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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1 September 1974Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameBurn Hugh Winchester Gorman
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The youngest of four children, Burn was born in Hollywood but was brought up in London with his parents and sisters. Burn's father is a Professor of Linguistics at UCLA. In 2006 Burn and his wife Sarah, a teacher welcomed their son Max Hugh Gorman. Their daughter, Nell was born on January 25, 2009.

Gorman has worked with the English National Opera, and he has also performed many readings, workshops and development work with the companies such as National Theatre Studio, Young Vic, Royal Court, Oxford Stage Company, Paines Plough, and Soho Theatre.

Gorman was TV 1Xtra Human Beatbox Champion, and as a musician has appeared alongside Groove Armada, Neneh Cherry and Rodney P. He has also worked on videos with The Streets.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: http://www.tv.com/people/burn-gorman/

Spouse (1)

Sarah Beard (July 2004 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Often plays cold, devious characters
Deadpan delivery

Trivia (17)

Born Hollywood, USA to British parents, but spent most of his years growing up in the UK.
Father was a professor of linguistics at UCLA.
Was featured in Esquire magazine's "Hot British Actors for 2008" March issue.
Playing Bill Sikes in "Oliver" in the West End. [January 2009]
Burn appeared on the cover of Torchwood Magazine Issue 3. [2008]
Burn has collaborated on visuals, videos and voiceovers with artists such as The Streets, Decknology and Drool Skool.
Burn's nickname on the Torchwood set is "Binnie". His nicknames when he was doing music were "Burn Baby Burn" and "Beatbox Burn".
Burn did a recording of the Torchwood audio novel Everybody Says Hello. [2008]
Burn was featured in Esquire magazine for "Hot British Actors for 2008" March issue. [2008]
Burn did a recording for the audiobook The Debt for BMW audiobooks. [2006]
His theatre credits include productions such as Ladybird at the Royal Court and Gong Dogs at the Bush theatre.
Burn was Radio 1Xtra's Human Beatbox Champion and performed at the 2003 International Human Beatbox Convention.
For his work at Manchester's Royal Exchange Studio and Library and Contact Theatre, Burn was nominated for a Manchester Evening News Best Newcomer Award.
Burn recorded an audio version of the Torchwood novel Slow Decay. [2007]
Interview with Starpulse magazine, Burn admitted he was a big fan of science-fiction. [2008]
Burn appeared in the play Flush at the Solo Theatre Company. [2004]
The only regular member of the Torchwood team not to appear in the parent show Doctor Who.

Personal Quotes (17)

(On why he is an actor): I've learnt something new everyday. When you get to the point that you're not learning, you need to stop. I think and either take a break, or give up and become a plumber or something because it's important to remain motivated and driven.
[on his reaction to his character Owen in Torchwood] I've always wanted to be the Weevil King!
I'm afraid the Doctor Who (2005) door is probably closed because of me being in Torchwood (2006).
I always look up to people like Michael Gambon and Tommy Lee Jones, and I hope that as I mature I will become as craggy as them.
The cliches are all true! My son Max has just turned two, and he's literally turned into this driven young man overnight! The terrible twos are not a myth, but he's such a laugh to be around.
I think of myself as a character actor, compared to a straight actor. I know a character actor in England is pretty much the same as in the States; you're actually hired to put on terrible teeth and stuff like that.
I think there comes a time in every persons life where they just need to go to the darkest, most dismal place.
I had a great time doing Torchwood (2006) I really did.
I know in Britain with Doctor Who (1963) all the classic actors, and the people who you'd really want to, work on the show. I like that the fact that Torchwood (2006) has actors that want to be involved from the stage. It has raised our game, and I'm just happy for good actors who want to be in sci-fi shows who love the genre.
I'm a film buff and I was keen to find out about the response to Daniel Craig's 007. 'Empire' and 'Hot Dog' had great reviews, and finally he's been accepted as the new Bond. So many millions go into that franchise that if you make a mistake, it's awful.
I love going on BBC6 and BBC7 and listening to documentaries.
I think it makes a difference when the actors are enjoying it more than anything because we have a real blast on Torchwood (2006).
It was the exquisite script that we were presented with by Craig [Silverstein] and the team - and the ambition of the script. That doesn't come along that often. The character of Hewlett was incredibly interesting. He's a complex character with a flawed vision, and that's what drew me to him.
I was brought up on Dickens. I remember reading 'Bleak House' but, coming back to it, I didn't remember much about it apart from a few characters.
On his character Major Hewlett: He serves the crown, and in the historical context of that, he's a man that has very rigid rules and regulation running his life. However, I think he's a man that wants to do the right thing. He genuinely wants a resolution and to understand the struggle that's going on in terms of the occupation - it is war. So he's a commander in war, but he's also a man that recognizes the frailty of the human condition. He's not a bad guy; he's somebody who's caught in between two sides.
On his knowledge of the history of the American Revolution in TURN: Washington's Spies (2014): Well in the U.K., obviously we're not taught much at all about the history of what happened. It's like it's swept under the carpet. I am particularly interested in the formation of the nation, so I was always reading books about the Constitution and who was involved, and the idealism. I've always loved that part of history.
I wanted to know exactly what was going on with the British army at that time, the occupation as it were, the problems that were happening in the colonies and parliaments. It's a fascinating time in history because of the conflict in loyalties. It was friend against friend and neighbor against neighbor. I was drawn to finding out about the structure of the British army and the rules of war. It helped give me a sense of the time and justify some of Hewlett's rather harsh actions.

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