Scott Adkins

Scott Adkins
Born Scott Edward Adkins
(1976-06-17) 17 June 1976
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor, Martial Artist, Gymnast
Years active 1998—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 Bradley Hume in Holby City, Lucian in Doctor Strange, Kiley in The Bourne Ultimatum and John in Zero Dark Thirty. Adkins has also appeared in Dangerfield, Hollyoaks, The Tournament TV series and many others, as well as starred in many direct-to-video films.[1]

Early life

Scott Adkins was born at Sutton Coldfield, England, on 17 June 1976.[2] He became interested in martial arts at the age of ten when he, 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. Since age 16, Adkins has also trained in kickboxing which he holds black belt by the age of 19. 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]

In 2012, he was cast to star in Metal Hurlant chronicles, a sci-fi Franco-Belgium TV show, adapted from the French comic books Metal Hurlant. He will star in 2 episodes; "King's crown" with Michael Jai White, "Second chance" in the episode "Loyal Khondor" with Karl E. Landler and John Rhys Davies, his character from "Second chance" is doing a cameo, encountering Khondor, played by Karl E. Landler, in front of an intergalactic pub. Guillaume Lubrano creator and director of the show decided to cross the universe of two originals stories.



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 Snakehead's Henchman
2005 Unleashed Swimming Pool Fighter
2005 Pit Fighter Nathan
2006 The Pink Panther Jacquard / Footballer
2006 Undisputed II: 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 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 Legendary: Tomb of the Dragon Travis Preston Direct-to-video
2013 Green Street 3: Never Back Down Danny Harvey 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 Re-Kill Parker Direct-to-video
2015 Zero Tolerance Steven Direct-to-video
2016 Grimsby Pavel Lukashenko
2016 Criminal Pete Greensleeves
2016 Jarhead 3: The Siege Gunny Raines Direct-to-video
2016 Hard Target 2 Wes Baylor Direct-to-video
2016 Doctor Strange Lucian[6]
2016 Eliminators Martin Direct-to-video
2017 Boyka: Undisputed Yuri Boyka Post-production
2017 Savage Dog TBA Filming
2017 The Returner TBA Pre-production
2017 Altar Rock TBA Pre-production


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 Russell 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

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Category Results
2010 Undisputed III: Redemption Action on Film Award Breakout Action Star Won[7]
2015 Wolf Warriors China International Film Festival Most Accomplished Actor Won[8]


  1. Dave McNary. "'Kickboxer' Reboot Adds Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa - Variety". Variety.
  2. Scott Adkins Biography on his Official Website (Accessed 9 January 2014)
  3. Peter Martin. "Scott Adkins Crowned King In Renny Harlin's HERCULES 3D". TwitchFilm.
  4. "'Kickboxer' Reboot Punches Up Cast With Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa". Variety. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  5. "Scott Adkins".
  6. Jeff Sneider (13 November 2015). "Martial Artist Scott Adkins Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' (Exclusive)". TheWrap.
  7. "Official Action on Film 2010 Award Winners" (PDF). Action on Film International Film Festival.
  8. "Scott Adkins won the Best Actor Award". 3rd Chinese International Film Festival London 2015.
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