Michael Seater

For the English rugby union, association football (soccer), and rugby league footballer of the 1960s and '70s, see Michael Seatter.
Michael Seater
Born Michael Bruce Patrick Seater
(1987-01-15) January 15, 1987
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997-present
Known for Life with Derek

Michael Bruce Patrick Seater (born January 15, 1987), known professionally as Michael Seater, is a Canadian actor, writer, director and producer. He is most known for his lead role as Derek in the popular Canadian sitcom Life with Derek.[1] In 2015, he wrote and directed the feature film People Hold On, which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Song (by Noah Reid).[2]

Early life

Seater was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts and worked as a child actor.[3]


Early work

Seater began acting in the late 1990s and appeared in the short films Night of the Living and The Stone Skipper, and had minor roles in the direct-to-video film Future Fear and the made-for-television films Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples, Vanished Without a Trace, On Thin Ice, Dirty Pictures, Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life, the Hanukkah-themed Jenny and the Queen of Light, as well as in episodes of several television series, including The Zack Files.

2005–2010s: Life with Derek and further acting work

He voiced the title character in the series Mattimeo: A Tale of Redwall, which aired in 2000, starred as Lucas Randall in the television series Strange Days at Blake Holsey High, which began airing in 2002 and ended in 2006, and had a role in the 2005 film The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, which starred Julianne Moore. Seater then appeared in the recurring role of Owen on the series ReGenesis, which ended after its fourth season.

Seater garnered wider public recognition for his role as Derek Venturi on the popular Canadian family sitcom, Life with Derek, which was a hit with teens.[4] Seater starred on the series from its premiere in 2005 to its finale in 2009 after four seasons.[5][6]

Before the show's cancellation, Seater had written a script for an episode of the fourth season with his brother, Graham.[7]

In 2009, he played a character in the Degrassi movie Degrassi Goes Hollywood and in 2010 he starred in the CW series 18 to Life.[8] He also plays the recurring role of murderer and criminal mastermind James Gillies in the Canadian series Murdoch Mysteries.

Seater also recently had a recurring role on the Canadian TV series Bomb Girls.[9]

2015–present: Other work

In 2015, Seater wrote and directed the feature film People Hold On, which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Song (by Noah Reid).[2]

Personal life

Seater is part of the Stand up! Against Bullying campaign with his fellow co-star Ashley Leggat.


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Night of the Living Zack
1998 Future Fear Young Denniel
Jonovision N/A 1 episode
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples Peter
1999 Twice in a Lifetime Steven Stovall 1 episode
Vanished Without a Trace J. J.
The Stone Skipper Simon
Jenny and the Queen Eli
Real Kids, Real Adventures Robby Naylor 1 episode
2000 Dirty Pictures Ian
Mattimeo: A Tale of Redwall MattimeoVoice
2001 I Was a Rat Pikey
The Zack FilesSpencer Sharpe
2002–2006 Strange Days at Blake Holsey High Lucas Randall 39 episodes
2003 On Thin Ice Jason McCartle
2004 Wild Card N/A 1 episode
2005–2009 Life with Derek Derek VenturiMain role
2002 The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Bub Ryan at 15 yrs LR
Cyber Seduction: His Secret LifeNolan Mitchell
2006 Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story Young Conrad Black
ReGenesis Owen 5 episodes
2007 Naturally, Sadie Cole1 episode
She Drives Me Crazy Pete Lifetime Movie
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood Michael Ray
2009 - 2014 Murdoch Mysteries James Gillies 5 episodes
2010 Vacation with Derek Derek Family Channel Original Movie
18 to LifeTom Bellow Main role
2012 Sin Bin Brian
2013 Bomb Girls Ivan Buchinsky 3 episodes


  1. "The Guy From 'Life With Derek' Grew Up And He Looks Totally Different Now". Elite Daily. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  2. 1 2 Jancelewicz, Chris. "2016 Canadian Screen Awards nominees: 'Rookie Blue,' 'Vikings,' 'Big Brother Canada' nominated". Global News. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  3. "Seasoned Young Actor and Actress Stacey Farber & Michael Seater | Beaches|Life magazine". www.beachesliving.ca. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  4. "Derek From Life With Derek Looks Quite Different Now". MTV News. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  5. seatersource (2013-12-18), LWD EXTRA // Cast Interview with Michael Seater [SEASON 1], retrieved 2016-06-01
  6. Malchuk, Carlye (2005-09-07). "Season 2 of popular kids' series 'Life With Derek' begins on Family Channel". Canada.com. Retrieved 2007-01-18.
  7. "Life with Derek…In Muskoka". Seater Source - A Michael Seater Fansite. 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  8. "Meet 18 to Life's Michael Seater". Seventeen. 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  9. 9, Etan Vlessing August; 2012. "Michael Seater boards Bomb Girls' second season". Retrieved 2016-06-01.
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