Burn Gorman

Burn Gorman
Born Burn Gorman
(1974-09-01) 1 September 1974
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Nationality British and American
Alma mater Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Actor
  • musician
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Sarah Beard (m. 2004)
Children 3

Burn Gorman[1][2] (born 1 September 1974) is an American-born English actor and musician. He is known for his roles as Dr. Owen Harper in the BBC series Torchwood (2006–08), Karl Tanner in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2013–14), Phillip Stryver in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Dr. Hermann Gottlieb in Pacific Rim (2013), Major Edmund Hewlett in the AMC series Turn: Washington's Spies (2014), and Mr. Holly in Crimson Peak (2015).

Early life

Gorman was born in Hollywood, California, to English parents.[3] His father was a professor of linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles in Westwood, Los Angeles. At the age of seven, Gorman moved to London with his family. He has three older sisters. Gorman trained at Manchester Metropolitan University's School of Theatre.[4]



Gorman appeared as Owen Harper in the first two seasons of the BBC science fiction series Torchwood. Other television roles include Funland and Bonekickers, amongst other projects for the BBC. He played William Guppy in the BBC One adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, and appeared in Channel 4's political thriller Low Winter Sun the same year. He played scriptwriter Ray Galton in the BBC Four television play The Curse of Steptoe. He has also appeared in television series such as Dalziel and Pascoe, Casualty, Merseybeat, and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

Gorman played Jed on the soap opera EastEnders in March 2007. He starred as Hindley Earnshaw in the ITV adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. In 2011, he starred in Sky1's second Martina Cole adaptation, The Runaway, and in 2014, portrayed Adam, the lead character's stalker and fellow immortal, in ABC's Forever.

On film, he has had roles in Layer Cake, The Best Man, Penelope, Fred Claus, and Cemetery Junction.

Gorman's stage credits include Ladybird (Royal Court), Flush (Soho Theatre), and Gong Donkeys (Bush Theatre), prompting Michael Billington of The Guardian to write that "Gorman proves that he is one of the best young actors in Britain".[5] He has performed in readings, workshops, and development initiatives with the National Theatre Studio, Young Vic, Royal Court, Oxford Stage Company, Paines Plough, and Soho Theatre.[6] Outside London, he has worked with Nottingham Playhouse, the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, and the Royal Exchange and Contact Theatres, where he was nominated for a Manchester Evening News Best Newcomer Award.

From 2008 to 2009, Gorman played Bill Sikes in the West End revival of the musical Oliver!, for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical in the 2010 Whatsonstage Theatre Awards.[7]


Gorman has played in clubs and on stages all over the world, appearing alongside Neneh Cherry, Rodney P, and Groove Armada. He has worked on music videos and visuals with The Streets. Under the stage name of B.B. Burn, he was part of the human beatbox outfit Drool Skool, alongside Shlomo, DukeBox, and A-Plus (Alex Tew, known as the founder of The Million Dollar Homepage and Calm). Gorman was crowned the BBC 1Xtra Human Beatbox Champion in 2003.

Personal life

Gorman has been married to Sarah Beard, a schoolteacher, since 17 July 2004. Beard gave birth to their first child, son Max Hugh Gorman, in Cardiff in 2006, whilst the first series of Torchwood was in production. The couple's second child, daughter Nell Gorman, was born on 25 January 2009. A second daughter, the couple's third child, followed in September 2014.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Love is Not Enough Al Weisberger
2002 A Good Thief DC Fairchild Television film
2004 Layer Cake Gazza
2005 Colour Me Kubrick Willie
2005 The Best Man Bus Driver
2006 Penelope Larry
2007 Sex, the City and Me Lawrence Television film
2007 Fred Claus Elf
2008 The Oxford Murders Yuri Podorov
2008 The Curse of Steptoe Ray Galton Television film
2010 Cemetery Junction PC Renwick
2011 Up There Martin
2011 Johnny English Reborn Agent Slater
2012 Red Lights Benedict Cohen
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Phillip Stryver
2013 The Other Man Simon Short film
2013 All Is by My Side Michael Jeffery
2013 Pacific Rim Dr. Hermann Gottlieb
2014 Low Down Wiggenhern
2014 Walking with the Enemy Colonel Skorzeny
2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Mr. Brand
2015 Crimson Peak Mr. Holly
2016 In a Valley of Violence Priest
2016 Imperium Morgan Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Coronation Street Ben Andrews 3 episodes
2000 Casualty Geoff Simpson Episode: "Not Waving But Drowning"
2001 Merseybeat Sean Finnigan Episode: "Coming of Age"
2005 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Billy Verger Episode: "In Divine Proportion"
2005 Funland Tim Timothy 3 episodes
2005 Bleak House William Guppy 11 episodes
2006 Low Winter Sun Det. Con. Kenny Morton 2 episodes
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe Jerry Hart 2 episodes
2006–08 Torchwood Owen Harper 26 episodes
2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Jacko Argyle Episode: "Ordeal by Innocence"
2007 EastEnders Jed Episode: "3166"
2008 Bonekickers Banks Episode: "The Lines of War"
2009 Wuthering Heights Hindley Earnshaw 2 episodes
2011 The Runaway Richard Gates 5 episodes
2011 The Hour Thomas Kish 4 episodes
2011 Lark Rise to Candleford Reverend Marley Episode: "4.3"
2013 The Spies of Warsaw Jourdain 4 episodes
2013 Revenge Mr. Trask 4 episodes
2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Scientist Episode: "Flowers for Charlie"
2013–14 Game of Thrones Karl Tanner 4 episodes
2014–15 Forever Adam / Lewis Farber 5 episodes
2014–present Turn: Washington's Spies Major Edmund Hewlett 17 episodes
2015 And Then There Were None Detective Sergeant William Blore 3 episodes
2015 The Man in the High Castle The Marshal 2 episodes
2016 Stan Lee's Lucky Man Coroner 3 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Risen Various voices English version
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Additional voices


  1. Herman, Sarah: "Burn Gorman, Where's Your Head At?"., Torchwood Magazine (August 2008): page 60. (wayback 20120313031654). Here, Burn states that the name on his birth certificate is "Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman".
  2. "Chicago TARDIS 2015: Burn Gorman On a panel of the Doctor Who convention Chicago TARDIS, which took place from 27 to 29 November 2015, Gorman refuted the above-mentioned source, which stated that his name was "Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman", leaving it unclear, whether this applied to both "Hugh" and "Winchester", or just "Winchester". Gorman stated, "For a while [...] I would get some questions saying 'So, your name is Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman' and I don't know where that started! It may be with wikipedia, or something, but for some reason somebody had edited and put my name as 'Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman' and that is not either true or relevant in any way. So that is a lie" (minutes 9:00-9:35).
  3. "Meet the characters and cast of Wuthering Heights". PBS.org. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. "Notable Alumni". Manchester Metropolitan University. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  5. Michael Billington (8 November 2004). "Gong Donkeys". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2006.
  6. "Flush by David Dipper" (Press release). Soho Theatre Company. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 21 April 2006.
  7. Bamigboye, Baz (9 May 2008). "Watch out for... Burn Gorman in Oliver!". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  8. "Game of Thrones' Burn Gorman". Global News. Retrieved 21 March 2016.

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