Dominic Purcell

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Dominic Purcell
Dominic Purcell by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Purcell in 2016
Born (1970-02-17) 17 February 1970 (age 46)
Wallasey, Cheshire,[1] England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Rebecca Williamson (m. 1998; div. 2008)
Partner(s) AnnaLynne McCord (2011-present)
Children 4

Dominic Haakon Myrtvedt Purcell[2] (born 17 February 1970) is an English-born Irish-Australian actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Lincoln Burrows in Fox's Prison Break and Mick Rory / Heat Wave in CW's The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.

Early life[edit]

Purcell was born in Wallasey, Cheshire,[1] the son of Phil Myrtvedt 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] Since 2011 he is dating former 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord the couple announced an amicable split in 2014 but rekindled their romance a year later, McCord told People Magazine she came back into his life as friend when the actor was diagnosed with skin cancer but soon became romantic again.[5]

On June 1, 2016, Purcell suffered severe injuries on set in Morocco, after a misplaced iron bar used as a Prison Break (new miniseries) set piece had fallen onto his head. The Australian actor was immediately airlifted from Marrakesh to Casablanca, where he received emergency treatment for nasal fractures and various other injuries. As of June 7, Purcell is recovering, and the filming schedule has been adjusted to minimise disruption.[6][7][8]

Filmography[edit]

Films/television series that have not yet been released Denotes films/television series that have not yet been released
Film performances
Year Title Role Notes
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 Gravedancers, TheThe Gravedancers Harris McKay
2007 Primeval Tim Manfrey
2009 Blood Creek Victor Alan Marshall
2011 Escapee Jaxon
2011 Straw Dogs Jeremy Niles
2011 Killer Elite Davies
2011 House of the Rising Sun Tony
2012 Bad Karma Mack
2012 Hijacked Otto Southwell
2013 Officer Down Royce Walker
2013 Assault on Wall Street Jim Baxford
2013 Vikingdom Eirick
2013 Breakout Tommy Baxter
2013 Suddenly Baron
2013 Ice Soldiers Malraux
2014 Ganzfeld Haunting, TheThe Ganzfeld Haunting Detective Malone
2014 In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission Hazen Kaine
2014 Bag Man, TheThe Bag Man Larson
2014 Fighting Man, AA Fighting Man Sailor O'Connor
2014 I Choose Short
2014 Turkey Shoot Rick Tyler
2015 Abandoned Jim
2015 Gridlocked David Hendrix
2015 Isolation Max
Television performances
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Home and Away Constable Rogers 3 episodes
1997–98 Raw FM Granger Hutton Main role
1998 Moby Dick Bulkington 2 episodes
1998 Water Rats Alex 2 episodes
1999 Heartbreak High Todd Gillespie Recurring role, 6 episodes
1999 Silent Predators Truck driver Television film
1999 First Daughter Troy Nelson Television film
2001 BeastMaster Kelb Recurring role, 5 episodes
2001 Lost World, TheThe Lost World Condillac Episode: "The Travelers"
2001 Invincible Keith Grady Television film
2002–03 John Doe John Doe Main role
2004–05 North Shore Tommy Ravetto Recurring role, 5 episodes
2004 House Ed Snow Episode: "Fidelity"
2005–09 Prison Break Lincoln Burrows Main role
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break Lincoln Burrows Television film
2011 Castle Russell Ganz Episode: "To Love and Die in L.A."
2012 Common Law John Crowl Episode: "Gun!"
2014–15 Flash, TheThe Flash Mick Rory / Heat Wave Recurring role, 4 episodes
2016 Legends of Tomorrow Mick Rory / Heat Wave Main role
2017 Prison Break dagger Lincoln Burrows Main role, Filming
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Prison Break: The Conspiracy Lincoln Burrows Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts website; accessed 10 April 2014.
  5. ^ "AnnaLynne McCord Opens Up About Rekindling Romance with Dominic Purcell: 'I Have My Best Friend Back'". People Magazine. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ Purcell, Dominic (June 1, 2016). "Dominic Purcell: I'm good". Instagram. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 3, 2016). "Dominic Purcell Injured On Set Of Fox's Prison Break, Production Not Impacted". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Prison Break star Dominic Purcell almost killed on set after iron bar falls on his head". News.com.au. June 4, 2016. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 

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