Dominic Purcell

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Dominic Purcell
Dominic Purcell Edwards AFB.jpg
Purcell in 2011
Born (1970-02-17) 17 February 1970 (age 45)
Wallasey, Merseyside,[1] England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991 – present
Spouse(s) Rebecca Williamson (1998-2008)
Children 4

Dominic Haakon Myrtvedt Purcell[2] (born 17th February 1970) is an English-born Australian actor. He is known for his portrayal of the character Lincoln Burrows in Prison Break, the title character in John Doe, and Dracula in Blade: Trinity. He worked closely with Wentworth Miller in Prison Break and as Mick Rory/Heat Wave in DC's The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.

Early life[edit]

Purcell was born in Wallasey, Merseyside,[1] the son of Gerald and Mary T. "Maureen" (née Hassett) Purcell. He is of Irish and Norwegian descent. In 1972, he and his family moved to Bondi, New South Wales, and later to Western Sydney.[3] He attended Blaxland East Public School and Blaxland High School, as well as St Dominic's College and McCarthy Catholic College. After becoming a landscape gardener, he grew tired of the profession and decided to become an actor after watching the film Platoon.[citation needed] He later attended the Australian Theatre for Young People and then enrolled at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he studied with Hugh Jackman.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Purcell's three brothers and one sister live in Dundalk and hold Irish citizenship.[citation needed] In August 1997, Purcell started dating Rebecca Williamson. They married on 1 August 1998 after one year of dating and have four children together : son Joseph (born 12 August 1999), daughter Audrey (born 30 January 2001) and twins Lily-Rose and Augustus (born 7 July 2003). In October 2007, Purcell and Williamson separated and divorced on 22 October 2008.[citation needed] From 2011 to 2014 he dated actress AnnaLynne McCord, the couple broke up but in January 2016 it was announced that they resumed their relationship.



Year Title Role
1999 First Daughter Troy Nelson
2000 Mission: Impossible II Ulrich
2001 Scenes of the Crime Mark
2002 Equilibrium Seamus
2003 Visitors Luke
2004 Three Way Lewis "Lew" Brookbank
2004 Blade: Trinity Drake
2006 The Gravedancers Harris McKay
2007 Primeval Tim Manfrey
2009 Blood Creek Victor Alan Marshall
2011 House of the Rising Sun Tony
2011 Escapee Jaxon
2011 Killer Elite Davies
2011 Straw Dogs Jeremy Niles
2012 Hijacked Otto Southwell
2012 Bad Karma Mack
2013 Officer Down Royce Walker
2013 Assault on Wall Street Baxford
2013 Vikingdom Eirick
2013 Breakout Tommy Baxter
2013 Suddenly Baron
2013 Ice Soldiers Malraux
2014 In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission Hazen Kaine
2014 Turkey Shoot Cmdr Rick Tyler
2014 The Ganzfeld Haunting Detective Malone
2014 The Bag Man Larson
2014 A Fighting Man Sailor O'Connor
2015 Gridlocked David Hendrix


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Home and Away Constable Rogers 3 episodes
1997–98 Raw FM Granger Hutton 13 episodes
1998 Water Rats Alex 2 episodes
1999 Heartbreak High Todd Gillespie 6 episodes
2001 BeastMaster Kelb 5 episodes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World Condillac 1 episode
Invincible Keith Grady TV movie
2002–03 John Doe John Doe 22 episodes
2004 House Ed Snow 1 episode
2004–05 North Shore Tommy Ravetto 5 episodes
2005–09 Prison Break Lincoln Burrows 81 episodes
2011 Castle Russell Ganz 1 episode
2012 Common Law John Crowl 1 episode
2014 The Flash Mick Rory / Heat Wave Recurring
2016-present Legends of Tomorrow Main Role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2010 Prison Break: The Conspiracy Lincoln Burrows

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Work Award Category Result
2009 Balibo Inside Film Awards Best Feature Film Nominated


Year Title Award Category Result
2007 Prison Break AACTA Awards Best Actor Won


  1. ^ a b "Cheshire" is correct. "Merseyside" did not exist before 1 April 1974
  2. ^ O'Connor, B, "Break Out". Men's Fitness. December/January 2007 Issue; retrieved 18 December 2006.
  3. ^ "Dominic Purcell profile at". Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts website; accessed 10 April 2014.

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