David Nykl

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David Nykl
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Nykl at the Sydney Oz Comic Con, 2014
Born (1967-02-07) 7 February 1967 (age 55)

David Nykl (born 7 February 1967) is a Czech-Canadian actor of film, television, commercials and theater. He is best known for portraying Dr. Radek Zelenka in the SyFy television series Stargate Atlantis and Anatoly Knyazev in the DC Comics series Arrow.

Early life and education[edit]

Nykl was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, to a nurse mother and a structural engineer father.[1] After the Soviet invasion in 1968, he and his family left then-Communist Czechoslovakia for Canada. Upon arriving at Victoria, British Columbia, Nykl briefly attended the University of British Columbia, where he majored in liberal arts and marketing, but did not graduate.[2]


Nykl has appeared frequently in Vancouver and Prague in dozens of theater, film and television productions. Known for his versatility and depth as an actor, he has also produced theatre and film projects, and in 1994, he co-founded Prague's Misery Loves Company Theatre with Richard Toth and Ewan McLaren.

Nykl is known to science fiction fans as the recurring Stargate Atlantis character of Dr. Radek Zelenka, a Czech scientist on Earth's expedition to the "lost city" of Atlantis. His character is often seen working with the main scientist Dr. Rodney McKay, with their disagreements recurring throughout the series. He also played the role in the Stargate SG-1 episode "The Pegasus Project".

Nykl is fluent in Czech, English, French and Spanish. Though his character on Stargate Atlantis speaks English with a Czech accent, Nykl normally speaks with a Canadian accent. Whenever Zelenka spoke Czech in Stargate Atlantis, Nykl was given the lines in English, and he translated them.

In 2012 he made a brief guest appearance on "Once Upon A Time" as dock man turned fish by evil Cora.

Personal life[edit]

He has three children: daughters Judi and Maddie, and son Sam.[2]


Year Title Media Role Notes
1988 Danger Bay TV series Peter
1993 Strangeview Feature Trucker's Friend
David Feature Bob
1995 Sacred Cargo Feature Brother Alexis
1996 Hidden in Silence TV movie Henek
5 Stunden Angst – Geiselnahme im Kindergarten Feature "Drops"
Crackerjack 2 Feature Cavanaugh
1997 Snow White: A Tale of Terror Feature Unknown
1998 Prague Duet Feature The Journalist
The Barber of Siberia Feature Unknown
Operation Noah TV movie PR Man
Act of War Feature George Willmont
Ceská soda Feature Unknown
Blumenstein Fernand – bláznuv príbeh Feature voice
Hell Mountain Feature First Corridor Guard
Escape Velocity Feature Father Russell
Pat & Mat TV series Pat 1 Episode – "Playing Cards"
1999 Loves Lies Bleeding Feature Fraser
Joan of Arc TV series Duke of Luxembourg
Praha ocima Prague Stories Feature Honza
2000 Jack London’s Call of the Wild TV series Settler
The Scarlet Pimpernel TV series Robespierre's Barber
2001 Bécka Feature Unknown
Seven Days TV series Yuri
2002 The Dead Zone TV series The Waiter
My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star TV series Dancing Potato
2003 Jake 2.0 TV series Vasily
Stealing Sinatra TV movie The Valet
2004 Spare Change Short film Joel
2004-2009 Stargate: Atlantis TV series Dr. Radek Zelenka recurring, 55 episodes
2005 Masters of Horror TV series CSI
Pterodactyl Feature film Herbert
Behind the Camera: Mork & Mindy TV movie John Byner
Cold Squad TV series Bernhardt
2006 Psych TV series Events Coordinator for Shawn vs. the Red Phantom
Stargate SG-1 TV series Dr. Radek Zelenka 1 episode - "The Pegasus Project"
Merlin's Apprentice TV series Brianna's Father
2007 Eureka TV series Dr. Steven Whiticus
2008 Sanctuary TV series Strickland
The Beast of Bottomless Lake Feature Unknown
The Seamstress Feature film Donny Platt
2009 Encounter with Danger TV movie Elliott Maine
Helen TV series John
2010 Fringe TV series Reverend Marcus
Human Target TV series Vincent Morgan
2012 Christmas Miracle Film Drake Once Upon A Time

"S2:E10 "The Cricket Game" Man on dock

Camera Shy Film Cliff Gardner
2013-2020 Arrow TV series Anatoli Knyazev[3] recurring
2014 Supernatural TV series Lester Morris
2015 Air Film Sleeper 1
2018 Salvation TV series Czech Rep 1 Episode – "Détente"
2019 Superior Donuts Play Arthur
2019 The Sleepers (Bez vedomí) TV series Gerald Lloyd


  1. ^ "David Nykl Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b Jackson, Desiree. "Zelenka Explains It All: An Interview with David Nykl".
  3. ^ Byrne, Craig (22 October 2013). "Arrow Casting Spoiler: David Nykl Is Anatoli Knyazev". GreenArrowTV. Retrieved 23 October 2013.

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