Michael Welch is best known for his role as the popular Mike Newton in The Twilight Saga film series (2008-2011) and Luke Girardi in the beloved TV series Joan of Arcadia (2003-2005).
In 2012, Welch filmed and starred in Hansel and Gretel Get Baked, a Tribeca Film Release, February 19, 2013. Welch also filmed The Demented, Grace Unplugged, The Well and the much anticipated movie, The Boys of Abu Ghraib.
Welch has portrayed intense roles as the leading man in such Independent films as Born Bad, Unrequited and Lost Dream.
Michael can be seen in award-winning festival favorites such as Archie's Final Project, An American Crime, United States of Leland, American Son, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, and The Cover-up.
Welch is familiar to television audiences for his many starring roles on Emmy Award-winning shows, most recently CSI: NY, Criminal Minds, and Bones. During the past several years he appeared on CSI, an arc on The Riches, CSI: Miami, Numb3rs, Law & Order: SVU, Crossing Jordan, NCIS, Cold Case, and Without a Trace. His earlier years included performances on Stargate: SG-1, Judging Amy, The District, Touched by an Angel, Malcolm in the Middle, The X-Files, The Pretender, 7th Heaven, Chicago Hope, and Frasier.
Welch won best actor at the 2011 First Glance Film Festival in Hollywood for his portrayal of a troubled young man in Unrequited. He is the recipient of two Young Artist Awards, first for his performance in Star Trek: Insurrection at the age of 10 as Artim, and the second for his work as Luke Girardi on the hit television series Joan of Arcadia, which ran for two seasons on CBS.
In spite of his busy schedule, it is essential to Michael to give back. Welch received the Pioneering Spirit Award from The Thirst Project in 2011 for his outstanding efforts in raising awareness and money to provide clean drinking water by drilling wells. In 2010, Welch was invited to Germany by the USO to support both wounded soldiers and over 600 military youth. Welch was Co-Chair for 4th annual Walk on The Horizon, an event to raise awareness and resources for adults with disabilities. For over 10 years, Welch hosted and entertained less fortunate youth with Kids With A Cause.
Welch is represented by Curtis Talent Management and Innovative Artists.