Zach Gilford

Matt Saracen

Zach Gilford stars as Matt Saracen in the critically acclaimed drama "Friday Night Lights."

Gilford was most recently seen starring in the feature film "Dare" opposite Emmy Rossum, and in Fox Searchlight's "Post Grad" opposite Alexis Bledel, Michael Keaton and Carol Burnett.

Upcoming credits include "The River Why" from director Matt Leutwyler and writers Thomas A. Cohen and John Jay Osborn. Gilford plays Gus Orviston in the film adaptation of David James Duncan's novel of the same name--the first novel published by Sierra Club Books in 1983. He will also soon be seen in "Super" opposite Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson, and "Answers to Nothing" with Dane Cook.

Gilford made his feature film debut starring in Larry Fessenden's "The Last Winter" and was nominated for a 2008 Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast. Other credits include "Grey's Anatomy," "Law & Order: SVU" and the feature film "Rise: Blood Hunter" opposite Lucy Liu.

Gilford graduated from Northwestern University where he starred in productions of "Equus" and "The Laramie Project." A Chicago native, Gilford spends his free time leading backpacking, ice climbing and diving expeditions in Alaska, New Zealand and Australia.