Miller in September 2011
|Born||Wentworth Earl Miller III
(1972-06-02) June 2, 1972
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
Wentworth Earl Miller III (born June 2, 1972) is a British-American actor, model, and screenwriter. He rose to prominence following his role as Michael Scofield in the Fox series Prison Break, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for best actor in a leading role. He made his screenwriting debut with the 2013 thriller film Stoker. He is playing a recurring villain in The Flash as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, and is playing the role as a television series regular in the spin-off Legends of Tomorrow. Miller reprised his role as Michael Scofield for the limited series format as Prison Break: Resurrection in 2017.
Miller was born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, the son of American parents, Roxann (née Palm), a special education teacher, and Wentworth E. Miller II, a lawyer and teacher. His father, a Rhodes Scholar, was studying at Oxford at the time of Miller’s birth. Miller said in 2003 that his father is black and his mother is white. His father is of African-American, Jamaican, German, and English ancestry; his mother is of Russian, French, Dutch, Syrian, and Lebanese ancestry.
Miller’s family moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn when he was a year old. He graduated from Princeton University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. While at Princeton, he performed with the a cappella group the Princeton Tigertones, and was a member of the Quadrangle Club and 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, about a black man who chooses to “pass” as white. 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. Also in 2003, 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. The show was finished in 2009 after four seasons, but a new nine-episode fifth season was released April 4, 2017 with Miller reprising his role.
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 & Order: Special Victims Unit as Detective Nate Kendall, a detective from Precinct 24 of the New York City Police Department. 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 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, and received generally positive reviews from critics.
Miller has also sold a screenplay for a film called The Disappointments Room, to Voltage Pictures and Killer Films. The film was released in 2016, and received negative reviews from critics. 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.
In July 2014, it was announced that Miller had joined the cast of The CW superhero series The Flash in a recurring role as Leonard Snart / Captain Cold. He made his first appearance in the fourth episode of the first season, and reprised his role on Legends of Tomorrow. These shows reunited him with his Prison Break co-star Dominic Purcell, who portrayed Mick Rory / Heat Wave. Miller exited Legends of Tomorrow as a series regular at the end of season one, but signed a contract with Warner Bros. TV to continue portraying Snart simultaneously on multiple shows in the Arrowverse.
Miller lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has two sisters, Leigh and Gillian. He holds dual British and US citizenship by virtue of his birth in the United Kingdom to American parents.
In 2007, Miller denied to InStyle magazine that he was gay. However, he 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 Russian LGBT propaganda law enacted the previous June which banned “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations”). Miller wrote that he “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 Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Seattle, Washington, 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, and talked about how his involvement in the ManKind Project helped him learn about brotherhood, sisterhood, and being part of a community.
In a 2016 Facebook post, he revealed that he “[had] struggled with depression since childhood. It’s a battle that’s cost [him] time, opportunities, relationships, and a thousand sleepless nights.” He made this emotional post in reaction to a meme of himself which poked fun at his weight gain in 2010. Miller said that his weight gain was due to him finding comfort in food as he was suicidal.
|2000||Romeo and Juliet||Paris||Direct-to-video|
|2001||Room 302||Server #1||Short film|
|2003||Human Stain, TheThe Human Stain||Young Coleman Silk|
|2003||Underworld||Dr. Adam Lockwood|
|2005||Confession, TheThe Confession||The Prisoner/Tom||Short film|
|2009||Blood Creek||German soldier||Uncredited|
|2010||Resident Evil: Afterlife||Chris Redfield|
|2014||Loft, TheThe Loft||Luke Seacord|
|2015||2 Hours 2 Vegas||Guy in rally car||Short film|
|2013||Stoker||Writer and co-producer|
|2016||Disappointments Room, TheThe Disappointments Room||Writer|
|1998||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Gage Petronzi||Episode: “Go Fish“|
|1999–2000||Time of Your Life||Nelson||3 episodes|
|2000||Popular||Adam Rothschild-Ryan||2 episodes|
|2000||ER||Mike Palmieri||Episode: “Homecoming“|
|2002||Dinotopia||David Scott||Lead role, 3 episodes|
|2005||Joan of Arcadia||Ryan Hunter||2 episodes|
|2005–09||Prison Break||Michael Scofield||Lead role|
|2005||Ghost Whisperer||Sgt. Paul Adams||Episode: “Pilot“|
|2009||Family Guy||Jock #4/Popular Kid #2||Voice, Episode: “Stew-Roids“|
|2009||Prison Break: The Final Break||Michael Scofield||Television film|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Detective Nate Kendall||Episode: “Unstable“|
|2011||House||Benjamin Byrd||Episode: “Charity Case“|
|2013||Young Justice||Slade Wilson/Deathstroke||Voice, Episode: “The Fix“|
|2014–present||Flash, TheThe Flash||Leonard Snart/Captain Cold||Recurring role, 9 episodes|
|2015||Superhero Fight Club||Short promo video|
|2016–present||Legends of Tomorrow||Main role (season 1, 16 episodes)
Recurring role (season 2)
|2017||Prison Break: Resurrection||Michael Scofield||Main role, 9 episodes|
|2005||“It’s Like That“||Mariah Carey|
|2005||“We Belong Together“|
|2010||Prison Break: The Conspiracy||Michael Scofield||Voice|
Awards and nominations
|2004||Black Reel Award||Best Actor||Nominated||The Human Stain|
|2004||Black Reel Award||Best Breakthrough Performance||Nominated||The Human Stain|
|2005||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Drama||Nominated||Prison Break|
|2005||Saturn Award||Best Actor on Television||Nominated||Prison Break|
|2006||Gold Derby Award||Breakthrough Performer of the Year||Nominated||Prison Break|
|2006||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor||Nominated||Prison Break|
|2006||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Breakout Star||Nominated||Prison Break|
|2007||Bravo Otto||Best Male TV Star||2nd place||Prison Break|
|2007||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Nominated||Prison Break|
|2008||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Action Adventure||Nominated||Prison Break|
|2013||Fright Meter Award||Best Screenplay||Nominated||Stoker|
|2013||International Online Cinema Awards||Best Original Screenplay||Nominated||Stoker|
|2014||Fangoria Chainsaw Award||Best Screenplay||2nd place||Stoker|
|2015||Saturn Award||Best Guest Starring Role on Television||Won||The Flash|