Dominic Purcell life and biography

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Dominic Purcell biography

Date of birth : 1970-02-17
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Merseyside, England, UK
Nationality : British-Australian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-22
Credited as : Actor, Prison Break,

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Dominic Purcell is a British-born Australian actor. He is best known for his role as Lincoln Burrows in Prison Break, the title character in John Doe, and Dracula in Blade: Trinity.

Born in England but raised in Australia by his Norwegian father and Irish mother, Purcell was a bored landscaper who decided to attend a drama school. He became a TV star in Australia before debuting in America as the title character in "John Doe" (2002). In 2000, he won the Green Card lottery and now lives in Los Angeles with his family.

At the age of two, Dominic and his family moved from England to Sydney's Bondi and then moved to the Western Suburbs. After becoming a landscape gardener, he soon tired of the profession and, whilst watching the war movie Platoon (1986), decided to become an actor. Due to his working-class background, acting seemed a very unlikely choice of career, so he didn't pursue it until sometime later. He studied at The Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and then later enrolled at the Western Australian Academy of Performing arts where he met his future wife Rebecca and studied with Hugh Jackman.

In 1997, Dominic scored a role in the TV series "Raw FM" (1997) and then landed a part in Mission: Impossible II (2000), which was filmed in Australia. He was soon spotted by a US talent scout and went off to LA. Since then, Dominic has been working constantly with roles in the movie Equilibrium (2002), the TV show "John Doe" (2002), Blade: Trinity (2004), and in the upcoming thriller Three Way (2004) and a new police television drama, Strut.


2004 : House ; North Shore
2005-09 : Prison Break (Lincoln Burrows)
2009 : Prison Break: The Final Break
2011 : Castle


2000 : Mission: Impossible II
2002 : Equilibrium
2003 : 3-way ; Visitors
2004 : Blade: Trinity
2005 : The Gravedancers
2007 : Level Seven ; Primeval
2009 : Blood Creek
2011 : The Killer Elite ; Straw Dogs

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