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Linus William Roache (born 1 February 1964) is an English actor. He is known for playing Executive ADA Michael Cutter in the NBC dramas Law & Order (2008–10) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2011–12). More recently, Roache played Ecgberht, King of Wessex in Vikings in 2014.

Linus Roache
Linus William Roache

(1964-02-01) 1 February 1964 (age 55)
Years active1973–1976
Rosalind Bennett (m. 2002)
Parent(s)William Roache
Anna Cropper

He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for playing Robert F. Kennedy in RFK (2002) and won a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor (TV) for his role as Ralph Wigram in The Gathering Storm (2002). His film appearances include Priest (1994), Van Gogh'1991 Omnibus [BBC TV Film] The Wings of the Dove (1997), Pandaemonium (2000), Batman Begins (2005), Non-Stop (2014), and Mandy (2018).


Early lifeEdit

Roache was born in Manchester, England, 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 Rydal School in Colwyn Bay in north Wales. He studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He married Rosalind Bennett in Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, in 2002. They have no children.


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 went on to star opposite Helena Bonham Carter in the 1997 film The Wings of the Dove and to play the role of Thomas Wayne, father of Batman, in Batman Begins (2005). On television, he played 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 miniseries 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 Ecbert of the Kingdom of Wessex.[5]

He starred in season seven of the TV series Homeland as David Wellington in 2018.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 No Surrender Ulster Boy
1986 Link Unknown Uncredited
1994 Priest Father Greg Pilkington
1997 The Wings of the Dove Merton Densher
1998 Shot Through the Heart Vlado Selimović Television Movie, made by HBO
1999 Venice Project Count Jacko/Count Giaccomo
1999 Siam Sunset Perry
2000 Best Denis Law
2000 Pandaemonium Samuel Taylor Coleridge Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
2002 Hart's War Capt. Peter A. Ross
2003 Beyond Borders Henry Bauford
2003 Blind Flight John McCarthy Nominated—BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in a Scottish Film
2004 The Forgotten Mr. Shineer, A Friendly Man
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick Purifier
2005 12 and Holding Mr. Carges
2005 Batman Begins Dr. Thomas Wayne
2006 A Through M The Voice of the Party
2006 Find Me Guilty Sean Kierney
2006 The Namesake Mr. Lawson
2007 Broken Thread Ram
2008 Before the Rains Henry Moores
2008 Yonkers Joe Teddy
2009 Out Here in the Fields: The Field on Beach Lane Narrator
2012 $upercapitalist Mark Patterson
2013 Innocence Miles Warner
2014 Non-Stop Captain David McMillan
2016 ID2: Shadwell Army Vinnie
2016 Barry Bill Baughman
2017 Division 19 Charles Lynden
2018 Mandy Jeremiah Sand
2019 The Last Full Measure Whit Peters Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1973–1975 Coronation Street Peter Barlow recurring
1976 The Onedin Line Boy Episode "Quarantine"
1990 Omnibus Vincent van Gogh Episode: "Van Gogh"
1994 Seaforth Bob Longman 9 episodes
1998 Shot Through the Heart Vlado Selimovic Television film
2002 RFK Robert F. Kennedy Television film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2002 The Gathering Storm Ralph Wigram Television film
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2006–2007 Kidnapped Andy Archer 13 episodes
2006 The Ten Commandments: The Complete Miniseries (TV series) Aaron 2 episodes
2008–2010 Law & Order Executive ADA Michael Cutter 63 episodes
2010 Coronation Street Lawrence Cunningham 4 episodes
2011–2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bureau Chief ADA Michael Cutter 4 episodes
2012 Titanic Hugh, Earl of Manton 4 episodes
2012 The Making of a Lady Lord Walderhurst Television film
2014–2017 Vikings Ecbert of Wessex 26 episodes
2014 The Blacklist The Kingmaker Episode: "The Kingmaker"
2017 Bancroft Tim Fraser 2 episodes
2017–2018 Homeland David Wellington 13 episodes

Selected theatreEdit


  1. ^ "Linus Roache Biography (1964-)".
  2. ^ "Error -". Washington Post. 4 November 2012. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  3. ^ Eng, Joyce (19 July 2010). "Pushing Daisies and Law & Order Alums Join The Miraculous Year". CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  4. ^ Love, Ryan (6 April 2011). "Linus Roache leads ITV 'Titanic' cast". Digital Spy Television. Hearst UK. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  5. ^ Roots, Kimberly (11 June 2013). "Vikings Adds Law & Order Vet to Season 2 Cast". TV Line. Retrieved 12 June 2018.

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