Luke Kirby
Kirby in 2012
Luke Farrell Kirby

(1978-06-29) June 29, 1978 (age 45)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
EducationNational Theatre School of Canada
Years active2000–present

Luke Farrell Kirby (born June 29, 1978) is an American-Canadian actor.[1] He is best known for his role as Lenny Bruce in the Amazon Prime Video comedy-drama series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

Early life

Kirby was born in Hamilton, Ontario to American parents. His mother is from Brooklyn, New York City, and his father grew up "along the eastern seaboard."[2] His parents moved from New York City to Canada in 1974. He studied drama at the National Theatre School of Canada, a theatre conservatory focusing on classical works, and graduated in 2000.[3]


Kirby has performed since his teens, after he was accepted at The National Theatre School of Canada. He graduated in May 2000, and after two auditions began working on two separate projects: the CBS/Alliance mini-series Haven, and director Léa Pool's feature Lost and Delirious (2001).

Soon after, he portrayed Morgan in the Factory Theatre's production of Geometry in Venice in Toronto, a performance that brought him a Best Actor nomination at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards. This was quickly followed by the role of Patroclus in Theatre for a New Audience's 2001 production of Troilus and Cressida, directed by Peter Hall in New York City.

In 2006, Kirby performed in the Women's Project Theater production of Jump/Cut.[4] His other theatre credits include Judith Thompson's premiere of Habitat at Canadian Stage, and Daniel Brooks premiere of The Good Life at the Tarragon Theatre (both in Toronto). His latest theatre venture was in New York City, where he had the lead role in Defender of the Faith (Irish Repertory Theatre).[5][6]

Kirby's first feature film role was that of Jim in Halloween: Resurrection (2002).[7] His other film credits include lead roles in Peter Wellington's feature Luck and Mambo Italiano[8] directed by Émile Gaudreault. Mambo Italiano received a gala presentation at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival to a standing ovation, and earned Kirby a Canadian Comedy Award Nomination. He then played a part written for him in the feature film Shattered Glass, produced by Cruise/Wagner. In 2007, he had the lead role of Ray Dokes opposite Rachael Leigh Cook and Keith Carradine in the Canadian feature All Hat.[9] In 2009 he appeared opposite Lindsay Lohan in Labor Pains.

In television, one of Kirby's favourite roles was in the TMN/Showcase mini-series Slings & Arrows, featuring Canadian actors and directed by his friend Peter Wellington. Kirby was nominated for a Gemini Award for his role in Sex Traffic, a mini-series for Channel 4 and CBC that aired in the fall of 2004 under British director David Yates. That year, Kirby received a second Gemini nomination for his guest-star role in the dramatic series The Eleventh Hour. In the fall of 2005, he was a series regular in HBO's Tell Me You Love Me, directed by Patricia Rozema, whose first season aired in September 2007. He starred as Jimmy Burns in the 2009–2010 Canwest Global series Cra$h & Burn.

In 2017, Kirby joined the cast of the award-winning Amazon Prime Video comedy-drama series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, portraying comedian Lenny Bruce, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

From December 2019 through January 2020, Kirby starred in the off-Broadway play Judgment Day at New York's Park Avenue Armory.



Denotes films that have not yet been released.
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Lost and Delirious Jake Hollander
2002 Halloween: Resurrection Jim
2003 Mambo Italiano Angelo Barberini
Shattered Glass Rob Gruen
Luck Shane Bradley
2004 Window Theory Brad
The Human Kazoo Zacharia Short film
2005 The Greatest Game Ever Played Frank Hoyt
2007 All Hat Ray Dokes
The Stone Angel Leo
2009 Labor Pains Nick Steinwald
2011 Take This Waltz Daniel
2012 The Samaritan Ethan
2013 The Boston Post Sam Short film
Empire of Dirt Russell
2014 True Man Client Short film
2015 Touched with Fire Marco
Sure Thing Bill Short film
2017 A Dog's Purpose Jim Montgomery
Another Kind of Wedding Misha
2018 Little Woods Bill
2019 Glass Pierce
2020 Percy Peter Schmeiser
2021 No Man of God Ted Bundy
2022 The Independent Lucas Nicoll
2023 Boston Strangler F. Lee Bailey
Dark Harvest Officer Jerry Ricks
2024 Out of My Mind Chuck Post-production


