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Also Known As: Linus William Roache Died:
Born: February 1, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Manchester, England, GB Profession: actor

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The son of British actors William Roache and Anna Cropper, the attractive sandy-haired Roache gained prominence with his strong performance as a clergyman struggling with his vocation and his homosexuality in Antonia Bird's "Priest" (1994). While the film won critical acclaim, it was also the subject of controversy in the USA. Attacked as anti-Catholic by Cardinal John O'Connor of New York and as presenting a biased view of the clergy by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, "Priest" was far better received in England where it stirred little protest.Roache began his career as a child, appearing as his father's son on the long-running British soap opera "Coronation Street." After studying at a London drama school, he joined the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company where he performed the classics for four years. He joined the National Theatre in 1989 where he appeared in Sean O'Casey's "Juno and the Paycock." Roache made his film debut in a small role in "No Surrender" (1986). Director Antonia Bird had spotted Roache in drama school and remembered him when she was casting the title role in "Priest." In 1997, he was teamed with Allison Elliott and Helena Bonham Carter as the journalist...

The son of British actors William Roache and Anna Cropper, the attractive sandy-haired Roache gained prominence with his strong performance as a clergyman struggling with his vocation and his homosexuality in Antonia Bird's "Priest" (1994). While the film won critical acclaim, it was also the subject of controversy in the USA. Attacked as anti-Catholic by Cardinal John O'Connor of New York and as presenting a biased view of the clergy by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, "Priest" was far better received in England where it stirred little protest.

Roache began his career as a child, appearing as his father's son on the long-running British soap opera "Coronation Street." After studying at a London drama school, he joined the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company where he performed the classics for four years. He joined the National Theatre in 1989 where he appeared in Sean O'Casey's "Juno and the Paycock." Roache made his film debut in a small role in "No Surrender" (1986). Director Antonia Bird had spotted Roache in drama school and remembered him when she was casting the title role in "Priest." In 1997, he was teamed with Allison Elliott and Helena Bonham Carter as the journalist caught between the two in Iain Softley's adaptation of Henry James' novel "The Wings of the Dove." Roache went on to gain acclaim in a number of biographical films and miniseries, including "Pandaemonium" (2000), in which he played poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the lead role in the TV movie "RFK" (2002). These were interspersed with more lightweight projects such as "The Chronicles of Riddick" (2004) and "Batman Begins" (2005). In 2008, Roache took on the role of Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter in "Law & Order" (NBC 1990-2010), moving on to the spinoff "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC 1999- ) when the series finally came to an end. He returned to series television as Egbert of Wessex in the historical drama "Vikings" (History 2013- ).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Non-Stop (2014)
2.
 Innocence (2014)
3.
 Supercapitalist (2012)
4.
 Yonkers Joe (2008)
5.
 Before the Rains (2007)
6.
 Find Me Guilty (2006)
7.
 Namesake, The (2006)
8.
 12 and Holding (2005)
9.
 Sisters, The (2005)
10.
 Batman Begins (2005) Thomas Wayne
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2000:
Acted on stage opposite Ralph Fiennes in "Coriolanus" and "Richard II"
1998:
Appeared opposite Vincent Perez in the HBO movie "Shot Through the Heart"
2005:
Cast in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" as Bruce's father, Dr. Thomas Wayne
1995:
First starring role in features, "Priest"
1985:
Was member of the Royal Shakespeare Company
2008:
Joined the cast of the long-running NBC series "Law & Order" playing Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter
1975:
Made TV acting debut on "Coronation Street" playing his father's son
2006:
Played hard-charging prosecutor Sean Kierney in Sidney Lumet's "Find Me Guilty"
1994:
Starred in the British series "Seaforth" playing a con man and thief
2004:
Appeared in the Vin Diesel film "The Chronicles of Riddick"
2005:
Cast in Michael Cuesta's sophomore feature "Twelve and Holding"
2004:
Cast in the thriller "The Forgotten" starring Julianne Moore
2002:
Had co-starring role in the WWII drama "Hart's War"
2001:
Portrayed the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge to John Hannah's William Wordsworth in the BBC Films production of "Pandaemonium"
2002:
Cast as Robert F. Kennedy in the FX biopic "RFK"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in Miniseries or TV Movie
1997:
Co-starred in "The Wings of the Dove"
1986:
Film debut, "No Surrender"
1989:
Spent six months as member of the National Theatre
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companion:
Rosalind Bennett. Actor. Born c. 1964; met in 1989 when they played siblings in "Juno and the Paycock".

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father:
William Roache. Actor. Born c. 1933; appeared on British soap "Coronation Street"; divorced from Roache's mother in 1974; made a Member of the Order of the British Empire on New Year's Eve 2000.
mother:
Anna Cropper. Actor. Divorced from Roache's father in 1974.
step-mother:
Sara Mottram.
sister:
Vanya Roache. Younger; born in 1967.
half-sister:
Verity Elizabeth Roache. Born in 1981.
half-sister:
Edwina Roache. Born in 1982; died in 1984.
half-brother:
William James Roache. Born in 1986.
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