Why Spencer James from All American looks so familiar

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Before he landed the leading role on All American, Ezra had another memorable TV turn as Nathaniel Wilson on the British series A Discovery of Witches. The show, produced by UK giant Sky One, was an adaptation of the popular All Souls trilogy of fantasy novels by Deborah Harkness. Its talented cast included the likes of Teresa Palmer (Lights Outi), Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey), Louise Brealey (Sherlock), and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), alongside Ezra.

The show concerns Diana Bishop (Palmer), a historian and witch who discovers an ancient grimoire in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. This discovery proves unfortunate, as it draws her deeper into the world of magic and evil creatures that she would prefer to shun. Ezra’s character, Nathaniel Wilson, crops up on the very first episode as a Daemon computer whiz with a witch for a daughter.

Although Ezra wasn’t listed as a principal cast member, his character did recur on six of the show’s eight episodes, and had a memorable impact on the plot of season 1. It was likely this appearance more than anything else that got Ezra noticed by casting directors, and paved the way for his leading role on All American. While the football drama is undoubtedly the 26-year-old actor’s biggest break to date, it’s fair to say his career got a major boost from his role on A Discovery of Witches.

Witches was renewed for two more seasons back in 2018, but there’s been no announcement regarding whether Ezra will return. We assume the CW is keeping him pretty busy.

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