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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 21 November 1965Sudan
Birth NameSiddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi
Nickname Sid
Height 5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 (2006) in 2006 and a recurring role on 24 (2001) in 2007 brought Siddig back to the small screen.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Melissa Lowery (mel@sidcity.net)

Spouse (1)

Nana Visitor (14 June 1997 - 2001) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (19)

Son, Django El Tahir El Siddig, born. [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".
Fellow Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) cast member Andrew Robinson is the godfather of Siddig's son Django.
In 2005, he appeared in two films set in the Middle East, Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Syriana (2005). In both films, he played a character named Nasir.
Ex-brother-in-law of Ian Tucker and Zan Charisse.
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.
Co-starred with his real-life uncle Malcolm McDowell in the film Doomsday (2008).
Currently (until the end of April 2005) co-starring in the West End theatre production of "Whose Life Is It Anyway" with Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City (1998)). [March 2005]
Guest-starring role on 24 (2001). [January 2007]
Attending Collectormania 7 at Milton Keynes And... attending the UK premiere of Kingdom of Heaven (2005) in London. [May 2005]
Appeared as a guest at the Ultra Blaze Scifi Convention (Ipswich, England). [January 2009]
Acting protégé of Avery Brooks.
Was one of the fan-favourites to play Prince Doran in Game of Thrones (2011). Although he joined the Game of Thrones cast only in 2014, fans have been suggesting his name from as early as 2012, for the role of Doran.

Personal Quotes (7)

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.
[on Clash of the Titans (2010)] That was possibly the lamest movie I've ever been in. I mean, you know, there's some times when you do duds, and I must've been rubbish, because I think there was all of one minute more of performance that I may have done that didn't end up in the movie. So 50% of my performance was cut and...yeah, there's not much you can say about that.
[on Reign of Fire (2002)] The only thing I remember about that was the first day. The first A.D. came into the trailer where we were all having our makeup and shit done, and he was, like, "Guys, I need your attention, please." And we were, like, "Yeah?" And he said, "Um, Mr. McConaughey's gonna arrive on set in about 15 minutes, and I have to give you a directive-which comes from the producers-that you are not to call him 'Matthew' or 'Mr. McConaughey' or anything to do with his real life. You must call him Van Zan." Van Zan was his character name. "And even if you meet him outside in the road, even if you meet him out in town in Dublin," where we were shooting this movie, "you must call him Van Zan." And that is exactly what I remember about that movie, because as that first A.D. left the building, I shouted-rather lamely-"And he's got to call me Elvis!" But he didn't call me Elvis. In fact, he didn't call me anything!

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