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Spencer at the 2009 SAG Awards
Jesse Gordon Spencer

(1979-02-12) February 12, 1979 (age 40)
Melbourne, Australia
Alma mater Scotch College (VCE)
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1991–present
Partner(s) Jennifer Morrison (2004–2007)

Jesse Gordon Spencer (born 12 February 1979) is an Australian actor and musician. He is best known for his roles as Billy Kennedy on the Australian soap opera Neighbours (1994–2000, 2005), Dr. Robert Chase on the American medical drama House (2004–2012) and Lieutenant/Captain Matthew Casey on the American drama Chicago Fire (2012–present).

Billy Kennedy (<i>Neighbours</i>)

William "Billy" Kennedy is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours, played by Jesse Spencer. He made his first appearance on 27 September 1994, arriving in Ramsay Street with his family. He departed on 5 April 2000, but made a small cameo for the show's 20th anniversary episode broadcast on 27 July 2005.

<i>Neighbours</i> Australian soap opera

Neighbours is an Australian television soap opera. It was first broadcast on the Seven Network on 18 March 1985. It was created by TV executive Reg Watson, who proposed the idea of making a show that focused on realistic stories and portrayed adults and teenagers who talk openly and solve their problems together. Seven decided to commission the show following the success of Watson's shorter-lived soap Sons and Daughters, which aired on the network. Although successful in Melbourne, Neighbours underperformed in the Sydney market and struggled for months before Seven cancelled it. The show was immediately bought by rival network Ten. After taking over production of the show, the new network had to build replica sets because Seven destroyed the originals to prevent its rival from obtaining them. Ten began screening Neighbours on 20 January 1986, beginning where the previous series left off and commencing with episode 171. Neighbours has since become the longest running drama series in Australian television and in 2005, it was inducted collectively into the Logie Hall of Fame.

Robert Chase fictional character

Robert Chase, M.D. is a fictional character on the Fox medical drama House. He is portrayed by Jesse Spencer. His character was a part of the team of diagnosticians who worked under Gregory House until the end of the third season when House fires him. However, he resumed work at the hospital as a surgeon, and was re-hired by House in season 6. Robert Chase is the longest-serving member of House's staff. Chase has been attracted to Allison Cameron since the beginning of the show and embarks on a romantic relationship with her in "Human Error." In "Post Mortem," he left the Diagnostic Team after realizing he was in the same position as he was 10 years earlier, unlike all of the other former members of the team. However, in the series finale, he rejoins the hospital as the new Head of Diagnostic Medicine, replacing the (supposedly) dead House.


Early life

Spencer was born in Melbourne. Growing up, 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 completed his VCE and had gained a place at Monash University but deferred to pursue acting. [1]

Melbourne City in Victoria, Australia

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Canterbury, Victoria Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Malvern, Victoria Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Spencer starred as 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 co-starred in films such as Winning London , Uptown Girls and Swimming Upstream . From 2004 to 2012, he starred as Dr. Robert Chase on the Fox medical drama House . He played 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 Captain Matthew Casey in the NBC drama Chicago Fire .

<i>Winning London</i> 2001 film by Craig Shapiro

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<i>Uptown Girls</i> 2003 film by Boaz Yakin

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<i>Swimming Upstream</i> 2003 film by Russell Mulcahy

Swimming Upstream is a 2003 Australian biographical drama film written by Tony Fingleton and directed by Russell Mulcahy. It stars Jesse Spencer, Geoffrey Rush, and Judy Davis. It shows the life of Fingleton (Spencer) from childhood to adulthood, and dealing with a topsy-turvy family. It is based on Fingleton's autobiography of the same name.


Spencer began his musical career with the Australian Boys Choir, performing with them from 1986 to 1992. [2] 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 Idol Gives Back in April 2008. [3] [4]

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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 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards. He received a "Golden Boomerang" at the 2006 Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards for his work on House. [5] In 2007, he was included in People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People issue.

Logie Awards award

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Personal life

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

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Anesthesiology medical speciality that focuses on anesthesia and perioperative medicine

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He met his former House co-star Jennifer Morrison 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 became engaged while on vacation in Paris during Christmas 2006. [6] In August 2007, Spencer and Morrison announced they had called off their engagement. [7]



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 Neal Fox
2003 Death in Holy Orders Raphael Arbuthnot
2006 Flourish Eddie Gator
2010 Tell-Tale Lover
2013 Skum Rocks! David Lockhart
2015 The Girl Is in Trouble Nicholas Feinstein


1994 Time Trax Young BillEpisode: "A Close Encounter"
1994–2000 Neighbours Billy Kennedy Lead role, 604 episodes
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Triten, Jr.Voice
Episode: "Hercules and the Son of Poseidon"
2003Death in Holy OrdersRaphael Arbuthnot
2004–12 House Dr. Robert Chase Lead role, 167 episodes
2005 Neighbours Billy Kennedy Guest appearance, Episode 4773
2012–present Chicago Fire Lieutenant/Captain Matthew Casey Lead role
2013 Phineas and Ferb LiamVoice
Episode: "Primal Perry"
2014–present Chicago P.D. Lieutenant/Captain Matthew Casey Guest role
2017-present Chicago Med Guest role

Music videos

2009 Caitlin Crosby "Still Have My Heart"Dentist
2010 Katharine McPhee "Say Goodbye"Boyfriend


1991 The King and I LouisState Theatre
1992 Winnie the Pooh Christopher RobinThe Alexander Theatre
1993 Scrooge Older brother of Tiny TimThe Princess Theatre, Melbourne
1998–99 Peter Pan Peter PanWhite Rock Theatre, Hastings
1999–2000 Jack and the Beanstalk JackWolverhampton Grand Theatre
2003The ModernistsTerranceThe Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Awards and nominations

1999Silver Logie AwardsMost Popular TV Actor Neighbours Won
1998Silver Logie AwardsMost Popular TV ActorNeighboursNominated
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Performance – Male House Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action Chicago Fire Nominated

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