In the acting industry, many aspiring actors and actresses struggle to gain a foothold when they venture into the industry. For some, this struggle continues for months until they have something tangible to hold on to. But while this may be true for such actors and actresses, it is not true for some others, of whom Neal Bledsoe is one.
The actor received his first professional role only a month after leaving acting school and has since appeared in several other works alongside more experienced actors and actresses in the industry.
In this article, you will learn how he got off to a good start in his career, what some of his major works are, and who he worked within them, as well as other personal facts we have collected about Neal Bledsoe.
Neal Bledsoe – Biography
Neal Bledsoe is a Canadian-American actor and writer who was born on March 26, 1981, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada but grew up in Seattle, Washington. If you are wondering if the actor is in any way related to Drew Bledsoe, the retired quarterback of the New England Patriots in the National Football League, yes, he is his second cousin.
Growing up, Neal moved around a lot in and around Seattle. He lived at different times in places like Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, Ravenna, Edmonds, Downtown, West Seattle, and Fremont. He began his schooling at Roosevelt High School, continued it at Garfield High School, went through the CEDU school system, and ended up at Shawnigan Lake School.
He then went to Idyllwild Arts Academy, where he spent a year learning more about acting and writing. After graduating from the Academy of Arts, Neal Bledsoe continued his artistic training at the North Carolina School of the Arts under the guidance of accomplished theater director Gerald Freedman. He completed his studies in 2005 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.
Movies and TV Shows
After graduating, Neal Bledsoe had a quick start in his acting career. He received his first professional recognition as an actor in 2 episodes of the television series Guiding Light (2005) when the character Quinn was born just under a month after he left school. In the same year, Neal played the role of Noah in The Ridge. Other films in which he has starred include Revolutionary Road (2008), Winked Out and Under New Management (both 2009), Sex and the City 2 (2010), The Walken Dead, Highrise, and A Kiss for Jed (2011).
He continued to expand his acting portfolio, playing various characters in Junction (2012), You There? (2013), Grand Street and West End (both 2014), Primary (2015), After the Sun Fell (2016), and Police State (2017), where he played alongside Sean Young, Seth Gilliam, and others. Bledsoe also played the role of Frank in Soldier’s Heart (2019).
He was much more successful and busy on television here with roles in projects such as CSI: NY (2007) in the episode “…Comes Around”, Law & Order: Criminal Intentions (2008) in the episode: “Please note that we no longer accept letters of recommendation from Henry Kissinger”. Neal Bledsoe had his acting breakthrough on Gossip Girl (2009), where he played the role of Josh Elis in the episode: “Enough about Eve”, followed by another spectacular performance of the character Tyler Meade-Hartley in 7 episodes of Ugly Betty, which ran from 2009 to 2010.
After that he got further acting roles in TV series like Body of Proof (2011), Episode: “Society Hill”, Smash (2012), where he appeared as John Goodwin in 7 episodes. This was followed by The Mysteries of Laura (2015-2016) as Tony Abbott in 11 episodes, The Man in the High Castle as Captain Connolly in 4 episodes alongside Carsten Norgaard, Rick Worthy, Amy Okuda, Hiro Kanagawa, and others.
Neal also appeared in Timeless (2016) as Robert Todd Lincoln, Coming Home for Christmas as Robert Marley, and The Last Tycoon as Axel, both in 2017. More recently, the Canadian-American actor has appeared in Chiefs as Enrizio and Max Whitford in Shameless (2018).
Remember that we already mentioned that Neal Bledsoe is also a writer. In this context, it is to his credit that he has published a paper on Rashard Mendenhall in Men’s Health magazine. In 2015, Neal also wrote the short film Primary, which explored the topic of open relationships. He both directed and starred in the film.
Who is His Girlfriend or Wife?
Many people have wondered who the significant other person in the actor’s life might be, but strange as it sounds, there was no revelation from Neal, nor could the media dig up anything. So he has no known girlfriend or wife at the moment.