Scott Adkins

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Scott Adkins
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Adkins in 2017
BornScott Edward Adkins
(1976-06-17) 17 June 1976 (age 42)
Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
OccupationActor, martial artist, gymnast
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Lisa Adkins
Websitescottadkins.com

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.[1]

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 is of Spanish descent.[2] 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.[3] 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.

Career[edit]

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.[4][5]

In 2012, he was cast to star in Métal Hurlant Chronicles, a sci-fi Franco-Belgium TV show, adapted from the French comic books Metal Hurlant. He was to appear in two episodes.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Accidental Spy Lee's Bodyguard / Turkish leader as Scott Edward Adkins
Extreme Challenge Isac Borman
Pure Vegneace Dany
2002 Black Mask 2: City of Masks Dr. Lang
2003 Special Forces Talbot
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 Direct-to-video
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Weapon XI / Deadpool Shared with Ryan Reynolds
The Tournament Yuri Petrov Direct-to-video
Ninja Casey Bowman Direct-to-video
2010 Undisputed III: Redemption Yuri Boyka Direct-to-video
2011 Assassination Games Roland Flint Direct-to-video
2012 El Gringo The Man
The Expendables 2 Hector
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning John Limited release
Zero Dark Thirty John
2013 Legendary Travis Preston
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 Zero Tolerance Steven Direct-to-video
Wolf Warrior Tom Cat[6]
Close Range Colton MacReady Direct-to-video
Re-Kill Parker Direct-to-video
2016 Home Invasion Heflin Direct-to-video
Jarhead 3: The Siege Gunny Raines Direct-to-video
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
Wolf Warrior 2 Tom Cat
American Assassin Victor
Altar Rock Marco
2018 Accident Man Mike Fallon Direct-to-video
The Debt Collector French Direct-to-video
Incoming Reiser Direct-to-video
Karmouz War The Crazy One
Abduction Quinn Post-production
2019 Ip Man 4 Post-production
Triple Threat Collins Post-production
Avengement Cain Burgess Filming

Television[edit]

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
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[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Results
2010 Undisputed III: Redemption Action on Film Award Breakout Action Star Won[7]
2015 Wolf Warriors China International Film Festival Most Accomplished Actor Won[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave McNary. "'Kickboxer' Reboot Adds Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa - Variety". Variety.
  2. ^ "About Scott Adkins". www.scottadkins.com. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  3. ^ "Interview | Scott Adkins on 'Close Range' and 'Doctor Strange' - CraveOnline". CraveOnline. 2015-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  4. ^ Peter Martin. "Scott Adkins Crowned King In Renny Harlin's HERCULES 3D". TwitchFilm. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013.
  5. ^ "'Kickboxer' Reboot Punches Up Cast With Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa". Variety. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Scott Adkins". Archived from the original on 21 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Official Action on Film 2010 Award Winners" (PDF). Action on Film International Film Festival. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Scott Adkins won the Best Actor Award". 3rd Chinese International Film Festival London 2015.

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