Burn Gorman

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Burn Gorman
Born Burn Hugh Gorman[1]
(1974-09-01) 1 September 1974 (age 41)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1998–present

Burn Hugh Gorman (born 1 September 1974) 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). Gorman's 2015 roles include the films Crimson Peak and In a Valley of Violence.

Early life[edit]

Gorman was born in Hollywood, California, to English parents.[2] 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.[3]



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".[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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".[7] Gorman will return for Pacific Rim 2 which marks his third collaboration with Del Toro.[8]


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.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Love is Not Enough Al Weisberger
2002 A Good Thief DC Fairchild Television film
2004 Layer Cake Gazza
2005 Colour Me Kubrick Willie
2005 The Best Man Bus Driver
2006 Penelope Larry
2007 Sex, the City and Me Lawrence Television film
2007 Fred Claus Elf
2008 The Oxford Murders Yuri Podorov
2008 The Curse of Steptoe Ray Galton Television film
2010 Cemetery Junction PC Renwick
2011 Up There Martin
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 Low Down Wiggenhern
2014 Walking with the Enemy Colonel Skorzeny
2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Mr. Brand
2015 Crimson Peak Holly[9]
2016 In a Valley of Violence Priest Post-production
2016 Imperium Morgan Filming


Year Title Role Notes
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
2006–2008 Torchwood Owen Harper 26 episodes
2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Jacko Argyle Episode: "Ordeal by Innocence"
2007 EastEnders Jed Episode: "3166"
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 Revenge Trask 4 episodes
2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Scientist Episode: "Flowers for Charlie"
2013–2014 Game of Thrones Karl Tanner 4 episodes
2014–2015 Forever Adam 5 episodes
2014–present Turn: Washington's Spies Major Edmund Hewlett 17 episodes
2015 The Man in the High Castle The Marshall 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Risen Various voices English version
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Additional voices


  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. ^ "Notable Alumni. Manchester Metropolitan University". 
  4. ^ Michael Billington (8 November 2004). "Gong Donkeys". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2006. 
  5. ^ "Flush by David Dipper" (Press release). Soho Theatre Company. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 21 April 2006. 
  6. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (9 May 2008). "Watch out for... Burn Gorman in Oliver!". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 12 May 2008. 
  7. ^ Allan Hunter (18 November 2011) Up There. screendaily.com
  8. ^ Nemiroff, Perri (November 24, 2014). "Guillermo del Toro Says PACIFIC RIM 2 Begins a Few Years After PACIFIC RIM in a Kaiju-Free World; Charlie Day and Burn Gorman to Return". Collider. 
  9. ^ 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. 

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