Zach McGowan

Zach McGowan was born to Brenda and Vincent McGowan, and raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. He grew up with his two older brothers Doug and Matt McGowan. At an early age Zach found his calling while acting in school productions. His passion for the stage followed him through his high school and college years, where he met his wife Emily, and landed him in a few off-Broadway productions where he honed his craft.

Zach currently plays Captain Charles Vane on Black Sails (Starz) and Roan on The 100 (WB). Before that he played Jody Silverman on Shameless (Showtime).

Zach's film work includes Dracula Untold directed by Gary Shore, Terminator Salvation directed by McG, The Hunt For Eagle One (Sony Screen Gems) directed by Brian Clyde, Crash Point (Sony Screen Gems) directed by Henry Crum, and Seal Team Six directed by Mark Andrews. Zach guest-starred in the premiere episode of the 5th season of Numb3rs, and in CSI Miami, and Law and Order: Special Victims. Zach's short film work includes leading roles in The 14th Morning (LA International Short Film Festival, New Haven Film Festival, and The Method Festival), and Sadiq (official 2006 MTVU Student Film Maker Award Nominee, and winner Best Short at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival) by Sean Mullin. Zach can also be heard in numerous advertisements, video games, and animation projects doing Voice Over work.

Zach and his family live in Los Angeles, and he is a member of both SAG and AFTRA.

Known For


Cast Credits

Black Sails (2014)
Starring as Captain Charles Vane (27 episodes)
  • Episode 3x09: XXVII. (Mar 19, 2016)
  • Episode 3x08: XXVI. (Mar 12, 2016)
  • Episode 3x07: XXV. (Mar 5, 2016)
  • Episode 3x06: XXIV. (Feb 27, 2016)
  • Episode 3x05: XXIII. (Feb 20, 2016)
  • Episode 3x04: XXII. (Feb 13, 2016)
  • Episode 3x03: XXI. (Feb 6, 2016)
  • Episode 3x02: XX. (Jan 30, 2016)
  • Episode 3x01: XIX. (Jan 23, 2016)
  • Episode 2x10: XVIII. (Mar 28, 2015)
  • Episode 2x09: XVII. (Mar 21, 2015)
  • Episode 2x08: XVI. (Mar 14, 2015)
  • Episode 2x07: XV. (Mar 7, 2015)
  • Episode 2x06: XIV. (Feb 28, 2015)
  • Episode 2x05: XIII. (Feb 21, 2015)
  • Episode 2x04: XII. (Feb 14, 2015)
  • Episode 2x03: XI. (Feb 7, 2015)
  • Episode 2x02: X. (Jan 31, 2015)
  • Episode 2x01: IX. (Jan 24, 2015)
  • Episode 1x08: VIII. (Mar 15, 2014)
  • Episode 1x07: VII. (Mar 8, 2014)
  • Episode 1x06: VI. (Mar 1, 2014)
  • Episode 1x05: V. (Feb 22, 2014)
  • Episode 1x04: IV. (Feb 15, 2014)
  • Episode 1x03: III. (Feb 8, 2014)
  • Episode 1x02: II. (Feb 1, 2014)
  • Episode 1x01: I. (Jan 25, 2014)
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The 100 (2014)
Starring as Roan
Guest starring as Roan (6 episodes)
Shameless (2011)
Starring as Jody Silverman (12 episodes)
Guest starring as Jody Silverman (12 episodes)
Numb3rs (2005)
Guest starring as Keith Jackson
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Guest starring as Anton Krasnikov