Wentworth Miller

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Wentworth Miller
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Birth name Wentworth Earl Miller III
Born June 2, 1972 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England
Notable Roles Michael Scofield in Prison Break
Notable Episodes



Wentworth Miller was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Sewickley, Pennsylvania with his parents and two younger sisters, where he attended Quaker Valley High School in his senior year. After high school, Miller entered Princeton University. During his years at Princeton, he sang baritone for the Princeton Tigertones, the school's famed a capella group.

Struggling with science, Miller took a year off after sophomore year and went to Arizona. He worked at a bookstore and as an office assistant. After his first taste of minimum-wage work, Miller returned to Princeton and graduated with an English degree in 1995.

His father, Wentworth Earl Miller II is African-American, Somalian, Jamaican, British, German and part Cherokee descent while his mother, Roxann, is of Russian, French, Syrian, and Lebanese descent. Both are graduates of Yale, his father a lawyer and his mother a Special Education Teacher. His sisters have also followed the legal path, Gillian, a qualified lawyer and Leigh currently in law school.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Dinotopia David Scott 2002 miniseries
Prison Break Michael Scofield 2005–2009, 2017 1 2 3 4 5
DC's Legends of Tomorrow Leonard Snart 2016 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gage Petronzi 2x20 - Go Fish May 5, 1998
Time of Your Life Nelson 1x06 - The Time the Truth Was Told November 29, 1999
Popular Adam Rotchild Ryan 1x16 - All About Adam February 17, 2000
Popular Adam Rotchild Ryan 1x18 - Ch-Ch-Changes April 20, 2000
Time of Your Life Nelson 1x11 - The Time They Got E-Rotic June 14, 2000
ER Mike Palmieri 7x01 - Homecoming October 12, 2000
Joan of Arcadia Ryan Hunter 2x21 - Common Thread April 15, 2005
Joan of Arcadia Ryan Hunter 2x22 - Something Wicked This Way Comes April 22, 2005
Ghost Whisperer Sgt. Paul Adams 1x01 - Pilot September 23, 2005
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Nate Kendall 11x01 - Unstable September 23, 2009
House, M.D. Benjamin Byrd 8x03 - Charity Case October 17, 2011

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Show 200 October 15, 2004
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Show 501 April 27, 2006
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Show 703 September 17, 2007

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Golden Globe Awards

  • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (2006)
Prison Break


  • Wentworth Miller's name was inspired by the Jane Austen's character, Captain Wentworth in Persuasion. Wentworth means; ‘Went’ = a river in Northumberland, England and ‘worth’ = place.
  • Is allergic to cats and dogs as well as certain foods.
  • It is a 4-hour makeup process to put on the tattoos for Prison Break (2005).
  • His favorite films are:
Carrie - "I can watch Carrie again and again and again. I think it's a brilliant movie. Obviously you know how the story ends, but en route to that, every single person in the movie, whether they're operating from goodness or evil, has a part in the disaster that occurs. It's a very complicated and beautifully tangled web."
The Trip to Bountiful - "Geraldine Page won the Oscar for that in the late 80s and it's just a very sweet and heartfelt movie about an elderly woman making a bus trip back to her home town in texas. Just beautiful work."
Time Bandits - It "was one of my favorite movies as a kid, a kind of Monty Python for kids."
Jesus Christ Superstar - "if I have to throw in some kind of musical. It's just hippie-licious is the word that always comes to mind."
The Shining - "but you gotta watch it like in a cabin in the woods at night"
Dangerous Liaisons - "Up until that point I think I had a very clear-cut, black-and-white view of how movies were supposed to go. The good guys won, the bad guys got their asses kicked. But in this movie the bad guys got their asses kicked and it broke your heart."