Jesse Spencer

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Jesse Spencer
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Spencer in September 2008
BornJesse Gordon Spencer
(1979-02-12) 12 February 1979 (age 34)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1991–present
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Jesse Spencer
Jesse Spencer cropped.jpg
Spencer in September 2008
BornJesse Gordon Spencer
(1979-02-12) 12 February 1979 (age 34)
Melbourne, Victoria, 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, Australia. His parents, Robyn and Rodney, are the founders of the Australians Against Further Immigration political party and have run several times as candidates in federal and state elections for that party and for One Nation.[1] In an interview, he stated that he did not want to talk about his parents' politics.[2]

Spencer attended Canterbury Primary School, Malvern Central School, and the private Scotch College. While at Scotch, he auditioned for the long-running soap opera Neighbours. He continued to work toward his VCE qualification while working on the show and graduated in 1997.[citation needed]


Spencer at the 2009 SAG Awards


Spencer is popular in Australia, United Kingdom and Ireland as Billy Kennedy in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, a role he played from 1994 to 2005. Spencer reprised his role in 2005 to appear in an episode celebrating the show's 20th anniversary. He has since appeared in the drama Death in Holy Orders, as well as the films Winning London, Uptown Girls, and Swimming Upstream. From 2004 until 2012, Spencer played Dr. Robert Chase on the American medical drama House. Spencer played Chase for the show's entire run, becoming the second longest-serving member of the title character's team. In 2012, he began starring as Lt. Matthew Casey in the American fire drama Chicago Fire.


Jesse Spencer began his musical career with the Australian Boys Choir from 1986 to 1992.[3] Spencer plays the violin in Band From TV, a music group which includes his former House co-star Hugh Laurie. They play various events, putting the proceeds into the different charities that each member supports. The band also played on American Idol Gives Back alongside former Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher.


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, who is an oculo-plastic surgeon, and Luke, who is an orthopaedic surgeon; and a younger sister, Polly, who is an anaesthetic registrar.

He has played the violin since the age of ten, and also plays the guitar and piano.

He met his former House co-star Jennifer Morrison in March 2004 at Vancouver International Airport where 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 at Christmas 2006.[5] In August 2007, Spencer and Morrison announced that they had called off their engagement.[6]

From 2011 until mid-2013, he dated professional surfer Maya Gabeira.[7]



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


1994Time TraxYoung BillEpisode: "A Close Encounter"
1994–2000, 2005NeighboursBilly Kennedy
1998Hercules: The Animated SeriesTriten, Jr.Voice
Episode: "Hercules and the Son of Poseidon"
2002Always GreenerKyleEpisode: "A Death in the Family"
2004–2012HouseDr. Robert Chase171 episodes
2012–presentChicago FireLt. Matthew CaseyMain Role
2013Phineas and FerbLiamEpisode: "Primal Perry"
2014-PresentChicago PDLt. 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


1999Silver Logie AwardsMost Popular TV ActorNeighbours (1994)Nominated
1998Silver Logie AwardsMost Popular TV ActorNeighbours (1994)Nominated
2005Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Breakout Performance - MaleHouse M.D. (2004)Nominated
2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor: ActionChicago Fire (2012)Nominated


  1. ^ "Jesse Spencer Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
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  3. ^ Australian Boys Choir website
  4. ^ [1] Australians in Film
  5. ^ Julie Jordan (January 5, 2007). "House costars engaged". Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jordan, Julie (15 August 2007). "House Costars Call Off Engagement". 
  7. ^ Terca Feira (December 3, 2013). "Maya Gabeira volta a surfar em janeiro: 'Aproveitando para me preparar'" (in Portuguese). Retrieved December 10, 2013. 

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