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Alec Newman
Alec Newman in 2017
Born
Mark Alexander Newman

(1974-11-27) 27 November 1974 (age 49)
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
OccupationActor
Years active1991–present
Spouse
Heather Stewart
(m. 2014)
Children1
WebsiteOfficial Site

Alec Newman (born 27 November 1974) is a Scottish actor best known for portraying Paul Atreides in the Sci Fi Channel's 2000 miniseries adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune.

Early life

Newman was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His father is Sandy Newman, a member of Scottish band Marmalade. He has a brother, John James Newman, who appeared on The Voice UK in 2012. Prior to joining the National Youth Theatre in London at age 17, Newman considered becoming a professional footballer. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Career

After graduating from LAMDA Newman built up a steady list of television and film credits before landing the lead role in the Sci Fi channel's Emmy award winning miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune. This led to a string of appearances in US TV and film, which culminated in winning the coveted role of Barnabas Collins in a WB reboot of Dark Shadows. The show was not picked up for series despite promising performances.

The 2004 Hallmark Channel version of Frankenstein with Newman leading an all star cast including William Hurt and Donald Sutherland, met with favourable reviews and won an Emmy. This period also found Newman consistently working on film - in Penny Woolcock's The Principles of Lust and in the Stephen Fry directed Bright Young Things. Both played at festivals around the world including Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival.

Series regular roles in Kurt Sutter's The Bastard Executioner, Amazon's Rogue, and HBO's Strike Back saw him in edgier and often action oriented territory, yet in Guy Pitt's 2014 film Greyhawk Newman's more intimate and emotional performance contributed to a nomination for the Michael Powell award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. He has since worked with directors Tomas Alfredson, Amma Asante and George Clooney.

Newman has often played edgy and complex characters. Performances in the BBC's Showtrial and World Production's Karen Pirie are recent examples of roles with a moral conflict at their core.

He regularly returns to work in the theatre. The Donmar Warehouse production of King Lear in which he played Edmund, transferred to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York. The National Theatre's 2015 production of The Motherfucker with the Hat featured Newman in the title role and was nominated at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for Best Play. More recently, he played Bruno Bischofberger in the Young Vic production of Anthony McCarten's new play The Collaboration opposite Paul Bettany, Jeremy Pope and Sofia Barclay.

He is also a prolific voice artist appearing in numerous video games including Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

Personal life

In February 2013, Newman became engaged to Heather Stewart. They married in Ayrshire in June 2014. He lives with his family in Surrey, England.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1999 G:MT – Greenwich Mean Time Charlie
2002 Long Time Dead Liam
2003 Bright Young Things Tiger
2003 The Death of Klinghoffer Young Benjamin
2003 The Principles of Lust Paul
2005 Staring at the Sun Clay Roberts Short
2005 Constellation Kent Seras
2005 Four Corners of Suburbia Benjamin Winters
2007 The Fifth Patient Dr. Stevenson
2007 The Gene Generation Christian
2008 Blackwater David Short
2009 Moonlight Serenade Nate Holden
2011 A Lonely Place to Die Rob
2011 Disco Mike Short
2014 Greyhawk Mal
2016 The Head Hunter John
2017 The Snowman Mould Man
2018 The Marine 6: Close Quarters Patrick Dillon
2018 Where Hands Touch Juttner
2018 Suzanne & Martin Martin Short
2018 Mary Anning Mr. Cromwell
2021 All That Glitters David Short
2021 Code of Silence Wright
2021 The Visit Patrick Short
2022 Chevalier Poncet
2023 Pray Vlad
2023 The Boys in the Boat Harry Rantz
2023 Anna Major Popov

