Nicholas Lea

Nicholas Lea


6/22/1962, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

Birth Name

Nicholas Christopher Schroeder



Also Known As

Nick Lea
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Lea was born in British Columbia and his first major role was on the TV series The Commish where he played Officer Enrico Caruso from 1991 to 1994. It was during this time that he had a minor guest role in a first-season episode of The X-Files called…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • The role of 'Alex Krycek' was first offered to Canadian actor Callum Keith Rennie (Due South, Battlestar Galactica, etc.), but he turned it down and suggested Nicholas Lea for the part.

    • Nicholas read for the role of Danny on NYPD Blue in 1993.

    • Nicholas auditioned for the part of Cal in Titanic in 1997.

    • Nicholas dated actress Melinda McGraw.

    • He dated actress Lucy Liu. [1997 - 1998]

    • Fans called him "Ratboy" for his character of Krycek in the serie X-Files.

    • Nick was once offered the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, but turned it down because it would have been a 10-year commitment.

    • According to his agent, Nick has an incredible voice but won't put anything on tape. He likes to write songs and play the guitar - especially '70s music.

    • Nick once refused a job offer for campaign of chewing gum commercials - because he didn't want to take his shirt off for the cameras.

    • Nicholas Lea smokes, he also has his left ear pierced.

    • Nick dated Melinda McGraw (Melissa Scully) for several years. They met on the set of The Commish.

    • Nick's favorite actors are:
      Jimmy Stewart, Paul Newman, Spencer Tracy, Robert Redford, Chris Walken, Kate Hepburn, Meryl Streep, and Ingrid Bergman.

    • Before being the character of Krycek in The X-files he appeared in one episode from the season 1. (Genderbender, 1-14)

    • Nick's hobbies include: watching movies, listening to music, reading, cooking, and sports: golf (he has a 12 handicap), tennis, soccer, rugby, skiing, and basketball. His favorite movies include: Casablanca, Citizen Kane, It's a Wonderful Life,and Raging Bull.

    • Nick is the youngest of three children; he has a brother and a sister. In one interview, he said he grew up with lots and lots of pets: dogs, cats, fish, and yes, even rats. Classmates of his from high school say that Nick wasn't in the drama club, and that his worst vices were chasing girls and a little underage drinking.

    • Nicholas is a professional vocalist with 5 years as a frontman (the band was called BEAU MONDE), all collegiate sports, and British and Australian dialects. He also, served in the Canadian Navy, worked in a clothing store, went to art school for three years (he wanted to be an illustrator!).

    • Training: Beverly Hills Playhouse, Charles Conrad Studios, and the Gastown Actor's Studio

    • Nickname: Nick (his agent spells it "Nic," but he prefers "Nick").

    • Nicholas attended the Prince of Wales Secondary School in Vancouver (Grad of 1980).

  • Quotes

    • Nicholas: (The best advice he was ever given) The best piece of advice I've been given is to be honest. Be honest in your work and in everything you do.

    • Nicholas: (on his X-files' character Krycek's appearance) As cold-hearted as he appears to be. But I do think that he'll do whatever it takes to stay alive and to get done what he has to do.

    • Nicholas: (on being suspended by a
      cable from the top of a 16-story building for the episode Tunguska)

      When I got there, they had a platform for me to stand on. They were going to shoot me down to the knees, so it would look like I was hanging there, but you wouldn't be able to see my feet. I said, You should be able to see my feet there so people know I'm really hanging.

    • Nicholas: You can be in an acting class all you want, but you don't fully learn until you get off that stage and in front of a camera.

    • Nicholas: I think somebody who speaks the language is going to notice immediately that I'm not Russian.

    • Nicholas: It changed my life in a lot of ways - before I got that role I was just going from job to job, not really having enough money to be able to do what I wanted to do.

    • Nicholas: Roy Thinnes is brilliant, just wonderful. It was so neat working with him.

    • Nicholas: So, I completely and utterly support David and Gillian's decision to go to Los Angeles, but I think that Vancouver is the perfect location for the show.

    • Nicholas: I just wanted to act. I didn't want to do anything else.

    • Nicholas: I didn't get into this business because I thought I'd be adored by thousands of fans, but because I love doing it.

    • Nicholas: Comedy and drama are both challenging to me.

  • Agent Alex Krycek.

    Nicholas Lea (born June 22, 1962 as Nicholas Christopher Schroeder, and later known as Nicholas Christopher Herbert) is a Canadian actor best known for his work on The X-Files playing Alex Krycek.Lea was born in New Westminster, British Columbia. He attended Prince of Wales Secondary (Grad of 1980). His first major role was on the TV series The Commish where he played Officer Enrico Caruso from 1991 to 1994. It was during this time that he had a minor guest role in a first-season episode of The X-Files called "Gender Bender."

    The producers were impressed by his performance and when, in the second season, he auditioned for the role of turncoat FBI agent Alex Krycek, he was successful. Lea guest starred in eleven episodes from 1994 to 1996 and became a popular character amongst the fans. Because of his character's willingness to switch sides, he was known as the 'ratboy'. In the season three episode "Apocrypha," Krycek was left to die in an abandoned silo with an alien ship.

    This allowed Lea to take a starring role in the series Once a Thief - which followed on from the 1996 John Woo film - alongside Ivan Sergei. The series was cancelled after one season. Lea continued to play Krycek, who became a nemesis not just of Mulder and Scully but particularly of A.D. Skinner (Mitch Pileggi). In various capacities, Lea continued appearing on the show until his character was killed off by A.D. Skinner in the Season 8 finale, although he later returned to the role for the ninth season's, and the series' finale.

    In 2006, Lea had a role on Kyle XY playing Tom Foss, Kyle's tutor, and was one of the lead actors (playing Ethan McKaye) on the Canadian TV series Whistler. He was also that series' associate producer. He did not return to Whistler for its second season in 2007.

    He has guest starred in shows such as NYPD Blue, Andromeda, Sliders, Highlander: The Series, Judging Amy, CSI (as Catherine Willows' boyfriend) and Men in Trees (as Eric, the minister). He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Lyric School of Acting in Vancouver.moreless
  • Nick Lea is a beautiful man whose career should be much larger than it is.

    You can only imagine how many bad, bad, bad movies I have seen simply because Nick Lea was in them. Vertical Limit, Threshold, Kiss Tomorrow Good-Bye? Seen 'em. And I enjoyed every minute, not just because I heart bad TV but also because I heart Nicholas Lea so very, very much.

    He was my first movie star crush (not counting my childhood crush on Luke Skywalker) back from when he was on the X-Files, his most appealling role. I even hunted down and watched the ill-fated Canadian series Once a Thief to get my Nick-fix.

    He doesn't get the hard-hitting, emmy-nominating roles (which is really a shame), but he always puts his best into the roles he does get, often making him the highlight of any show/movie he is in.

    He does get some good roles, his recurring appearances on CSI and NYPD Blue for example. Unfortunately his role of Alex Krycek seems to have type-cast him in the jerk role or as the baddy.

    The world needs for Nick Lea. I think Sci-Fi should hire him and put him on one of the Stargates like they seem to be doing with all the other refugees from cancelled sci-fi series.moreless