Shane West plays Michael in The CW series “Nikita.” After taking down the corrupt regimen running Division, Michael is intent on rebuilding the agency under a new leader, while also trying to build a normal life with his love Nikita (Maggie Q).
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, West found a passion for acting at an early age. He has achieved success on both the big and small screen, receiving multiple accolades, including the Young Hollywood Superstar of Tomorrow Award, The Philadelphia Film Festival’s Rising Star Award, two Teen Choice Awards and a nomination for the Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award.
West was last seen on the small screen in long-running hit “ER,” as the atypical “Dr. Ray,” and is also known for his starring role as Eli on the drama series “Once and Again.”
West starred as the legendary Darby Crash in the independent film “What We Do Is Secret,” which has garnered a cult following and critics’ praise. The biopic follows Crash, the self-destructive lead singer, and his infamous band The Germs, near the decline of the ‘80s punk scene. The remaining original members of The Germs, including Foo Fighter’s guitarist Pat Smear, were so taken with West’s portrayal they invited him to join them on tour as lead singer of the re-formed band.
West starred opposite Sean Connery in the feature film “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” as the legendary Tom Sawyer, a courageous, clever young street fighter who is determined to stop the super villain, The Fantam. He also starred opposite Mandy Moore in the feature “A Walk to Remember,” adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel. Other credits include “Liberty Heights,” “A Time for Dancing,” Get Over It” and “Whatever It Takes,” and most recently, “The Presence,” opposite Mira Sorvino.
West’s career truly took off when he co-starred in Mark Taper Forum’s stage production of “The Cider House Rules.” He premiered in the role of Angel and garnered great praise for his first stage role.
West currently splits his time between Toronto and Los Angeles.