Lee Pace is one of the rising stars of stage acting who is looking to achieve great success in theatre as he has done in television and movies. He is best known for appearing in Halt and Catch Fire (2014-2017), Pushing Daisies (2007-2009), The Hobbit Trilogy, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012). The Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award-nominated actor kicked off his career in 2001 and has remained relevant in the entertainment industry. In 2019, he starred as Ronan the Accuser in Captain Marvel (2019), a role he first played in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
Given that Lee has enjoyed a busy career that has had him portray several characters in popular films and TV shows, it is almost natural that he has been someone that piques the interest of many people who follow his works as much as they pry into his private life, seeking answers to questions that border around the actor’s sexuality and whatnot.
The Actor’s Childhood Prepared Him for His Career
Lee Grinner Pace is the first child of three children born to Charlotte (née Kloeckler) and James Roy Pace; he was born on the 25th of March 1979 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. His mother worked as a school teacher while his father was an oil business-related engineer. His two younger siblings are named Sally and Willam Pace.
Growing up, Pace spent some time in Saudi Arabia where his father worked with an oil company. The family however later relocated to Houston, Texas where he attended Klein High School. While he received his education, Pace was acting at Houston’s Alley Theatre, appearing in the theatre’s productions of The Spider’s Web and The Greeks. At some point, he decided to abandon school and concentrate on pursuing a career as an actor but for reasons best known to him, he changed his mind and returned to complete his high school education.
After high school, Pace applied to the prestigious performing arts school, Juilliard, in New York and got accepted in 1997. He was a part of Group 30 which included other famous actors such as Tracie Thoms and Anthony Mackie. At Juilliard, Pace was noted to be talented as he appeared in several plays before graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
His Professional Career Began on Stage
After leaving school, Lee Pace wasted no time to begin his career journey. He started with various roles in off-Broadway plays; most notably, Craig Lucas’ Small Tragedy in which his performance earned him a nomination for Lucille Lortel Awards’ Outstanding Actor.
To the best of our knowledge, his first screen appearance was in 2001 when he played Benjamin Tucker in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victim Unit. Even though he would go on to become an actor with more big-screen roles, Lee has pulled off a handful of television roles over the years. He is a part of an upcoming science fiction series titled Foundation and in 2019, he played Sam Colin in Flying Tiger 2, a Hong Kong action crime drama television series. 2015 saw the actor appear respectively as Alex Eakin and Heinrich Himmler in The Mindy Project and Robot Chicken.
His most popular television roles so far are as Aaron Tyler in Wonderfalls, Ned in Pushing Daisies, and Joe MacMillian in Halt and Catch Fire.
A Comprehensive Look at Lee Pace’s Film Roles
As far as we can tell, his first film role was in 2003 when he played Calpernia Addams in Soldier’s Girl. It earned him several nominations but he was only able to bag Gotham Award’s Breakthrough Actor for it. In 2005, he portrayed Crane in The White Countess and the next year saw him star in Infamous, The Fall, and The Good Shepherd. Being Richard Hayes in The Good Shepherd won him the Silver Bear Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution.
He was busy for the rest of the decade playing various characters in Polarbearman, Marmaduke, When in Rome, Possession, A Single Man, and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. In 2011, Lee Pace was seen as Jack in The Resident, Whit Coutell in Ceremony, and Matt Roberts in 30 Beats. The following year was a significant one for him as it was the year he first played Thranduil in The Hobbit. That same year, he starred as Fernando Wood in Lincoln and appeared as Garrett in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.
2013 was a quiet year for the actor as he only reprised Thranduil in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It was in 2014 that he first played Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy. That same year, he again reprised Thranduil in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. You will find Lee as Bill Stapleton in 2015’s The Program; as Bo, Mark, and David Daniels in 2017’s Revolt, The Keeping Hours, and The Book of Henry, respectively.
The actor starred in 2018’s The Party’s Just Beginning and in Driven. In 2019, he reprised Ronan the Accuser in Captain Marvel and played Keisuke Suga in Weathering with You.
It is Believed That The Actor is Gay
Lee Pace is indeed gay, or in his words: “a member of the queer community”. This revelation follows longtime speculations about his sexual orientation after actor Ian McKellen, his co-star in The Hobbit movies, accidentally asserted during an interview in 2012 that the actor is gay.
It was easy for people to run with this as Lee Pace has played a lot of queer roles in both Hollywood and Broadway: he was a transgender girl named Calpernia Addams in A Soldier’s Girl and the deeply closeted gay named Mormon Joe Pitt who struggles with his sexual identity in Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (2018).
It was in March 2018 that the actor disclosed his sexual identity in a tweet as queer.
As a member of the queer community, I understand the importance of living openly, being counted, and happily owning who I am. That’s how I’ve always lived my life…
— Lee Pace (@leepace) March 5, 2018
It is said that his family had known he is not straight since he was in high school, with him first coming out to his sister Sally and then to their parents, who he said showed him support.
But His Dating History Suggest He’s Bisexual
As mentioned above, it is believed that Lee Pace is gay. However, before his outing, he admitted to having dated both men and women in the past, so it would not be accurate to label him as someone sexually attracted to only men.
He notably appeared on the red carpet with actress Judy Greer on the premiere of A Single Man (2009), fueling speculation that the two were an item. Lee was also romantically linked to Laura Donnelly, the Northern Irish actress between 2015 and 2016. There is also Carter Smith, a female American photographer who is believed to have dated Lee from 2011 to 2015.
Apart from Matt Bomer who got married to his husband Simon Halls in 2011, other fellas that Lee Pace has been romantically linked to include an American named Jason Moore, the American casting director James Calleri, and the English actor Richard Armitage.
Like Lee stated in the tweet above, his privacy is very important to him so details of all these relationships are hard to come by. His relationship status at the moment is quite a mystery but Pace hinted that he is dating someone who works in the fashion industry as an executive.