Gideon Emery

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Gideon Emery
Gideon Emery.jpeg
Emery in Los Angeles, California.
Born (1972-09-12) 12 September 1972 (age 42)
Windsor, United Kingdom
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, voice actor, singer
Years active 1994–present

Gideon Emery (born 12 September 1972) is an English jazz musician, actor and voice actor, known for his stage work in South Africa and for providing voices in video games.

Early life and education[edit]

Emery was born in Windsor, United Kingdom. At the age of 4, his father moved the family to Johannesburg, South Africa.[1] An only child, Emery kept himself amused by imitating characters from film and television.[2] Early impersonations included Michael Jackson[3] and Max from Hart to Hart.[4] He returned to England during high school, briefly attending Reading Blue Coat School. But it was back in South Africa at St John's College where he cemented his love for acting, playing Dick Deadeye in the Gilbert & Sullivan musical HMS Pinafore[5] and winning Best Actor for the role of Mr. Glum in The Glums comedy sketch, "L'Engagement".[6] After briefly considering a career in graphic art, he went on to study acting at the University of the Witwatersrand.[1] Student roles included Salieri in Amadeus and Gregor in Steven Berkoff's adaption of Kafka's The Metamorphosis.

Personal life[edit]

Emery currently lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and their dogs.[7]


In his 3rd year of drama school, friend Ashley Callie was going to audition for Johannesburg's annual Christmas pantomime, directed by the award-winning Janice Honeyman. Emery was persuaded to go along and ended up being cast. He played a couple of characters, but impressed with his stand-up routine during a set change.[1] As a result, fellow cast member, veteran actor Bill Flynn introduced him to his agent and his career was started. Around this time, he also began what was to become a prolific voice career.[8] (He would later win a Gold Craft Award at the 2003 Loerie Advertising Awards) He played in a number of stand-up venues and established himself as character actor,[3] often performing multiple roles within a single play, such as all the male roles in Mark Ravenhill's Sleeping Around[9] and Tom, Leslie and Phyllis in A.R. Gurney's Sylvia.[10]

He performed standup comedy on television and was a series regular on the sketch comedy show Not Quite Friday Night.[3] He received the National Vita Award for Comedy for the role of Maloom in the play Heel Against the Head,[3] once again alongside Bill Flynn and actor/playwright Paul Slabolepszy. Emery has also performed his own one-man plays, Thin Man Talking[11] and The Great Glendini.[12] For the latter, he recorded a jazz standards album, Standard Ease. He acted alongside the late Bill Flynn for a third and final time, playing Bernard to Flynn's Willy Loman in the award-winning Baxter Theatre production of Death of a Salesman.[13]

Thanks to his keen ear for accents, Emery found himself playing various roles in visiting British and American film and television productions. He soon decided that the screen was where he wanted to focus his attention. With most major projects casting their lead roles overseas, he decided it was time to explore more diverse opportunities.[14] In late 2003, he moved to Los Angeles, where he has played memorable characters both on screen (Last Resort, Takers, Moonlight, Burn Notice) and for video games such as Final Fantasy XII, Vanquish, Dragon Age II and Street Fighter X Tekken. He has performed motion capture as well as voice-over for the games Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Battlefield 3 and Wolfenstein: The New Order, with the former two also using his likeness.

