In 1995, Alec won the Jubilee Trophy, an award for stage combat.
Alec's favourite tv show is a Scottish show called Chewin' the Fat.
In February and March 2007, Alec performed on stage at "The Young Vic". He played the role of Courtine in Soldier's Fortune, a Restoration comedy directed by David Lan.
Alec had not read any of the Dune books before playing the main character, Paul Atreides, in the Dune miniseries.
Alec's father, Sandy Newman, was a member of Marmalade, a seventies rock group from Scotland.
His favourite novel is Cervantes' Don Quixote.
(about playing Detective Inspector Jim Buchan in "Reichenbach Falls")
Alec: My only problem making this film is that Buchan is a heavy smoker, but I kicked the habit two years ago.
Alec: The biggest influence on my career was a footballer called Kenny Dalglish. Because of him, I thought I wanted to become a footballer.
(on being Scottish and living in Los Angeles)
Alec: At the end of the day if Scotland are playing football there's only one team I will be shouting for!
Alec: I have a really bad desire to play Macbeth.
(on having to fight Matt Keeslar in "Dune")
Alec: I went to the gym every day, I was terrified I'd look fat.