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James Marsters is the actor who portrayed Spike on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel television series. Additionally, he has written two Buffyverse comics from Dark Horse Comics.


Since his work as Spike for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Marsters has played the alien super villain Brainiac on the Superman-inspired series Smallville, Captain John Hart on Torchwood, and terrorist Barnabas Greeley in Syfy's Caprica. He appeared in a supporting role in the film P.S. I Love You, as Victor Hesse in the Hawaii Five-0 reboot, Victor Stein in the Marvel series Runaways, and as the voice of Zamasu in the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Super.

Marsters co-wrote the comic Spike and Dru: Paint the Town Red with Christopher Golden in 1999, and wrote the graphic novel Spike: Into the Light in 2014. There were also some references to Marsters in the comics, such as Vicki wearing a shirt with the logo of his band Ghost of the Robot, Spike wearing the same clothes as Captain John Hart's, and Jasmin Marsters as the face reference for the character Dylan Turner.

Marsters attended both the Entertainment Weekly cast reunions for Buffy in 2017 and for Angel in 2019.

In 2023, Marsters return as Spike in the Audible audio series Slayers: A Buffyverse Story.

Buffyverse credits[]


Marsters was a guest star from Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 2 until season 4, when he became a part of the main cast until Angel season 5. In total, he appeared in 96 episodes of Buffy and 24 of Angel. In addition to his role as the vampire Spike, he portrayed the First Evil in Spike's form.

Marsters also acted in the advertising clips Buffy Lives and voiced Spike in the video game Chaos Bleeds and the audio series Slayers: A Buffyverse Story.


Marsters has written two comic stories:


Masters appeared in the following featurettes:

Awards and nominations[]

For his role as Spike, Marsters won the Saturn Awards in 2001 and 2004 as Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series and as Cinescape Face of the Future in 2002. He was nominated as well in 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2005 for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series.

Marsters received a nomination for the Golden Satellite Awards in 2003 as Best Performance TV Supporting Actor, Drama.


Marsters behind the scenes for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

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