Emery has a recurring role on the hit MTV series Teen Wolf as season 3's main antagonist Deucalion, a blind but powerful Alpha werewolf who leads a pack consisting entirely of Alphas. The character is described as having a "cutting intelligence" and a plan to pit his young enemy, protagonist Scott McCall, against fellow Alpha werewolf, Derek Hale.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Film/TV More Info
1994 Honeytown II Taylor TV series Season regular
1995 Not Quite Friday Night Various TV series Season regular
It's A Funny Country Comedian TV special
1996 Rhodes Wilson TV series Recurring
1997 Great Soldiers Bowers Feature
The Legend of the Hidden City Creature Voices TV series Created and voiced creature languages
It's A Funny Country: Year In, Year Out Comedian TV special Live New Year's Eve Countdown Special
1999 Saints, Sinners and Settlers Sgt. Williamson TV series Episode: ""The Good Doctor: Trial of H.F. Verwoerd"
25° South Charly TV series Recurring
2000 Glory Glory Sil Feature
Filligoggin Filligoggin, Benny Baboon, Sniffbug TV series Season regular
2001 Diamond Cut Diamond Paddy Feature
2002 The Sorcerer's Apprentice Sly Feature
2003 Red Water Gene Bradley TV film
2004 A Case of Murder Eric Norkem Feature
Cape of Good Hope Miles Feature
2005 Commander in Chief Jared Lyons TV series Season 1.6: "First Disaster"
2007 Moonlight Donovan Shepherd TV series Season 1.8: "12:04 AM"
Greetings From the Shore Sasha Mientkciewicz Feature
24 Leon TV series Season 6.13: "Day 6: 6:00pm - 7:00pm"
Almaz Black Box Wesley Abbot Feature
Primeval Matt Collins Feature
Passions Max TV series Recurring guest star
2008 Train Willy Feature
The Middleman Vlad the Impaler TV series Season 1.10: "The Vampiric Puppet Lamentation"
CSI: NY Christopher Vackner TV series Season 4.18: "Admissions"
General Hospital Jasper Jacks TV series Recurring guest star
2009 Burn Notice Sean Glenanne TV series Season 3.9: "Long Way Back"
90210 Kevin TV series Season 1.18: "Off the Rails"
Eleventh Hour Brandon Hertle TV series Season 1.11: "Miracle"
2009-10 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lott Dod, Mee Deechi, Gotal, Kerch Kusi TV series Recurring, voice
2010 Castle Lloyd Saunders TV series Season 3.7: "Almost Famous"
Takers Sergei Feature
The Forgotten Sean Hennessey TV series Season 1.10: "Double Doe"
2011 Blue Crush 2 Joel Feature
NCIS: Los Angeles Jeff Kinto TV series Season 2.21: "Rocket Man"
The Mentalist Owen Melling TV series Season 3.18: "The Red Mile"
2012 Last Resort Booth TV series Recurring
Survivor Type Richard Pine Short Official Site
2013 NCIS Rudolph Stalin TV series Season 11.9: "Gut Check"
Teen Wolf Deucalion TV series Recurring
Beverly Hills Cop Lyle Hawes TV series Pilot episode
True Blood Justin TV series Season 6.05: "Fuck the Pain Away"
2014 Shameless Professor Moss TV series Recurring
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Teeny Feature Voice
2015 E&N with Ed Neusbit Ed Neusbit Web series Series lead Official Site
Grimm Damien Barso TV series Season 4.13: "Trial by Fire"
Daredevil Anatoly TV series Season 1.01: "Into the Ring"
Season 1.04: "In the Blood"
DC Super Friends Captain Cold Web series Voice[15]


Voice acting - video games[edit]

Voice acting - audiobooks[edit]


  • Standard Ease (2011)[19]



  1. ^ a b c "The Million and One Dollar Man". Personality Magazine. 4 June 1993. pp. 34–5. 
  2. ^ Adams, Alyn (January 2001). "I Could Do That: The Voice Artist". South Africa: FHM. 
  3. ^ a b c d Ackermann, Cobus (September 2001). "5 Blink Sterre". De Kat Magazine. 
  4. ^ "Gideon Emery interview". 26 July 2005. 
  5. ^ Barkum, Daniella (24 August 2001). "Magic is Gideon's Great Escape". Sandton Chronicle. 
  6. ^ "(unknown)". The Johannian. 1989. p. 35. 
  7. ^ "In the Workshop with Gideon Emery". The Workshop. 27 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "What a Swell Party This Is". City Life. December 2002. 
  9. ^ The Star Tonight, "How'd They Do That?", Garalt MacLiam; August 1999
  10. ^ Daniel, Raeford (19 September 1996). "A Garfield Clone?". The Citizen. 
  11. ^ Willoughby, Guy (10 July 1996). "Comedy Cuts". Cue. 
  12. ^ MacLiam, Garalt (29 June 2000). "School Chalk and Magical Cheese". The Star Tonight. 
  13. ^ Williams, Owen (19 February 2001). "First Rate Production of Miller's 'Salesman'". Cape Argus. 
  14. ^ de Lange, Amanda (29 January 2005). "5 Vrae Aan Gideon Emery". Beeld. 
  15. ^ "DC Super Friends: The World's Finest Supervillain Hideout". YouTube. 2015-05-04. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  16. ^ Square Enix. "Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII". Scene: Closing credits, 5 minutes in, Voice Actors, Additional Voices. 
  17. ^ Toys for Bob. "Skylanders: Trap Team". Scene: Closing credits, 8:40 in Voice Actors. 
  18. ^ Kellams, JP (2010-10-25). "Narrative Design in Vanquish". PlatinumGames Blog. Platinum Games. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  19. ^ "iTunes: Standard Ease". 

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