Burn Gorman is an American-born British actor and musician, best known for his roles as Owen Harper in Torchwood and Phillip Stryver in The Dark Knight Rises. He portrays Hermann Gottlieb in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, and reprised his role in Pacific Rim: Uprising.


Gorman trained at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre. Gorman appeared in the first two seasons of the BAFTA Cymru-winning science-fiction/crime drama Torchwood as Owen Harper. Other television includes Sex, the City and Me, Funland, Bonekickers and other projects for the BBC.

Gorman has recently starred in the ITV adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights as Hindley Earnshaw. He also had a small part in Cemetery Junction as one of the police officers. In 2011, he starred in Sky1's second Martina Cole adaptation, The Runaway. It was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa and London in 2010.

Film work includes Love is Not Enough, Layer Cake, Colour Me Kubrick, The Dark Knight Rises, Penelope, Claus, The Oxford Murders and Cemetery Junction. Gorman has performed in readings, workshops and development initiatives with the National Theatre Studio, Young Vic, Royal Court, Oxford Stage Company, Paines Plough and Soho Theatre.[1]

Outside of London, Gorman has worked with the Playhouse, Nottingham, the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, and Manchester's Royal Exchange Studio and Library and Contact Theatres, where he was nominated for a Manchester Evening News Best Newcomer Award.

As a musician, Gorman has played in clubs and on stages all over the world, appearing alongside Neneh Cherry, Rodney P and Groove Armada among others, and has worked on videos and visuals with the Streets. He also competed against Yorkshire Beatboxer Desebel and was crowned the BBC 1Xtra Human Beatbox Champion.

Gorman played his first leading role in the 2011 feature film, Up There, which had its premiere at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. Allan Hunter of Screen Daily described him as "bringing echoes of Buster Keaton as the melancholy Martin".[2]


  1. Flush by David Dipper
  2. Allan Hunter (18 November 2011) Up There

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