Jesse Spencer

Active - 2001 - 2015  |   Born - Feb 12, 1979 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia  |   Genres - Drama, Mystery

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Australian actor Jesse Spencer launched his career with a long stint (from the mid- to late '90s) on the popular Aussie soap opera Neighbours, playing Billy Kennedy. He followed that up with a number of key supporting roles in acclaimed features, such as that of Marwood de Whichehalse in Mike Barker's R.D. Blackmore adaptation Lorna Doone (2001) before signing on for the lead in Russell Mulcahy's inspirational drama Swimming Upstream (2002). That picture -- about a young man destined to become a champion swimmer despite the setbacks thrown into his path by an abusive father (Geoffrey Rush) became a small-scale hit and earned favorable reviews. After a turn in the Brittany Murphy vehicle Uptown Girls (2003), Spencer landed one of his greatest achievements when he signed on to play Dr. Robert Chase on the Fox medical drama House, and the series quickly became a hit. Offscreen, Spencer made headlines for his romantic involvement with House co-star Jennifer Morrison (Dr. Allison Cameron). The two -- who reportedly met on the set of House -- became engaged during the 2006 holidays.

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  • Joined the Australian Boys Choir in Melbourne at age 7; first professional acting job (at age 12) was as an understudy in a Melbourne production of The King and I.
  • Father and both of his brothers are physicians (he just plays one on TV's House, although he was accepted into the premed program at the University of Melbourne).
  • Plays violin, guitar and piano.
  • Mother Robyn is a former spokeswoman and Senate candidate for the Australian anti-immigration party One Nation.
  • Named one of TV's Sexiest Men by TV GUIDE in 2006.