Patrick J. Adams

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Patrick J. Adams
Patrick J Adams.jpg
Adams at a promotional event of Suits, 2013
BornPatrick Johannes Adams [1]
(1981-08-27) 27 August 1981 (age 32)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active2001–present
Partner(s)Troian Bellisario
(2010–present; engaged)
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Patrick J. Adams
Patrick J Adams.jpg
Adams at a promotional event of Suits, 2013
BornPatrick Johannes Adams [1]
(1981-08-27) 27 August 1981 (age 32)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active2001–present
Partner(s)Troian Bellisario
(2010–present; engaged)

Patrick Johannes Adams (born August 27, 1981) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for playing Mike Ross in USA Network's series Suits.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Adams attended Northern Secondary School.[3] Following his parents' divorce, Adams moved from Toronto, Canada to Los Angeles, United States at age 19, where he attended the University of Southern California, earning a theater degree.[3]

Acting career[edit]


Adams appeared in episodes of the U.S. series Cold Case and Jack and Bobby, and has since had roles in Lost, Friday Night Lights, Without a Trace, Commander in Chief, Heartland, Ghost Whisperer, NCIS, Cupid, Raising the Bar and Suits.[4] He starred as twin brothers in the 2008 ABC pilot Good Behavior, executive produced by Rob Thomas. In 2009, he signed for the male lead in the one hour drama The Dealership, starring opposite Tricia Helfer and William Devane.[5] After earning the Jack Nicholson Award in 2004, which provided scholarships directly funded by the eponymous actor to outstanding performers at the school, Adams earned his bachelor of fine arts in theater and immediately began working on a production of Edward Albee's "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?" at the Mark Taper Forum, which later earned an Ovation Award.

Adams' television appearances grew exponentially over the next few years, from guest appearances on Numb3rs to a recurring role as a love interest for Adrianne Palicki on Friday Night Lights and leads in TV features like the romantic comedy Christmas in Boston. In 2007, he moved up to guest appearances on top-rated shows like Lost, where he played a young man who sought out John Locke (Terry O'Quinn), while maintaining his presence in the Los Angeles theater scene, most notably with an award-winning production of "Marat/Sade," which he produced and directed for the Blue House Theatre Company.[6]

Adams guest starred in the ABC Family hit show Pretty Little Liars, in the 5th episode; "Reality Bites Me" as Ezra Fitz's college friend, Hardy. In summer 2011, he began starring in the co-lead role of Mike Ross in Suits on the basic-cable USA Network, after being fired from the pilot of NBC’s Friends With Benefits.[7] He appeared in HBO's 2012 TV series Luck as recurring character Nathan Israel.[8]


His work in film includes supporting roles in Old School and Two: Thirteen, and lead roles in Weather Girl (a 2009 Slamdance entry) and the 2009 Berlin Film Festival competitor Rage, directed by Sally Potter.

Personal life[edit]

Adams met Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario in 2009 when they were cast opposite each other in the play Equivocation.[9] Prior to his appearance on Pretty Little Liars, Adams and Bellisario had broken up; but, after Adams' guest appearance on Pretty Little Liars, the two have since gotten back together.[10][11]

Adams was awarded Honorary Life Membership of UCD Law Society in September 2013.[12][13][14]

He also plays the guitar and is an avid photographer and owns over 25 cameras.[15]

On February 24, 2014, it was confirmed that Bellisario and Adams had become engaged.[16]


2001For the RecordPatrickShort
2003Old SchoolPatch
2005Christmas in BostonMatt, Seth
2007Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryThe KidUncredited
2008The Butcher's DaughterEllis McArthurShort
3 Days GoneDoug Corss
Extreme MovieMale voice
20092:13Carter Pullman at 19
Weather GirlByron
RageDwight Angel
The WaterholeMiller
20116 Month RuleJulian
2012The Come UpSteveShort
2014Car Dogs[17]Mark ChamberlainPost-production
2004Jack & BobbyMatt KramerEpisode: Lost Boys
Cold CaseDean Lang 1953Episode: Red Glare
Strong MedicineBrandonEpisode: Code
2005Close to HomePaul the ParalegalEpisode: Under Threat
Christmas in BostonSethTV movie
2006OrpheusBarryTV movie
Numb3rsAdam BennettEpisode: Protest
Commander in ChiefColin James2 episodes
2006–2007Friday Night LightsConnor Hayes2 episodes
2007Without a TraceAdam ClarkEpisode: Primed
LostPeter TalbotEpisode: The Man From Tallahassee
HeartlandHenry GilliamEpisode: I Make Myself Into Something New
2008Good BehaviorVan/Haden WestTV movie
NCISTommy DoyleEpisode: Murder 2.0
2009The DealershipJack CarsonTV movie
Ghost WhispererLinus Van HornEpisode: Ghost Busted
CupidJoe AdamsEpisode: Shipping Out
Lie to MeLou NemeroffEpisode: Control Factor
Raising the BarJames ParsonsEpisode: Oh, Say You Can Pee
2010FlashForwardEdEpisode: Future Shock
Pretty Little LiarsHardyEpisode: Reality Bites Me
2011–presentSuitsMike RossLead Role;
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2012)
2012LuckNathan Israel4 episodes
2014Rosemary's BabyGuy WoodhouseMini-series; 2 episodes
Orphan BlackJesseEpisode: "To Hound Nature in Her Wanderings"


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  2. ^ Christina Radish (12 November 2012). "Patrick J. Adams Talks SUITS, Joining the Show, Challenging Scenes, Improv on Set and Fan Expectations for the Rest of Season 2". 
  3. ^ a b Sheri Block (22 August 2011). "Toronto-native Patrick J. Adams scores 'breakout role' in new legal drama series 'Suits'". The Insider. CTV. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Patrick J. Adams To Star In 'A Legal Mind'; Mark Pellegrino Joins 'Being Human'". Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  5. ^ "Canwest's new drama pilot 'The Dealership' signs Tricia Helfer, William Devane & Patrick J. Adams". PRNewswire. 18 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Patrick J. Adams Biography". 
  7. ^ Mandi Bierly (14 December 2011). "'Suits' star Patrick J. Adams on his surprise SAG nomination and the role that stopped him from quitting the business". Entertainment Weekly. 
  8. ^ December 14, 2011 (2011-12-14). "SAG-Awards: Patrick J. Adams discusses his nomination surprise". Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  9. ^ Pamela Tan (4 March 2013). "Patrick J Adams in Sg: Talks Suits and girlfriend Troian Bellisario". 
  10. ^ Suits Star Patrick Adams Talks Love, Lawyers, and His Stroke of Luck on YouTube
  11. ^ Marinel R. Cruz (28 February 2013). "‘Pretty Little Liars’ star likens love, fame to ‘thrilling roller-coaster ride’". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 11 November 2013. "is in town with actor boyfriend Patrick J. Adams" 
  12. ^ "LawSoc Presents Patrick J. Adams with Honorary Life Membership to the Society". 
  13. ^ "Patrick J.Adams honoured by Lawsoc". University College Dublin Student Societies. 11 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "LawSoc Presents Patrick J. Adams with Honorary Life Membership to the Society". LawSoc. 
  15. ^ "The Morning Show on Global". 
  16. ^ Murphy, Shaunna. "‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Troian Bellisario Engaged To Patrick Adams". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  17. ^ Jeff Sneider (14 November 2013). "Cory Hardrict to Star in ‘Car Dogs’ With George Lopez, Octavia Spencer (Exclusive)". The Wrap. 

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