|Born||Burn Hugh Gorman
1 September 1974
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Burn Hugh Gorman (born 1 September 1974) is an American-born English actor and musician. He is best known for his roles as Owen Harper in the BBC series Torchwood (2006–08), Karl Tanner in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2013–14), and Phillip Stryver in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). He has also starred as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb in Pacific Rim (2013) and Major Richard 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.
Gorman was born in Hollywood, California, the son of 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. 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 of London, he has worked with the Playhouse, the Theatre Royal, 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 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. He also competed against Yorkshire Beatboxer Desebel and was crowned the BBC 1Xtra Human Beatbox Champion.
|2001||Love is Not Enough||Al Weisberger|
|2002||A Good Thief||DC Fairchild||Television film|
|2005||Colour Me Kubrick||Willie|
|2005||The Best Man||Bus Driver|
|2007||Sex, the City and Me||Lawrence||Television film|
|2008||The Oxford Murders||Yuri Podorov|
|2008||The Curse of Steptoe||Ray Galton||Television film|
|2010||Cemetery Junction||PC Renwick|
|2011||Johnny English Reborn||Slater|
|2012||Red Lights||Benedict Cohen|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Phillip Stryver|
|2013||The Other Man||Simon||Short film|
|2013||All Is by My Side||Michael Jeffery|
|2013||Pacific Rim||Dr. Hermann Gottlieb|
|2014||Walking with the Enemy||Colonel Skorzeny|
|2014||Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day||Mr. Brand|
|2015||In a Valley of Violence||Priest||Post-production|
|1998||Coronation Street||Ben Andrews||3 episodes|
|2000||Casualty||Geoff Simpson||Episode: "Not Waving But Drowning"|
|2001||Merseybeat||Sean Finnigan||Episode: "Coming of Age"|
|2005||The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Billy Verger||Episode: "In Divine Proportion"|
|2005||Funland||Tim Timothy||3 episodes|
|2005||Bleak House||Guppy||11 episodes|
|2006||Low Winter Sun||Det. Con. Kenny Morton||2 episodes|
|2006||Dalziel and Pascoe||Jerry Hart||2 episodes|
|2006–08||Torchwood||Owen Harper||26 episodes|
|2007||Agatha Christie's Marple||Jacko Argyle||Episode: "Ordeal by Innocence"|
|2008||Bonekickers||Banks||Episode: "The Lines of War"|
|2009||Wuthering Heights||Hindley Earnshaw||2 episodes|
|2011||The Runaway||Richard Gates||5 episodes|
|2011||The Hour||Thomas Kish||4 episodes|
|2011||Lark Rise to Candleford||Reverend Marley||Episode: "4.3"|
|2013||The Spies of Warsaw||Jourdain||4 episodes|
|2013||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Scientist||Episode: "Flowers for Charlie"|
|2013–14||Game of Thrones||Karl Tanner||4 episodes|
|2014||Turn: Washington's Spies||Major Richard Hewlett||9 episodes|
|2009||Risen||Various voices||English version|
|2011||Star Wars: The Old Republic||Additional voices|
- Herman, Sarah (August 2008). "Burn Gorman, Where's Your Head At?". Torchwood Magazine. p. 60.
- "Meet the characters and cast of Wuthering Heights". PBS.org.
- Michael Billington (8 November 2004). "Gong Donkeys". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2006.
- "Flush by David Dipper" (Press release). Soho Theatre Company. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 21 April 2006.
- Bamigboye, Baz (9 May 2008). "Watch out for... Burn Gorman in Oliver!". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
- Allan Hunter (18 November 2011) Up There. screendaily.com
- Chitwood, Adam (9 July 2013). "Guillermo del Toro Says They're Writing the First Season of THE STRAIN Before Filming; Calls CRIMSON PEAK His "First Adult Movie in the English Language"". collider.com. Retrieved 9 July 2013.