Alexander Cary
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Cary at PaleyFest in 2015
Lucius Alexander Plantagenet Cary

(1963-02-01) 1 February 1963 (age 59)
Hammersmith, London, England
OccupationTelevision writer, producer
(m. 1993, divorced)

Jennifer Marsala
(m. 2013)
Parent(s)Lucius Cary, 15th Viscount of Falkland
Caroline Butler

(Lucius) Alexander Plantagenet Cary, Master of Falkland (born 1 February 1963), is an English screenwriter, producer, and ex-soldier.

Life and career

Cary was born in Hammersmith, London, to Lucius Cary, 15th Viscount of Falkland, and Caroline Butler. His father is an elected hereditary peer, and Cary is next in line to be Viscount of Falkland, the senior viscountcy of Scotland (created in 1620 by Scottish King James VI).[1]

Cary grew up in Chelsea, London, where his neighbours were actors André Morell and Joan Greenwood. He knew from the age of twelve that he wanted to work in the film industry. He was initially educated at Westminster School, but was expelled before his A-levels, and sent instead to Loretto in Scotland.[2] He left with unremarkable grades and, after a brief stint as a runner in a New York theatre, joined the army on a whim: "I had a bet with a friend who didn't think I could do it, but I loved it. Having been a total pain in the neck about authority at school, I took a perverse enjoyment in being given instructions and carrying them out."

He graduated from Sandhurst Military Academy in 1985 and was commissioned as an officer into the Scots Guards. He was posted to Northern Ireland during the height of the Troubles. He saw active service during the Gulf War, in which he was attached to a company of United States Marines.

He left the military shortly after the war, and went to Hollywood to pursue a career as a screenwriter. After a decade of little success, he achieved a spot in the writers' room for the first series of Lie to Me in 2009. He later became a writer and producer for Homeland, and has also worked on The Riches and In Plain Sight.

On 23 July 1993, Cary married actress Linda Purl,[3] with whom he has a son, Lucius (born 6 February 1995).[4] He also has son Sebastian (born c. 2004) from another relationship.[5] Purl and Cary later divorced.

In 2013,[citation needed] he became engaged to American actress Jennifer Marsala, a cast member in Homeland.[5] The marriage took place in Somerset on 31 December 2013.[citation needed]

He appeared in the BBC programme The Gift on 10 February 2015, in which he met a fellow ex-soldier who wished to thank him for saving his life.


  1. ^ "Falkland, Viscount of". Cracroft's Peerage. Archived from the original on 10 December 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  2. ^ "You can all relax, Brody is back and taking centre stage in Homeland". Evening Standard. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Biographical Summaries of Notable People: Alexander Cary, Master of Falkland". Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  4. ^ Levins, Harry (17 February 1995). "People". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Missouri. p. 2. Retrieved 5 November 2020. Actress Linda Purl, 39, gave birth Feb. 6 to a son with an unending name: Lucius Jackson Arthur Plantagenet Cary. Her husband is screenwriter Alexander Cary.
  5. ^ a b Walker, Tim (29 November 2013). "You can all relax, Brody is back and taking centre stage in Homeland". Evening Standard. UK. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2020. The show's cast included actress Jennifer Marsala, now Cary’s fiancée. ... Cary also has two sons from previous relationships: Lucius, 18, and Sebastian, who is nine.