Dominic Purcell

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Dominic Purcell
Dominic Purcell by Gage Skidmore 2 (cropped).jpg
Purcell in 2016
Born (1970-02-17) 17 February 1970 (age 48)
Wallasey, Cheshire, England
Years active1991–present
Rebecca Williamson
(m. 1998; div. 2008)

Dominic Haakon Myrtved Purcell[1][2] (born 17 February 1970) is an English-born Australian actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Lincoln Burrows in Fox's Prison Break and Mick Rory / Heat Wave in The CW's The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.

Early life[edit]

Purcell was born in Wallasey, England. He is 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 in Australia, 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, Emu Plains.[4] 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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He has dated former 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord, starting in 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.[6] In January 2018, McCord ended her relationship with Purcell.[7]

On 1 June 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.

He has two nieces, Claudia and Elisha Purcell.[8][9][10]


Film roles
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
Blade: Trinity Drake
2006 The Gravedancers Harris McKay
2007 Primeval Tim Manfrey
2009 Blood Creek Victor Alan Marshall
2011 Escapee Harmon Jaxon
Straw Dogs Jeremy Niles
Killer Elite Davies
House of the Rising Sun Tony
2012 Bad Karma Mack
Hijacked Otto Southwell
2013 Officer Down Royce Walker
Assault on Wall Street Jim Baxford
Vikingdom Eirick
Breakout Tommy Baxter
Suddenly Baron
Ice Soldiers Malraux
2014 The Ganzfeld Haunting Detective Malone
In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission Hazen Kaine
The Bag Man Larson
A Fighting Man Sailor O'Connor
I Choose N/A Short film
Turkey Shoot Rick Tyler
2015 Abandoned Jim
Gridlocked David Hendrix
Isolation Max
As a 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
Prison Break Producer
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Home and Away Constable Rogers 3 episodes
1997–1998 Raw FM Granger Hutton Main role, 13 episodes
1998 Moby Dick Bulkington 2 episodes
Water Rats Alex 2 episodes
1999 Heartbreak High Todd Gillespie Recurring role, 6 episodes
Silent Predators Truck driver Television film
First Daughter Troy Nelson Television film
2001 BeastMaster Kelb Recurring role, 5 episodes
The Lost World Condillac Episode: "The Travelers"
Invincible Keith Grady Television film
2002–2003 John Doe John Doe Main role, 21 episodes
2004–2005 North Shore Tommy Ravetto Recurring role, 5 episodes
2004 House Ed Snow Episode: "Fidelity"
Prison Break Lincoln Burrows Main role, 90 episodes
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!"
2014–2016 The Flash Mick Rory/Heat Wave Recurring role, 5 episodes
2015 Superhero Fight Club Mick Rory Television short promo video
2016–present Legends of Tomorrow Mick Rory/Heat Wave Main role
2017 Supergirl Mick Rory/Heat Wave Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1"
Arrow Mick Rory/Heat Wave Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2"
Video game roles
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 Haakon Myrtved Purcell". Instagram. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Dominic Purcell profile at". Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts website; accessed 10 April 2014.
  6. ^ "AnnaLynne McCord Opens Up About Rekindling Romance with Dominic Purcell: 'I Have My Best Friend Back'". People Magazine. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Byrne, Suzy (January 24, 2018). "AnnaLynne McCord no longer dating Dominic Purcell: 'We're very, very amicable'". Yahoo! Lifestyle. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Purcell, Dominic (June 1, 2016). "Dominic Purcell: I'm good". Instagram. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 3, 2016). "Dominic Purcell Injured On Set Of Fox's Prison Break, Production Not Impacted". Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  10. ^ "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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