Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman was born in Hollywood, California USA on 1 September 1974 under the zodiac sign of Virgo, and holds British nationality due to both of his parents being British. His father was a professor of linguistics at UCLA, but nothing is known about his mother – Burn also has three older sisters. He is mostly known for his acting career, while he is also a musician.
Early Life and Education
He spent seven years in Hollywood, Los Angeles before he moved with his family to England, where he spent the rest of his childhood. He was already interested in acting, so he decided to study at Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre, and graduated with bachelor’s degree in Acting.
His career started in 1998 when he was 24 – he had a recurring role in the very long-running UK sitcom/soapie “Coronation Street”. His first movie role was in “Layer Lake” in 2004 – in both the movie and TV series he acted alongside famous actor Tom Hardy. Burn has had many roles in both TV series and movies but what really impacted his career the most was his role in the “Torchwood” TV series – from 2005 he acted in two seasons, counting 26 episodes and left the show in 2008.
His next noticeable appearance was in the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012, in which Christian Bale played the main role.In 2013, Burn landed what seems to most as his biggest role ever – as Karl Tanner in “The Game of Thrones” in 2013 and 2014. His role wasn’t that big and he only appeared in four episodes in seasons two and three, however, the series was a major success and even though Burn was already somewhat famous, this made him even more popular as audiences everywhere were watching this show.
If you watch his movies, you will realize that he always plays the roles of bad guys, but he admitted in an interview that he prefers those roles rather than those of heroes. His last appearance in a movie was in “Pacific Rim: Uprising” in 2018, continuing his role of Dr. Hermann Gottlieb from “Pacific Rim” in 2013 – it is not a lead role but it is still a significant one.
Burn hasn’t stuck only to TV screens – he’s worked a lot in theater with the English National Opera, Soho Theatre, Royal Court and Oxford Stage Company. One thing that not a lot of people know is that Burn is a great beatboxer – better known as BB Burn, he won the title of a Beatbox Champion on the Radio 1Xtra’s Human competition. This made it possible for him to perform in clubs all around the world, and he even sang alongside Groove Armada. He was once a member of human Beatbox team called “Drool Skool” with Shlomo, DukeBox, and A-Plus.
His Personal Favorite
During an interview with Exit6, Burn explained why the short movie “The Other Man” shot in 2013 is his favorite amongst all movies that he’s appeared in. ‘…New director’s first experience and any film being made is a combination of luck, timing and passion. So many things can go terribly wrong to make it not happen. I have nothing but admiration for them…’ – this is how he describes people who want to direct their first movie, and David Raymond, the director of “The Other Man”, is one of these people.
He made this movie about a man who discovers his wife is having an affair and he decides to win her back with a romantic candlelit dinner, champagne… and chloroform. The shooting of the movie was both fun and frustrating as they didn’t have filming permission so they had to run from public grounds while shooting for it if they saw the police approaching them. David is on his way to becoming a successful director, as he directed his first long movie in 2018 called “Nomis”.
Burn married Sarah Beard, a school teacher, on 17 July 2004. They have three kids together – a son called Max Hugh Gorman born in 2006, daughter Nell Gorman born in 2009, and another daughter called Rosa born in September 2014. Even though Sarah has her own private life, she still manages to accompany her husband to his movie premieres and other events, and went with him to the European premier of “Pacific Rim” in Southbank, London. There were rumors that Burn and Sarah split in 2017 but this hasn’t been confirmed by the actor.
Appearance and Net Worth
He is currently 44 years old, has short black hair, brown eyes and wears glasses. He is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall and weighs around 158lbs (72kg). He has tattoos on both arms, from his hands to his elbows. There are no authoritative sources of his net worth, however, it is estimated to be more than $3 million.
Social Media Presence
Burn launched his Twitter account in May, 2013 and has so far tweeted nearly 500 times and gathered more than 20,000 followers. He is also active on Instagram but not as much as on Twitter – his account has 100 posts and around 16,500 followers.
Burn has been nominated for many awards, but has only won one – the Genre Award for Best Actor in 2008.
He appeared in the pages of Esquire magazine’s “Hot British Actors for 2008” in March, and also on the cover of “Torchwood” Magazine in the same year.
He has a dog called William Blore.