Burn Gorman

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Burn Gorman
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Gorman in August 2014
Born (1974-09-01) 1 September 1974 (age 46)
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1998–present
Sarah Gorman
(m. 2004; sep. 2017)

Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman (born 1 September 1974) is a British actor and musician. He is known for his roles as Owen Harper in the BBC series Torchwood (2006–2008), Phillip Stryver in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Karl Tanner in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2013–2014), Hermann Gottlieb in Pacific Rim (2013) and its sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), and Major Edmund Hewlett in the AMC series Turn: Washington's Spies (2014). Gorman portrayed 'The Marshal' in the first season of the Amazon drama The Man in the High Castle.

Early life[edit]

Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman[1][2] was born on 1 September 1974 in Hollywood, California, the son of English parents.[3] His father was a professor of linguistics at UCLA. He has three older sisters. At the age of seven, he moved with his family back to England, where they settled in London. He later trained at Manchester Metropolitan University's School of Theatre.[4]


Gorman played William Guppy in the 2005 BBC One adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, and then 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, and he also appeared in Channel 4's political thriller Low Winter Sun. 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 in 2014, portrayed Adam, the lead character's stalker and fellow immortal, in ABC's Forever. He played Karl Tanner in seasons 3 and 4 of HBO's Game of Thrones.[5]

On film, he has had roles in Layer Cake, The Best Man, Penelope, Fred ClausCemetery Junction, and The Dark Knight Rises.

He has also appeared as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb in the film Pacific Rim and its sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising. 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".[6] 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.[7] 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.[citation needed]

From 2008 to 2009, Gorman played Bill Sikes in the West End revival of the musical Oliver! for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical in the 2010 Whatsonstage Theatre Awards.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Gorman married school teacher Sarah Beard on 17 July 2004. They have three children: a child named Max Hugh Gorman (born 2006) and two daughters named Nell Gorman (born 23 January 2009) and Rosa Gorman (born September 2014).[9] Max was born in Cardiff, where Gorman was filming the first series of Torchwood.



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 Agent Slater
2012 Red Lights Benedict Cohen
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Phillip Stryver
2013 The Other Man Simon Short film
2013 Jimi: All Is by My Side Michael Jeffery
2013 Pacific Rim Hermann Gottlieb
2014 Low Down Wiggenhern
2014 Walking with the Enemy Otto Skorzeny
2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Mr. Brand
2015 Crimson Peak Mr Holly
2016 In a Valley of Violence Priest
2016 Imperium Morgan
2018 Pacific Rim: Uprising Hermann Gottlieb
2020 Enola Holmes Linthorn
2021 Pinocchio The Carabiniere 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 William 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 Spies of Warsaw Jourdain 4 episodes
2013 Revenge Mr 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 / Lewis Farber 5 episodes
2014–2017 Turn: Washington's Spies Major Edmund Hewlett 28 episodes
2015 And Then There Were None Detective Sergeant William Blore 3 episodes
2015 The Man in the High Castle The Marshal 3 episodes
2016 Stan Lee's Lucky Man Doug 3 episodes
2017–2019 Jamestown Nicholas Farlow 15 episodes
2019–present The Expanse[10] Adolphus Murtry 10 episodes
2019–present Cheat Ben Jarvis 4 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Risen Fincher, Brent, Dwight, Flavio, Tucker Voice
English dub
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Darth Angral, Darth Tormen, Apprentice Ortosin Voice


  1. ^ Herman, Sarah: "Burn Gorman, Where's Your Head At?"., Torchwood Magazine (August 2008): page 60. (wayback 20120313031654). Here, Burn states that the name on his birth certificate is "Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman".
  2. ^ "Chicago TARDIS 2015: Burn Gorman During a talk at the Doctor Who convention Chicago TARDIS, which took place from 27 to 29 November 2015, Gorman was prompted to point out inaccuracies in his Wikipedia article. He allowed the moderator's reading of his name as "Burn Hugh Gorman", but clarified, "For a while [...] I would get some questions saying 'So, your name's Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman?' and I don't know where that started! It may be with Wikipedia, or something, but for some reason somebody had edited and put my name as 'Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman', and that is not either true or relevant in any way. So that is a lie." (timecode 9:00-9:35).
  3. ^ "Meet the characters and cast of Wuthering Heights". PBS.org. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Notable Alumni". Manchester Metropolitan University. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  5. ^ Oswald, Anjelica (16 June 2019). "21 'Game of Thrones' actors who have played DC characters". Insider. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  6. ^ Michael Billington (8 November 2004). "Gong Donkeys". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2006.
  7. ^ "Flush by David Dipper" (Press release). Soho Theatre Company. 22 April 2004. Archived from the original on 19 May 2006. Retrieved 21 April 2006.
  8. ^ "Burn Gorman | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Game of Thrones' Burn Gorman". Global News. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  10. ^ Whitbrook, James. "Hell Yeah, Burn Gorman Is Joining The Expanse". io9. Retrieved 7 February 2019.

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