Jesse Spencer

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Jesse Spencer
Jesse Spencer cropped.jpg
Spencer in September 2008
Born(1979-02-12) 12 February 1979 (age 35)
Melbourne, Australia
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1991–present
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Jesse Spencer
Jesse Spencer cropped.jpg
Spencer in September 2008
Born(1979-02-12) 12 February 1979 (age 35)
Melbourne, Australia
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1991–present

Jesse Gordon Spencer (born 12 February 1979) is an Australian actor and musician. He is best known for playing Dr. Robert Chase on the American medical drama House, and Billy Kennedy on the Australian soap opera Neighbours. He currently stars as Lieutenant Matthew Casey on the American drama series Chicago Fire.

Early life[edit]

Spencer was born in Melbourne. His parents, Robyn and Rodney Spencer, are the founders of the Australians Against Further Immigration political party; they have run several times as candidates in federal and state elections for that party and for One Nation.[1] Spencer stated in an interview that he did not want to talk about his parents' politics.[2] He attended Canterbury Primary School, Malvern Central School, and the private Scotch College. While there, he auditioned for the long-running soap opera Neighbours. He continued to work toward his VCE qualification, graduating in 1997.[citation needed]

Spencer at the 2009 SAG Awards



Spencer portrayed Billy Kennedy in the Australian soap opera Neighbours from 1994 to 2000. He later reprised his role in 2005, in an episode celebrating the show's 20th anniversary. He has since appeared in films such as Winning London, Uptown Girls, and Swimming Upstream. From 2004 to 2012, he played Dr. Robert Chase on the Fox medical drama House. He portrayed Chase for the show's entire run, becoming the second longest-serving member of the title character's team. In 2012, Spencer began starring as Lt. Matthew Casey in the NBC drama Chicago Fire.


Spencer began his musical career with the Australian Boys Choir, performing with them from 1986–92.[3] He plays the violin in Band From TV, a group which includes his former House co-star, Hugh Laurie. They play at various events, giving the money they earn to the different charities. The band played on American Idol Gives Back.[citation needed]


For Neighbours, Spencer was nominated for "Most Popular Actor" at the 1998 and 1999 Logie Awards. For House, he was nominated for "Choice TV Breakout Performance – Male" at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards and "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" at the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards. He received a "Golden Boomerang" at the 2006 Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards for his work on House.[4] In 2007, he was included in People Magazine '​s 100 Most Beautiful People issue.

Personal life[edit]

Spencer has two older brothers: Tarney, an oculo-plastic surgeon, and Luke, an orthopaedic surgeon. His younger sister Polly is an anaesthetic registrar.

He and former House co-star Jennifer Morrison first met in March 2004 at Vancouver International Airport, when they were on their way to film the pilot episode of House. They started dating in July 2004 and were engaged while on vacation in Paris during Christmas 2006.[5] In August 2007, Spencer and Morrison announced they had called off their engagement.[6]



2000Lorna DooneMarwood de Whichehalse
2001Curse of the TalismanJeremy Campbell
2001Winning LondonLord James Browning, Jr.
2002StrandedFritz Robinson
2003Swimming UpstreamTony Fingleton
2003Uptown GirlsNeil Fox
2003Death in Holy OrdersRaphael Arbuthnot
2006FlourishEddie Gator
2012The Girl is in TroubleNicholas
2013Skum Rocks!David Lockhart


1994Time TraxYoung BillEpisode: "A Close Encounter"
1994–2000, 2005NeighboursBilly KennedyMain role
1998Hercules: The Animated SeriesTriten, Jr.Voice
Episode: "Hercules and the Son of Poseidon"
2004–2012HouseDr. Robert ChaseMain role, 171 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2012–presentChicago FireLt. Matthew CaseyLead role
2013Phineas and FerbLiamVoice
Episode: "Primal Perry"
2014–presentChicago P.D.Lt. Matthew CaseyRecurring role


1991The King and ILouisState Theatre
1992Winnie the PoohChristopher RobinThe Alexander Theatre
1993ScroogeOlder brother of Tiny TimThe Princess Theatre, Melbourne
1998–1999Peter PanPeter PanWhite Rock Theatre, Hastings
1999–2000Jack and the BeanstalkJackWolverhampton Grand Theatre
2003The ModernistsTerranceThe Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Music videos[edit]

2009Caitlin Crosby"Still Have My Heart"Dentist
2010Katharine McPhee"Say Goodbye"Boyfriend

Awards and nominations[edit]

1999Silver Logie AwardsMost Popular TV ActorNeighboursWon
1998Silver Logie AwardsMost Popular TV ActorNeighboursNominated
2005Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Breakout Performance - MaleHouseNominated
2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor: ActionChicago FireNominated


  1. ^ "Jesse Spencer Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Interview,; accessed 5 March 2014.
  3. ^ Australian Boys Choir website; accessed 5 March 2014.
  4. ^ [1] Australians in Film
  5. ^ Julie Jordan (5 January 2007). "House costars engaged". Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jordan, Julie (15 August 2007). "House Costars Call Off Engagement". 

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