Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller Biography

Wentworth Earl Miller III (born June 2, 1972) is an American actor, model, screenwriter and producer. He rose to stardom following his role as Michael Scofield in the Fox television series Prison Break. He made his screenwriting debut with the 2013 dramatic thriller film Stoker, which stars Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska.

Early life

Born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, Miller is the son of American parents Joy Marie (née Palm), a special education teacher, and Wentworth Earl Miller II, a lawyer and teacher. Miller's father, a Rhodes Scholar, was studying at Oxford at the time of Miller's birth. Wentworth retains dual citizenship, but has affirmed that he has always been an American.

Miller is of multiethnic origin: his father is of African-American, Jamaican, English, German, Jewish, and Cherokee background, and his mother is of Russian, French, Dutch, Syrian, and Lebanese ancestry. He has stated, "My father is black and my mother is white. Therefore, I could answer to either, which kind of makes me a racial Lone Ranger, at times, caught between two communities."

His family moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, when he was a year old. Wentworth has two sisters, Leigh and Gillian. He attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn, New York, and was a member of SING!, an annual musical production that was started by Midwood. His family moved to Aleppo Township outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Quaker Valley High School, in Leetsdale, Pennsylvania, in 1990. He graduated from Princeton University completing his bachelor's degree in English Literature. While at Princeton, he performed with the a cappella group the Princeton Tigertones and was first a member of the Quadrangle Club, and later the Colonial Club.



In 1995, Miller relocated to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He has stated that his rocky road to stardom "was a long time in the coming and there were a lot of upsets and a lot of failures and roadblocks, but I couldn't walk away from it. I needed it like I needed air, it was just something I had to do."

Miller's first TV appearance was as student-turned-sea monster Gage Petronzi on Buffy the Vampire Slayer ("Go Fish", 1998).

Miller's first starring role was in 2002 as the sensitive, introverted David Scott in ABC's mini-series Dinotopia. After appearing in a few minor television roles, he moved on to co-star in the 2003 film The Human Stain, playing the younger version of the Anthony Hopkins character, Coleman Silk. He identified strongly with the core dilemma of the movie, being that of a man struggling with his heritage. Miller worked extensively on the role, not only in researching Anthony Hopkins, but by embarking on a four month regimen to accurately portray Silk as a boxer.

He had a minor role in the film Underworld, playing a doctor and friend of the character Michael Corvin.

In 2005, Miller was cast as Michael Scofield in Fox Network's television drama Prison Break. He played the role of a caring brother who created an elaborate scheme to help his brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) escape death row after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. His character had a full upper body (front and back) tattoo. Covering both the front of Miller's torso and his back, along with both arms from shoulders to wrists, the special effects for the tattoo took over four hours to apply. His performance in the show earned him a 2005 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series.

Miller appeared in two Mariah Carey music videos, "It's Like That" as a party guest and "We Belong Together" as her love interest. Director Brett Ratner, who directed the pilot episode of Prison Break, was also signed on to direct the two Carey videos. Ratner decided to use Miller in the videos as well.

In addition, Miller guest-starred in the Season 11 premiere of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit as Detective Nate Kendall, a detective from Precinct 24 of the NYPD. He also featured in Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth film in the commercially successful Resident Evil film series based on the video game series of the same name; Miller plays Chris Redfield, one of the protagonists of the video game series.

Miller has just completed the film The Loft which is an American-Belgian thriller film directed by Erik Van Looy. It is a remake of the 2008 Dutch-language Belgian film Loft by the same director. The plot is about 5 married men who share a upmarket loft with their mistresses. When a body of a murdered woman is found in the loft, the men begin to suspect each other of having committed the gruesome crime, as they are the only ones with keys to the premises. Through flashbacks, which are intertwined with scenes from the present, the entire story is unraveled.


Miller wrote the screenplay for the film Stoker, as well as a prequel to Stoker, Uncle Charlie. He used the pseudonym Ted Foulke, later explaining "I just wanted the scripts to sink or swim on their own." Miller's script was voted to the 2010 "Black List" of the 10 best unproduced screenplays then making the rounds in Hollywood. The film is about a teenage girl who must deal with a mysterious uncle following the death of her father. Miller described it as a "horror film, a family drama and a psychological thriller". Although influenced by Bram Stoker's Dracula, Miller has clarified that Stoker is not a vampire story. Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt also influenced the film but only as a jumping-off point, from which the story takes a different direction. Park Chan-wook directed, with stars Mia Wasikowska as the teenager, Nicole Kidman as the mother, and Matthew Goode as the uncle. The film was released in 2013. Miller has also sold a screenplay for a film called The Disappointments Room, the story reportedly also a family drama with horror elements similar to Stoker, to Voltage Pictures and Killer Films. Miller is reportedly in negotiations to write the screenplay adaptation of the novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski which is set to be produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks among others.

Personal life

In 2007, Miller denied to InStyle magazine that he was gay. He publicly came out as gay in August 2013, when he posted a letter on GLAAD's website declining an invitation to attend the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival because he felt "deeply troubled" by the Russian government's treatment of its gay citizens, referring to anti-LGBT legislation enacted the previous June banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations". Miller wrote, "I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly."

At the 2013 Seattle, Washington, Human Rights Campaign Dinner, Miller said he had attempted suicide multiple times as a teenager before coming out as gay. He said, "When someone asked me if that was a cry for help, I said no, because I told no one. You only cry for help if you believe there's help to cry for." He discussed struggling in Hollywood as a closeted actor.


Year Film Role Notes
2001 Room 302 Server #1 Short film
2003 The Human Stain Young Coleman Silk
Underworld Dr. Adam Lockwood
2005 The Confession The Prisoner/Tom Short film
Stealth EDI Voice
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break Michael Scofield TV movie
2010 Resident Evil: Afterlife Chris Redfield
2012 The Mourning Portrait Photographer
Resident Evil: Retribution Chris Redfield Archive footage
2014 The Loft Luke Seacord
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gage Petronzi 2x20: "Go Fish"
1999 Time of Your Life Nelson 1x06: "The Time the Truth Was Told"
1x11: "The Time They Got E-Rotic"
2000 Popular Adam Rothschild Ryan 1x16: "All About Adam"
1x18: "Ch-Ch-Changes"
ER Mike Palmieri 7x01: "Homecoming"
2002 Dinotopia David Scott Miniseries
2005 Joan of Arcadia Ryan Hunter 2x21: "Common Thread"
2x22: "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
Ghost Whisperer Sgt. Paul Adams 1x01: "Pilot"
2009 Family Guy Jock #4/ Popular Kid #2 7x13: "Stew-Roids"
2005"2009 Prison Break Michael Scofield Nominated: Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series "? Drama
2009 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Nate Kendall 11x01: "Unstable"
2011 House Benjamin 8x03: "Charity Case"
2013 Young Justice: Invasion Deathstroke 2x12: "True Colors"
2x13: "The Fix"
Video games
Year Game Role Notes
2010 Prison Break: The Conspiracy Michael Scofield Voice
Year Film Notes
2013 Stoker also co-producer

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