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Alexis Denisof
Born February 25, 1966 (1966-02-25) (age 44)
Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Alyson Hannigan (2003–present) 1 child

Alexis Denisof (born February 25, 1966) is an American actor who is known for playing Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.



Denisof and Alyson Hannigan.

He was the fight director for a stage production of Hamlet, and in 1991 he was the fight director of The Other Side for the BBC, Romeo and Juliet, and The Soul's Dark Night.[1] One of his first known works in television is on the arcade version of the video for "Got My Mind Set On You" by George Harrison. He had a small role in the movie First Knight appearing in scenes with Sean Connery and Richard Gere.

Denisof appeared with Sean Bean in three episodes of Sharpe. He has done many stage productions, including one with Anthony Head, who played Wesley's predecessor Rupert Giles on Buffy.

Denisof's character was first introduced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer season three as Buffy's replacement Watcher. He later showed up in episode 10 of season one of Angel, and was an official main character from episode 11 (effectively replacing Doyle), appearing in 100 out of the 110 episodes of the series.

Denisof was among 200 actors considered for the role of James Bond for Casino Royale, but lost out to Daniel Craig.

Denisof appears in Season 2 of Private Practice as a man named Daniel, who has two pregnant wives giving birth on the same day.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2009 Joss Whedon confirmed that Denisof would be joining the cast of Dollhouse for multiple episodes, as Senator Daniel Perrin.

In December 2009, Denisof was cast as Byron Montgomery in the TV series Pretty Little Liars based on the book series by Sara Shepard.[2]

Personal life

Denisof was born in Salisbury, Maryland and is of Russian descent. He moved to Seattle, Washington when he was three years old. After graduating from St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, he moved to Britain where he lived and worked for a number of years.[3] Denisof dated Caroline Aherne and he is given a special thanks in the credits for The Royle Family.

When Denisof first arrived in California to begin working in the U.S., he stayed with Ted Danson and his wife Mary Steenburgen for a year.

According to the DVD release of Angel's Season Five, three weeks before the filming of the season premiere Denisof was stricken with Bell's palsy, from which he later recovered. Due to the paralysis of the left side of his face, scenes were structured as to not showcase the side effects.

Denisof married Alyson Hannigan, who played Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, on October 11, 2003. In 2006, Denisof had a recurring role as Sandy Rivers on Hannigan's series How I Met Your Mother. The couple live in Santa Monica. Their first child, a daughter named Satyana Marie Denisof, was born on March 24, 2009 (which is also Alyson Hannigan's birthday).


Year Film Role Notes
1989 Murder Story Tony Zonis
1991 Snow and Fire David
1992 Dakota Road Jacob
1995 Innocent Lies Christopher Wood
First Knight Sir Gaheris
1996 True Blue Ed Fox
1998 The Misadventures of Margaret George
1999 Rogue Trader Fernando Gueller
2001 Beyond the City Limits Yuri
2002 Tarzan & Jane Nigel Taylor Voice Role
Direct-to-Video Release
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Romeo and Juliet Tybalt TV-Movie
Faith Joel TV-Movie
Soldier Soldier Lt. Bob Steadman Episode: Proud Man
1997 Crime Traveller Episode: Fashion Shoot
Sharpe's Revenge Lord John Rossendale
Sharpe's Justice Lord John Rossendale
Sharpe's Waterloo Lord John Rossendale
Hostile Waters John Baker BBC TV-Movie
Highlander: The Series Steve Banner Episode: Diplomatic Immunity
1998 Ghost Cop Jonah Blade Episode: Pilot
The Orchard Walls Dennis ITV TV-Movie
1999 Noah's Ark Ham NBC TV-Movie
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Wesley Wyndam-Pryce 9 episodes
1999–2004 Angel Wesley Wyndam-Pryce 100 episodes; Saturn Award (nominated-3)
2000 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) Richard Shelley Episode: Paranoia
2001 Batman Beyond Zander Voice Role
Episode: The Curse of the Kobra (1)
Episode: The Curse of the Kobra (2)
The Legend of Tarzan Henry Voice Role
Episode: New Wave
2006 Justice League Unlimited Evan McCulloch / Mirror Master III Voice Role
Episode: Flash and Substance
How I Met Your Mother Sandy Rivers Episode: Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M.
Episode: Mary the Paralegal
Episode: Come On
2008 Private Practice Daniel Episode: Serving Two Masters
2009 Dollhouse Senator Daniel Perrin Episodes: Vows, Instinct, Belle Chose,
The Public Eye, The Left Hand
2010 Pretty Little Liars Byron Montgomery TV series- filming


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