Where Have We Seen Tom Payne, The Actor Who Plays Jesus On ‘The Walking Dead,’ Before?

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This week on The Walking Dead, we were introduced to Paul Rovia, otherwise known as Jesus. It was an auspicious debut for the character, who — in spite of duping Daryl and Rick and stealing a van — already seems to be well on his way to becoming a fan favorite. We don’t know that much about him yet, except that he’s really good at escaping from ropes, he can fight, and he’s wily. He’s also almost certainly from another survivor colony, the details of which we expect to find out in the coming episodes. Fans of the character probably don’t have to worry about his fate, however, as he’s listed on IMDb in every episode for the rest of the season.

The actor who plays Jesus, Tom Payne, may look unfamiliar to most in America, but he has been a relatively known actor in Britain for a while. In fact, he was named one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2007. One of his first roles was for a British version of Wuthering Heights with Tom Hardy and his The Walking Dead co-star, Andrew Lincoln.

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Prior to that, however, Payne made his feature film debut alongside Amy Adams in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.


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American audiences, however, may most recognize him from HBO’s Luck, where he played Leon Micheaux, known in the series as “the Cajun.” He entered the series as a jockey who had never won.

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