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Wentworth Miller is a British-American actor and screenwriter, best known for his role as Michael J. Scofield on the Fox series Prison Break.
Wentworth Earl Miller III was born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England to American parents. The family stayed in England because of his father’s studies at Oxford University. Miller’s father is of African American, Jamaican, German, and English descent. His mother is of Russian, Swedish, French, Dutch, Syrian and Lebanese descent. Wentworth Miller’s family moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn when he was one year old. There he attended Midwood School. He graduated from Princeton University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. While in Princeton, he performed with the a cappella group Princeton Tigertones and was a member of the Quadrangle Club and the Colonial Club.
In 1995, Miller moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Miller’s first television appearance was as the sea monster Gage Petronzi on the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Wentworth Miller’s first starring role came in 2002 as the sensitive, introverted David Scott on ABC’s miniseries Dinotopia. After appearing in a few supporting roles on television, he starred in the 2003 film The Human Stain, playing the younger version of the main character, Coleman Silk. He identified strongly with the film’s core dilemma, about an African-American man who chooses to “act” as white. Miller worked extensively on the role, not only in researching the character but also through his four-month regimen to accurately portray Coleman Silk as a boxer. In 2003 he also played a supporting role in the film “Underworld” as a doctor. 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 devised an elaborate scheme to help his brother escape death row after he was found guilty of a crime he did not commit. The show ended in 2009 after four seasons, but a new nine-episode fifth season was released in 2017, with Miller reimagining his role. Wentworth Miller appeared in two Mariah Carey music videos, “It’s Like That” as a party guest and “We Belong Together.” In addition, Miller guest-starred as detective Nate Kendall on Season 11 of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He also starred 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 wrote the screenplay for the film “Stoker” as well as the prequel “Stoker, Uncle Charlie”. He used the pseudonym Ted Foulke for this. The film was released in 2013 and received generally positive reviews from critics. Wentworth Miller had a recurring role on the CW superhero series The Flash from 2014 to 2019. There he played the role of Captain Cold, one of Flash’s arch-rivals.
Through his role on the Fox series Prison Break, Wentworth Miller has become one of the highest rated television actors in the world. He received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor for this role in 2005.
“Acting was something I needed like air. It wasn’t something I could run away from.”
“You only cry for help when you believe there is help to cry for.”
tips for success
“I’m a very competitive person, but competitive with myself. I want to be the best version I can be, and if that means I’ll eventually be better than everyone else, then so be it. But I don’t compare myself to other actors. I think this is also the key to my success.”