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Burn Gorman

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Burn Gorman
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Burn Hugh Gorman

Born: Sun 1st September 1974 (age: 41)


Burn Hugh Gorman is an American-born English actor and musician. He is best known for his roles as Dr. Owen Harper in the BBC series Torchwood (2006–08), Karl Tanner in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2013–14), Phillip Stryver in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Dr. Hermann Gottlieb in Pacific Rim (2013) and Major Edmund Hewlett in the AMC series Turn: Washington's Spies (2014). In 2015, Gorman will star in the films Crimson Peak and In a Valley of Violence.

Early life

Gorman was born in Hollywood, California to English parents. His father was a professor of linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles in Westwood, Los Angeles. At the age of seven, Gorman moved to London with his family. He trained at Manchester Metropolitan University's School of Theatre.


Gorman appeared as Owen Harper in the first two seasons of the BBC science fiction series Torchwood. Other television roles include Funland and Bonekickers, amongst other projects for the BBC. He played William Guppy in the BBC One adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, and appeared in Channel 4's political thriller Low Winter Sun the same year. He played scriptwriter Ray Galton in the BBC Four television play The Curse of Steptoe. He has also appeared in television series such as Dalziel and Pascoe, Casualty, Merseybeat, and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

Gorman played Jed on the soap opera EastEnders in March 2007. He starred as Hindley Earnshaw in the ITV adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. In 2011, he starred in Sky1's second Martina Cole adaptation, The Runaway, and from 2014, he plays in ABC's Forever as "Adam", the lead character's stalker and fellow immortal.

He has appeared in films such as Layer Cake, The Best Man, Penelope, Fred Claus, and Cemetery Junction Gorman's stage credits include Ladybird (Royal Court), Flush (Soho Theatre), and Gong Donkeys (Bush Theatre), prompting Michael Billington of The Guardian to write that "Gorman proves that he is one of the best young actors in Britain". He has performed in readings, workshops, and development initiatives with the National Theatre Studio, Young Vic, Royal Court, Oxford Stage Company, Paines Plough, and Soho Theatre. Outside London, he has worked with Nottingham Playhouse, the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, and the Royal Exchange and Contact Theatres, where he was nominated for a Manchester Evening News Best Newcomer Award.

From December 2008 to October 2009, Gorman played Bill Sikes in the West End revival of the musical Oliver! He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical in the 2010 Whatsonstage Theatre Awards for his performance. He played his first leading role in the 2011 feature film, Up There, which had its premiere at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. Allan Hunter of Screen Daily described him as "bringing echoes of Buster Keaton as the melancholy Martin". Gorman will return for Pacific Rim 2 which marks his third collaboration with Del Toro.


Gorman has played in clubs and on stages all over the world, appearing alongside Neneh Cherry, Rodney P, and Groove Armada, and has worked on videos and visuals with The Streets. Under the stage name of B.B. Burn, he was part of the human beatbox outfit Drool Skool alongside Shlomo, A-Plus (Alex Tew, known as the founder of The Million Dollar Homepage and Calm) and DukeBox. He also competed against Yorkshire Beatboxer Desebel and was crowned the BBC 1Xtra Human Beatbox Champion in 2003.

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