Who is Luke Kirby? Lenny Bruce actor and 'Gossip Girl' DILF

From playing famous killers to hot dads, you've definitely seen Luke Kirby onscreen before

Luke Kirby attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California
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The name on everyone's lips the weekend of March 11 was Luke Kirby. Why? Because of the scene-stealing, swoon-worthy, soul-crushing performance that he gave as Lenny Bruce opposite Rachel Brosnahan's Midge Maisel in the season four finale of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

And though Lenny Bruce has been arguably his most standout role, you've definitely seen Luke Kirby on screen and stage before. Want to know more about this talented and handsome fella? Let's dive in!

Who is Luke Kirby?

Luke Kirby is a Canadian-American actor known for his work in TV, film and stage. The 43-year-old was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and studied drama at the National Theatre School of Canada, graduating in 2000. 

His parents had moved from New York City to Canada in 1974. Kirby returned to those NYC roots for two of his most popular and recent roles: as real-life comedian Lenny Bruce in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and as Davis Calloway, the absentee father of Julien Calloway, in the Gossip Girl reboot

Luke Kirby wife: is he married?

Luke Kirby was reportedly married to an American actress eight years his senior, Alison Elliott—who appeared in films like The Wings of the Dove, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and 20th Century Women—from 2008 until 2012.

Luke Kirby girlfriend: is he dating anyone?

Since his divorce, Kirby has been linked to a post-Tom Cruise Katie Holmes—who he starred opposite in the 2015 romance Touched with Fire and will be seen in a still-untitled 2022 project directed by the actress—and dated fashion designer Andrea Sarrubi for several years.

Kirby and Sarrubi were last seen publicly together at the June 2021 premiere of No Man Of God at the Tribeca Festival, and it is unclear if they are still in a relationship. 

Luke Kirby Instagram: what's his handle?

Alas, Kirby is not active on social media—but thankfully his co-stars like Rachel Brosnahan update fans of the actor with behind-the-scenes snaps and also keep Kirby abreast of what the Internet thinks of him. 

According to a The Cut profile, his Gossip Girl onscreen daughter Jordan Alexander alerted Kirby to fan reactions to his character. She’s showing me some great stuff. She sent me something recently, she said, ‘Stans love you,” Kirby told the outlet. And regarding his DILF status on the show, he said: “Better to be that kind of dad than the disgusting gross dad.”

Luke Kirby movies and TV shows

Along with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Gossip Girl, Luke Kirby's television career includes series like The Deuce, Rectify, Cra$h & Burn, Tales of the City, The Astronaut Wives Club and The Good Wife. 

Next, he is set to star in Panhandle, a series for Spectrum Originals and Roku that's centered on an agoraphobic arm-chair detective in Florida. 

Film-wise, he's most recently been seen in No Man of God, a 2021 movie about the complicated relationship between American serial killer Ted Bundy (Kirby) and FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier (played by Elijah Wood). He also appeared opposite Samuel L. Jackson in Glass, Michelle Williams in Take This Waltz and Tessa Thompson in Little Woods.

Luke Kirby Emmy: what did he win?

In 2019, Kirby won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Lenny Bruce on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, beating out fellow Maisel actor Rufus Sewell as well as Veep's Peter MacNicol and Saturday Night Live performers Adam Sandler, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and John Mulaney. He was nominated again in the same category the following year.

You can watch Luke Kirby in all four seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, streaming now on Prime Video. 

Christina Izzo

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 

More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York

When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.