Scott Edward Adkins
17 June 1976
|Years active||1998 – present|
Scott Edward Adkins (born 17 June 1976) is an English actor, producer, screenwriter, gymnast, and martial artist mostly known for his roles in direct-to-video action films. He has played Russian prison fighter Yuri Boyka in the 2006 film Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and its two sequels, Undisputed III: Redemption (2010) and Boyka: Undisputed (2017); Casey Bowman in the 2009 film Ninja and its 2013 sequel Ninja: Shadow of a Tear; French in the 2018 film The Debt Collector and its 2020 sequel Debt Collectors (starring alongside Louis Mandylor). He worked in four films with his idol Jean-Claude Van Damme: The Shepherd: Border Patrol, Assassination Games, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and The Expendables 2. He also had starring roles in The Legend of Hercules, Wolf Warrior and Ip Man 4: The Finale playing the main antagonist in all three movies, and also appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum, Zero Dark Thirty and the Marvel projects Mutant X, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Doctor Strange.
Scott Edward Adkins was born in Sutton Coldfield, a town within Birmingham, England on 17 June 1976 into a family of butchers. He first became interested in martial arts at the age of ten, when he visited a local Judo club with his father and older brother. After being robbed at age 13, his interest in martial arts grew even more. That same year, he began to practice Taekwondo. Since the age of 16, Scott also started to practice Kickboxing with Anthony Jones, eventually becoming a kickboxing instructor for the Professional Karate Association. He ran classes at the Fitness First at Bearwood, Smethwick once a week. He also has experience in Ninjutsu, Krav Maga, Karate, Wushu, Jiujitsu, Muay Thai, Capoeira and Gymnastics.
His first break came when he was offered a role in a Hong Kong martial arts film called Dei Seung Chui Keung (2001) (aka Extreme Challenge). Spotted by Head of the Hong Kong Stuntmen Association and director Wei Tung and England-born Hong Kong movie expert Bey Logan, Adkins found himself in the East for the first time. He had the opportunity to work with some of Hong Kong cinema's leading action directors including Yuen Woo-ping, Corey Yuen, Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan. Acting roles soon started to come in and he was offered a guest role in the BBC's Doctors (2000) filmed at Birmingham's Pebble Mill. He appeared in a few episodes in BBC's EastEnders (2003) and City Central (1999), and a lead role in Sky One comedy drama Mile High (2003) followed by a regular role in BBC's Holby City (2006) as Bradley Hume, the assistant general manager of Holby General.
Starring roles in feature films soon followed with his portrayal of Talbot in Special Forces (2003) and Yuri Boyka in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006). It was this film that broke him into the mainstream with his villainous portrayal of the Russian MMA underground fighter Boyka. After this Scott had guest starring roles in bigger budget films like The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and The Tournament (2009), and played Jean-Claude Van Damme's main adversary in Sony Pictures The Shepherd: Border Patrol (2008). He shared the role of Weapon XI with Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). Adkins appears in the role of King Amphitryon in The Legend of Hercules.
Adkins was reunited with action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping in 2019 when he starred alongside Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4: The Finale as the main antagonist Barton Geddes, a Marine gunnery sergeant. According to Adkins, Yen personally requested him to star in the film.
|2001||The Accidental Spy||Lee's bodyguard / Turkish leader||Credited as Scott Edward Adkins|
|Extreme Challenge||Isac Borman||Direct-to-video|
|Pure Vengeance||Dany||Short film|
|2002||Black Mask 2: City of Masks||Dr. Lang|
|The Medallion||Snakehead's Henchman|
|2005||Unleashed||Swimming Pool Fighter|
|2006||The Pink Panther||Jacquard / Footballer|
|Undisputed II: Last Man Standing||Yuri Boyka||Direct-to-video|
|2007||The Bourne Ultimatum||Agent Kiley|
|2008||The Shepherd: Border Patrol||Karp||Direct-to-video|
|2009||X-Men Origins: Wolverine||Weapon XI||Stunt double for Ryan Reynolds|
|The Tournament||Yuri Petrov||Direct-to-video|
|2010||Undisputed III: Redemption||Yuri Boyka|
|2011||Assassination Games||Roland Flint|
|2012||El Gringo||The Man|
|The Expendables 2||Hector|
|Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning||John||Direct-to-video|
|Zero Dark Thirty||John|
|Green Street 3: Never Back Down||Danny Harvey|
|Ninja: Shadow of a Tear||Casey Bowman|
|2014||The Legend of Hercules||King Amphitryon|
|Wolf Warrior||Tom Cat|
|Close Range||Colton MacReady||Direct-to-video|
|Jarhead 3: The Siege||Gunny Raines|
|Hard Target 2||Wes Baylor||Direct-to-video|
|Doctor Strange||Lucian /
|2017||Savage Dog||Martin Tillman|
|Boyka: Undisputed||Yuri Boyka|
|2018||Accident Man||Mike Fallon||Direct-to-video; also producer and screenwriter|
|The Debt Collector||French||Direct-to-video|
|No Surrender||The Crazy One||Originally known as Karmouz War|
|Ip Man 4: The Finale||Barton Geddes|
|2020||Debt Collectors||French||Direct-to-video; a sequel to The Debt Collector; released as Payback in the UK|
|Legacy of Lies||Martin Baxter||Direct-to-video|
|Max Cloud||Max Cloud|
|2022||Castle Falls (post-production)||Mike|
|One Shot (post-production)||Jake Harris|
|1999||City Central||Jake Clanton||Episode: "Life Liberty and Pursuit"|
|2001||The Big Breakfast||Himself||1 episode|
|2002||Mutant X||Marko||Episode: "Sign from Above"; uncredited|
|2005||Mile High||Ed Russell||12 episodes|
|Hollyoaks: Let Loose||Ryan||2 episodes|
|2006||Holby City||Bradley Hume||9 episodes|
|2012, 2014||Métal Hurlant Chronicles||Guillame / Joe Manda||3 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2010||Undisputed III: Redemption||Action on Film Award||Breakout Action Star||Won|
|2017||Boyka: Undisputed||Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards||Best Fight||Won|
|2017||Boyka: Undisputed||Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards||Best Action Movie Actor||Won|
- Dave McNary (5 August 2014). "'Kickboxer' Reboot Adds Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa". Variety.
- "Interview | Scott Adkins on 'Close Range' and 'Doctor Strange' - CraveOnline". CraveOnline. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- Peter Martin. "Scott Adkins Crowned King In Renny Harlin's HERCULES 3D". TwitchFilm. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013.
- "'Kickboxer' Reboot Punches Up Cast With Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa". Variety. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- "Meet Scott Adkins, Donnie Yen's nemesis in Ip Man 4". South China Morning Post. 17 December 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- Topel, Fred (1 January 2020). "'Ip Man 4: The Finale' Villain Scott Adkins Reveals One Big Change in His Fight with Donnie Yen". Showbiz Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- Dworken, Arye (18 May 2018). "Revisiting the Strange Cinematic Debut of Deadpool". Vulture. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
- "Scott Adkins". Archived from the original on 21 April 2014.
- Kroll, Justin (1 April 2021). "Dave Franco, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Steve Howey, More Join Jamie Foxx In Netflix's 'Day Shift'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
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