Linus Roache

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Linus Roache
BornLinus William Roache
(1964-02-01) 1 February 1964 (age 50)
Manchester, Lancashire, England
OccupationActor
Years active1973–76
1985–present
Spouse(s)Rosalind Bennett
(2002–present)
ParentsWilliam Roache
Anna Cropper
 
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Linus Roache
BornLinus William Roache
(1964-02-01) 1 February 1964 (age 50)
Manchester, Lancashire, England
OccupationActor
Years active1973–76
1985–present
Spouse(s)Rosalind Bennett
(2002–present)
ParentsWilliam Roache
Anna Cropper

Linus William Roache (born 1 February 1964) is an English actor.

Early life[edit]

Roache was born in Manchester, Lancashire, the son of Coronation Street actor William Roache and actress Anna Cropper.[1] Roache was educated at Bishop Luffa School in Chichester, West Sussex and at the independent Rydal School in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. He studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He married Rosalind Bennett in Malvern, Worcestershire in 2002.

Career[edit]

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.

Beginning in the 1990s, Roache began a career in film while remaining active in television and stage. In 1994, he received acclaim for his leading role in Antonia Bird's Priest. He is best known to US audiences as Dr. Thomas Wayne, father of Batman, in Batman Begins (2005), or as Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter in the American TV series Law & Order (2008–2010) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2011–2012).[2]

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.[3]

In April 2011, Roache was cast as the lead in the ITV mini-series Titanic, airing March–April 2012 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship.[4]

In February 2014, Roache debuted in season two of the popular TV series Vikings as England's King Ecbert.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985No SurrenderUlster Boy
1986LinkUnknownUncredited
1994PriestFather Greg Pilkington
1994How High the MoonUnknownTelevision film
1997The Wings of the DoveMerton Densher
1998Shot Through the HeartVladoTelevision film
1999Venice ProjectCount Jacko/Count Giaccomo
1999Siam SunsetPerry
2000BestDenis Law
2000PandaemoniumSamuel Taylor ColeridgeEvening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
2002RFKRobert F. KennedyTelevision film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2002Hart's WarCapt. Peter A. Ross
2002Gathering StormRalph WigramTelevision film
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2003Beyond BordersHenry Bauford
2003Blind FlightJohn McCarthyNominated—BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in a Scottish Film
2004The ForgottenMr. Shineer, A Friendly Man
2004The Chronicles of Riddickthe "Purifier"
200512 and HoldingMr. Carges
2005Batman BeginsDr. Thomas Wayne
2006A Through MThe Voice of the Party
2006Find Me GuiltySean Kierney
2006The NamesakeMr. Lawson
2007Broken ThreadRam
2008Before the RainsHenry Moores
2008Yonkers JoeTeddy
2009Out Here in the Fields: The Field on Beach LaneNarrator
2012$upercapitalistMark Patterson
2012The Making of a LadyLord WalderhurstTelevision film
2013InnocenceMiles Warner
2014Non-StopCaptain David McMillan

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1975Coronation StreetPeter BarlowEpisode: "#1.1485"
1976Onedin LineBoyEpisode "Quarantine"
1990OmnibusVincent van GoghEpisode: "Van Gogh"
1994SeaforthBob Longham9 episodes
2006–2007KidnappedAndy Archer13 episodes
2008–2010Law & OrderExecutive ADA Michael Cutter63 episodes
2010Coronation StreetLawrence Cunningham4 episodes
2011–2012Law & Order: Special Victims UnitBureau Chief ADA Michael Cutter4 episodes
2012TitanicHugh, Earl of Manton4 episodes
2014VikingsEgbert of Wessex8 episodes
2014The BlacklistThe KingmakerEpisode: "The Kingmaker"

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