Scott Adkins

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Scott Adkins
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Scott Edward Adkins

(1976-06-17) 17 June 1976 (age 44)
Years active1998 – present
ChildrenKarmel Adkins

Scott Edward Adkins (born 17 June 1976) is an English actor, producer, screenwriter, gymnast, and martial artist. He has played 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); Casey Bowman in the 2009 film Ninja and its 2013 sequel Ninja: Shadow of a Tear; French in the 2018 film The Debt Collector and its 2020 sequel Debt Collectors (starring alongside Louis Mandylor). He also played John, of Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (replacing Jean-Claude Van Damme as the main protagonist), and has appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum and Zero Dark Thirty.[1] He also had starring roles in Wolf Warrior and Ip Man 4 playing the main antagonist in both movies, and had supporting roles in Doctor Strange and The Expendables 2.

Early life[edit]

Scott Edward Adkins was born in Sutton Coldfield, a town within Birmingham, England on 17 June 1976 into a family of butchers. 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.[2] After being robbed at age 13, his interest in martial arts grew even more. That same year, he began to practice Taekwondo. Since the age of 16, Scott also started to practice Kickboxing with Anthony Jones, eventually becoming a kickboxing instructor for the Professional Karate Association. He ran classes at the Fitness First at Bearwood, Smethwick once a week. He also has experience in Ninjutsu, Krav Maga, 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 England-born Hong Kong movie expert Bey Logan, Adkins found himself in the East for the first time. He had the opportunity to work with some of Hong Kong cinema's leading action directors including Yuen Woo-ping, Corey Yuen, Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan. Acting roles soon started to come in and he was offered a guest role in the BBC's Doctors (2000) filmed at Birmingham's Pebble Mill. He appeared in a few episodes in BBC's EastEnders (2003) and City Central (1999), and a lead role in Sky One comedy drama Mile High (2003) followed by a regular role in BBC's Holby City (2006) 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). He shared the role of Weapon XI with Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). Adkins appears in the role of King Amphitryon in The Legend of Hercules.[3][4]

In 2012, he was cast to star in Métal Hurlant Chronicles, a television adaptation of the popular French comic book Metal Hurlant.

Adkins was reunited with action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping in 2019 when he starred alongside Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4: The Finale as the main antagonist Barton Geddes, a Marine gunnery sergeant.[5] According to Adkins, Yen personally requested him to star in the film.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Accidental Spy Lee's bodyguard / Turkish leader Credited as Scott Edward Adkins
Extreme Challenge Isac Borman Direct-to-video
Pure Vengeance Dany
2002 Black Mask 2: City of Masks Dr. Lang
2003 Special Forces Talbot Direct-to-video
The Medallion Snakehead's Henchman
2005 Unleashed Swimming Pool Fighter
Pit Fighter Nathan Direct-to-video
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
Stag Night Carl
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Weapon XI Stunt double for Ryan Reynolds[7]
The Tournament Yuri Petrov Direct-to-video
Ninja Casey Bowman
2010 Undisputed III: Redemption Yuri Boyka
2011 Assassination Games Roland Flint
2012 El Gringo The Man
The Expendables 2 Hector
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning John Direct-to-video
Zero Dark Thirty John
2013 Legendary Travis Preston Direct-to-video
Green Street 3: Never Back Down Danny Harvey
Ninja: Shadow of a Tear Casey Bowman
2014 The Legend of Hercules King Amphitryon
2015 Zero Tolerance Steven Direct-to-video
Wolf Warrior Tom Cat[8]
Close Range Colton MacReady Direct-to-video
Re-Kill Parker
2016 Home Invasion Heflin
Jarhead 3: The Siege Gunny Raines
Grimsby Pavel Lukashenko
Criminal Pete Greensleeves
Hard Target 2 Wes Baylor Direct-to-video
Boyka: Undisputed Yuri Boyka
Doctor Strange Lucian /
Strong Zealot
Eliminators Martin Parker Direct-to-video
2017 Savage Dog Martin Tillman
American Assassin Victor
2018 Accident Man Mike Fallon Also producer and screenwriter
The Debt Collector French
Incoming Reiser
No Surrender The Crazy One
2019 Abduction Quinn
Triple Threat Collins
Avengement Cain Burgess
Ip Man 4: The Finale Barton Geddes
2020 Debt Collectors French A sequel to The Debt Collector; released as Payback in the UK
Legacy of Lies Martin Baxter
Seized Nero
Dead Reckoning Marco
TBA The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud Max Cloud Completed


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Dangerfield Episode: "Paths"
1999 City Central Jake Clanton Episode: "Life Liberty and Pursuit"
2000 Doctors Ross 3 episodes
2001 The Big Breakfast Himself 1 episode
2002 Mutant X Marko Episode: "Sign from Above"; uncredited
2003 EastEnders Joel 6 episodes
2005 Mile High Ed Russell 12 episodes
Hollyoaks: Let Loose Ryan 2 episodes
2006 Holby City Bradley Hume 9 episodes
2012, 2014 Métal Hurlant Chronicles Guillame / Joe Manda 3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Results
2010 Undisputed III: Redemption Action on Film Award Breakout Action Star Won
2017 Boyka: Undisputed Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards Best Fight Won
2017 Boyka: Undisputed Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards Best Action Movie Actor Won


  1. ^ Dave McNary (5 August 2014). "'Kickboxer' Reboot Adds Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa". Variety.
  2. ^ "Interview | Scott Adkins on 'Close Range' and 'Doctor Strange' - CraveOnline". CraveOnline. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  3. ^ Peter Martin. "Scott Adkins Crowned King In Renny Harlin's HERCULES 3D". TwitchFilm. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013.
  4. ^ "'Kickboxer' Reboot Punches Up Cast With Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa". Variety. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Meet Scott Adkins, Donnie Yen's nemesis in Ip Man 4". South China Morning Post. 17 December 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  6. ^ Topel, Fred; Articles, More; January 01, 2020 (1 January 2020). "'Ip Man 4: The Finale' Villain Scott Adkins Reveals One Big Change in His Fight with Donnie Yen". Showbiz Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 8 January 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Dworken, Arye (18 May 2018). "Revisiting the Strange Cinematic Debut of Deadpool". Vulture. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Scott Adkins". Archived from the original on 21 April 2014.

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