Once Upon a Time Casts Originals Baddie as Aurora's Father

TV’s go-to baddie, Sebastian Roché, next will fill a role fit for a king — on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

Having most recently made mayhem as The Originals’ Mikael, Roché will guest-star as Aurora’s father, King Stefan, in the upcoming second half of Once‘s fourth season, EW.com reports.

As per Sleeping Beauty lore, Roché’s royal has a past that’s entangled with the sorceress who years ago cursed his daughter — Maleficent, played by Kristin Bauer.

Sharlto Copley played King Stefan in Disney’s big-screen Maleficent, released earlier this year.

Roché’s TV resumé also includes stints on ScandalGeneral HospitalFringe and Supernatural.


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  1. wrstlgirl says:

    OMG I’m suddenly excited for this show again!!

  2. Paul F says:

    I hope Aurora back story means Mulan will be back.

  3. ninergrl6 says:

    Geez that dude is EVERYWHERE! I’ve loved him since his first stint on GH years ago & it’s fun to see him pop up on all of these other shows I watch. It’s like Where’s Waldo but Where’s Sebastian.

  4. Yes! Love Sebastian Roche. Love that he keeps showing up on all of my favorite shows. I need him and Mark Sheppard to be cast in everything.

  5. Stephon J.S says:

    I thought Matt was talking about Poseidon once Ernie Hudson was cast. So this episode will be jam pack. I wonder if King Stefan is around in the present day since the flashback seems to be about Ursula. . Or maybe Ursula and Maleficent goes way way back to young adulthood

  6. I Heart Damon Salvatore says:

    Does he have “Guest Star on Every Television Show Ever” on his bucket list or something?

    He’ll always be Jerry Jax to me <3

    • Lyn says:

      Eventually he’ll turn up on Kitchen Nightmares as Gordon Ramsey’s evil twin.

    • Julie says:

      Mr. Craig? Loved the Metro Court hostage crisis. :) And he was Clyde Easter on Criminal Minds! His episodes, Lauren and Hit/Run, were great except for the fact that they both served as exit episodes for Emily Prentiss.

  7. Sheldon W. says:

    He was also terrific on Odyssey 5

  8. Joey says:

    Always missing you, Balthazar!

  9. Goblin says:

    So excited. Adam and Eddie said they are trying to bring back Mulan.

  10. Lily says:

    Talk about spot-on casting…. Sebastian Roche will perfect as (the modern interpretation of) King Stefan, from “Sleeping Beauty”.

  11. farwestfree says:

    Great choice ! Roche is an amazing actor ! Love once upon a time ! Can’t wait to see it !

  12. scribe says:

    Now all they need to do is cast Tim Welling as Prince Valiant and Mary Sheppard as (yeah I know different franchise but still).

  13. I will always think of him as Jerry Jacks on General Hospital such a good bad guy.

  14. scribe says:

    Mark Sheppard or Pellegrino as Dayton I meant to say…damn auto correct!

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  16. Letti says:

    Yey, he is so great! I can’t wait to see him on OUaT!

  17. Netty says:

    Sebastian is amazing, but I think its to late for me to get onto the OUAT bandwagon..

  18. GhostWolf says:

    So far I’ve enjoyed Sebastian in all his roles except for General Hospital. Just never took to him as Jerry Jax when I still remember the original actor in the role who I liked far better.

  19. Sharon says:

    I Love Sebastian Roche! He is great in everything. He’s the bad guy I can’t help loving!

  20. Emmy says:

    Is anyone else surprised it took them this long to get him to guest star on this show? I’ve always been wondering when he would guest star.

  21. Cory says:

    My favorite role of this guy’s is still Longinus from Roar.

  22. John NYC says:

    Aurora’s father would hopefully imply more Aurora I’ll expect. That’s plus for me.

  23. saynay says:

    Wow, with so many great additions for 4B, OUAT looks like it’s worth watching again.