Chris Payne Gilbert was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and spent the majority of his childhood growing up in the Berkshires in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Siena College where he played Division I soccer, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Theatre.  He attended Ohio University's Professional Actor Training Program in Athens, Ohio, and subsequently spent the beginning of his career working in New York.

He has appeared in many Off-Broadway and Regional theatre productions which include Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Minetta Lane), Kilt (Directors Co), Through Fred (Playwrights Horizons), Walking off the Roof (Signature Theatre Co), and Freesailing, Lem, Experimental Actions (all Williamstown Theatre Festival).  His Los Angeles credits include All My Sons at the Geffen Playhouse, It's Just Sex at the Two Roads Theatre, Larry Moss' production of Beggars in the House of Plenty, and Reid Scott's production of The Elephant Man.  Chris is a founding member of the Obie Award winning experimental theatre company 'Mad Dog', whose work includes productions in New York, the Williamstown Theatre Festival & MASS MOCA, and at the Belgrade International Theatre Festival in Serbia.

Chris has appeared in numerous television series including Suits, Backstrom, Mistresses, Criminal Minds,Dexter, Burn Notice, Bones, The Shield, Friends, CSI, and Sex and the City. He also starred in the television movie Hollywood Vice, and spent three seasons as series regular 'Todd Sykes' on the half-hour TBS comedy 10 Items or Less. His latest series regular role was on Lifetime's The Protector.  His film credits include Broken Hearts Club, Story of a Bad Boy, Brothers, and Refuge, written and directed by Tony Award winner Mark Medoff.

He is married to actress Lesley-Ann Brandt.
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