1 September 1974
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Nationality||British and American|
|Alma mater||Manchester Metropolitan University|
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Beard (m. 2004)|
Burn 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), Major Edmund Hewlett in the AMC series Turn: Washington's Spies (2014), and Mr. Holly in Crimson Peak (2015).
Gorman was born in Hollywood, California, to 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 has three older sisters. Gorman 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, and in 2014, portrayed Adam, the lead character's stalker and fellow immortal, in ABC's Forever.
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 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 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.
Gorman has played in clubs and on stages all over the world, appearing alongside Neneh Cherry, Rodney P, and Groove Armada. He has worked on music 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, DukeBox, and A-Plus (Alex Tew, known as the founder of The Million Dollar Homepage and Calm). Gorman also competed against Yorkshire beatboxer Desebel and was crowned the BBC 1Xtra Human Beatbox Champion in 2003.
Gorman has been married to Sarah Beard, a schoolteacher, since 17 July 2004. Beard gave birth to their first child, son Max Hugh Gorman, in Cardiff in 2006, whilst the first series of Torchwood was in production. The couple's second child, daughter Nell Gorman, was born on 25 January 2009. A second daughter, the couple's third child, followed in September 2014.
|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||Agent 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||Crimson Peak||Mr. Holly|
|2016||In a Valley of Violence||Priest|
|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|
|2006–08||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||Revenge||Mr. Trask||4 episodes|
|2013||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Scientist||Episode: "Flowers for Charlie"|
|2013–14||Game of Thrones||Karl Tanner||4 episodes|
|2014–15||Forever||Adam / Lewis Farber||5 episodes|
|2014–present||Turn: Washington's Spies||Major Edmund Hewlett||17 episodes|
|2015||And Then There Were None||Detective Sergeant William Blore||3 episodes|
|2015||The Man in the High Castle||The Marshal||2 episodes|
|2016||Stan Lee's Lucky Man||Coroner||1 episode|
|2009||Risen||Various voices||English version|
|2011||Star Wars: The Old Republic||Additional voices|
- 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".
- "Chicago TARDIS 2015: Burn Gorman On a panel of the Doctor Who convention Chicago TARDIS, which took place from 27 to 29 November 2015, Gorman refuted the above-mentioned source, which stated that his name was "Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman", leaving it unclear, whether this applied to both "Hugh" and "Winchester", or just "Winchester". Gorman stated, "For a while [...] I would get some questions saying 'So, your name is 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" (minutes 9:00-9:35).
- "Meet the characters and cast of Wuthering Heights". PBS.org. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
- "Notable Alumni". Manchester Metropolitan University. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
- 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.
- "Game of Thrones’ Burn Gorman". Global News. Retrieved 21 March 2016.