Dominic Purcell

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Dominic Purcell
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Purcell in 2016
Born (1970-02-17) 17 February 1970 (age 47)
Wallasey, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Rebecca Williamson (m. 1998; div. 2008)
Children 4

Dominic Haakon Myrtvedt Purcell[1] (born 17 February 1970) is an Australian-British 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, United Kingdom, the son of Phil Myrtvedt and Mary T. "Maureen" (née Hassett) Purcell. His mother was of Irish descent and his father was a Norwegian of French descent. In 1972, he and his family moved to Bondi, New South Wales, and later to Western Sydney.[2] He attended Blaxland East Public School and Blaxland High School, as well as St Dominic's College and McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains.[3] 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]

He has been dating former 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord since 2011. In 2014, the couple announced an amicable split, but rekindled their romance a year later. McCord told People Magazine she came back into his life as a friend when the actor was diagnosed with skin cancer, but the relationship soon turned romantic again.[5] They separated again in 2016.

On June 1, 2016, Purcell suffered severe injuries on set in Morocco, after a misplaced iron bar used as a Prison Break season 5 set piece had fallen onto his head. The 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]

He has 4 children from his first marriage.


Film performances
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Mission: Impossible 2 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 Harmon 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
As producer
Year Title Notes
2004 Three Way Associate producer
2009 Balibo Producer
2014 I Choose Producer
2015 Isolation Executive producer
2017 Untitled Sunny Garcia Documentary dagger Producer
2017 Prison Break Producer
Television performances
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Home and Away Constable Rogers 3 episodes
1997–98 Raw FM Granger Hutton Main role, 13 episodes
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, 21 episodes
2004–05 North Shore Tommy Ravetto Recurring role, 5 episodes
2004 House Ed Snow Episode: "Fidelity"
2005–09, 2017 Prison Break Lincoln Burrows Main role, 90 episodes
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break Television film
2011 Castle Russell Ganz Episode: "To Love and Die in L.A."
2012 Common Law John Crowl Episode: "Gun!"
2014–16 Flash, TheThe Flash Mick Rory/Heat Wave Recurring role, 5 episodes
2015 Superhero Fight Club Television short promo video
2016–present Legends of Tomorrow Main role
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Prison Break: The Conspiracy Lincoln Burrows Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2007 AACTA Awards Best Actor Prison Break Won
2009 Inside Film Awards Best Feature Film Balibo Nominated


  1. ^ O'Connor, B, "Break Out Archived 9 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine.". Men's Fitness. December/January 2007 Issue; retrieved 18 December 2006.
  2. ^ "Dominic Purcell profile at". Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  3. ^ [1]
  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". Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Prison Break star Dominic Purcell almost killed on set after iron bar falls on his head". June 4, 2016. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 

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