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Siddig at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abdurrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdul Karim El Mahdi|
21 November 1965
Wad Madani, Gezira, Sudan
|Other names||Siddig El Fadil|
(m. 1997; div. 2001)
Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi (Arabic: صدّيق الطاهر الفاضل الصدّيق عبدالرحمن محمد أحمد عبدالكريم المهدي Ṣiddīq aṭ-Ṭāhir al-Fāḍil aṣ-Ṣiddīq ʿAbd ar-Raḥman Muḥammad ʾAḥmad ʿAbd al-Karīm al-Mahdī; born 21 November 1965) is a British-Sudanese actor.
He is known by the stage names Siddig El Fadil through the mid-1990s and Alexander Siddig since. He is known for playing Dr. Julian Bashir in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Philip Burton in Primeval, Carthaginian general Hannibal in Hannibal – Rome's Worst Nightmare, King Minos in Atlantis, and Prince Doran Martell in Game of Thrones, and for his performances as Prince Nasir Al-Subaai in Syriana (2005), Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and Tareq Khalifa in Cairo Time, as well as the sixth season of 24. He is also appearing in Gotham as Ra's al Ghul.
His maternal uncle is English actor Malcolm McDowell, with whom he appeared in 2008 in Neil Marshall's Doomsday, and his paternal uncle is the former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi. He is a great-great-great-grandson of Sudanese leader Muhammad Ahmad. He attended St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, Kent. Western culture required a surname, so El Fadil was taken from Sid’s grandfather and was adopted as his surname when he moved back to England. He was credited under the shortened name Siddig El Fadil until October 1995. Three seasons into his run on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, he changed his stage name to Alexander Siddig (stating he chose Alexander to honor his English heritage from his mother's side, and because he felt the name came without religious implications).
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Siddig attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) to study acting and, after leaving LAMDA, did a season of stage work in Manchester. He also worked as a director in a small theatre in London. Siddig first appeared to television audiences as Prince Feisal in A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia, the 1990 TV sequel to Lawrence of Arabia.
Siddig's performance in A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (1992) brought him to the attention of Rick Berman, who was creating the new series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). Although he originally auditioned for the role of Commander Benjamin Sisko, Berman decided Siddig was too young for the role and cast him as Dr. Julian Bashir instead. The part had to be slightly rewritten for Siddig as the original "bible" had called for a Hispanic male named Julian Amoros to play the part, although Berman reports that no other actors were considered for the role.
Since the end of the seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Siddig appeared as an Algerian secret agent on the trail of Islamists in the controversial episode "Nest of Angels" of the British television show Spooks (known as MI-5 in the US) in 2003. In 2005, he appeared as Saladin's aide, Imad, in Ridley Scott's film Kingdom of Heaven. He gave a critically lauded performance as Prince Nasir in Syriana, alongside George Clooney and Matt Damon.
He played the title role in 2006's Hannibal – Rome's Worst Nightmare for the BBC (UK). Early 2007, Siddig joined the cast of Un Homme Perdu (aka A Lost Man) and he returned to American television in the role of former terrorist Hamri Al-Assad for the sixth season of 24. In 2009, he co-starred with Patricia Clarkson in the award-winning film Cairo Time (2009) as Tareq Khalifa, an Egyptian who battles his attraction to his friend's wife.
Siddig's roles have often called for him to act out many different accents: he used received pronunciation (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Cockney (Reign of Fire), and an Algerian accent (Spooks) among others. He has also given performances in Arabic as the role required (Spooks, Syriana, 24, Inescapable, Un Homme Perdu) as well as French (Un Homme Perdu).
Siddig met Nana Visitor on the set of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In 1996, Siddig and his co-star Nana Visitor started dating and the couple were married June 1997; their son, Django El Tahir El Siddig, was born on 16 September 1996. They divorced in 2001.
|1987||Sammy and Rosie Get Laid||Partygoer|
|1992||A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia||Emir Feisal I||TV film|
|2000||Vertical Limit||Kareem Nazir|
|2002||Reign of Fire||Ajay|
|2004||The Hamburg Cell||Khalid Sheikh Mohammed||TV film|
|2005||Kingdom of Heaven||Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani|
|2005||Syriana||Prince Nasir Al-Subaai|
|2006||Hannibal – Rome's Worst Nightmare||Hannibal||TV movie|
|2007||The Nativity Story||Angel Gabriel|
|2007||The Last Legion||Theodorus Andronikus|
|2008||A Lost Man||Fouad Saleh|
|2009||Cairo Time||Tareq Khalifa|
|2010||Clash of the Titans||Hermes|
|2013||The Fifth Estate||Dr. Tarek Haliseh|
|2013||May in the Summer||Ziad|
|1992||Big Battalions||Yousef||TV miniseries, 1 episode|
|1993–1999||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Dr Julian Bashir||Credited as Siddig El Fadil (1993-1995)|
|1993||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Dr Julian Bashir||Episode: "Birthright"|
(titled MI-5 in the US and France)
|Ibhn Khaldun||Episode: "Nest of Angels"|
|2005||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Mr. Shaitana||Episode: "Cards on the Table"|
|2007||24||Hamri Al-Assad||7 episodes|
|2008||Merlin||Kanan||Episode: "The Moment of Truth"|
|2009||Waking the Dead||Dr Mohammed||2 episodes ("Endgame, Part 1" and "Endgame, Part 2")|
|2010||Strike Back||Zahir Sharq||2 episodes ("Part 5" and "Part 6", Sky1 TV series)|
|2011||Primeval||Philip Burton||Episode 24–36 (series 4 & 5)|
|2012||True Love||Ismail||Episode: "Sandra"|
|2013–2014||Da Vinci's Demons||Al-Rahim||13 episodes|
|2015–2016||Game of Thrones||Doran Martell||6 episodes|
|2015||Bar Rescue||Himself||Episode: "Brokedown Palace"|
|2016||Peaky Blinders||Ruben Oliver|
|2017||The Kennedys: After Camelot||Aristotle Onassis|
|2017–2018||Gotham||Ra's al Ghul||guest star season 3; main cast member season 4|
- ExtraOrdinary as King Tut (1979, uncredited and non-speaking role)
- James Cameron's Titanic Explorer video game (1997) – various voices
- Whose Life Is It Anyway?, stage play (2005) in London – Dr Scott
- Family Guy season 4, episode 2, "Patriot Games" (2006) – Voice of one of the London Silly Nannies
- Doctor Who audioplays "Sisters of the Flame" and "Vengeance of Morbius" (both 2008) – Rosto; "The Wreck of the Titan" (2010) – Captain ; "1001 Nights" (2012) – Sultan
- Holy Warriors, stage play (2014) in London - Saladin
- Bar Rescue (2015) – Guest in season 4 episode "Brokedown Palace"
- Tumanbay, radio drama (2015) on BBC Radio 4 – Wolf
- ألكسندر صديق... سوداني مشهور في بريطانيا ومغمور في وطنه
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- "Alexander Siddig on being Bashir, quitting 24, and getting saddle-sore for Ridley Scott".
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