1. Sebastian Carlos Arcelus is an American actor, best known for his roles as Lucas Goodwin in the Netflix TV series House of Cards from 2013 to 2016 and Jay Whitman in the CBS TV series Madam Secretary.
2. Arcelus was born in New York City, New York, the son of Nobile Fiammetta Farace (b.
3. Budapest, Hungary, 19 February 1940) and Victor Carlos Arcelus. who was the daughter of Prince John Konstantinovich of Russia and Princess Helen of Serbia, and the last member of the Romanov family born before the Russian Revolution.
4. He attended Williams College and is bilingual in Spanish and English.
5. Through his maternal grandmother, he is a distant cousin of American actress Catherine Oxenberg, with whom he shares the same Serbian ancestry.
6. He has made a career in theater on Broadway, regionally, and internationally.
7. He made his Broadway debut in Rent, first as a swing, covering the male ensemble roles as well as Mark and Roger, and then as Roger.
8. He played Fiyero on the first national tour of Wicked from January 3 until October 3, 2006.
9. He then reprised the role of Fiyero in the Broadway production from January 9 to December 16, 2007.
10. In 2004, Arcelus appeared in the movie musical Temptation, with Broadway stars Alice Ripley, Adam Pascal, Anika Noni Rose, and film actress Zoe Saldana, among many others.
11. Arcelus was featured on iChannel, an interactive web-series about “a self-conscious young man who finds his life taken over by a video blog.”
12. During summer 2011, Arcelus filmed and helped produce the independent feature film The Last Day of August, which was scheduled for release on August 31, 2012.
13. Arcelus originated the role of Jake Brigance in the stage production of A Time to Kill, premiering at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The play, based on the John Grisham novel of the same name, ran May 6 through June 19, 2011.
14. In November 2011, Arcelus starred in an off-Broadway limited engagement musical production of The Blue Flower at Second Stage, along with Marc Kudisch and Teal Wicks.
15. Arcelus played Jake Brigance in the Broadway production of A Time To Kill at the Golden Theatre in New York City, which premiered on October 20, 2013.
16. Arcelus played Lucas Goodwin in the Netflix TV series House of Cards from 2013 to 2016.
17. He currently portrays Jay Whitman on the CBS drama Madam Secretary.
18. He married his Wicked co-star Stephanie J. Block on October 16, 2007, with a religious ceremony following on October 25, 2007 in Tuscany.
19. Block played Elphaba in Wicked, both on the national tour and on Broadway.