Nathan Fillion

Richard Castle
Actor Biography

For his role as the title character Richard Castle in ABC's hit television series, "Castle," which is going into its 8th season and has aired more than 100 episodes, Nathan Fillion won two People's Choice Awards for Favorite Dramatic TV Actor in 2012 and 2013.

Fillion also starred as Dogberry, the incompetent chief of security, in Joss Whedon's feature, "Much Ado About Nothing," based on Shakespeare's play. He and Whedon have been working together for over 10 years, starting with the cult television series "Firefly" in 2002. While short lived, "Firefly" was adapted for the big screen, with Fillion reprising his role as Malcolm Reynolds in "Serenity," which Whedon wrote and directed in 2005. He also had a recurring role as Caleb in the final season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and took his first singing role as Captain Hammer in Whedon's musical internet smash, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," with Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day.

Fillion lent his voice to a lead character in Pixar's "Monsters University" with Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Helen Mirren. He voices Johnny Worthington, the smug leader of Roar Omega Roar fraternity, the most elite house on campus. Since opening on July 21st, "Monsters University" has grossed over $300M worldwide. In addition, Fillion has a role in Thor Freudenthal's "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," as Hermes, the messenger god.

Other film credits include Adrienne Shelly's "Waitress," opposite Keri Russell; James Mottern's "Trucker," opposite Michelle Monaghan; James Gunn's "Slither," co-starring Elizabeth Banks; Patrick Lussier's "White Noise 2" and "Dracula 2000"; Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan"; Hugh Wilson's "Blast from the Past"; and Pete Jones' "Outing Reilly."

Television credits include a recurring role on "Desperate Housewives," "Two Guys and a Girl," "Drive," "Pasadena" and "Miss Match." Fillion earned an Emmy nomination for his role in the daytime drama "One Life to Live."

Fillion is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, and studied at the University of Alberta. He starred in productions at the Edmonton Fringe Festival and performed with comedy groups in town before moving on to pursue an acting career in New York and Los Angeles. 

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Character Biography

Roguish best-selling author, Richard Castle is the consummate man about town. He is nearly as well known for his tabloid-generating antics as for his immensely successful novels. Living with his teenage daughter and mother, Castle’s life is never short on drama, but after killing off his most famous character, Derrick Storm, Castle was in desperate need of inspiration for this next book series.

When a serial killer began staging murders which copied the murder scenes in his books, Castle was pulled in by NYPD Detective Kate Beckett to consult on the investigation. It was then he discovered the perfect muse for his new book series, and a new calling. Turns out all those years of research for his crime novels paid off, as Castle used his unique knowledge and skills to help bring the killer to justice. In the aftermath of that case, an unlikely but valuable partnership was formed.

Since joining the ranks of the 12th precinct he’s proved to be an invaluable asset to Detective Beckett, as well a charming thorn in her side. Despite, or perhaps because of, the tension between the pair, there’s little doubt that Castle has found in Beckett much more than just a muse.

MEET THE CAST: Richard Castle | Kate Beckett | Kevin Ryan | Javier Esposito | Alexis Castle | Martha Rodgers | Lanie Parish | Hayley Shipton

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