WENTWORTH MILLER III is a British-American actor and screenwriter. He rose to prominence following his starring role as “Michael Scofield” in the Fox series Prison Break, for which he received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama in 2005. He made his screenwriting debut with the 2013 thriller film Stoker. In 2014, he began playing “Leonard Snart/Captain Cold” in a recurring role on The CW series The Flash before becoming a series regular on the spin-off, Legends of Tomorrow.
Miller was born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, to American parents. His mother, Roxann (née Palm), is a special education teacher, and his father, Wentworth E. Miller II, is a lawyer and teacher, who was studying at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship at the time of Miller’s birth. Miller said in 2003 that his father is black and his mother is white. His father is of African-American, Jamaican, German, and English ancestry; his mother is of Russian, Swedish, French, Dutch, Syrian, and Lebanese ancestry.
Miller’s family moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn, when he was a year old. He attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn, and graduated from Princeton, Universtiy in 1995 with a BA in English literature.
Miller lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has two sisters, Leigh and Gillian. He holds dual British and US citizenship by virtue of his birth in the United Kingdom to American parents.
In 2007, Miller denied to InStyle magazine that he was gay. However, he came out in August 2013, when he posted a letter on GLAAD’s website declining an invitation to attend the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival because he felt “deeply troubled” by the Russian government’s treatment of its gay citizens (referring to the Russian LGBT Propaganda law, enacted the previous June, which banned “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations”). Miller wrote that he “cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly”.
At the 2013 Human Rights Campaign Dinner Dinner in Seattle Washington, Miller said he had attempted suicide multiple times as a teenager before coming out as gay. He stated: “When someone asked me if that was a cry for help, I said no, because I told no one. You only cry for help if you believe there’s help to cry for.” He discussed struggling in Hollywood as a closeted actor, and talked about how his involvement in the ManKind Project helped him learn about brotherhood, sisterhood, and being part of a community.