Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith (born October 12, 1981) is an American actor, known for his role as Will Gorski in the Netflix-produced series Sense8,[1] Lieutenant Matthew Scott in the military science fiction television series Stargate Universe, and his Tony Award nominated role as Jim O’Connor (The Gentleman Caller) in the 2013 revival of The Glass Menagerie.[2]

Early life and education[

Smith is a native of Allen, Texas. He studied at the Quad C Theatre program at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. After he was an apprentice for one year at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. Smith then moved to New York City to attend the Juilliard School Drama Division’s four-year acting program (Group 36: 2003–2007), where one of his classmates was Nicole Beharie. Smith graduated from Juilliard with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Hate Crime Trey McCoy
2009 The War Boys George
2009 Red Hook Chappy
2011 Red Faction: Origins Jake Mason Television film
2016 22 Chaser Ben
2016 The Passing Season Sam Alden
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Law & Order Derek Sherman Episode: “Crimebusters”
2009–11 Stargate Universe Matthew Scott Main role; 40 episodes
2009–10 Stargate Universe Kino Matthew Scott Main role; 10 episodes
2010 Agatha Christie’s Poirot Hector MacQueen Episode: “Murder on the Orient Express
2011 Gossip Girl Max Harding 6 episodes
2012 Warehouse 13 Jesse Ashton Episode: “Personal Effects”
2012 Coma Paul Carpin 2 episodes
2012 The Good Wife Ricky Waters Episode: “The Art of War”
2012 Person of Interest Shayn Coleman Episode: “Shadow Box”
2013 Blue Bloods Robert Carter Episode: “Devil’s Breath”
2013 Defiance Gordon McClintlock 2 episodes
2013 Unforgettable John Curtis Episode: “Past Tense”
2015–2018 Sense8 Will Gorski Main role
2015 Quantico Eric Packer Episode: “Run”


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Come Back, Little Sheba Turk Manhattan Theatre Club
2008 Good Boys and True Brandon Second Stage Theatre
2008 Three Changes Gordon Playwrights Horizons
2012 The Columnist Andrei Manhattan Theatre Club
2013 The Glass Menagerie The Gentleman Caller American Repertory Theater
Boston, MA
2013 The Glass Menagerie The Gentleman Caller Booth Theatre
2017 The Glass Menagerie The Gentleman Caller Duke of York’s Theatre
London, UK
2017 Sweet Bird of Youth Chance Wayne Chichester Festival Theatre

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Ensemble The Glass Menagerie Won
2014 Tony Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Won Audience Choice Award Favorite Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male) Nominated Award Best Featured Actor in a Play Won