Born in the Sudan in Northern Africa, Siddig was raised in England and attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) where he studied acting and theater. Immediately after leaving LAMDA, Sid did a season of theater in Manchester (northern England), in addition to performing in various shows in pubs and small theaters. Later, Siddig worked as a director in a small theater in London.
"I was in a situation where I pretty much had a theater company at my disposal and a theater at my disposal and could do anything I liked. . .as long as I did it for nothing. Which is sort of a step before charging and not being able to do what you like. I was at a point where I could have just gone on and become a director in London, as a trainee at the Royal Shakespeare Company or something like that, and ended up being a bona fide director. It was quite a big struggle because for a year and a half, which is the time I spent directing immediately after I left acting school, you just have no money so you're just living on welfare and you're trying to make it. . ."
During this time of financial struggle Sid was offered the part of Emir Feisal in "Great Performances: A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia" (1992), the sequel to Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Sid co-starred with Ralph Fiennes who played T. E. Lawrence.
Siddig's performance in "Great Performances: A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia" (1992) brought him to the attention of Rick Berman who was creating the new series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993). Originally brought in to audition for the role of Captain Benjamin Sisko, Berman decided Siddig was too young for the role and cast him as Dr. Julian Bashir instead. The part had to be slightly rewritten for Siddig as the original "bible" had called for an Hispanic male to play the part, named Julian Amoros, although Berman reports that no other actors were considered for the role.
During his time on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993), Siddig and co-star Nana Visitor had a son (Django) and were married in 1997. They divorced in 2001, although they remain friends.
After a successful seven-year run on television, Siddig began working in feature films, quickly accumulating roles in movies such as Vertical Limit (2000), Reign of Fire (2002), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and the critically acclaimed Syriana (2005). Early 2005 saw Siddig return to the stage opposite Kim Cattrall in the West End production of "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" Following a controversial guest turn on "MI-5" (2002), the title role in Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare (2006) (TV) in 2006 and a recurring role on "24" (2001) in 2007 brought Siddig back to the small screen.
|Nana Visitor||(14 June 1997 - April 2001) (divorced) 1 child|
Son, Django El Tahir El Siddig, born. [16 September 1996]
Grew up in England where he Attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Originally credited as "Siddig El Fadil", he changed his professional name to "Alexander Siddig" because (as reported by him at Star Trek conventions) nobody could pronounce "El Fadil".
One of his uncles (his father's brother) was the Sudanese prime minister. Another one (his mother's brother) is Malcolm McDowell.
He was at one time considered for the role of Benjamin Sisko, the station commander of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993). However, he was apparently considered too young. The role eventually went to Avery Brooks. However, the producers were impressed enough with Siddig and offered him the role of Dr. Julian Bashir.
Son Django was born around 11pm. After spending all night with his son and wife, Siddig went to work at "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) the following day at 5:30am to continuing filming the episode "Let He Who Is Without Sin".
Ex-son-in-law of Robert Tucker.
His "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) character, Dr. Julian Bashir, has been seen as having similar high moral values as the real-life Middle Eastern Doctor Bashar, featured in Time Magazine, in 2003.
I aspire to be a director...I think it stems from wanting to be a conductor, another desire of mine from my childhood, though I was not interested in music, not at all. I just wanted to control that orchestra.
There was a point where I was just going to call myself 'uh' because people would walk up to me in the street and say 'hey you're, uh....' That would just make it a lot easier for them. And I could just say 'yes, I am!'
"I blame Ridley Scott really, because he was the person who went "I love Star Trek and I'd love it if you were in my movie" and people like Oliver Stone went "I hated Star Trek and I don't want you in Alexander (2004)!" I was really lucky there".
[About the Arabic people] We're a pretty passionate lot, but we're also incredibly zipped up. We're very sort of guarded, especially in public, and dignity and sense of honour and duty are terribly important.
[About his role on Cairo Time (2009)] It was a real treasure, a treat, to find a character, a role, that wasn't intent on trying to blow up the White House or hijack an airplane.
(May 2005) Attending Collectormania 7 at Milton Keynes And... attending the UK premiere of Kingdom of Heaven (2005) in London.
(January 2007) Guest-starring role on "24" (2001).
(January 2009) 31st January Appeared as a Guest at the Ultra Blaze Scifi Convention (Ipswich, England)
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