Henry Ian Cusick (born 17 April 1967) is a Peruvian actor and director. He is known for his role as Desmond Hume on the U.S. television series Lost (2004), for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. He also starred in the ABC drama Scandal as Stephen Finch, as Marcus Kane in The CW drama The 100 (2014) and is now starring as Dr. Jonas Lear in the FOX drama The Passage. Cusick was born in Trujillo, Peru, to a Peruvian mother, Esperanza Rodriguez Chávez, and a Scottish father, Henry Joseph Cusick. When he was two, his family moved to Madrid, Spain, before moving to Trinidad and Tobago, where they lived for ten years. There Cusick attended Presentation College, San Fernando. He moved to Newton Mearns, a suburb of Glasgow in Scotland with his family at the age of fourteen. Cusick attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama but was asked to resign in his second year there. He appeared in various productions for the Strathclyde Theatre Group in Glasgow. He got his first professional acting role at the Citizens’ Theatre as an understudy in the Christmas Panto playing a polar bear. He is fluent in both English and Spanish, and was raised Roman Catholic. Cusick’s first leading roles on stage were at The Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, they included: Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray with Rupert Everett, Hamlet in The Marovitz Hamlet, and Horner in The Country Wife. His 1994 performances as Torquato Tasso in the Edinburgh International Festival production of Torquato Tasso, and Creon in the Citizens’ Theatre production of Oedipus, earned him a commendation at the 1995 Ian Charleson Awards for outstanding performance by a young actor in a classical theatre role. After appearing in recurring roles in television series such as Casualty and The Book Group, he starred as Jesus Christ in the 2003 film The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John. His largest role to date came in 2005 when he was cast as Desmond Hume in the ABC series Lost (2004). Originally a recurring guest star in the second season (for which he received an Emmy nomination), Cusick became a member of the main cast from seasons three to six. Cusick won the role when, while staying at the home of his friend Brian Cox, he met Cox’s next-door neighbor, Carlton Cuse, the executive producer of Lost. Cusick stated he believes “a seed (was) planted, because they had been looking for either a Scottish or Irish character.” He also appeared as Theo Stoller in two episodes of season 5 of 24 (2001) and the 2007 film Hitman. He stars in the direct-to-DVD film Dead Like Me: Life After Death, a continuation of the cult classic television show of the same name. Cusick appeared in two episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the twelfth season, playing Erik Weber, a vigilante with a Citizens Organized Against Predators group. He was in ABC’s Scandal in 2011, but left the following year. He also played Trent Marsh in Body of Proof and appears as Marcus Kane in The 100 (2014), which premiered in March 2014. Cusick also directed a short film called Dress, filmed in his home town, Kailua, Hawaii, winning the best short at HIFF and Peace on Earth Film Festival. In 2017, Cusick joined up with tech start-up JamBios to help promote the reminiscing and memory sharing social platform. He plays the voice of Monty, the digital biographer, and recorded over 200 questions that Monty asks users to help spur their memories. He also was the host of JamBios “Memory of the Week” activity and selected more than 15 finalist as his favorite stories. Cusick’s wife Annie is the curator of the JamBios Memory Gallery.