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Burn Hugh Gorman

(1974-09-01) 1 September 1974 (age 49)
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Sarah Beard
(m. 2004; div. 2017)
Children 3

Burn Hugh Gorman (born 1 September 1974) is an American-born English actor and musician. He is known for his roles as Major Edmund Hewlett in the AMC series Turn: Washington's Spies (2014-2017), Owen Harper in the BBC series Torchwood (2006–2008), Phillip Stryver in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Clubfoot Karl Tanner in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2013–2014), Hermann Gottlieb in Pacific Rim (2013) and its sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018). Gorman portrayed 'The Marshal' in the first season of the Amazon drama The Man in the High Castle and Adolphus Murtry in season four of The Expanse.

Early life

Burn Hugh Gorman was born on 1 September 1974 in Los Angeles, California, the son of English parents. His father was a professor of linguistics at UCLA. He has three older sisters. He has reportedly claimed to be the nephew of Bartley Gorman, considered "King of the Gypsies". At the age of 7, he moved with his family back to England, where they settled in London. He later trained at the Manchester School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University.


One of Gorman's earliest television roles was in 1998 as Etheric Foundation cult leader Ben Andrews in Granada TV's Coronation Street. He played William Guppy in the 2005 BBC One adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, before being cast as Owen Harper in the BBC science fiction series Torchwood. Gorman starred in the first two series of the show before his character was killed off in the series 2 finale, "Exit Wounds".

Other BBC television roles include Lark Rise to Candleford, Funland and Bonekickers; he also appeared in Channel 4's political thriller Low Winter Sun.

Gorman 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. He played Karl Tanner in seasons 3 and 4 of HBO's Game of Thrones, Major Hewlett in the AMC miniseries Turn and Nicholas Farlow on the BBC miniseries Jamestown.

On film, Gorman has had roles in Layer Cake, The Best Man, Penelope, Fred Claus, Cemetery Junction and The Dark Knight Rises. He also appeared as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb in the film Pacific Rim and its sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising.

On radio, Gorman played Elizabethan spy Robert Poley in Michael Butt's The Babington Plot (2008) and Unauthorized History: The Killing (2010) and Mike Walker's The Reckoning: The Death of Christopher Marlowe (2022).

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Gorman in 2015

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". 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. 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.

Personal life

Gorman married schoolteacher Sarah Beard on 17 July 2004. They have three children, two girls and a boy. Their first child, Max, was born in Cardiff, where Gorman was filming the first series of Torchwood. They separated and divorced in 2017.


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Year Title Role Notes
2001 Love is Not Enough Al Weisberger
2004 Layer Cake Gazza
2005 Colour Me Kubrick Willie
The Best Man Bus Driver
2006 Penelope Larry
2007 Fred Claus Elf
2008 The Oxford Murders Yuri Podorov
2010 Cemetery Junction PC Renwick
2011 Up There Martin
Johnny English Reborn Agent Slater
2012 Red Lights Benedict Cohen
The Dark Knight Rises Phillip Stryver
2013 The Other Man Simon Short film
Jimi: All Is by My Side Michael Jeffery
Pacific Rim Hermann Gottlieb
2014 Low Down Wiggenhern
Walking with the Enemy Otto Skorzeny
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Mr. Brand
2015 Crimson Peak Mr Holly
2016 In a Valley of Violence Priest
Imperium Morgan
2018 Pacific Rim: Uprising Hermann Gottlieb
2020 Undergods Tim
2020 Enola Holmes Linthorn
2022 Watcher Daniel Weber
Pinocchio The Priest Voice role
2023 Ghosted Taxi driver
Unofficial Operation Carter South Korean film
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes Commander Hoff
2024 Lift Not yet released Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Coronation Street Ben Andrews Recurring role, 16 episodes
2000 Casualty Geoff Simpson 1 episode
2001 Merseybeat Sean Finnigan 1 episode
2002 Good Thief, AA Good Thief DC Fairchild Television film
2005 Inspector Lynley Mysteries, TheThe Inspector Lynley Mysteries Billy Verger Episode: "In Divine Proportion"
2005 Funland Tim Timothy 3 episodes
2005 Bleak House William Guppy Main role, 11 episodes
2006 Low Winter Sun Det. Con. Kenny Morton 2 episodes
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe Jerry Hart Episode: "A Death in the Family"
2006–2008 Torchwood Owen Harper Main role, 26 episodes
2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Jacko Argyle 1 episode
2007 EastEnders Jed 1 episode
2008 Bonekickers Banks 1 episode
2008 Curse of Steptoe, TheThe Curse of Steptoe Ray Galton Television film
2009 Wuthering Heights Hindley Earnshaw Miniseries, 2 episodes
2011 Runaway, TheThe Runaway Richard Gates Miniseries, 5 episodes
2011 Hour, TheThe Hour Thomas Kish 4 episodes
2011 Lark Rise to Candleford Reverend Marley 1 episode
2013 Spies of Warsaw Jourdain Miniseries, 4 episodes
2013 Revenge Mr Trask 4 episodes
2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Scientist 1 episode
2013–2014 Game of Thrones Karl Tanner 4 episodes
2014–2015 Forever Adam / Lewis Farber Recurring role, 5 episodes
2014–2017 Turn: Washington's Spies Major Edmund Hewlett Main role, 28 episodes
2015 And Then There Were None Detective Sergeant William Blore Miniseries, 3 episodes
2015 Man in the High Castle, TheThe Man in the High Castle The Marshal 2 episodes
2016 Stan Lee's Lucky Man Doug 3 episodes
2017–2019 Jamestown Nicholas Farlow Main role, 15 episodes
2019 Expanse, TheThe Expanse Adolphus Murtry Recurring role, 10 episodes
2019 Cheat Ben Jarvis 4 episodes
2022 Halo Vinsher Grath Recurring role, 5 episodes
2022 Offer, TheThe Offer Charles Bluhdorn Miniseries, 10 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Risen Fincher, Brent, Dwight, Flavio, Tucker Voice
English dub
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Darth Angral, Darth Tormen, Apprentice Ortosin Voice


Year Title Role
1998 The Old Man and the Angel
1999 And Counting
1999 Glad To Be Back
1998 The Taming of the Shrew Grumio
2002 The Go Slow Club Bob
2002 Fat Campl Craig
2003 The Wire Otis
2004 Classic Serial: The Pickwick Papers Sam Weller
2007 King Trash Clint
2008 Classic Serial: The Mayor of Casterbridge Abel
2008 The Babington Plot Robert Poley
2008 New Metamorphoses Andre
2009 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Tin Man
2010 Unauthorized History: The Killing Robert Poley
2012 The Odd Job Clive
2012 The Spy Harvey Birch
2013 He Died With His Eyes Open The Detective
2022 The Reckoning: The Death of Christopher Marlowe Robert Poley

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