Mark Sheppard

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Mark Sheppard
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Mark Sheppard at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013.
BornMark Andreas Sheppard
(1964-05-30) 30 May 1964 (age 49)
London, England, United Kingdom
Other namesMark A. Sheppard
Mark "Empire" Sheppard
OccupationActor
Years active1992 – present
 
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Mark Sheppard
Mark Sheppard by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Mark Sheppard at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013.
BornMark Andreas Sheppard
(1964-05-30) 30 May 1964 (age 49)
London, England, United Kingdom
Other namesMark A. Sheppard
Mark "Empire" Sheppard
OccupationActor
Years active1992 – present

Mark Andreas Sheppard (born 30 May 1964) is an English actor and musician, born in London of an Irish-German background. He is often credited as "Mark A. Sheppard". Sheppard is best known for his recurring roles as the demon Crowley on Supernatural, lawyer Romo Lampkin on the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Interpol investigator James Sterling on Leverage and small-time crime lord Badger on Joss Whedon's Firefly.

Personal life[edit]

Mark Sheppard is the son of actor W. Morgan Sheppard.[1]

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

At 15, he became a professional musician and enjoyed many years as a recording and touring artist with bands including Robyn Hitchcock,[2] the Television Personalities[2] and the Irish group Light a Big Fire. Mark played drums on Light a Big Fire's second album.[3] As a session musician, he recorded albums for many groups throughout Europe,[citation needed] and eventually moved to the United States.

Stage[edit]

Sheppard was invited to audition for the American production of the play Cock and Bull Story (directed by Midnight Express author Billy Hayes), for which he won numerous awards, including the 1992 L.A. Drama Critics' Circle award and the LA Weekly and Dramalogue awards.

Television[edit]

His television work includes the "Fire" episode of The X-Files, a year on the Jerry Bruckheimer action series Soldier of Fortune, guest-starring and recurring roles on The Practice, The Invisible Man, Special Unit 2, JAG, Star Trek: Voyager, The Chronicle, Monk, Las Vegas, CSI: NY, Chuck and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, among others. Mark played a demon named Arnon on an episode titled "Witches in Tights" on the TV series Charmed. He played Badger, a semi-comical cockney-style crime boss in the short-lived Joss Whedon show Firefly and later cast again in another Joss Whedon show, Dollhouse as Paul Ballard's dismissive FBI superior. He has appeared as a villain in season five of the Fox show 24 and as Patricia Arquette's serial-killer nemesis on Medium.[4] He appeared as Romo Lampkin in seasons three and four of Battlestar Galactica, and had a recurring role as Manservant Neville in ABC Family's short-lived cult hit The Middleman. He has been seen as Anthony Anthros on Bionic Woman,[5][6] as Sterling the nemesis character on Leverage,[7] as the King of Hell Crowley on Supernatural, and as bank robber Tom Prescott on an episode of Burn Notice. He appeared in the pilot episode of the USA series White Collar as a villainous master forger and in NBC's Chuck as the Director of the Ring criminal organisation. Most recently, he appeared in the SyFy series Warehouse 13 as Regent Benedict Valda. He appears in the 2011 Doctor Who episodes "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon" playing the character Canton Everett Delaware III.[8] This was the first time Sheppard had appeared in a British TV series. In October 2013, Sheppard returned to White Collar, reprising his 2009 role as master forger Curtis Hagan.

Film[edit]

His film credits include the Jim Sheridan film In the Name of the Father, starring opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thompson as Guildford Four member Patrick Armstrong; the romantic comedy Lover's Knot; the Russian historical drama Out of the Cold; the thriller Unstoppable; and with Heather Graham and Jeremy Sisto in the dark independent, Broken. He also starred in Megalodon and New Alcatraz.

Mark Sheppard directed his father W. Morgan Sheppard in the film Room 101 and co-stars with him in the psychological thriller Nether World, which the younger Sheppard also co-produced. His father also played the older version of his son's character in the afforementioned Doctor Who episodes.

Video games[edit]

He voiced the role of protagonist Michael Ford in The Conduit, whose mentor, John Adams, is voiced by his father W. Morgan Sheppard.

Double casting[edit]

Three times Sheppard has been cast with his father as the same character, each playing the character at different ages. "Canton Everett Delaware III" in the Doctor Who episode "The Impossible Astronaut",[1] War criminal Mercin Jarek a.k.a. "Mr. Pain" in the NCIS episode "Broken Bird" playing the younger version of his father's character, and "Captain Nemo" in the 2010 film Mysterious Island, which Mark Sheppard also directed.

