Jesse Spencer

Jesse Gordon Spencer (born 12 February 1979) is an Australian actor and musician. He is best known for his roles as Billy Kennedy on the Australian soap opera Neighbours (1994–2000, 2005), Dr. Robert Chase on the American medical drama House (2004–2012) and Lieutenant/Captain Matthew Casey on the American drama Chicago Fire (2012–present).

Jesse Spencer
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Spencer at the 2009 SAG Awards
Jesse Gordon Spencer

(1979-02-12) 12 February 1979 (age 42)
Alma materScotch College (VCE)
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1991–present
Kali Woodruff
(m. 2020)

Early lifeEdit

Spencer was born in Melbourne on 12 February 1979. He was born to Rodney Spencer, a radiologist, and Robyn Spencer, founders of the Australians Against Further Immigration political party.[1] Robyn Spencer also worked with the One Nation party and ran for the Australian Senate but was not elected.[1]

He is one of four siblings. Spencer has two older brothers: Tarney Spencer, an oculoplastic surgeon, and Luke Spencer, an orthopaedic surgeon. His younger sister, Polly Spencer, is an anaesthetist. Growing up, 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 completed his VCE and had gained a place at Monash University but deferred to pursue acting.[2]



Spencer starred as 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 subsequently co-starred in films such as Winning London, Uptown Girls and Swimming Upstream. From 2004 to 2012, he starred as Dr. Robert Chase on the Fox medical drama House. He played 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 Matthew Casey in the NBC drama Chicago Fire.


Spencer began his musical career with the Australian Boys Choir, performing with them from 1986 to 1992.[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 Idol Gives Back in April 2008.[4][5]


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 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards. He received a "Golden Boomerang" at the 2006 Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards for his work on House.[6] In 2007, he was included in People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People issue.

Personal lifeEdit

Spencer met his House M.D. co-star, American actress Jennifer Morrison, 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 became engaged while vacationing in Paris at the Eiffel Tower during Christmas 2006,[7] but in August 2007, Spencer and Morrison announced they had called off their engagement. Their characters were also involved on the show, marrying and divorcing in the sixth season.[8]

Spencer dated Brazilian big wave surfer Maya Gabeira from 2010 to 2013.[9] On 27 June 2020, he married research scientist Kali Woodruff Carr.[10]



Year Title Role
2000 Lorna Doone Marwood de Whichehalse
2001 Curse of the Talisman Jeremy Campbell
2001 Winning London Lord James Browning, Jr.
2002 Stranded Fritz Robinson
2003 Swimming Upstream Tony Fingleton
2003 Uptown Girls Neal Fox
2003 Death in Holy Orders Raphael Arbuthnot
2006 Flourish Eddie Gator
2010 Tell-Tale Lover
2013 Skum Rocks! David Lockhart
2015 The Girl Is in Trouble Nicholas Feinstein


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Time Trax Young Bill Episode: "A Close Encounter"
1994–2000 Neighbours Billy Kennedy Lead role
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Triten, Jr. Voice
Episode: "Hercules and the Son of Poseidon"
2003 Death in Holy Orders Raphael Arbuthnot
2004–2012 House Dr. Robert Chase Lead role
2005 Neighbours Billy Kennedy Guest appearance, Episode 4773
2012–present Chicago Fire Lieutenant/Captain Matthew Casey Lead role
2013 Phineas and Ferb Liam Voice
Episode: "Primal Perry"
2014–present Chicago P.D. Lieutenant/Captain Matthew Casey Recurring role
2017–present Chicago Med Lieutenant/Captain Matthew Casey Recurring role

Music videosEdit

Year Artist Title Role
2009 Caitlin Crosby "Still Have My Heart" Dentist
2010 Katharine McPhee "Say Goodbye" Boyfriend


Year Title Role Notes
1991 The King and I Louis State Theatre
1992 Winnie the Pooh Christopher Robin The Alexander Theatre
1993 Scrooge Older brother of Tiny Tim The Princess Theatre, Melbourne
1998–99 Peter Pan Peter Pan White Rock Theatre, Hastings
1999–2000 Jack and the Beanstalk Jack Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
2003 The Modernists Terrance The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Work Results
1999 Silver Logie Awards Most Popular TV Actor Neighbours Won
1998 Silver Logie Awards Most Popular TV Actor Neighbours Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Performance – Male House Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action Chicago Fire Nominated


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  2. ^ McComas, Campbell (December 1998). "Revisions of boyhood". Great Scot. Scotch College, Melbourne.
  3. ^ "Australian Boys Choir". Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Grunberg a Nervous Hero as Band from TV Joins "Idol Gives Back"". 2008. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  5. ^ ""Before He Cheats" (Teri Hatcher) – 4/9/2008, 'American Idol Gives Back'". Band From Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Australians In Film Announces Honorees for 2007 Breakthrough Awards". Australians in Film. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  7. ^ Jordan, Julie (5 January 2007). "House Costars Engaged". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  8. ^ Jordan, Julie (15 August 2007). "House Costars Call Off Engagement".
  9. ^ "Maya Gabeira: 35 little-known facts about the Brazilian big wave surfer".
  10. ^ MSN

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