• Rick Cosnett is an Australian and Zimbabwean national.
• He is an actor best known for his role in 'The Vampire Diaries' from 2013 to 201•
• He is also a cousin of the famous British actor Hugh Grant.
• He has also appeared in 'The Flash', 'Quantico', and many other TV shows and movies.
• He is an avid philanthropist, supporting movements such as Black Lives Matter and the LGBT community.

What is Rick Cosnett’s nationality?

Richard James Cosnett was born in Chegutu, Zimbabwe, on 6 April 1983 – his zodiac sign is Aries, and he holds both Australian and Zimbabwean nationality. He’s an actor who’s probably known best for his portrayal of Dr. Wes Maxfield from 2013 to ’14, in the critically acclaimed fantasy horror series “The Vampire Diaries”, created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, and which starred Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev. It follows the lives of mysterious creatures such as vampires and werewolves living in the town of Mystic Falls in Virginia; the series aired from 2009 to 2017, and was nominated for 102 awards, winning 36.

Early life and education

Rick was raised on a farm in Chegutu alongside his two sisters, by their parents about whom nothing is known, as they prefer to be left out of media. He’s a cousin of the famous British actor Hugh Grant, who has received numerous awards for his acting skills including a Golden Globe, an Honorary Cesar and a BAFTA.

Rick became interested in acting during his early years, and mostly thanks to his parents who appeared in various plays performed at a community musical theatre, while they got Rick to appear in a couple as well. In 2000 when Rick was 17, the family moved to Queensland in Australia because of land reform in Zimbabwe. In Brisbane, Rick attended the Queensland University of Technology, and although he was offered a scholarship in music, he decided to go with acting, and obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2005.

Roles in TV series

Rick made his debut TV series appearance in 2004 when he portrayed Mal Henshall, one of the lead characters in the documentary crime drama “Forensic Investigators”, which also starred Lisa McCune and Amanda Orr – each episode explains how a murder was performed, and how the killer was caught by the police.

In 2005, Rick was cast to play the supporting character Brad Partridge in the drama “Headland”, and his following two roles were in the 2007 episode “Death at the Station” of the mystery crime drama “East West 101”, and the 2008 drama mini-series “The Trojan Horse” in which he starred alongside Paul Gross and Alan Rose, but which failed to attract any attention.

His following notable role was in “The Vampire Diaries”, and in 2016, he was invited to guest star as Victor Crowne in the episode “Hell to Pay” of the crime comedy “Castle”.

In the same year, Rick played the supporting character Elias Harper in the mystery crime drama “Quantico”, created by Joshua Safran and which starred Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin and Johanna Braddy. It follows a group of new FBI recruits on Virginia’s Quantico base, with one of them believed to be a sleeper terrorist; the series won two of the eight awards it was nominated for.

From 2014 to 2017, Rick played Detective Eddie Thawne in 26 episodes of the critically acclaimed action adventure drama “The Flash”, which stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker, and follows Barry Allen who becomes super-fast after waking up from a coma caused by a lighting strike. The series has been airing since 2014 and has won 27 of the 115 awards it has been nominated for, including a Primetime Emmy.

Rick’s most recent role in a TV series has been his portrayal of Sean Parks in the 2018 episode “Fallout” of the action crime drama “NCIS”.

Roles in movies

Rick made his debut film appearance in 2005, with his portrayal of Mike Voss in the crime thriller drama “The Bet”, but which failed to attract any attention and received mixed reviews. The the following years saw him star in several shorts, such as the 2008 drama “The Terrorist”, the 2009 drama “The Neighbour”, and the 2010 mystery drama “The Elephant in the Room”.

In 2012, Rick played Simon, the lead character in the short drama “The Timing of Love”, and in 2013, he was cast in the supporting role of Brian in the comedy “Continuing Fred” which failed to attract any attention.

Rick Cosnett

The year 2017 saw him star as Josh alongside Danielle Savre and Bianca A. Santos in the family drama “Happily Never After”, which follows Kate and Josh who were once in love and published a book together, while they’re no longer together, and Josh’s writing children’s books while Kate’s writing her true crime novels; however, the two are reunited by their publishers, who want a sequel to the book they wrote together.  In the same year, Rick starred alongside Gavin Stenhouse and Scarlett Hefner in the action thriller “Skybound”, and in 2018, he played the lead character in the thriller “El Mirador”.

Three of his most recent roles in movies have all been in 2019, in the  drama “Tu Me Manques”, the  short drama “Softer”, and the thriller “The Wrong Husband”.

Other credits

In 2008 and 2009, he competed as The Inventor in five episodes of the game-show “The New Inventors”.

In 2010, Rick wrote and produced the short drama movie “The Elephant in the Room”, and in 2016 he produced and directed the short musical film “The Letter Carrier”, for which he was also in the casting team.

Rick has appeared in two short documentary films: the 2015 “The Fastest Man Alive”, and the 2019 “Dear McDonalds…”

Is he gay? Who is his boyfriend?

Rick has apparently known that he’s gay since he enrolled at a local high school, as he noticed that he was attracted to men and was rarely to women. He told his family in his early 20s, and they’ve apparently been very supportive.

Rick kept this detail regarding his sexual orientation hidden from his fans until 13 February 2020, when he used his Instagram account to share a short video in which he states that he’s gay, and how he wants everybody to know, because he’s promised himself to live freely.

He hasn’t spoken about any men he has perhaps been with, however, some of his fans on the internet have claimed to have seen him spending time with a mysterious man who’s perhaps his boyfriend, however, no evidence has been provided to support these claims, nor has Rick commented on this.

As of March 2021, he appears to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

Rick’s a cat-lover, and while he was living together with Brooke Mickan and Kelly Durnell, they decided to adopt a cat which remained with Brooke and Kelly after he moved out.

Rick’s somewhat addicted to working out, and has four to five training sessions at the gym each week, thus his muscular body. He’s uploaded many pictures onto his Instagram account which feature him shirtless.

He’s a philanthropist who has worked with various charity organizations, and Rick’s also involved with various human rights organizations. Today, he supports the movement Black Lives Matter, as well as the LGBT community.

He has spoken about his favorite actors being Marlon Brando and James Dean, and a couple of Rick’s favorite movies are “The Godfather”, “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Rebel Without a Cause”.

Age, height and net worth

Rick’s age is 37. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 5ft 10ins (1.79m) and he weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).

As of March 2021, his net worth has been estimated at close to $1 million.


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