Michael Alan Welch (born July 25, 1987) is an American television and film actor best known for the role of Luke Girardi on the television series Joan of Arcadia and for the role of Mike Newton in the films Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.

Life and career

Welch was born in California,[1] and his father is Protestant and his mother Jewish.[2]

Welch is known for his role as the popular Mike Newton in The Twilight Saga film series. Although he auditioned for the part of Edward Cullen, he was cast in the role of Mike Newton.[3] He's also well known for his role as Luke Girardi in the television series Joan of Arcadia, which ran for two seasons (2003–05).[4]

Welch was cast in the series Z Nation on Syfy, which began airing in the fall of 2014.[5] He also appeared in the 2014 film Boy Meets Girl, a romantic comedy which received many awards at LGBT film festivals in the U.S. and internationally.[6]


  • Los Angeles FirstGlance Film Festival (2011) • Won, Festival Award – Best Actor for Unrequited (2010) (Lucky Day Studios)
  • FilmOut San Diego (2014) • Won, FilmOut Festival Award – Best Actor for Boy Meets Girl (2014 film)

Welch is the recipient of two Young Artist Awards. His first was for his performance in the film Star Trek: Insurrection at the age of 10. The second was for his work as Luke Girardi on the Joan of Arcadia.[7]

Personal life

Welch married Marissa Lefton in 2008. The couple separated in 2011, and jointly filed for divorce in California on February 14, 2013.[8]

Select filmography

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Star Trek: Insurrection Artim
2006 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Emmet
2008 Twilight Mike Newton
2008 Archie's Final Project Earl
2008 The Coverup Kevin Thacker
2008 Day of the Dead Trevor Cross
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Mike Newton
2010 Unrequited Ben Jacobs
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Mike Newton
2011 Born Bad Denny Straight-to-DVD
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Mike Newton
2013 Grace Unplugged Quentin
2013 Hansel & Gretel Get Baked Hansel
2014 Boy Meets Girl Robby
2014 Boys of Abu Ghraib Pits
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Frasier Young Niles Episode: "Where Every Bloke Knows Your Name" (Season 5, Episode 10)
1998–99 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Michael Rush 3 episodes
1999 Jesse Gabe 3 episodes
2001 The X-Files Trevor Episode: "Badlaa" (Season 8, Episode 10)
2001 Malcolm In The Middle Josh Episode: "New Neighbors" (Season 2, Episode 13)
2003 Stargate SG-1 Young Jack Episode: "Fragile Balance" (Season 7, Episode 3)
2003–05 Joan of Arcadia Luke Girardi Main role, 45 episodes;
Young Artist Award winner
2005 Cold Case Daniel Potter - 1972 Episode: "Honor" (Season 3, Episode 8)
2006 NCIS Kody Meyers Episode: "Bait" (Season 3, Episode 18)
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Scott Heston Episode: "Pretend" (Season 8, Episode 21)
2008 The Riches Ike 4 episodes
2010 Criminal Minds Syd Pearson Episode: "JJ" (Season 6, Episode 2)
2013 Grimm Jake Barnes Episode: "One Night Stand" (Season 3 Episode 4)
2014–15 Z Nation Mack Thompson Main role
2015 Scandal Officer Newton Episode: "The Lawn Chair" (Season 4, Episode 14)
2015 NCIS: New Orleans Kevin Heller Episode: "The List" (Season 1, Episode 18)
2016 Lucifer Kyle Erikson Episode: "St. Lucifer" (Season 1, Episode 11)
2016 The Catch Teddy Seavers Episode: "The Ringer" (Season 1, Episode 7)
2016 Another Period Franklin D. Roosevelt Episode: "Roosevelt" (Season 2, Episode 5)


  1. ^ "Interview with Michael Welch, March 2005". TheStarScoop.com. 2005-03-29. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Joan of Arcadia's Michael Welch Keeps the Holiday Light". People.com. 2004-12-03. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  3. ^ Carroll, Larry (July 1, 2008). "'Twilight' Actor Michael Welch Auditioned For Edward Cullen But Found Right Fit With Athletic Geek Mike Newton". MTV.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ Mainon, Dominique; Ursini, James (2006). Modern Amazons: Warrior Women on Screen. Pompton Plains, N.J.: Limelight Editions. p. 367. ISBN 9780879103279. 
  5. ^ Weinstein, Shelli (August 19, 2014). "Syfy Releases 'Z Nation' Trailer, Can It Compete with 'The Walking Dead'?". Variety. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ Kramer, Gary M. (June 25, 2014). "Frameline Interview: Eric Schaeffer On His Trans Rom Com 'Boy Meets Girl'". Indiewire.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ Spencer, Liv (2010). Love Bites: The Unofficial Saga of Twilight. Toronto: ECW Press. p. 96. ISBN 9781554909308. 
  8. ^ "Twilight Star Michael Welch Divorces". Glamour. February 26, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2014.