Linus William Roache
1 February 1964
|Years active||1973–1976, 1985–present|
Linus William Roache (born 1 February 1964) is an English actor. He is known for playing Executive ADA Michael Cutter in the NBC dramas Law & Order (2008–2010) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2011–2012). More recently, Roache played Ecgberht, King of Wessex in Vikings from 2014 to 2017.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for playing Robert F. Kennedy in RFK (2002) and won a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor (TV) for his role as Ralph Wigram in The Gathering Storm (2002). His film appearances include Priest (1994), The Wings of the Dove (1997), Pandaemonium (2000), Batman Begins (2005), Non-Stop (2014) and Mandy (2018). In 2018 and 2020 he had a recurring role in the final two seasons of Homeland.
Roache was born in Manchester, England, the son of Coronation Street actor William Roache and actress Anna Cropper. Roache was educated at Bishop Luffa School in Chichester, West Sussex, and at Rydal School in Colwyn Bay in north Wales. He studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He married Rosalind Bennett in Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, in 2002. They have no children.
In 1975 Roache appeared in Coronation Street playing Peter Barlow, the son of his father's character Ken Barlow. Roache is also a past member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In the 1990s Roache began a career in films while remaining active in television and on stage. In 1994 he received acclaim for his leading role in Antonia Bird's Priest. He went on to star opposite Helena Bonham Carter in the 1997 film The Wings of the Dove and to play the role of Thomas Wayne, father of Batman, in Batman Begins (2005). On television he played Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter in two American series, Law & Order (2008–2010) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2011–2012).
In June 2010 it was announced that he would return to play Laurence Cunningham alongside his father William Roache, in Coronation Street. In July 2010 he was cast in the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year.
In April 2011 Roache was cast as the lead in the ITV miniseries Titanic, airing in March and April 2012 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship.
In February 2014 Roache debuted in season two of the TV series Vikings as Ecbert of the Kingdom of Wessex.
He starred in seasons seven and eight of the TV series Homeland as David Wellington in 2018.
|1985||No Surrender||Ulster Boy|
|1994||Priest||Father Greg Pilkington|
|1997||The Wings of the Dove||Merton Densher|
|1999||Venice Project||Count Jacko/Count Giaccomo|
|Pandaemonium||Samuel Taylor Coleridge||Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor|
|2002||Hart's War||Capt. Peter A. Ross|
|2003||Beyond Borders||Henry Bauford|
|Blind Flight||John McCarthy||Nominated—BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in a Scottish Film|
|2004||The Forgotten||Mr. Shineer, A Friendly Man|
|The Chronicles of Riddick||Purifier|
|2005||12 and Holding||Mr. Carges|
|Batman Begins||Dr. Thomas Wayne|
|2006||A Through M||The Voice of the Party|
|Find Me Guilty||Sean Kierney|
|The Namesake||Mr. Lawson|
|2008||Before the Rains||Henry Moores|
|2009||Out Here in the Fields: The Field on Beach Lane||Narrator|
|2014||Non-Stop||Captain David McMillan|
|2016||ID2: Shadwell Army||Vinnie|
|2017||Division 19||Charles Lynden|
|2019||The Last Full Measure||Whit Peters|
|2019||A Call to Spy||Maurice Buckmaster|
|TBA||My Policeman||Older Tom Burgess||Filming|
|1973–1975||Coronation Street||Peter Barlow||Recurring role|
|1976||The Onedin Line||Boy||Episode "Quarantine"|
|1990||Omnibus||Vincent van Gogh||Episode: "Van Gogh"|
|1994||Seaforth||Bob Longman||9 episodes|
|1998||Shot Through the Heart||Vlado Selimovic||Television film|
|2002||RFK||Robert F. Kennedy||Television film|
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
|2002||The Gathering Storm||Ralph Wigram||Television film|
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|2006–2007||Kidnapped||Andy Archer||13 episodes|
|2006||The Ten Commandments: The Complete Miniseries (TV series)||Aaron||2 episodes|
|2008–2010||Law & Order||Executive ADA Michael Cutter||63 episodes|
|2010||Coronation Street||Lawrence Cunningham||4 episodes|
|2011–2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Bureau Chief ADA Michael Cutter||4 episodes|
|2012||Titanic||Hugh, Earl of Manton||4 episodes|
|2012||The Making of a Lady||Lord Walderhurst||Television film|
|2014–2017||Vikings||Ecbert of Wessex||26 episodes|
|2014||The Blacklist||The Kingmaker||Episode: "The Kingmaker"|
|2017||Bancroft||Tim Fraser||2 episodes|
|2017–2020||Homeland||David Wellington||23 episodes|
|2019||Summer of Rockets||Richard Shaw MP||6 episodes|