Voice[edit]

Since 2011 Mark Sheppard has been "The Voice" of "BBC America" promos/announcements.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993In the Name of the FatherPaddy Armstrong
1996Lover's KnotNigel Bowles
1997Nether WorldCalifornia
1999Out of the ColdFang
2000Farewell, My LoveM.J.
2001Lady in the BoxDoug Sweeney
2001New AlcatrazYuri Breshcov
2002MegalodonMitchell ParksVideo
2004Evil EyesPeter
2004UnstoppableLeitch
2006BrokenMalcolm
2010Mysterious IslandYoung Captain Nemo
2010Xtinction: Predator XDr. Charles LeBlanc
2013Sons of LibertyAckleyPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992Silk StalkingsEricEpisode: "In Too Deep"
1993Silk StalkingsEddie BryceEpisode: "Schemes Like Old Times"
1993X-Files, TheThe X-FilesBob / Cecil L'IvelyEpisode: "Fire"
1995M.A.N.T.I.S.C. Flayton RuellEpisode: "Spider in the Tower"
1997Soldier of FortuneChristopher 'C.J.' YatesTV film
1997-1998Soldier of Fortune, Inc.Christopher 'C.J.' Yates(20 episodes)
1998SlidersJackEpisode: "Net Worth"
1999Martial LawClay SullivanEpisode: "Thieves Among Thieves"
1999Practice, TheThe PracticeEddie WicksEpisode: "Day in Court"
2000Star Trek: VoyagerLeuconEpisode: "Child's Play"
2000JAGDeputy Director of Air Operations/Young General ParkerEpisodes: "A Separate Peace: Parts 1 & 2"
2001Invisible Man, TheThe Invisible ManYuri GregorovEpisode: "Diseased"
2001Chronicle, TheThe ChronicleNitroEpisode: "Bring Me the Head of Tucker Burns"
2001Special Unit 2The ChameleonEpisode: "The Skin"
2001Lost VoyageIan FieldsTV film
2001V.I.P.NeroEpisode: "A.I. Highrise"
2002V.I.P.NeroEpisode: "48½ Hours"
2002UC: UndercoverMitchell ReevesEpisode: "Manhunt"
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationRod DarlingEpisode: "The Hunger Artist"
2002CharmedArnonEpisode: "Witches in Tights"
2002FireflyBadgerEpisodes: "Serenity", "Shindig"
2003FastlaneRonan DennehyEpisode: "Simone Says"
2003Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic RiddleMan in CarTV film
2003Deep ShockChomskyTV film
2003Jake 2.0HartmanEpisode: "Whiskey - Tango - Foxtrot"
2004Las VegasGeorge BeckwahrEpisode: "Degas Away with It"
2005MonkChris DowneyEpisode: "Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra"
2005CSI: NYKevin HanniganEpisode: "Hush"
2005MediumDr. Charles WalkerEpisode: "Penny for Your Thoughts"
2006MediumDr. Charles WalkerEpisodes: "Doctor's Orders", "Blood Relation"
200624Ivan ErwichRecurring role (6 episodes)
2006Without a TraceIoannis 'Johnny' PataniEpisode: "Requiem"
2007Battlestar GalacticaRomo LampkinEpisodes: "The Son Also Rises", "Crossroads: Parts 1 & 2"
2007Bionic WomanAnthony AnthrosEpisodes: "Pilot", "Sisterhood"
2008SharkRupert StoneEpisode: "One Hit Wonder"
2008In Plain SightRussellEpisode: "To Serge with Love"
2008Middleman, TheThe MiddlemanManservant NevilleEpisodes: "The Clotharian Contamination Protocol", "The Palindrome
Reversal Palindrome"
2008Battlestar GalacticaRomo LampkinEpisodes: "Sine Qua Non"
2008-2012LeverageJim SterlingRecurring role (10 episodes)
2009Battlestar GalacticaRomo LampkinEpisodes: "Blood on the Scales", "Daybreak: Part 2"
2009NCISYoung Mr. PainEpisode: "Broken Bird"
2009Burn NoticeTom PrescottEpisode: "Bad Breaks"
2009DollhouseTanakaEpisodes: "The Target", "Man on the Street", "Omega"
2009Conduit, TheThe ConduitAgent Michael Ford (voice)Video game
2009 - presentWhite CollarCurtis HagenEpisodes: "Pilot", "At What Price", "One Last Stakeout"
2009CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDimitri SadeskyEpisode: "The Lost Girls"
2009Warehouse 13Benedict ValdaEpisode: "Breakdown"
2009 -

present

SupernaturalCrowleyRecurring role (27 episodes)
2010Warehouse 13Benedict ValdaEpisodes: "Beyond Our Control", "Around the Bend", "Buried"
2010ChuckRing DirectorEpisodes: "Chuck Versus the American Hero", "Chuck Versus the Other Guy"
2011Doctor WhoCanton Everett Delaware IIIEpisodes: "The Impossible Astronaut", "Day of the Moon"
2011Prime SuspectBlackjack MullinsEpisode: "A Gorgeous Mosaic"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Martin, Dan (23 April 2011). "Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut - Series 32, episode 1". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2011. "...the older Canton on the beach is actually Mark Sheppard's dad, William Morgan Sheppard." 
  2. ^ a b "Hayes Moves in New Direction". Daily News of Los Angeles. 1992-04-03. "They are played by Trevor Goddard, a former pro boxer, and Mark Sheppard, a drummer who has performed with the Barracudas, Robyn Hitchcock and the TV Personalities." 
  3. ^ "Light a Big Fire". Irish Punk and New Wave Discography. 
  4. ^ Rohan, Virginia (2006-02-13). "No Mr. Nice Guy". The Bergen County Record. 
  5. ^ Dodd, Stacy (2007-07-26). "Players: Mark Sheppard". Daily Variety. 
  6. ^ Owen, Rob (2007-09-26). "TV Review: 'Bionic Woman' dark, but intriguing". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  7. ^ "IMDb entry on Leverage". Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  8. ^ "Casting Update: Mark Sheppard". Doctor Who News Page. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0791968/otherworks

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