Scott Adkins

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Scott Adkins
Scott Adkins Hector.jpg
Born Scott Edward Adkins
(1976-06-17) 17 June 1976 (age 39)
Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England
  • Actor
  • Martial artist
  • Gymnast
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Adkins
Children 1

Scott Edward Adkins (born 17 June 1976) is an English actor and martial artist who is best known for playing Yuri Boyka in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and Undisputed III: Redemption, Bradley Hume in Holby City, Ed Russell in Mile High and as Hector in The Expendables 2. Adkins has also appeared in Dangerfield, Hollyoaks, The Tournament TV series and many others, as well as many films.[1]

Early life[edit]

Scott Adkins was born at Sutton Coldfield, England, on 17 June 1976.[2] He became interested in martial arts at the age of 10 when he and his father and older brother, Craig visited the local Judo club. His interest towards martial arts grew even more at age 14 when he adopted Bruce Lee as his idol. That same year, he started practicing taekwondo and received his first black belt at the age 19. Since age 16, Adkins has also trained in kickboxing which he holds black belt in. He also has trained in Ninjutsu, Judo, Karate, Jujutsu, Wushu, Krav Maga, Capoeira, Jeet Kune Do and 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. Scott 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. 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 a 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 .[3][4]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Accidental Spy Lee's Bodyguard / Turkish leader as Scott Edward Adkins
2001 Pure Vengeance Danny Short
2001 Extreme Challenge Isaac Borman
2002 Black Mask 2: City of Masks Dr. Lang
2003 Special Forces Talbot
2003 The Medallion Snake head's Henchman
2005 Unleashed Swimming Pool Fighter
2005 Pit Fighter Nathan
2006 The Pink Panther Jacquard / Footballer
2006 Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing Yuri Boyka Direct-to-video
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum Agent Kiley
2008 The Shepherd: Border Patrol Karp Direct-to-video
2008 Stag Night Carl Direct-to-video
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Weapon XI / Deadpool Shared with Ryan Reynolds
2009 The Tournament Yuri Petrov Direct-to-video
2009 Ninja Casey Bowman Direct-to-video
2010 Undisputed III: Redemption Yuri Boyka Direct-to-video
2011 Assassination Games Roland Flint Direct-to-video
2012 Re-Kill Parker Direct-to-video
2012 Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning John Direct-to-video
2012 El Gringo The Man Direct-to-video
2012 The Expendables 2 Hector
2012 Zero Dark Thirty John
2013 Tomb of the Dragon Travis Preston Direct-to-video
2013 Green Street Hooligans: Underground Danny Direct-to-video
2013 Ninja: Shadow of a Tear Casey Bowman Direct-to-video
2014 The Legend of Hercules King Amphitryon
2015 Wolf Warriors Tom Cat[5]
2015 Close Range Colton MacReady Direct-to-video
2015 Zero Tolerance Steven Direct-to-video
2016 Jarhead 3: The Siege Gunny Raines Direct-to-video
2016 Criminal Post-Production
2016 Grimsby Filming
2016 Boyka: Undisputed IV Yuri Boyka Post-Production
2016 Eliminators Martin Post-Production[6]


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 Russel 12 episodes
2005 Hollyoaks: Let Loose Ryan 2 episodes
2006 Holby City Bradley Hume 9 episodes
2012, 2014 Métal Hurlant Chronicles Guillame / Joe Manda 3 episodes
2016 Galaxy World of Alisa Commissar Harlock (voice) British English dub

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 Warrior China International Film Festival Most Accomplished Actor Won[8]


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