morgue TV Movie Henri (uncredited)
1987 Bonjour maître TV Mini-Series Jerry
1988 Adieu je t'aime Thierry
1988 La queue de la comète Joachim, le frère d'Alice
1989 La révolution française Le Marquis de Dreux-Brézé (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
1989 La grande cabriole TV Mini-Series William
1989 - 1991 Deadly Nightmares TV Series Glenn Birch
1990 La vengeance d'une femme Le dealer
1990 Counterstrike TV Series
1991 Nouvelles de Marcel Aymé TV Series L'ange Gabriel
1991 Scene of the Crime TV Series Actor
1992 Runaway Bay TV Series
1992 Le Lyonnais TV Series
1992 A Fine Romance Actor (uncredited)
1992 The Last of the Mohicans Martin
1993 South Beach TV Series Boronsky
1993 Household Saints Jesus (as Sebastian Roche)
1993 - 1999 Law & Order TV Series Ken Taylor / Clarence Carmichael / 'C Square'
1994 Normandy: The Great Crusade TV Movie Alastair Bannerman (voice)
1995 Loungers James
1996 Swift Justice TV Series Tony Jacks
1996 New York Undercover TV Series Domenick Rallo
1997 Feds TV Series Domenick Rallo
1997 The Peacemaker Hans, German Backpacker (as Sabastian Roche)
1997 Liberty! The American Revolution TV Mini-Series Marquis de Lafayette
1997 Dellaventura TV Series Van Kelk
1997 Roar TV Series Longinus
1998 Merlin TV Mini-Series Gawin
1998 Sex and the City TV Series Jerry
1998 Into My Heart Chris
1998 Naked City: Justice with a Bullet TV Movie Marco
1999 The Hunley TV Movie Collins
1999 Bonne Nuit TV Movie Vlad
2000 The Crossing TV Movie Col. John Glover
2000 Baby TV Movie Rebel Clark
2001 Haven TV Movie Johan Ritter
2001 15 Minutes Ludwig the Hairdresser (as Sebastian Roche)
2001 Big Apple TV Series Vlad
2002 Never Get Outta the Boat Soren (as Sebastian Roche)
2002 Benjamin Franklin TV Mini-Series documentary Vicomte
2002 - 2003 Odyssey 5 TV Series Kurt Mendel
2004 Touching Evil TV Series Stephan Laney
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV Series Josh Frost / Moriarty
2005 Earthsea TV Mini-Series Tygath
2005 Charmed TV Series The Sorceror
2005 Nova TV Series documentary Louis Blériot
2005 Alias TV Series Willem Karg
2005 Sorry, Haters Mick Sutcliffe (uncredited)
2005 Seagull Sebastian
2006 The Unit TV Series Colonel Leclerq
2006 The Namesake Pierre
2006 We Fight to Be Free Short George Washington
2007 What We Do Is Secret Claude 'Kickboy Face' Bessey
2007 American Masters TV Series documentary John James Audubon
2007 New York City Serenade Noam Broder
2007 Beowulf Wulfgar (as Sebastian Roche)
2007 Beowulf: The Game Video Game Wulfgar (voice)
2007 - 2015 General Hospital TV Series Jerry Jacks / James Craig
2008 24: Redemption TV Movie Quinn
2009 The Mentalist TV Series Shirali Arlov
2009 Happy Tears Laurent (as Sebastian Roche)
20069 24 TV Series John Quinn
2009 The Beautiful Life: TBL TV Series Nikolai
2009 - 2010 Fringe TV Series Thomas Jerome Newton
2010 MAG Video Game Raven Executive (voice)
2010 Vamped Out TV Series Ardalion
2010 - 2011 Supernatural TV Series Balthazar
2011 The Adventures of Tintin Pedro / 1st Mate (voice, as Sebastian Roche)
2011 The Vampire Diaries TV Series Mikael
2011 - 2012 Criminal Minds TV Series Clyde Easter
2012 Safe House Robert Heissler (uncredited)
2012 Unforgettable TV Series Victor Cushman
2012 Grimm TV Series Edgar Waltz
2012 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! Video Chef Didier
2012 Pegasus Vs. Chimera TV Movie Belleros (as Sebastian Roche)
2013 Burn Notice TV Series Roger Steele
2013 Wer Klaus Pistor
2013 - 2018 The Originals TV Series Mikael
2014 Scandal TV Series Dominic Bell
2014 In Lieu of Flowers: The Final Days of Michael Hastings Short Lucas
2014 A Walk Among the Tombstones Yuri Landau
2014 Phantom Halo Warren Emerson
2015 Molly's Method Short James George
2015 Once Upon a Time TV Series King Stefan
2015 The Hillywood Show TV Series short Dancer
2015 The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements TV Mini-Series documentary Pierre Curie
2015 NCIS: Los Angeles TV Series Lee Ashman
2015 Black Knight Decoded Video short Command Center Director (as Sebastian Roche)
2016 Royal Pains TV Series Guy Childs
2016 Bones TV Series Inspector Rousseau
2016 Mafia III Video Game Additional Voices (voice, as Sebastian Roche)
2016 The Young Pope TV Series Cardinal Michel Marivaux
2016 - 2017 Kings of Con TV Series Serge
2016 - 2018 The Man in the High Castle TV Series Reichsminister Martin Heusmann
2017 Negative Rodney
2017 We Love You, Sally Carmichael! Perry Quinn
2017 Valor TV Series Orson Lavoy
2017 Last Meal Short Felix Blazer
2018 Genius TV Series Emile Gilot
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TV Series Arlo Beck
2019 Strange Angel TV Series Professor Thompson
2019 6 Underground Lawyer
2019 - 2020 Batwoman TV Series Dr. Ethan Campbell
Haven: Above Sky (post-production) Blake's Father
Burning at Both Ends (announced) Klaus Jager


  • Speaks four languages. French, English, Italian and Spanish.
  • Lived for six years on a sailing boat with his family and was home schooled.
  • Has often been mistaken for famous chef Gordon Ramsay.
  • Was named Sebastian Charles Edward Roché after Jacobite pretender Charles Edward Stuart.
  • His mother, Gail (Stewart), was born in England to Scottish parents, and his father, Philippe Roché, was born in Austria to French parents.
  • Moved to New York City in 1992, then to Los Angeles in 2007.
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