About Nicholas Brendon

NICHOLAS BRENDON is an American Actor, Writer, and Artist. He was born April 12, 1971 in Los Angeles, California. His identical twin brother, Kelly Donovan, was born three minutes before Nicky. He attended Chatsworth High School where he was also a starter on the baseball team. He had dreams of playing for the LA Dodgers. Sadly, he had to pursue other options after he hurt his arm a year after graduating high school.

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Big Break

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His big break as an actor was landing the role of Xander Harris on the cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer  (1997-2003). The series ran from 1997 until 2003. It garnered a huge cult following as well as a large fan base for Brendon. Nicholas and Kelly appeared together in the episode “The Replacement.” An episode where Xander has to cope with having a seemingly sinister double.

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Acting After Buffy

His first major feature film role was in the Charles Busch satire, Psycho Beach Party (2000).

Brendon also starred in the ABC Family Channel original movie Celeste in the City (2004). The following year, he returned to TV as part of the cast of Kitchen Confidential. A series based on the book by chef Anthony Bourdain. In 2006, he was the voice of Huntsboy #89 for season 2 of the animated series American Dragon: Jake Long. That same year, he teamed up with former Buffy co-star Charisma Carpenter in the ABC Family movie Relative Chaos.

In 2007, Brendon began appearing on the popular TV series Criminal Minds. He played the recurring role of FBI technical analyst Kevin Lynch. He appeared in each season through season ten.

In October 2010, Brendon began a four episode arc on ABC’s Private Practice. He played Lee McHenry; a mentally disturbed man who assaults Charlotte King.

In 2014, he played the pivotal role of Jackson Lee in Carter Covington’s MTV series Faking It. He played the mentor to Gregg Sulkin‘s character, Liam Booker.

Recently he completed filming The Nanny, Redwood, Dark/Web, and Tics.

Find his complete list of film, television, and video game credits on IMDB.


Brendon costarred with Noah Wyle from July 26 to August 30, 2006 in “Lobster Alice” at Blank Theatre in LA. He then appeared in Blank Theatre’s annual Young Playwright Festival from November 20 to December 20, 2009. This included productions of “The SantaLand Diaries” and “Why Torture is Wrong, and The People Who Love Them.”


In September 2010, his web comic “Very Bad Koalas” premiered. It was co-created with animation director and producer Steve Loter. The comic follows the journey of two sheltered and innocent koalas. They encounter a variety of people and places while on the run from the law in a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado.

In 2014, Brendon was part of a summit for writers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic books from Dark Horse. The meeting included Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Drew Greenberg, Andrew Chambliss and then incoming Buffy writer Christos Gage. Nicky is credited with co-writing several issues of the show’s comic book series and was named a New York Time Best Selling Author for season 10 omnibus.

Nicky continues to write today. A small sample of his poetry can be found here.

Art, Photography, & Merchandise

In March of 2019, Nicky discovered a passion for painting and continued to add to his photography portfolio.

Many of his photos and paintings are featured on merchandise in Nicky’s Shop and in Nicky’s RedBubble Store.

You can also purchase prints of his photography at his Fine Art America Storefront.

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