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Lloyds Bank Channel 4 Film Challenge John Episode: "Cold Season"
1997 Rag Nymph Ben TV miniseries
1997 Taggart Stephen Burns Episode: "Apocalypse" (Part One)
1998 Dangerfield Michael Dyson Episode: "The Last Picture"
1998 Heartbeat Johnny Wyler Episode: "Local Knowledge"
1998 Peak Practice Sean Hollings Episode: "A Matter of Principle"
1998 Silent Witness Nick Arnold 2 episodes: "An Academic Exercise: Part 1" & "An Academic Exercise: Part 2"
1999 The Blonde Bombshell Jimmy Stanford Episode: "1.1"
2000 Frank Herbert's Dune Paul Atreides / Muad'Dib TV miniseries
2000 Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes Thomas Neill Episode: "The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes: Part 1"
Episode: "Dr. Bell and Mr. Doyle: Part 1 (U.S. Title)"
2001 Judge John Deed Heathcote Machin Episode: "Rough Justice"
2002 Episode: "Nobody's Fool"
2002 Night Flight Young "Flash" Harry Peters TV movie
2003 Frank Herbert's Children of Dune Paul Atreides / Muad'Dib TV miniseries
2003 Coming Up Marc Episode: "Loveless"
2004 Tru Calling Michael Mancuso Episode: "The Longest Day"
2004 Angel Drogyn 2 episodes: "A Hole In The World" and "Power Play"
2004 Dark Shadows Barnabas Collins Unaired pilot
2004 Frankenstein Viktor Frankenstein TV miniseries
2004 Star Trek: Enterprise Malik 3 episodes: "Borderland", "Cold Station 12" & "The Augments"
2006 Spooks Richard Dempsey Episode: "The Criminal"
2007 Reichenbach Falls Jim Buchan TV movie
2008 Casualty Craig Episode: "Hurt"
2008 Heroes and Villains Villafana Episode: "Cortes"
2009 Hope Springs Euan Harries TV series
2010 Casualty Robert Ludlow Recurring role (9 episodes)
2010 Silent Witness John Carmody Episode: "Run: Part 1"
Peter Carmody Episode: "Run: Part 2"
2010 The Bill Mark Pierce Episode: "Paying the Price"
2011–2013 Waterloo Road Michael Byrne Recurring role (47 episodes)
2013 Dracula Josef Cervenka Episode: "From Darkness to Light"
2014 24 Kevin Cordero 2 Episodes: "Day 9: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m" and "Day 9: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m"
2014 Lewis Graham Lawrie Episode: "Beyond Good and Evil" (2 parts)
2014 Rogue Ray Williams Recurring role (10 episodes)
2015 The Bastard Executioner Leon Tell Recurring role (9 episodes)
2015 The Last Kingdom King Aethelred 2 episodes
2016 Him Ross Brodie TV miniseries
2016 Serial Thriller: Angel of Decay John Episode: "The Head Hunter Part 1"
2017 Fearless Tony Pullings 5 episodes
2018 Outlander Joseph Wemyss Episode: "Down the Rabbit Hole"
2018 Eullenia Marcus Hammond 3 episodes
2019 Strike Back Pavel Kuragin Recurring role (10 episodes)
2020 Call the Midwife Father Duncombe Episode: "9.1"
2021 Grace Joe Baker Episode: "Dead Tomorrow"
2021 Unforgotten Mark Tomlinson 3 episodes
2021 Love in the Lockdown Giovanni Recurring role (9 episodes)
2021 Showtrial Stephen Vendler 2 Episodes: "Little Horses" and "Lady Tease"
2021 Shetland Niven Guthrie 6 episodes
2022 Karen Pirie Ziggy Snr Episode "1.1"
2022 Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Adam Smasher Voice; episode: "My Man My Moon"
2023 The Nurse Nils Lundin Voice; English version (4 episodes)
2023 Sister Boniface Mysteries Stanley Fawcett Episode: "The Star of the Orient"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Fable III Additional voices
2010 Final Fantasy XIV Lahabrea English version
2010 GoldenEye 007 Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
2010 Xenoblade Chronicles Vangarre English version
2011 The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Sakharine
2011 Brink Security
2011 Dragon Age II Sebastian Vael - The Exiled Prince DLC, Seneschal Bran, Fenarel, Ser Theodore of Wildervale
2011 Killzone 3 Helghast Soldiers
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Apprentice Maraad, Captain Joris, Imperial Scientist, Imperial Soldier, Imperial Special Forces Soldier, Imperial Trooper, Lieutenant Mei, Lieutenant Orawn, NK-33, Private Cote, Private Ganbar, Private Wicke, Ri Farrona, Sapper, Sergeant, Sergeant Jaymis, Sergeant Pratt, Sith, Sith Apprentice, Soldier, Technician, Thanaton's Servant, The Old Man Imperial Form, Thul Scout, Thul Soldier, Transport Pilot, Warden Khel
2011 Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Orc Boyz
2011 The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Arthur Tailles, additional voices English version
2013 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Simon Belmont, Night Watchman
2013 Company of Heroes 2 The Officer In The British Forces DLC
2013 Soul Sacrifice Praeco
2014 Assassin's Creed Unity Revolutionary Leader, Parisian Civilian
2014 Divinity: Original Sin Additional voices
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Finn, Gurd Harofsen, Hakkonite In the Jaws of Hakkon DLC
2015 Assassin's Creed: Syndicate Jack In the Jack the Ripper DLC
2015 Assassin's Creed Unity Additional voices In the Dead Kings DLC
2015 Dragon Age: Inquisition – Trespasser Seneshal Bran
2015 Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below Kiryl English version
2015 Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Lahabrea
2015 Soma Automated Voice, Steve Glasser, additional voices
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Graden English version
2016 Battlefield 1 Additional voices
2016 Dragon Quest Heroes II Kiryl English version
2016 Hitman Oybek Nabazov, Brendan Conner, Wen Ts'ai, Pavel Frydel, Keratoplasty Patient, Elusive Target Cast, Supporting Cast
2016 RIGS: Mechanized Combat League Ferguson
2016 Steep Nate Smith
2016 Total War: Warhammer Additional voices
2017 Divinity: Original Sin II Beast
2017 Get Even Additional voices
2017 Nioh The Others
2017 Star Wars: Battlefront II Kram Namwen
2017 The Surge Additional voices
2017 Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III Gabriel Angelos
2018 Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Additional voices
2018 Vampyr Benjamin, Mason, Richard, Booth
2019 A Plague Tale: Innocence Robert, Soldier 2
2019 The Surge 2 Buccaneer, various voices
2020 Assassin's Creed Valhalla Walla
2020 Cyberpunk 2077 Anders Hellman, Adam Smasher, Arthur Jenkins, Reyes
2021 Gloomhaven The Narrator

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