Michael Welch (actor)

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Michael Welch
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Welch at the 2015 Florida SuperCon
Born Michael Alan Welch
(1987-07-25) July 25, 1987 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Marissa Lefton (m. 2008-2013)
Website michaelwelchact.com

Michael Alan Welch (born July 25, 1987) is an American television and film actor best known for the role of Luke Girardi on the television series Joan of Arcadia and for the role of Mike Newton in the films Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.

Life and career

Welch was born in California,[1] and his father is Protestant and his mother Jewish.[2]

Welch is best known for his role as the popular Mike Newton in The Twilight Saga film series. Although he auditioned for the part of Edward Cullen, he was cast in the role of Mike Newton.[3] He's also well known for his role as Luke Girardi in the television series Joan of Arcadia, which ran for two seasons (2003-2004 and 2004-2005).[4]

Welch was cast in the series Z Nation on Syfy, which began airing in the fall of 2014.[5] He also appeared in the 2014 film Boy Meets Girl, a romantic comedy which received many awards at LGBT film festivals in the U.S. and internationally.[6]


FilmOut San Diego, US 2014 • Won, FilmOut Festival Award Best Actor for Boy Meets Girl (2014).

Los Angeles FirstGlance Film Festival 2011 • Won, Festival Award Best Actor for Unrequited (2010). (Lucky Day Studios).

Welch is the recipient of two Young Artist Awards. His first was for his performance in the film Star Trek: Insurrection at the age of 10. The second was for his work as Luke Girardi on the Joan of Arcadia.[7]

Personal life

Welch married Marissa Lefton in 2008. The couple separated in 2011, and jointly filed for divorce in California on February 14, 2013.[8]

Select filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Frasier Young Niles TV, 1 episode (first acting appearance)
Star Trek: Insurrection Artim Young Artist Award
1999 Jesse Gabe TV, 3 episodes
2001 The X-Files Trevor "Badlaa" (Season 8, Episode 10)
2001 Malcolm In The Middle Josh "New Neighbors" (Season 2, Episode 13)
2003 Stargate SG-1 Young Jack "Fragile Balance" (Season 7, Episode 3)
2003-2005 Joan of Arcadia Luke Girardi TV; Young Artist Award
2006 NCIS Kody Meyers "Bait" (Season 3, Episode 18)
2006 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Emmet
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Scott Heston "Pretend" (Season 8, Episode 21)
2008 The Riches Ike TV, 4 episodes
2008 Twilight Mike Newton
2008 Archie's Final Project Earl
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Mike Newton
2010 Unrequited Ben Jacobs
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Mike Newton
2010 Criminal Minds Syd Pearson "JJ" (Season 6, Episode 2) [9]
2011 Born Bad Denny
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Mike Newton
2013 Grimm Jake Barnes TV, Season 3 Episode 4.[10]
Grace Unplugged Quentin
2014 Boy Meets Girl Robby
2014–2015 Z Nation Mack Thompson Main Cast
2015 Scandal Officer Newton TV, Season 4, Episode 14.[11]


  1. "Interview with Michael Welch, March 2005". TheStarScoop.com. 2005-03-29. Retrieved 2012-05-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Joan of Arcadia's Michael Welch Keeps the Holiday Light". People.com. 2004-12-03. Retrieved 2012-03-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Carroll, Larry (July 1, 2008). "'Twilight' Actor Michael Welch Auditioned For Edward Cullen But Found Right Fit With Athletic Geek Mike Newton". MTV.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Mainon, Dominique; Ursini, James (2006). Modern Amazons: Warrior Women on Screen. Pompton Plains, N.J.: Limelight Editions. p. 367. ISBN 9780879103279.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Weinstein, Shelli (August 19, 2014). "Syfy Releases 'Z Nation' Trailer, Can It Compete with 'The Walking Dead'?". Variety. Retrieved August 31, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Kramer, Gary M. (June 25, 2014). "Frameline Interview: Eric Schaeffer On His Trans Rom Com 'Boy Meets Girl'". Indiewire.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Spencer, Liv (2010). Love Bites: The Unofficial Saga of Twilight. Toronto: ECW Press. p. 96. ISBN 9781554909308.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Twilight Star Michael Welch Divorces". Glamour. February 26, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1701258/
  10. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3142398/
  11. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4430626/

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