Elliot Cowan

Elliot Cowan
Born Elliot Cowan
(1976-07-09) 9 July 1976
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Elliot Cowan is an English actor, known for portraying Corporal Jem Poynton in Ultimate Force, Mr Darcy in Lost in Austen, and Ptolemy in the 2004 film Alexander. He also starred as Lorenzo de' Medici in Da Vinci's Demons.


Although born in London, Cowan was brought up in Colchester, Essex.[1] He is the son of a consultant physician and a charity worker, and has a younger brother and sister.[1]

Cowan boarded at Uppingham School in Rutland.[1] He later obtained a first class degree in Drama at the University of Birmingham, before attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, from which he graduated in July 2001. From 1994 to 1996, Cowan was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre. He plays guitar and cello, and has worked with the London Sinfonia.

He lives in Dalston, London.[2] On 7 August 2011, Elliot swam the 16 miles long Lake Zurich Swim race[3] to raise funds for Guy's and St. Thomas's Neonatal Unit, in memory of Alfie Blacksell.


Cowan's television credits include Judge John Deed, Ultimate Force, Jonathan Creek, Poirot, Foyle's War, The Ruby in the Smoke, Lost in Austen and the television movie The Project,2009 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple 'They Do It With Mirrors' as Wally Hudd. He also appeared in a 2009 commercial for Women's Aid.[4]

Cowan has appeared in the films The Golden Compass, Happy-Go-Lucky, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Love and Other Disasters, and Howl. His theatre work includes productions of The Revenger's Tragedy, Women Beware Women, Henry V, The Seagull and Camille.

He has recently played Stanley Kowalski in a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Donmar Warehouse, and is attached to star in the movie Heaven and Earth, a biopic of James Miranda Barry and can currently be seen in Les blancs at the National Theatre until June 2nd.

He played Macbeth at the Globe Theatre from 23 April- 27 June 2010 alongside Laura Rogers as Lady Macbeth.

He starred as Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End from 4 November 2010 to 19 February 2011.[5]

As of 2010, he voiced Alec Trevelyan in Goldeneye 007 for the Wii console, also providing his likeness.



Year Show Role Other notes
2001 Judge John Deed Glen Burroughs One episode: Duty of Care
Jonathan Creek Tom One episode: Satan's Chimney
2002 The Project Gavin Television film
Foyle's War Peter Buckingham One episode: A Lesson in Murder
Ultimate Force Corporal Jem Poynton Eight episodes
2003 Spine Chillers Dean One episode: Goths
2004 Dirty Filthy Love Gareth Television film
2005 Egypt Champollion Two episodes: The Mystery of the Rosetta Stone, The Secrets of the Hieroglyphs
2006 Agatha Christie's Poirot David Hunter One episode: Taken at the Flood
The Ruby in the Smoke Hendrick Van Eeden Television film
2007 The Mark of Cain Captain Worriss Television film
2008 Lost in Austen Mr Darcy TV series
In Love with Barbara Hugh Television film
2009 The Fixer Matthew Symmonds
Agatha Christie's Marple Wally Hudd One episode: They Do It with Mirrors
2010 Marchlands Mark Ashburn TV series
2012 Sinbad Gunnar TV series
2013 Luther Tom Marwood Season 3 - Episodes 3 + 4
2013 Da Vinci's Demons Lorenzo de' Medici TV series
2013 Ambassadors Stephen Pembridge TV series
2014 Cilla George Martin TV series
2016 Beowulf Abrican TV series


Year Film Role Other notes
2004 Alexander Ptolemy
2006 Love and Other Disasters James Wildstone
2007 The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey James McDowell
The Golden Compass Commanding Officer
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky Bookshop Assistant
2009 Heaven and Earth Captain Hatch Attached
2013 Hammer of the Gods Hakan
2015 Howl Adrian
Narcopolis Frank Grieves


Year Game Role Other notes
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Ser Perth
Ser Varal
Lothering Templar
2010 GoldenEye 007 Alec Trevelyan


  1. 1 2 3 White, Lesley (26 July 2009). "Elliott Cowan plays Stanley Kowalski". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  2. Upcraft, Jo; Williams, Amy (16 October 2008). "Here come the boys". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
  3. "Lake Zurich Swim Results 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  4. CUT - The Movie - Thanks Women's Aid. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  5. London Theatre Direct. Retrieved on 2011-08-27.

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