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Seth Gabel (born October 3, 1981) is an American actor. Gabel is known for his roles of agent Lincoln Lee on Fox's television series Fringe, and Cotton Mather on WGN America series Salem. He is a great-nephew of actor Martin Gabel.[1]


Gabel drew attention for his portrayal of Adrian Moore, the sexually confused adopted son of Ava Moore (portrayed by Famke Janssen) on the FX series Nip/Tuck. The story arc garnered much attention for their incestuous and emotionally abusive relationship.[2]

On the big screen, Gabel just completed production on The Free World, directed by Jason Lew and Forever, directed by Tatia Pilieva. He starred in the Universal Pictures coming-of-age drama, Take Me Home Tonight and appeared in the 2006 film version of Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, directed by his father-in-law Ron Howard. Television credits include recurring and guest starring roles on United States of Tara, The Closer, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sex and the City and 100 Centre Street, directed by Sidney Lumet. He starred in Dirty Sexy Money as Jeremy Darling, the charming, rebellious and exceedingly idiosyncratic son of the privileged and powerful Darling family, and the fraternal twin of socialite Juliet Darling, played by Samaire Armstrong.[2]

During the 2010–11 TV season, Gabel appeared on the FOX series Fringe as Lincoln Lee, a supporting character who is a member of the Fringe Division on the alternate universe. During the third season of the show, he began appearing in a supporting role as the two Lincoln Lees from both universes. Gabel was promoted to the main cast for the fourth season.[3] His character was written off at the end of that season before returning briefly for the series finale.

On January 30, 2013, Gabel was cast on the episode "Vertigo" of the series Arrow as a character based on Count Vertigo, known as the Count.[4] He plays Cotton Mather in Salem.[5] In 2016, Gabel was cast as Jeffrey Dahmer in the series American Horror Story.[6]

Personal life

Gabel was born in Hollywood, Florida, and is Jewish.[7][8] He was raised under the surname of his stepfather, who adopted him, Cosentino.[1] He graduated from University School of Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida in 1999, and from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[1]

Gabel met actress Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of actor/director Ron Howard) at New York University, and they dated for five years before marrying on June 17, 2006, in Greenwich, Connecticut. They have two children: son Theodore Norman Howard-Gabel (born February 16, 2007), and daughter Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel (born January 19, 2012).[9][10]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Tadpole Mike Uncredited
2006 The Da Vinci Code Michael
2008 Good Dick Kissing Man
2009 Jerry Jerry's Friend #2 Short film
2010 Jonah Hex Adviser
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Brent Tufford
2012 Allegiance Lt. Danny Sefton


Year Title Role Notes
2002 100 Centre Street James Bass Episode: "It's About Love"
2002 Sex and the City Sweet Young Sailor Episode: "Anchors Away"
2003 The Lyon's Den Beau Van Hessche Episode: "Beach House"
2004 The Division Mikhail Ominsky Episode: "Acts of Desperation"
2004 Nip/Tuck Adrian Moore 5 episodes
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gavin "Rex" Layne Episode: "Formalities"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Garrett Perle Episode: "Game"
2005 The Closer Nikolai Koslov Episode: "The Big Picture"
2006 Beyond David Wuhlman Television movie
2007–09 Dirty Sexy Money Jeremy Darling 23 episodes
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Larry Colton Episode: "Unshockable"
2010 United States of Tara Zach 4 episodes
2010–13 Fringe Lincoln Lee 29 episodes
2013 Arrow Count Vertigo 3 episodes
2013 Gothica Roderick Usher Unsold TV pilot
2014–present Salem Cotton Mather 29 episodes
2015 Celebrity Name Game Himself 3 episodes
2015–16 American Horror Story: Hotel Jeffrey Dahmer 2 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2011 Saturn Awards Best Guest Starring Role on Television Fringe Nominated
2016 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Salem Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Q&A with Seth Gabel,; accessed May 6, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Fradkin, Lori (2010-01-08). "Seth Gabel Talks About Being Dirty, Sexy, and Moneyed". New York. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  3. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2011-05-11). "Fringe Exclusive: Seth Gabel Returning Full-Time". TVLine. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  4. ^ Michael Ausiello (November 13, 2012). "Exclusive: Arrow targets Fringe's Seth Gabel to play Big Bad Vertigo". Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Video Q&A: Seth Gable and Tamzin Merchant talk "SALEM" and Superstition!". Fangoria. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ Roschke, Ryan (October 13, 2015). "Jeffrey Dahmer Will Check Into American Horror Story: Hotel". PopSugar. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ Profile,; accessed April 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "Bryce Howard Reveals Her Stance On Santa Claus". People. January 26, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  9. ^ "15 Juicy Facts about Bryce Dallas Howard". Extra. Warner Bros. Television Distribution. 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  10. ^ Raftery, Liz (2012-01-22). "Bryce Dallas Howard Has a Baby Girl". People. Time Warner Inc. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 

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