Mike Ross
played by Patrick J. Adams
  • Character bio
  • Actor bio

Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) was blessed with a brilliant mind and a good heart, but some bad luck and worse choices derailed his plan to go into law. However, a chance meeting with Harvey Specter brought Mike’s considerable gifts to one of the top law firms in New York, and gave him a second chance to get his life on track. 

Since then, Mike has learned to win big cases the Harvey Specter way and become a formidable lawyer in his own right, while going to any lengths necessary to hide the fact that he doesn’t have a degree.  The formerly rudderless young man has also built a surrogate family with his colleagues at Pearson Specter, and found true love with Rachel Zane.  

More recently, Mike made a stab at going legit as an investment banker, but fate (and ego) nearly conspired to take away everything, including the woman he loves.  Now, Mike is back by Harvey’s side and picking up the pieces with Rachel.  However, the weight of his secret still hangs heavy around his neck, and Louis’s recent discovery of the truth promises to make it all the heavier.

Patrick J. Adams stars as Mike Ross in SUITS.

For his role, Adams garnered a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor is a Drama Series earlier this year.

On television, Adams was most recently seen HBO's "Luck," in the role of Nathan Israel opposite Dustin Hoffman. The series was created by David Milch and directed by Michael Mann. Adams has also appeared in landmark series such as "Lost," "Friday Night Lights," "Pretty Little Liars," "N.C.I.S.," "Lie To Me," "Flash Forward," among others. Additionally, Adams starred as twin brothers in the 2008 ABC pilot "Good Behavior," executive produced by "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas, directed by Emmy Award-winning director Charles McDougall; and starred in the pilot "The Dealership," opposite Tricia Helfer and William Devane.

In film, Adams has held various supporting roles in the hit comedy "Old School," directed by Todd Phillips and 2009 Berlin Film Festival competitor "Rage," directed by internationally-renowned filmmaker Sally Potter, in which Adams appeared alongside Judi Dench, Jude Law, Dianne Weist and Steve Buscemi. Additionally, Adams starred in indie films such as, "The Waterhole," 2009 Slamdance entry "Weather Girl," and most recently, "6 Month Rule," directed by Blayne Weaver.

In addition to his work on screen, Adams continues to maintain a connection to theatre as well. This year, Adams starred in Bill Cain's production of "Nine Circles" at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles. Adams was awarded a 2012 BACK STAGE Garland Award for Performance in a Play' and was also nominated for a 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for Lead Performance.' He appears yearly at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, starring in new works by established and developing playwrights. Bill Cain's "Equivocation" was developed at Ojai and Patrick subsequently starred in the celebrated Geffen Playhouse production. It was honored with 2010 Best Production at the LA Ovation Awards. Adams made his professional stage debut in the landmark, West Coast premiere of Edward Albee's "The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?," at The Mark Taper Forum, which took home Best Play at the Ovation Awards. He also produced and directed a hit revival of "Marat/Sade," for which he accepted Best Production at the L.A. Weekly Theatre Awards.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Adams currently resides in Los Angeles and is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he earned a degree in theater.