Alexander Siddig was born November 21, 1965.
Alexander Siddig is an actor best known for his portrayal of Doctor Julian Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also appeared as Dr. Bashir in the Star Trek: The Next Generation sixth season episode “Birthright, Part I” in 1993.
He was born Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderahman Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Abdel Karim El Mahdi in Sudan, in Northern Africa, but spent most of his life in Britain where he attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). His uncle on his mother’s side is actor Malcolm McDowell; another uncle, on his father’s side, was twice the prime minister of Sudan.
When he began acting, he adopted a shortened version of his name, Siddig El Fadil. He then changed his acting credit to Alexander Siddig at the start of the fourth season of Deep Space Nine, reportedly because people had difficulty pronouncing his birth name. According to Siddig, the name “Alexander” was chosen “out of a hat”. His directorial credit remained as El Fadil for one DS9 episode he directed: “Business as Usual”.
Siddig first appeared to television audiences as Prince Feisal in the 1990 made-for-TV sequel to Lawrence of Arabia entitled A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia. When auditions came for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 1992, Siddig was originally considered for the role of Benjamin Sisko, but was reportedly deemed too young for the role.
Siddig has performed for television on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2003 he guest starred in an episode of the popular BBC spy drama series Spooks (screened as MI5 in the United States). In 2005, he lent his voice to the “Patriot Games” episode of Family Guy. Also in 2005, he appeared in a major role in an episode of the British detective series Agatha Christie’s Poirot entitled “Cards on the Table”. In 2006 he starred in the BBC television movie Hannibal, playing the title character
In 2007, Siddig appeared as former terrorist Hamri Al-Assad in the sixth season of the hit FOX TV series 24. He also played a villain in an episode of the BBC series Merlin in 2008, which was broadcast on NBC in 2009.
In September 2009, Siddig appeared in the BBC forensic crime drama Waking the Dead as Dr. Mohammed, a psychiatrist at a high security psychiatric hospital who is hiding a dark secret. In April 2010, it was announced that Siddig had joined the cast of the British science fiction series Primeval for seasons 4 and 5. On this show, he played Phillip Burton, a charismatic scientist and technology tycoon who is a private contractor put in charge of running the Government’s “Anomaly Research Centre” but is secretly using the technology developed for his own purposes.
Siddig played the recurring role of Al-Rahim in the first season of the BBC/Starz fantasy-adventure drama Da Vinci’s Demons. In 2013, he potrayed King Minos on the BBC series Atlantis, which aired in the U.K. and Canada and premiered on BBC America in November. He played Prince Doran Martell in the fifth and sixth seasons of Game of Thrones.
Siddig has worked extensively in major motion pictures since production on Deep Space Nine came to an end in 1999. In 2000, he appeared as an ill-fated mountain climber in Vertical Limit. Two years later, he had a role in the fantasy action film Reign of Fire.
Siddig co-starred in two major feature films in 2005: Ridley Scott’s epic Kingdom of Heaven and Stephen Gaghan’s highly-acclaimed Syriana.
In 2006, Siddig appeared as the angel Gabriel in the Biblical drama The Nativity Story. He followed this with roles in the 2007 war epic The Last Legion, set during the last days of the Roman Empire, and the 2007 French drama, Un Homme Perdu (A Lost Man). He then played Prime Minister John Hatcher in the 2008 futuristic action thriller Doomsday, co-starring with his uncle, Malcolm McDowell.
Siddig starred in a 2009 film entitled Cairo Time, which shot on location in Cairo, Egypt. The following year, Siddig was seen in the blockbuster action/fantasy film Clash of the Titans (in which he played Hermes) and in 22.214.171.124. Siddig also co-starred Miral.
Siddig was the star on the Canadian thriller Inescapable and appeared in the comic drama May in the Summer. He is also in The Fifth Estate.
He also played in the TV series Arrow.
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