Actor Rogan Christopher takes on a challenging role in Lifetimes’ TV Movie “Pregnant at 17.” With a single father that’s always gone, it’s understandable why 17- year-old high school dropout CHELSEA (Zoe De Grand Maison) falls for JEFF (Roark Critchlow), a successful, polished businessman who makes a million promises to her about their future. Unfortunately, Jeff is married to a veterinarian named SONIA (Josie Bissett), who desperately wanted a child but found out she can’t conceive. When Sonia discovers Jeff’s affair she becomes obsessed in finding out who his mistress is and begins to develop a friendship with Chelsea using a fictitious name. To her surprise she actually likes the young woman she expected to hate, and feels sorry for Chelsea when she tells Sonia that she’s pregnant and that the father (Jeff) wants nothing to do with her or the baby. She also confesses to Sonia that she’s only 17 years old. Sonia files for divorce and becomes an unlikely champion for Chelsea, doing everything she can to prevent Jeff from taking advantage of this young girl. It won’t be as easy as they thought, especially when a dark figure (Rogan Christopher) from Chelsea’s past emerges. Together, Chelsea and Sonia must each face their own truths and team up to fight not only for what’s right, but the life of the baby…
Rogan’s character, Greg Foster, is uneducated and stuck in the poverty trap. He’s angry at the world, and thinks he’s been ripped off his whole life. After robbing a neighborhood convenience store, Chelsea’s eyewitness testimony puts him in prison. While behind bars, his mind is consumed with revenge. On his release, he sets off to hunt Chelsea down, stopping at nothing to make her pay.
Rogan starred as Martin Tate in the feature film “Footsteps” which garnered him the award for Best Performance and the film won Best Picture at the 2012 Mississauga Independent Film Festival. “Footsteps” follows, Martin Tate, a young Afghanistan veteran determined to make his way out of violent and tragic military service after his best friend and bunk-mate’s suicide into peaceful civilian life, while struggling with past addiction demons, his overbearing widower father, and a new-found love.
In 2012 Rogan booked his first recurring role on The CW’s “Nikita” starring Devon Sawa, Peter Outerbridge, and Melinda Clark. Other television series Rogan has appeared include “Bitten,” “Reign,” “Saving Hope,” “XIII: The Series,” and the Battlestar Galactica prequel series, “Caprica.”
Rogan currently has two feature films in development called “Transcendence” and “In The Blood”. Transcendence is a psychological thriller that touches on metaphysics about a widower who is seduced in to a suicide cult. Rogan wrote transcendence and in December 2015 he was selected as one of six producers from across Canada to participate in the Power Pitch Competition at Whistler Film Festival. In The Blood is a feature film he is developing with Canadian Aboriginal filmmaker Kays Vanderest about a twenty-something whitewashed Indigenous girl reconnecting with her estranged father and a culture she’s never known after a chance encounter on skid row. Both projects are currently closing financing, and will shoot in summer and fall of 2016.
Rogan worked in Corporate Finance and Business Intelligence as an Analyst before moving to New York City to pursue a career in Acting and Filmmaking. He trained in New York City at Sanford Meisner’s prestigious The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. He was a recipient of the Peter Armstrong Community excellence award for his contributions to Renascent Addictions Centre in Toronto. Dr. Patrick Smith of Renascent Canada (addictions recovery) is a good friend who Rogan has appeared in PSA’s and stays involved with their efforts as one of Canada’s leading addiction treatment centres.
Rogan was a two-sport athlete at Queen’s University (Canada), lettering in Football and Track & Field. At Queen’s, Chopped Canada host and first Bachelor Canada Brad Smith was a teammate and remains a close friend. Rogan earned a degree in Mathematics and Statistics, followed by a second degree in Applied Economics from Queen’s. He is also a graduate from Central High School in London, Ontario, known nationally for its academics, where he was classmates and friends with Juno Award winning Hip Hop artist, and CBC’s Q host, Shad. During his senior season at Queen’s a career-ending injury derailed his dreams of professional football. Later that year, his close friend and teammate was murdered in a student bar. Both things led him to evaluate what he really wanted to do with his life and everything came back to acting, writing, and his love for the art of storytelling.
Rogan is a home chef and loves to cook. While beginning his acting career in Toronto he worked at various fine dining restaurants. His warm root vegetable and bone marrow salad was published and featured in Canada’s National Post Newspaper.
Rogan is still very competitive in his workouts. He runs as a great way to relieve stress and maintain focus and mental acuity during shoots and between jobs. He incorporates a lot of his knowledge from his sports career into his athletic and dietary regimen. He is an avid golfer with an 8 handicap who has been playing since he was five years old. His favorite teams are the Patriots, Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Blue Jays. He loves to ski. He now resides now in Vancouver, BC, Canada with his puggle Cito, who is named after Toronto Blue Jays former manager Cito Gaston.
Rogan is available for interview upon request.
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