- Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman
September 01, 1974 (age 46)
- Actor, Musician
- Sarah Beard
Burn Hugh Gorman (born 1 September 1974) is an American-born English actor and musician. He is best known for his roles as 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) and Major Richard Hewlett in the AMC series Turn: Washington's Spies (2014). In 2015, Gorman will star in the films Crimson Peak and In a Valley of Violence.
Gorman was born in Hollywood, California to English parents. 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 trained at Manchester Metropolitan University's School of Theatre.
Gorman appeared as Owen Harper in the first two seasons of the BBCscience fiction series Torchwood. Other television roles include Funlandand 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. He has appeared in films such as Layer Cake,The Best Man, Penelope, Fred Claus, and Cemetery Junction.
Gorman played his first leading role in the 2011 feature film, Up There, which had its premiere at the International Film festival Mannheim-Heidelberg. Allan Hunter of Screen Daily described him as 'bringing echoes of Buster Keaton as the melancholy Martin.'