Dominic Purcell

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Dominic Purcell
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Purcell at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Dominic Haakon Myrtved Purcell

(1970-02-17) 17 February 1970 (age 52)
Years active1991–present
Rebecca Williamson
(m. 1998; div. 2008)

Dominic Haakon Myrtved Purcell[1][2] (born 17 February 1970)[3] is a British-Australian actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Lincoln Burrows in Fox's Prison Break (2005–2009; 2017) and Mick Rory / Heat Wave in The CW's The Flash (2014–2016) and Legends of Tomorrow (2016–2021), as well as Drake / Dracula in Blade: Trinity (2004).

Early life[edit]

Purcell was born in Wallasey, Cheshire (now Merseyside), England. He is the son of Phil Myrtvedt and Mary T. "Maureen" (née Hassett) Purcell. His mother was Irish and his father was of Norwegian and English descent. In 1972, he and his family moved to Bondi, New South Wales in Australia, and later to Western Sydney in Penrith.[4] He attended Blaxland East Public School and Blaxland High School, as well as St Dominic's College and McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains.[5] 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.[6] He holds triple British-Irish-Australian citizenship, being British by virtue of being born in the United Kingdom before the country abolished unconditional birthright citizenship in 1983 and being Irish automatically through his Irish mother.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Purcell was married to Rebecca Williamson from 1998 until 2008, during which time the couple had four children.[8]

In 2011, Purcell started dating former 90210 actress AnnaLynne McCord; in 2014, the couple announced an amicable split, though they 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.[9] In January 2018, McCord ended the relationship.[10] However, on 25 September 2020 Purcell confirmed on Instagram that they had rekindled their relationship.[11]

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 fell on his head. He was immediately airlifted from Ouarzazate to Casablanca, where he received emergency treatment for nasal fractures and various other injuries.[12][13][14]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Mission: Impossible 2 Ulrich
2001 Scenes of the Crime Mark
2002 Equilibrium Seamus
2003 Visitors Luke
2004 Three Way 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 Zello
2012 Bad Karma Mack
Hijacked Otto Southwell
2013 Officer Down Royce Walker
Assault on Wall Street Jim Baxford
Vikingdom Eirick
Suddenly Baron
Breakout Tommy Baxter
Ice Soldiers Malraux
2014 In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission Hazen Kaine
The Ganzfeld Haunting Detective Malone
The Bag Man Larson
A Fighting Man "Sailor" O'Connor
I Choose N/A Short film
Turkey Shoot Rick Tyler
2015 Abandoned James Nalepka
Gridlocked David Hendrix
Isolation Max
2021 Blood Red Sky Berg
2022 Die Like Lovers

As producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2004 Three Way Also associate producer
2009 Balibo
2014 I Choose
2015 Isolation Also executive producer
2017 Untitled Sunny Garcia Documentary dagger
Prison Break


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Home and Away Constable Rogers 3 episodes
1997–1998 Raw FM Granger Hutton 13 episodes
1998 Moby Dick Bulkington 2 episodes
Water Rats Alex
1999 Heartbreak High Todd Gillespie 6 episodes
Silent Predators Truck Driver Television film
First Daughter Troy Nelson
2001 BeastMaster Kelb 5 episodes
The Lost World Condillac Episode: "The Travelers"
Invincible Keith Grady Television film
2002–2003 John Doe John Doe 21 episodes
2004–2005 North Shore Tommy Ravetto 5 episodes
2004 House Ed Snow Episode: "Fidelity"
2005–2009, 2017 Prison Break Lincoln Burrows 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!"
2014–2016 The Flash Mick Rory / Heat Wave recurring role 5 episodes
2015 Superhero Fight Club Television short promo video
2016–2021 Legends of Tomorrow Main role (seasons 1-6)
2017 Supergirl Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1"
Arrow Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2"
2019 Batwoman Mick Rory / Heat Wave
Episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 2"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2010 Prison Break: The Conspiracy Lincoln Burrows

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. ^ Purcell, Dominic. "HAAKON🇳🇴🇦🇺 (@dominicpurcell) posted on Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 30 September 2020. Non-loginwalled link at[better source needed]
  4. ^ "Dominic Purcell profile at". Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  5. ^ "R/PrisonBreak - [Somewhat off topic] Fun Fact about Dominic Purcell that I only recently learnt of!".
  6. ^ Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts website; accessed 10 April 2014.
  7. ^ Lonergan, Aidan. "11 celebrities you never realised had an Irish passport". The Irish Post. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Prison Break star Dominic Purcell reunites with 90210 lover AnnaLynne McCord". The Daily Telegraph. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  9. ^ "AnnaLynne McCord Opens Up About Rekindling Romance with Dominic Purcell: 'I Have My Best Friend Back'". People Magazine. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  10. ^ Byrne, Suzy (24 January 2018). "AnnaLynne McCord no longer dating Dominic Purcell: 'We're very, very amicable'". Yahoo! Lifestyle. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  11. ^ "@dominicpurcell". Instagram. Retrieved 10 November 2020. It's been a journey with me and Anna. 12 years. @theannalynnemccord we loved. We hated. We older now. Felt it, dealt it, experienced it. She's the only chick that truly gets me
  12. ^ Purcell, Dominic (1 June 2016). "Dominic Purcell: I'm good". Instagram. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (3 June 2016). "Dominic Purcell Injured On Set Of Fox's Prison Break, Production Not Impacted". Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Prison Break star Dominic Purcell almost killed on set after iron bar falls on his head". 4 June 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.

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