Michael Welch (actor)
Michael Alan Welch (born July 25, 1987) is an American television and film actor best known for the role of Luke Girardi on the television series Joan of Arcadia and for the role of Mike Newton in the films Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.
Welch at the 2015 Florida SuperCon
Michael Alan Welch
July 25, 1987
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
(m. 2008; div. 2013)
Samantha Maggio (m. 2016)
Life and careerEdit
Welch is known for his role as the popular Mike Newton in The Twilight Saga film series. Although he auditioned for the part of Edward Cullen, he was cast in the role of Mike Newton. He's also well known for his role as Luke Girardi in the television series Joan of Arcadia, which ran for two seasons (2003–05).
Welch was cast in the series Z Nation on Syfy, which began airing in the fall of 2014. He also appeared in the 2014 film Boy Meets Girl, a romantic comedy which received many awards at LGBT film festivals in the U.S. and internationally.
- Los Angeles FirstGlance Film Festival (2011) — Won, Festival Award – Best Actor for Unrequited (2010) (Lucky Day Studios)
- FilmOut San Diego (2014) — Won, FilmOut Festival Award – Best Actor for Boy Meets Girl.
Welch is the recipient of two Young Artist Awards. His first was for his performance in the film Star Trek: Insurrection at the age of 10. The second was for his work as Luke Girardi on the Joan of Arcadia.
Welch married Marissa Lefton in 2008. The couple separated in 2011, and jointly filed for divorce in California on February 14, 2013. He married model Samantha Maggio in 2016. Welch has one daughter.
|1998||Star Trek: Insurrection||Artim|
|2001||Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse||Pinocchio||Direct-to-video film|
|2002||The Angel Doll||Little Jerry Barlow|
|2006||All the Boys Love Mandy Lane||Emmet|
|2008||Archie's Final Project||Earl|
|2008||The Coverup||Kevin Thacker|
|2008||Day of the Dead||Trevor Cross|
|2009||The Twilight Saga: New Moon||Mike Newton|
|2010||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Mike Newton|
|2011||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1||Mike Newton|
|2013||Hansel & Gretel Get Baked||Hansel|
|2014||Boy Meets Girl||Robby|
|2014||Boys of Abu Ghraib||Pits|
|1998||Frasier||Young Niles||Episode: "Where Every Bloke Knows Your Name" (Season 5, Episode 10)|
|1998–99||Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place||Michael Rush||3 episodes|
|2001||The X-Files||Trevor||Episode: "Badlaa" (Season 8, Episode 10)|
|2001||Malcolm In The Middle||Josh||Episode: "New Neighbors" (Season 2, Episode 13)|
|2001–2003||Disney's House of Mouse||Pinocchio|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Todd Branson||Episode: "Blood Lust" (Season 3, Episode 9)|
|2003||Stargate SG-1||Young Jack||Episode: "Fragile Balance" (Season 7, Episode 3)|
|2003–05||Joan of Arcadia||Luke Girardi||Main role, 45 episodes;|
Young Artist Award winner
|2005||Cold Case||Daniel Potter - 1972||Episode: "Honor" (Season 3, Episode 8)|
|2006||NCIS||Kody Meyers||Episode: "Bait" (Season 3, Episode 18)|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Scott Heston||Episode: "Pretend" (Season 8, Episode 21)|
|2008||The Riches||Ike||4 episodes|
|2010||Criminal Minds||Syd Pearson||Episode: "JJ" (Season 6, Episode 2)|
|2011||Bones||Norman Hayes||Episode: "The Feet on the Beach" (Season 6, Episode 17)|
|2013||Grimm||Jake Barnes||Episode: "One Night Stand" (Season 3, Episode 4)|
|2014–15||Z Nation||Mack Thompson||Main role|
|2015||Scandal||Officer Newton||Episode: "The Lawn Chair" (Season 4, Episode 14)|
|2015||NCIS: New Orleans||Kevin Heller||Episode: "The List" (Season 1, Episode 18)|
|2016||Lucifer||Kyle Erikson||Episode: "St. Lucifer" (Season 1, Episode 11)|
|2016||The Catch||Teddy Seavers||Episode: "The Ringer" (Season 1, Episode 7)|
|2016||Another Period||Franklin D. Roosevelt||Episode: "Roosevelt" (Season 2, Episode 5)|
|2017||Star vs the Forces of Evil||Mewni Crowd|
|2018||Home by Spring||Howard||Television film|
|2019||Station 19||Harold||Episode: "Crazy Train" (Season 2, Episode 10)|
- "Interview with Michael Welch, March 2005". TheStarScoop.com. 2005-03-29. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
- "Joan of Arcadia's Michael Welch Keeps the Holiday Light". People.com. 2004-12-03. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
- Carroll, Larry (July 1, 2008). "Twilight Actor Michael Welch Auditioned For Edward Cullen But Found Right Fit With Athletic Geek Mike Newton". MTV. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
- Mainon, Dominique; Ursini, James (2006). Modern Amazons: Warrior Women on Screen. Pompton Plains, N.J.: Limelight Editions. p. 367. ISBN 9780879103279.
- Weinstein, Shelli (August 19, 2014). "Syfy Releases Z Nation Trailer, Can It Compete with The Walking Dead?". Variety. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
- Kramer, Gary M. (June 25, 2014). "Frameline Interview: Eric Schaeffer On His Trans Rom Com Boy Meets Girl". Indiewire.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
- Spencer, Liv (2010). Love Bites: The Unofficial Saga of Twilight. Toronto: ECW Press. p. 96. ISBN 9781554909308.
- "Twilight Star Michael Welch Divorces". Glamour. February 26, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
- Welch, Michael [@MichaelWelchAct] (7 November 2016). "Let me tell you all about the secrets to a happy marriage kids, & I'm in my 20s and have been married for a day, so youre gonna wanna listen" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Welch, Michael [@MichaelWelchAct] (February 2019). "Twitter official" (Tweet) – via Twitter.