God, He just, He woke up from His nap, and He just, He ripped through my hands, and He brought her back. She's my ward now.

–Father Marcus on Casey Rance

Father Marcus Keane is a character from The Exorcist television series and is played by Ben Daniels.


He is an intense holy warrior carrying out an occupation that the church no longer acknowledges in public. [1]

It's possible that Marcus came from north-western England, as he briefly mentioned being born near Charnwood Forest and was sketching it in his copy of The Book of Revelation. He has also mentioned being a "boy from the Midlands."

Marcus had a rough childhood even before the church took him in; his father was highly abusive to the point of killing Marcus's mother in front of him at age seven. It's also likely that he is of at least partial ethnic Irish descent, considering that a vision of his mother spoke with and Irish accent.

Marcus is bisexual.[2] His relationship with Mouse was not clear, but one demon mentions that "girls are not [his] flavour." He is shown to be interested in a man in season 1, and kisses Peter Morrow in the season 2 episode "There But For the Grace of God, Go I."[3] Ben Daniels has inferred that Father Tomas "was not Marcus’ type before, but is now."[4]

Notes Edit

  • Since the TV series is inspired by the original Exorcist novel, Marcus' character is a rebooted version of Father Merrin.


  1. Hollywood Deadline
  2. Marr, Rhuaridh. "Unhappy about the Exorcist's gay kiss? 'F**k you' says show's creator." Metro Weekly, 5 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  3. Kornick, Lindsay. "Former Priest Comes Out of the Closet on 'The Exorcist'." Media Research Center, 3 November 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  4. "ben daniels on Twitter: "@gayexorcist Come, come I never said Marcus thinks Tomas is ugly". Twitter, 4 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
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