Adkins in 2017
Scott Edward Adkins|
17 June 1976
Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Actor, martial artist, gymnast|
Scott Edward Adkins (born 17 June 1976) is an English actor and martial artist who is best known for playing Russian prison fighter Yuri Boyka in the 2006 film Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and its two sequels: Undisputed III: Redemption (2010) and Boyka: Undisputed (2016) and as Casey Bowman in the 2009 film Ninja and its 2013 sequel Ninja: Shadow of a Tear. He has also appeared in Doctor Strange, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2 and Zero Dark Thirty.
Scott Edward Adkins was born in Sutton Coldfield, a town within Birmingham, England on 17 June 1976 into a family of butchers. He is of Spanish descent. He first became interested in martial arts at the age of ten, when he visited a local Judo club with his father and older brother. After being robbed at age 13, his interest in martial arts grew even more. That same year, he began to practice Taekwondo, receiving his black belt at the age of 19. Since the age of 16, Scott also started to practice Kickboxing with Anthony Jones, eventually becoming a kickboxing instructor for the Professional Karate Association (PKA). Scott Adkins also has experience in Ninjutsu, Karate, Wushu, Jiujitsu, Muay Thai, Capoeira and Acrobatic Gymnastics.
His first break came when he was offered a role in a Hong Kong martial arts film called Dei Seung Chui Keung (2001) (aka Extreme Challenge). Spotted by Head of the Hong Kong Stuntmen Association and director Wei Tung and English-born Hong Kong movie expert Bey Logan, Adkins found himself in the East for the first time. He got the chance to work with some of Hong Kong cinema's leading action directors including Woo-ping Yuen, Corey Yuen, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo and the legendary Jackie Chan. Acting roles started to come in and he was offered a guest role in BBC's Doctors (2000) filmed at Birmingham's Pebble Mill. He appeared in a few episodes in BBC's EastEnders (1985) and City Central (1998), and a lead role in Sky One comedy drama Mile High (2003) followed by a regular role in BBC's Holby City (1999) as Bradley Hume, the assistant general manager of Holby General.
Starring roles in feature films soon followed with his portrayal of Talbot in Special Forces (2003) and Yuri Boyka in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006). It was this film that broke him into the mainstream with his villainous portrayal of the Russian MMA underground fighter Boyka. After this Scott had guest starring roles in bigger budget films like The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and The Tournament (2009), and played Jean-Claude Van Damme's main adversary in Sony Pictures The Shepherd: Border Patrol (2008). Adkins appears in the role of King Amphitryon in The Legend of Hercules.
|2001||The Accidental Spy||Lee's Bodyguard / Turkish leader||as Scott Edward Adkins|
|2002||Black Mask 2: City of Masks||Dr. Lang|
|The Medallion||Snakehead's Henchman|
|2005||Unleashed||Swimming Pool Fighter|
|2006||The Pink Panther||Jacquard / Footballer|
|Undisputed II: Last Man Standing||Yuri Boyka||Direct-to-video|
|2007||The Bourne Ultimatum||Agent Kiley|
|2008||The Shepherd: Border Patrol||Karp||Direct-to-video|
|2009||X-Men Origins: Wolverine||Weapon XI / Deadpool||Shared with Ryan Reynolds|
|The Tournament||Yuri Petrov||Direct-to-video|
|2010||Undisputed III: Redemption||Yuri Boyka||Direct-to-video|
|2011||Assassination Games||Roland Flint||Direct-to-video|
|2012||Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning||John||Limited release|
|El Gringo||The Man|
|The Expendables 2||Hector|
|Zero Dark Thirty||John|
|2013||Green Street 3: Never Back Down||Danny Harvey||Direct-to-video|
|Ninja: Shadow of a Tear||Casey Bowman||Direct-to-video|
|2014||The Legend of Hercules||King Amphitryon|
|2015||Wolf Warrior||Tom Cat|
|Close Range||Colton MacReady||Direct-to-video|
|Jarhead 3: The Siege||Gunny Raines||Direct-to-video|
|Hard Target 2||Wes Baylor||Direct-to-video|
|Doctor Strange||Lucian / Strong Zealot|
|Boyka: Undisputed||Yuri Boyka|
|2017||Savage Dog||Martin Tillman|
|2018||Accident Man||Mike Fallon||Direct-to-video|
|The Debt Collector||French||Direct-to-video|
|Karmouz War||The Crazy One|
|Ip Man 4||Post-production|
|1999||City Central||Jake Clanton||Episode: "Life Liberty and Pursuit"|
|2001||The Big Breakfast||Himself||1 episode|
|2002||Mutant X||Marko||Episode: "Sign from Above"; uncredited|
|2005||Mile High||Ed Russell||12 episodes|
|2005||Hollyoaks: Let Loose||Ryan||2 episodes|
|2006||Holby City||Bradley Hume||9 episodes|
|2013||"Gustakh Dil"||Bhattacharya||20 Episodes|
|2012, 2014||Métal Hurlant Chronicles||Guillame / Joe Manda||3 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2010||Undisputed III: Redemption||Action on Film Award||Breakout Action Star||Won|
|2015||Wolf Warriors||China International Film Festival||Most Accomplished Actor||Won|
- Dave McNary. "'Kickboxer' Reboot Adds Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa - Variety". Variety.
- "About Scott Adkins". www.scottadkins.com. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
- "Interview | Scott Adkins on 'Close Range' and 'Doctor Strange' - CraveOnline". CraveOnline. 2015-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
- Peter Martin. "Scott Adkins Crowned King In Renny Harlin's HERCULES 3D". TwitchFilm. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013.
- "'Kickboxer' Reboot Punches Up Cast With Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa". Variety. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- "Scott Adkins". Archived from the original on 21 April 2014.
- "Official Action on Film 2010 Award Winners" (PDF). Action on Film International Film Festival. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013.
- "Scott Adkins won the Best Actor Award". 3rd Chinese International Film Festival London 2015.
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