British actor Linus Roache, the son of actors William Roache and Anna Cropper, began his professional acting career when he was only 11 years old when he appeared in “Coronation Street,” where he played the son of his father. Nineteen years later, he was put in the spotlight as a gay Catholic clergyman in a controversial film by director Antonia Bird titled “Priest” and for playing Bob Longman in the popular British series “Seaforth” (both 1994). The former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company has since landed roles in Hollywood productions like “The Wings of the Dove” (1997), “Hart's War” (2002), “Beyond Borders” (2003), “The Chronicles of Riddick” (2004), “The Forgotten” (2004), “Batman Begins” (2005) and “Find Me Guilty” (2006) and also gained praise for his work in the British film “Pandaemonium” (2000, won an Evening Standard British Film Award) and “Blind Flight” (2003, nabbed a BAFTA nomination). On the small screen, Roache scored it big with his Golden Globe nominated turn as Robert F. Kennedy on the FX film “RFK” (2002) and picked up a Golden Satellite Award for his work in “The Gathering Storm” (also 2002). He has also enjoyed a significant career boost with his current role on the NBC series “Law & Order” (2008-2010), where he portrays Michael Cutter.
The 5' 10” handsome performer has been married to actress Rosalind Bennett since 2003. He is a vegetarian.
Son of Actors
Childhood and Family:
Linus William Roache was born on February 1, 1964, in Manchester, England. His father is William Roache of the British series “Coronation Street” and his mother is the late British beauty Anna Cropper (born in 1938, died in 2007). Linus’ parents divorced in 1974 when he was 10 years old and his father later remarried. Linus has a younger sister named Vanya Roache (born in 1967) and three half-siblings, one of whom died in 1984 at the age of 2. He was trained at a drama school in London.
In 1989, Linus met fellow British performer Rosalind Bennett (born in May 1966) in the stage production of “Juno and the Paycock,” where they played siblings. They were married fourteen years later in January 2003.
Born to celebrity parents, Linus Roache began his career as a child actor when he appeared in the long running soap “Coronation Street.” He also appeared in the BBC adventure series “The Onedin Line,” starring Peter Gilmore. After attending drama school, Roache emerged as a stage performer with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1985 and spent the next four years performing classics with the celebrated troupe. It was also in 1985 that he had briefly appeared in front of the film camera in the comedy “No Surrender,” which was released in the United States in 1986. He went on to act in the thriller “Link” (1986), starring Elisabeth Shue and Terence Stamp, and in an episode of the short-lived TV series “Saracen” (1989), as Daniel McAvaddy. During this period, Roache primarily worked on stage and in 1989, he joined the National Theatre for six months, during which time he was teamed up with future wife Rosalind Bennett to play siblings in Sean O'Casey's “Juno and the Paycock.”
During the 1990s, Roache still worked primarily on stage although he sporadically returned to film and TV. In 1994, he worked with Coin Farrell, Lia Williams and Mark Spalding in the British miniseries “How High the Moon,” directed by Peter Smith, but it was his subsequent role of Bob Longman on the well-liked BBC wartime drama “Seaforth” (also 1994) that brought the actor his first real notice. His screen career gained even more attention when he was hired to star as Greg Pilkington, a clergyman conflicted between his occupation and his sexual orientation, in his first feature “Priest,” a critically acclaimed, but controversial drama that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 1994 before its British and American theatrical release in March 1995. Under the direction of Antonia Bird, who discovered the actor in drama school and thought he was a perfect cast for the starring role, Roache delivered a strong performance and won acknowledgment for his work in the film when he was nominated for a 1996 Chlotrudis Award in the category of Best Actor.
Criticized as being anti-Catholic by Cardinal John O'Connor of New York for his role in “Priest,” Roache took some time off from acting and stayed in India for 18 months. While there, he discovered spiritual meditation. The gifted actor did not make his return to the cinematic industry until 1997 when he had the stellar role of a journalist named Merton Densher in the Iain Softley adaptation of the classic Henry James book “The Wings of the Dove,” opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Allison Elliott. He spent the rest of the decade playing roles in the HBO television movie “Shot Through the Heart” (1998) and the 1999 movies “Siam Sunset” and “The Venice Project.”
Entering the new millennium, Roache received a supporting role in the based-on-true story “Best” (2000) and graduated to a starring role in the British film “Pandaemonium” (2000), from which he won an Evening Standard British Film for his portrayal of poet Samuel Coleridge. The same year, he also acted with Ralph Fiennes in the plays “Coriolanus” and “Richard II.” Two years later, he joined Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard in the box office failure “Hart's War,” playing Captain Peter A. Ross. He then picked up a Golden
Satellite award for his costarring role opposite Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave and Jim Broadbent in the TV film “The Gathering Storm” and a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Robert F. Kennedy in the FX biopic “RFK” (both 2002).
Back to film, Roache netted a BAFTA Scotland nomination for Best Actor in a Scottish Film for playing John McCarthy in “Blind Flight” (2003) before working with Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen in Martin Campbell's “Beyond Borders” (2003). He then supported Vin Diesel in the disappointing installment “The Chronicles of Riddick” (2004). His subsequent film work includes the Julianne Moore thriller “The Forgotten” (2004), the Christian Bale starring vehicle “Batman Begins” (2005, as Thomas Wayne), “Twelve and Holding” (2005), Sidney Lumet's “Find Me Guilty” (2006, reunited with Vin Diesel) and the British movie “Broken Thread.” He also appeared in “Before the Rains” (both 2007). Meanwhile on the small screen, he portrayed Aaron in the Emmy nominated biopic “The Ten Commandments” (2006) and starred as Andy Archer in the short lived series “Kidnapped” (2006-2007), alongside Jeremy Sisto, Carmen Ejogo and Delroy Lindo.
“I saw in all the DA's that I got to meet, there's this kind of living for the job. I think you have to in these kinds of roles. In real life these people really are living for their work because it's beyond just doing a job. You are totally dedicated and connected to doing the right thing, where there's a kind of drive there in my character.” Linus Roache on his role in “Law & Order”
Currently, Roache plays Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter on the NBC long-running series “Law & Order” (2008-2010). He is also set to portray Scott Vance in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming drama “The Miraculous Years,” which is set to be released in 2011.
Golden Satellite: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television, “The Gathering Storm,” 2003
Evening Standard British Film: Best Actor, “Pandaemonium,” 2002