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. 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).

Early life

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


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. Seater starred on the series from its premiere in 2005 to its finale in 2009 after four seasons.

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

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. 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.

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).

Personal life

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


1997Night of the LivingZack
1998Future FearYoung Denniel
JonovisionN/A1 episode
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two CouplesPeter
1999Twice in a LifetimeSteven Stovall1 episode
Vanished Without a TraceJ. J.
The Stone SkipperSimon
Jenny and the QueenEli
Real Kids, Real AdventuresRobby Naylor1 episode
2000Dirty PicturesIan
Mattimeo: A Tale of RedwallMattimeoVoice
2001I Was a RatPikey
The Zack FilesSpencer Sharpe
2002–2006Strange Days at Blake Holsey HighLucas Randall39 episodes
2003On Thin IceJason McCartle
2004Wild CardN/A1 episode
2005–2009Life with DerekDerek VenturiMain role
2002The Prize Winner of Defiance, OhioBub Ryan at 15 yrsLR
Cyber Seduction: His Secret LifeNolan Mitchell
2006Shades of Black: The Conrad Black StoryYoung Conrad Black
ReGenesisOwen5 episodes
2007Naturally, SadieCole1 episode
She Drives Me CrazyPeteLifetime Movie
2009Degrassi Goes HollywoodMichael Ray
2009 - 2014Murdoch MysteriesJames Gillies5 episodes
2010Vacation with DerekDerekFamily Channel Original Movie
18 to LifeTom BellowMain role
2012Sin BinBrian
2013Bomb GirlsIvan Buchinsky3 episodes