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Jesse Spencer

Jesse Spencer
Spencer in September 2008
Born (1979-02-12) 12 February 1979
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1991–present

Jesse Gordon Spencer (born 12 February 1979) is an Australian actor and musician. He is best known for playing Dr. Robert Chase on the American medical drama House, and Billy Kennedy on the Australian soap opera Neighbours. He currently stars as Lieutenant Matthew Casey on the American drama series Chicago Fire.

Early life

Spencer was born in Melbourne. His parents, Robyn and Rodney Spencer, are the founders of the Australians Against Further Immigration political party; they have run several times as candidates in federal and state elections for that party and for One Nation.[1] Spencer stated in an interview that he did not want to talk about his parents' politics.[2] 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 continued to work toward his VCE qualification, graduating in 1997.

Spencer at the 2009 SAG Awards



Spencer portrayed 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 has since appeared in films such as Winning London, Uptown Girls, and Swimming Upstream. From 2004 to 2012, he played Dr. Robert Chase on the Fox medical drama House. He portrayed 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 Lt. Matthew Casey in the NBC drama Chicago Fire.


Spencer began his musical career with the Australian Boys Choir, performing with them from 1986–92.[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 American Idol Gives Back.


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 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards. He received a "Golden Boomerang" at the 2006 Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards for his work on House.[4] In 2007, he was included in People Magazine '​s 100 Most Beautiful People issue.

Personal life

Spencer has two older brothers: Tarney, an oculo-plastic surgeon, and Luke, an orthopaedic surgeon. His younger sister Polly is an anaesthetic registrar.

He and former House co-star Jennifer Morrison first met 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 were engaged while on vacation in Paris during Christmas 2006.[5] In August 2007, Spencer and Morrison announced they had called off their engagement.[6]



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 Neil Fox
2003 Death in Holy Orders Raphael Arbuthnot
2006 Flourish Eddie Gator
2010 Tell-Tale Lover
2012 The Girl is in Trouble Nicholas
2013 Skum Rocks! David Lockhart


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Time Trax Young Bill Episode: "A Close Encounter"
1994–2000, 2005 Neighbours Billy Kennedy Main role
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Triten, Jr. Voice
Episode: "Hercules and the Son of Poseidon"
2004–2012 House Dr. Robert Chase Main role, 171 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2012–present Chicago Fire Lt. Matthew Casey Lead role
2013 Phineas and Ferb Liam Voice
Episode: "Primal Perry"
2014–present Chicago P.D. Lt. Matthew Casey Recurring role


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
1998–1999 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

Music videos

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

Awards and nominations

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
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action Chicago Fire Nominated


  1. ^ "Jesse Spencer Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Interview,; accessed 5 March 2014.
  3. ^ Australian Boys Choir website; accessed 5 March 2014.
  4. ^ [1] Australians in Film
  5. ^ Julie Jordan (5 January 2007). costars engaged"House". Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jordan, Julie (15 August 2007). "House Costars Call Off Engagement". 

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