Denotes television programs that have not yet aired.
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Give Me Your Soul... Narrator Television documentary
2001 Haven Daniel Weinzweig Television movie
2003–2005 Slings & Arrows Jack Crew Main role (season 1), guest role (season 2)
2004 Sex Traffic Callum Tate Television miniseries
2005 Bury the Lead Josh Casey Episode: "Hit Delete"
It's Me...Gerald Dr. Dan Episode: "How Do You Know You've Hit Bottom?"
2006 Northern Town Brian Main role
2007 Tell Me You Love Me Hugo 8 episodes
2009 Flashpoint Evan Hewson Episode: "Last Dance"
Law & Order Bobby Amato Episode: "The Drowned and the Saved"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Andre Haslum Episode: "Folie a Deux"
2009–2010 Cra$h & Burn Jimmy Burn Main role
2012–2014 Republic of Doyle Clyde Cowley 2 episodes
2012 Elementary Aaron Ward Episode: "The Rat Race"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Braden Leddy Episode: "Vanity's Bonfire"
2013 Person of Interest Chris Beckner Episode: "2 Pi R"
Blue Bloods Det. Wolf Landsman Episode: "Men in Black"
2013–2016 Rectify Jon Stern Main role
2015 The Astronaut Wives Club Max Kaplan Main role
Show Me a Hero Edwin E. McAmis Episode 2
The Good Wife Harry McGrath Episode: "Cooked"
2017–2023 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Lenny Bruce Main role (season 4), recurring role (seasons 1-3, and 5)
2017 The Good Fight Harry McGrath Episode: "Self Condemned"
Bull Harry Kemp Episode: "Dirty Little Secrets"
2018 Blindspot Christophe Bruyere aka Junior 2 episodes
2018–2019 The Deuce Gene Goldman Main role (seasons 2-3)
2018 Sorry for Your Loss Tripp Episode: "Welcome to Palm Springs"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Andrew Leibowitz Episode: "Hell's Kitchen"
2019 The Twilight Zone Dylan Episode: "Not All Men"
Tales of the City Tommy Nelson 2 episodes
2020 Little Voice Jeremy 4 episodes
2021–2022 Gossip Girl Davis Calloway 11 episodes
2022 Panhandle Bell Prescott Main role; also producer
2023 The Company You Keep Jones Malone Episode: "Against All Odds"
Dr. Death Dr. Nathan Gamelli Main role (season 2)
TBA Étoile TBA Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
2022 Marvel's Wastelanders: Doom Maximus Episode: "Chapter One: A Super Hero Walks into a Bar"
2023 Supreme: The Battle for Roe Roy Lucas 4 episodes


Year Play Role Notes
2001 Geometry in Venice Morgan Factory Theatre
Troilus and Cressida Patroclus / Deiphobus American Place Theatre
Habitat Sparkle Bluma Appel Theatre
2002 The Good Life Gord Tarragon Theatre Mainspace
2006 Jump/Cut Dave Julia Miles Theater
2007 Defender of the Faith Thomas Irish Repertory Theatre
2013–2014 Too Much, Too Much, Too Many Pastor Hidge Black Box Theatre
2019–2020 Judgement Day Thomas Hudetz Wade Thompson Drill Hall

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2001 Dora Mavor Moore Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role - Play Geometry in Venice Nominated [10]
2004 Canadian Comedy Awards Best Performance by a Male – Film Mambo Italiano Nominated [11]
2005 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Sex Traffic Nominated [12]
Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series The Eleventh Hour Nominated [12]
2010 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Cra$h & Burn Nominated [13]
2013 ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance – Male The Samaritan Nominated [14]
2019 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Won [15]
2020 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominated [16]
2022 Chlotrudis Awards Best Actor No Man of God Nominated [17]
2024 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Nominated [18]
Astra Awards Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated [19]


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  2. ^ "Interview with Luke Kirby by Vittorio Carli". Archived from the original on 5 January 2004. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Alumni, Acting: 2000-2009". National Theatre School of Canada. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Jump/Cut (New York Premiere)". WP Theater. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  5. ^ Finkle, David. "Defender of the Faith review". Theatre Mania. Retrieved 5 November 2010.[dead link]
  6. ^ Jameson-Sammartano, Patricia. "An IRA Family Unravels In Defender of the Faith". The Wild Geese Today. Archived from the original on 22 December 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Halloween: Resurrection". The Movie Spoiler. Retrieved 5 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Fischer, Paul. "Canada's BiG Gay Italian Fat Wedding Comedy Strikes Universal Chord". Female Magazine. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Straight Shooter: The horse opera All Hat talks tough but fails to deliver". Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Louise Pitre and Conleth Hill Among Dora Award Winners in Toronto". Playbill. Retrieved 2 August 2023.
  11. ^ "Nominations & Awards Archives". Canadian Comedy Awards. 2004. Archived from the original on 2 August 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Gemini Awards (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved 2 August 2023.
  13. ^ "Gemini Awards (2010)". IMDb. Retrieved 2 August 2023.
  14. ^ "2013 ACTRA Awards in Toronto Winners". ACTRA. Retrieved 2 August 2023.
  15. ^ "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Nominees/Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2 August 2023.
  16. ^ "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Nominees/Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2 August 2023.
  17. ^ "2022, 28th Annual Awards". Chlotrudis Society for Independent Films. Retrieved 2 August 2023.
  18. ^ "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Nominees/Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2 August 2023.
  19. ^ "Hollywood Critics Association's Creative Arts Category Nominations for the 2023 HCA TV Awards". Hollywood Critics Association. Retrieved 16 September 2023.