NCIS veteran star looks unrecognisable after incredible weight loss in season 8

Sean Murray’s transformative weight loss stole the spotlight in NCIS’s eighth season, eclipsing even his character Timothy McGee’s professional milestones. Here’s a look at the actor’s journey toward wellness and how it parallels McGee’s evolution on the show.

The noticeable slimming down of Timothy McGee, played by Sean Murray, became a focal point in the eighth season of NCIS.

The transformation was so striking that fans questioned whether the show would acknowledge it on air.

Since his debut in the inaugural season, McGee has become a prominent figure in the series.

However, his physical alteration has garnered the most attention, eclipsing even his professional advancements.

Here’s a look at what Sean had to say about his weight loss and how it affected his character’s development.

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Sean Murray and Michael Weatherly on NCIS in 2009 (Image: Getty)

Sean overhauled his eating habits for health reasons, shedding 25 pounds in the process.

That’s why the show didn’t formally discuss the transformation.

While his weight loss journey was more about personal wellness than evolving his role on NCIS, Sean wasn’t oblivious to the buzz surrounding his noticeable change.


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Sean Murray looking slimmer on NCIS (Image: Getty)

The enigmatic world of NCIS had one less riddle when Sean clarified the reasons behind his weight loss on Twitter.

In autumn 2010, Sean informed fans: “To those who have asked what I did to lose the 25 lbs: 14 months of no alcohol and almost no sugar. Ate strictly organic.”

This diet certainly did the job – so much so that some NCIS viewers were concerned that Sean was unwell. But after he revealed that his weight loss was down to eating healthily, many viewers praised the actor for his incredible transformation.


Throughout his 19-season tenure, McGee transformed from an awkward, frequently ribbed rookie to the highest-ranking field agent on the NCIS squad.

While Sean’s shedding of pounds resulted from his individual lifestyle decisions, these changes paralleled McGee’s evolution.

The character’s increasing self-assurance in his professional role and his efforts to balance work and personal life are closely linked with Sean’s journey toward wellness.

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