Alexander Siddig

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Alexander Siddig
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Born Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abdurrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdul Karim El Mahdi
(1965-11-21) 21 November 1965 (age 48)
Sudan
Other names Siddig El Fadil, Alexander Siddig
Occupation Actor
Years active Since 1987
Spouse(s) Nana Visitor (m. 1997; div. 2001)
Website
sidcity.net

Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi (Arabic: صدّيق الطاهر الفاضل الصدّيق عبدالرحمن محمد أحمد عبدالكريم المهديṢiddīq aṭ-Ṭāhir al-Fāḍil aṣ-Ṣiddīq ʿAbd ur-Raḥman Muḥammad ʾAḥmad ʿAbd ul-Karīm al-Mahdī; born 21 November 1965) is a Sudanese-born English actor, also known as Siddig El Fadil and his stage name Alexander Siddig. He is known for playing Dr. Julian Bashir in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and for his performances as Prince Nasir Al-Subaai in Syriana (2005) and as Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani in Kingdom of Heaven (2005).

Personal life[edit]

Siddig was born in Sudan but has spent most of his life in the United Kingdom. He was born to an English mother who worked as a theatrical consultant[1] and a Sudanese father. His maternal uncle is English actor Malcolm McDowell, with whom he appeared in 2008 in Neil Marshall's Doomsday, and his paternal uncle is the former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi. He is also descended from Muhammad Ahmad Al-Mahdi, the Mahdi of the Sudan. He attended St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate, Kent. He was credited under the shortened name Siddig El Fadil until October 1995, three seasons into his run on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, when he changed his stage name to the easier to pronounce (for English speakers) Alexander Siddig. On set, he became known as Sid. In 1996, Siddig and his co-star Nana Visitor started dating and the couple were married; their son, Django El Tahir El Siddig, was born on 16 September 1996. They divorced in 2001.

Career[edit]

Siddig attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) to study acting and after leaving LAMDA, Siddig did a season of stage work in Manchester. He also worked as a director in a small theatre in London. Siddig first appeared to television audiences as Prince Feisal in A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia, the 1990 TV sequel to Lawrence of Arabia.

Siddig's performance in A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (1992) brought him to the attention of Rick Berman who was creating the new series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). Originally brought in to audition for the role of Commander Benjamin Sisko, Berman decided Siddig was too young for the role and cast him as Dr. Julian Bashir instead. The part had to be slightly rewritten for Siddig as the original "bible" had called for a Hispanic male to play the part, named Julian Amoros, although Berman reports that no other actors were considered for the role.

Since the end of the seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Siddig has made prominent appearances in films and television. Highlights include guest-starring as an Algerian secret agent on the trail of Islamic extremists in the controversial episode "Nest of Angels" of the British television show Spooks (known as MI-5 in the US) in 2003. In 2005, he appeared as Saladin's aide, Imad, in Ridley Scott's film Kingdom of Heaven. He gave a critically lauded performance as Prince Nasir in Syriana, alongside George Clooney and Matt Damon. He played the title role in 2006's Hannibal - Rome's Worst Nightmare for the BBC (UK). Early 2007, Siddig joined the cast of Un Homme Perdu (aka A Lost Man) and he returned to American television in the role of former terrorist Hamri Al-Assad for the sixth season of 24. In 2009, he co-starred with Patricia Clarkson in the award-winning film Cairo Time (2009) as Tareq Khalifa, an Egyptian who battles his attraction to his friend's wife.

Siddig has picked up the role of Phillip Burton in sci-fi TV series Primeval.

In August 2010, he expressed his doubts about resurrecting his character, Dr. Julian Bashir, from Deep Space Nine, stating that he has "other ambitions".[2]

In 2013, Siddig appeared as a Syrian-Canadian in the IFC film Inescapable with Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson,[3] and as King Minos in the BBC show Atlantis.[4]

Siddig's roles have often called for him to act out many different accents: a southern English accent (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), an English Cockney accent (Reign of Fire), and an Algerian accent (Spooks), among others. He has also given performances in Arabic as the role required (Spooks, Syriana, 24, Inescapable, Un Homme Perdu) as well as French (Un Homme Perdu).

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

At TrekExpo in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on 25 June 2005
Year Film Role Notes
1987 Sammy and Rosie Get Laid Partygoer
2000 Vertical Limit Kareem Nazir
2002 Reign of Fire Ajay
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani
Syriana Prince Nasir Al-Subaai
2007 The Nativity Story Angel Gabriel
The Last Legion Theodorus Andronikus
2008 Un Homme Perdu Fouad Saleh
Doomsday Hatcher (Prime Minister)
Espion(s) Malik
2009 Cairo Time Tareq Khalifa
2010 Miral Miral's father
4.3.2.1 Robert
Clash of the Titans Hermes
2012 Inescapable Adib Abdel-Kareem
2013 The Fifth Estate Dr. Tarek Haliseh

Television[edit]

Year Production Role Notes
1990 A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia Emir Feisal TV film
1992 Big Battalions Yousef TV miniseries, 1 episode
1993–1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Dr Julian Bashir 169 out of 176 episodes
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation Dr Julian Bashir 1 episode: "Birthright, Part 1"
2003 Spooks
(titled MI-5 in the US and France)
Ibhn Khaldun 1 episode: "Nest of Angels" {Series 2, Episode 2}
2004 The Hamburg Cell Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
2005 Agatha Christie's Poirot Mr. Shaitana 1 episode "Cards on the Table"
2006 Hannibal - Rome's Worst Nightmare Hannibal
2007 24 Hamri Al-Assad 7 episodes
2008 Merlin Kanan 1 episode
2009 Waking the Dead Dr Mohammed 2 episodes ("Endgame, Part 1" and "Endgame, Part 2")[5]
2010 Strike Back Zahir Sharq 2 episodes ("Part 5" and "Part 6", Sky1 TV series)
2011 Primeval Phillip Burton Episode 24–36 (series 4 & 5)[6]
2012 True Love Ismail Episode 4 – Sandra
2013 Da Vinci's Demons Al-Rahim
2013 Wild Arabia Narrator Nature documentary from the BBC Natural History Unit
2013 Atlantis King Minos

Other appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alexander Siddig Biography (1965–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Siddig: No More Deep Space Nine". Collider.com. 9 August 2010. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Mintzer, Joshua (11 September 2012). "Inescapable: Toronto Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "BBC One programme information". Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "BBC Programme Information: Week 39". BBC Press Office. Retrieved on 10 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Primeval is back on ITV1 – ITV Press Centre". Itv.com. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 

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