Aaron Stanford stars as Birkhoff, a computer genius and nonconformist, in The CW’s new drama Nikita.
An actor who consistently brings intensity and intelligence to his work, Stanford received critical acclaim for his feature film debut in Tadpole, opposite Sigourney Weaver and Bebe Neuwirth. Since that breakout performance, he has continued to tackle a variety of roles in films that include Winter Solstice, for which he received the Rising Star of Tomorrow Award at The 2004 Hamptons Film Festival, and supporting roles in David Mamet’s Spartan, Woody Allen’s Hollywood Endings and Spike Lee’s 25th Hour.
Stanford starred opposite Kristen Stewart in the independent film, Cake Eaters, which was also the directorial debut of Mary Stuart Masterson and premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Stanford’s other film credits include X-Men 2, X-Men 3, Alexandre Aja’s remake of Wes Craven’s thriller The Hills Have Eyes, Flakes, opposite Zooey Deschanel, and Live Free or Die opposite Paul Schneider. Stanford produced and starred in Runaway, opposite Robin Tunney, which was an officially selection at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.
Television credits include Traveler, Mad Men, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Numb3rs and Third Watch.
Stanford began his career with an intense focus in stage performance, beginning with local theatre in his Massachusetts hometown and continuing with work at the London Academy of Theatre. He returned to the stage in 2004 to star in the Vineyard Theatre’s off-Broadway production of Where Do We Live, for which he received rave reviews.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Stanford currently resides in Los Angeles.