Burn Gorman

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Burn Gorman
Born (1974-09-01) 1 September 1974 (age 39)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1998–present

Burn Hugh Gorman[1] (born 1 September 1974) is an American-born English actor and musician. He is best known for portraying Owen Harper in Torchwood, William Guppy in Bleak House, and Stryver in The Dark Knight Rises. He is also known for his appearances in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and films such as Johnny English Reborn, Red Lights, and Pacific Rim.

Early life[edit]

Gorman was born in Hollywood, California, the son of English parents.[2] His father was a professor of linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles in Westwood, California. At the age of seven, he moved to London. He trained at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.


Gorman appeared in the first two seasons of the BAFTA Cymru-winning science-fiction/crime drama Torchwood as Owen Harper. Other television includes Sex, the City and Me, Funland, Bonekickers and other projects for the BBC.

Gorman appeared in the BAFTA and EMMY-winning BBC One adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House as William Guppy, and the BAFTA-nominated political thriller Low Winter Sun (Tiger Aspect/Channel 4) the same year. He played scriptwriter Ray Galton in the BAFTA-nominated and RTS-winning BBC Four television play, The Curse of Steptoe.

Other television includes Funland (BBC Three), A Good Thief (Granada), Dalziel and Pascoe (BBC One), Casualty, Merseybeat and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (BBC). He played a guest role in EastEnders on 9 March 2007 as Jed. Gorman has recently starred in the ITV adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights as Hindley Earnshaw. He also had a small part in Cemetery Junction as one of the police officers. In 2011, he starred in Sky1's second Martina Cole adaptation, The Runaway. It was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa and London in 2010.

Film work includes Love is Not Enough, Layer Cake, Colour Me Kubrick, The Best Man, Penelope, Claus, The Oxford Murders and Cemetery Junction.

His London theatre credits include Ladybird (Royal Court), Flush (Soho Theatre), Oliver (Theatre Royal), The Green Man and Gong Donkeys (Bush Theatre), of which Michael Billington of The Guardian wrote "Burn Gorman proves that he is one of the best young actors in Britain."[3]

Gorman has also worked with acclaimed actress and director Kathryn Hunter, Marcello Magni of Complicite, Mike Hodges (of Get Carter and Croupier fame), Artistic Director of NT of Scotland Vicky Featherstone, Mark Ravenhill, Frantic Assembly, and with the English National Opera (in Morning To Midnight with Richard Jones). 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.[4]

Outside of London, Gorman has worked with the Playhouse, Nottingham, the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, and Manchester's Royal Exchange Studio and Library and Contact Theatres, where he was nominated for a Manchester Evening News Best Newcomer Award.

From December 2008 to October 2009, he played Bill Sikes in Cameron Mackintosh's 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.[5]

As a musician, Gorman has played in clubs and on stages all over the world, appearing alongside Neneh Cherry, Rodney P and Groove Armada amongst others, 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.

Gorman 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".[6]


Year Film Role Notes
1998 Coronation Street Ben Andrews TV series (3 episodes)
2000 Casualty Geoff Simpson TV series (1 episode: "Not Waving But Drowning")
2001 Mersey Beat Sean Finnigan TV series (1 episode: "Coming of Age")
2001 Love Is Not Enough Al Weisberger
2002 A Good Thief DC Fairchild TV film
2004 Layer Cake Gazza
2005 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Billy Verger TV series (1 episode: "In Divine Proportion")
2005 Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story Willie
2005 Funland Tim Timothy TV series (3 episodes)
2005 The Best Man Bus Driver
2005 Bleak House Guppy TV mini-series (11 episodes)
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe Jerry Hart TV series (2 episodes)
2006 Penelope Larry
2006 Low Winter Sun Det. Con. Kenny Morton TV film
2006 Torchwood Owen Harper TV series (26 episodes: 2006–2008)
2007 EastEnders Jed TV series (1 episode: "9 March 2007")
2007 Marple: Ordeal by Innocence Jacko Argyle TV film
2007 Sex, the City and Me Lawrence TV film
2007 Fred Claus Elf
2008 The Oxford Murders Yuri Podorov
2008 The Curse of Steptoe Ray Galton TV film
2008 Bonekickers Banks TV series (1 episode: "The Lines of War")
2009 Wuthering Heights Hindley TV film
2009 Risen Finch/Brent/Dwight/Flavio/Tucker video game/voice
2010 Cemetery Junction PC Renwick
2011 The Runaway Richard Gates TV series (5 episodes)
2011 The Hour Thomas Kish TV series
2011 Lark Rise to Candleford Reverend Marley TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.4.3")
2011 Up There Martin
2011 Johnny English Reborn Slater
2012 Red Lights Benedict Cosell
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Phillip Stryver
2013 All Is by My Side Michael Jeffery Post-production
2013 Revenge Trask TV series (4 episodes)
2013 Game of Thrones Chett/Karl/Dirk TV series (2 episodes)
2013 Pacific Rim Dr. Hermann Gottlieb
2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Scientist TV series (1 episode: "Flowers for Charlie")
2014 Low Down Wiggenhern
2014 Turn Major Hewlett Upcoming series
2014 Walking with the Enemy Colonel Skorzeny Upcoming film
2015 Crimson Peak[7] Holly Filming


  1. ^ Herman, Sarah (August 2008). "Burn Gorman, Where's Your Head At?". Torchwood Magazine. p. 60. 
  2. ^ Meet the characters and cast of Wuthering Heights. pbs.org
  3. ^ Michael Billington (8 November 2004). "Gong Donkeys". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2006. 
  4. ^ "Flush by David Dipper" (Press release). Soho Theatre Company. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 21 April 2006. 
  5. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (9 May 2008). "Watch out for... Burn Gorman in Oliver!". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 12 May 2008. 
  6. ^ Allan Hunter (18 November 2011) Up There. screendaily.com
  7. ^ Chitwood, Adam (July 9, 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 July 9, 2013. 

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