Purcell at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Dominic Haakon Myrtved Purcell
17 February 1970
|Citizenship||Australia, British, Ireland|
(m. 1998; div. 2008)
Dominic Haakon Myrtved Purcell (born 17 February 1970) is a British-Australian actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Lincoln Burrows in Fox's Prison Break (2005–2009; 2017) and Mick Rory / Heat Wave in The CW's The Flash (2014–2016) and Legends of Tomorrow (2016–present), as well as Drake / Dracula in Blade: Trinity (2004).
Purcell was born in Wallasey, Cheshire (now Merseyside), England. He is the son of Phil Myrtvedt and Mary T. "Maureen" (née Hassett) Purcell. His mother was Irish and his father was of Norwegian and English descent. In 1972, he and his family moved to Bondi, New South Wales in Australia, and later to Western Sydney in Penrith. He attended Blaxland East Public School and Blaxland High School, as well as St Dominic's College and McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains. He later attended the Australian Theatre for Young People and then enrolled at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he studied with Hugh Jackman. He holds triple British-Irish-Australian citizenship, being British by virtue of being born in the United Kingdom before the country abolished unconditional birthright citizenship in 1983 and being Irish automatically through his Irish mother.
Purcell was married to Rebecca Williamson from 1998 until 2008, during which time the couple had four children. In 2011, he started dating former 90210 actress AnnaLynne McCord; in 2014, the couple announced an amicable split, though they rekindled their romance a year later. McCord told People Magazine she came back into his life as a friend when the actor was diagnosed with skin cancer, but the relationship soon turned romantic again. In January 2018, McCord ended the relationship. However, on 25 September 2020 Purcell confirmed on Instagram that they had rekindled their relationship.
On 1 June 2016 Purcell suffered severe injuries on set in Morocco, after a misplaced iron bar used as a Prison Break season 5 set piece fell on his head. He was immediately airlifted from Ouarzazate to Casablanca, where he received emergency treatment for nasal fractures and various other injuries.
|2000||Mission: Impossible 2||Ulrich|
|2001||Scenes of the Crime||Mark|
|2004||Three Way||Lew Brookbank|
|2006||The Gravedancers||Harris McKay|
|2009||Blood Creek||Victor Alan Marshall|
|Straw Dogs||Jeremy Niles|
|House of the Rising Sun||Tony Zello|
|2013||Officer Down||Royce Walker|
|Assault on Wall Street||Jim Baxford|
|2014||The Ganzfeld Haunting||Detective Malone|
|In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission||Hazen Kaine|
|The Bag Man||Larson|
|A Fighting Man||Sailor O'Connor|
|I Choose||N/A||Short film|
|Turkey Shoot||Rick Tyler|
|2015||Abandoned||James Nalepka||TV movie|
|2004||Three Way||Also associate producer|
|2015||Isolation||Also executive producer|
|2017||Untitled Sunny Garcia Documentary|
|1991||Home and Away||Constable Rogers||3 episodes|
|1997–1998||Raw FM||Granger Hutton||13 episodes|
|1998||Moby Dick||Bulkington||2 episodes|
|1999||Heartbreak High||Todd Gillespie||6 episodes|
|Silent Predators||Truck driver||Television film|
|First Daughter||Troy Nelson|
|The Lost World||Condillac||Episode: "The Travelers"|
|Invincible||Keith Grady||Television film|
|2002–2003||John Doe||John Doe||21 episodes|
|2004–2005||North Shore||Tommy Ravetto||5 episodes|
|2004||House||Ed Snow||Episode: "Fidelity"|
|Prison Break||Lincoln Burrows||90 episodes|
|2009||Prison Break: The Final Break||Television film|
|2011||Castle||Russell Ganz||Episode: "To Love and Die in L.A."|
|2012||Common Law||John Crowl||Episode: "Gun!"|
|2014–2016||The Flash||Mick Rory / Heat Wave
|recurring role 5 episodes|
|2015||Superhero Fight Club||Television short promo video|
|2016–present||Legends of Tomorrow||Main role (seasons 1-5)|
|2017||Supergirl||Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1"|
|Arrow||Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2"|
|2019||Batwoman||Mick Rory / Heat Wave
|Episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 2"|
|2010||Prison Break: The Conspiracy||Lincoln Burrows|
Awards and nominations
|2007||AACTA Awards||Best Actor||Prison Break||Won|
|2009||Inside Film Awards||Best Feature Film||Balibo||Nominated|
- O'Connor, B, "Break Out Archived 9 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine". Men's Fitness. December/January 2007 Issue; retrieved 18 December 2006.
- "Dominic Haakon Myrtved Purcell". Instagram. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
- Purcell, Dominic. "HAAKON🇳🇴🇦🇺 (@dominicpurcell) posted on Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
- "Dominic Purcell profile at". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
- Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts website; accessed 10 April 2014.
- Lonergan, Aidan. "11 celebrities you never realised had an Irish passport". The Irish Post. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
- "Prison Break star Dominic Purcell reunites with 90210 lover AnnaLynne McCord". The Daily Telegraph. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
- "AnnaLynne McCord Opens Up About Rekindling Romance with Dominic Purcell: 'I Have My Best Friend Back'". People Magazine. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
- Byrne, Suzy (24 January 2018). "AnnaLynne McCord no longer dating Dominic Purcell: 'We're very, very amicable'". Yahoo! Lifestyle. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
- "@dominicpurcell". Instagram. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
It’s been a journey with me and Anna. 12 years. @theannalynnemccord we loved. We hated. We older now. Felt it, dealt it, experienced it. She’s the only chick that truly gets me
- Purcell, Dominic (1 June 2016). "Dominic Purcell: I'm good". Instagram. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
- Andreeva, Nellie (3 June 2016). "Dominic Purcell Injured On Set Of Fox's Prison Break, Production Not Impacted". Deadline.com. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
- "Prison Break star Dominic Purcell almost killed on set after iron bar falls on his head". News.com.au. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
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