Burn Gorman


Burn Gorman Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Burn will soon be seen in the movie Cemetery Junction.

    • Burn recently admitted that he was in a team of American Bullfrog racers called the Guildford Geronimos. He has two racing bullfrogs called Coky and Pascal.

    • Burn has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the 2008 SyFy Portal Awards for his role on Torchwood.

    • Burn will be playing the role of Bill Sykes opposite I'd Do Anything winner Jodie Prenger from January 14th 2009. Burn also has recorded an audio CD of his performance of the play.

    • Burn was featured in Esquire magazine for "Hot British Actors for 2008" March issue.

    • In 2006, Burn did a recording for the audio-book The Debt for BMW audiobooks.

    • In 2004 Burn appeared in the play Flush at the Solo Theatre Company.

    • In an 2008 interview with Torchwood Magazine, Burn cited both The West Wing and 24 as two of his favourite shows.

    • In 2007, Burn recorded commentaries for the episodes Ghost Machine (with Helen Raynor and Colin Teague) and Combat (with Chris Chibnall and Andy Goddard) for the Season 1 boxset of Torchwood.

    • Burn's nickname on the Torchwood set is "Binnie". His nicknames when he was doing music were "Burn Baby Burn" and "Beatbox Burn".

    • In a 2008 interview with Starpulse magazine, Burn admitted he was a big fan of science-fiction.

    • In 2008, Burn appeared on the cover of Torchwood Magazine Issue 3.

    • In 2008 Burn did a recording of the Torchwood audio novel Everybody Says Hello.

    • In 2007 Burn recorded an audio version of the Torchwood novel Slow Decay.

    • Burn's theatre credits include various productions such as Ladybird at the Royal Court and Gong Dogs at the Bush theatre.

    • In 2007 Burn played the role of Elf 1 in the movie Fred Claus.

    • For his work at Manchester's Royal Exchange Studio and Library and Contact Theatre, Burn was nominated for a Manchester Evening News Best Newcomer Award.

    • Burn has collaborated on visuals, videos and voiceovers with artists such as The Streets, Decknology and Drool Skool.

    • Burn was Radio 1Xtra's Human Beatbox Champion and performed at the 2003 International Human Beatbox Convention.

  • Quotes

    • Burn: (on what makes him happy): My kid, and being with family. The cliches are all true! My son Max has just turned two, and he's literally turned into this driven young man overnight! The terrible twos are not a myth but he's such a laugh to be around.

    • Burn: (On Owen's death in the Torchwood episode Exit Wounds): I think it's a good way for him to go, because you've seen him shot once, so that's not going to have the same impact again. It's off-screen so it's not prescriptive and it leaves it your imagination. Maybe he got away in the end. He might be living in the sewers with the Weevils, full of radiation and intent on revenge. I like the way that it was done but I think he's definitely gone.

    • Burn: (on how he plays characters): I feel very lucky. I think of myself as a character actor, compared to a straight actor. I know a character actor in England is pretty much the same as in the States, you're actually hired to put on terrible teeth and stuff like that.

    • Burn: (on why he has played a variety of different roles): I've been very lucky in that I've been able to keep a finger in every pie really. I try to be open and not turn my nose up to things and if there's a particular project that I want to do or a director that I want to work with, I'll very actively try to do that, even if it's just for one scene.

    • Burn: (On why he is an actor): I've learnt something new everyday. When you get to the point that you're not learning, you need to stop. I think and either take a break, or give up and become a plumber or something because it's important to remain motivated and driven.

    • Burn: (on how feels about the way the US has accepted Torchwood): Personally, I find that really refreshing, that, basically, it's accepted as a stand-alone series. It's certainly very different in tone. It still uses references to Doctor Who, but I think it's really good that it's being appreciated for what it is. Although I am a Doctor Who fan myself, so I always enjoy when there are references. When Jack goes off and disappears, it's kind of nice to have a mothership.

    • Burn: (On the type of characters he's drawn to playing): Well, I've always seen myself as a character actor so I was surprised when they wanted me to get my top off for Owen. I thought, "oh no, you're making a big mistake," but I really love the classic actors we have here and in America. I always look up to people like Michael Gambon and Tommy Lee Jones, and I hope that as I mature I will become as craggy as them. I've been in a couple of films this year and had such a really great time. I worked with Elijah Wood and John Hurt on The Oxford Murders which is coming out in April. I'd love to do more far-out eccentric characters, they're what I'm drawn to, so Owen is a really straight role for me.

    • Burn: (On his character Owen being dead but still working for Torchwood): It's a unique experience to say the least. It really restricts Owen in his membership of the team and because his body's not able to heal itself, it's kind of like he's been stopped in time. As an actor, it's a pretty exciting storyline to get and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

    • Burn: (on his reaction to his character Owen's new status in Torchwood): I've always wanted to be the Weevil King!

    • Burn: (on the impact "Torchwood" has had on him): To be honest I think we are surprised and really pleased. Obviously in the UK the show had started on BBC 3, which is an offset of the main channel, and started as kind of a cult show and its grown from there. So to get such a really enthusiastic response from the viewers and fans in the US is a real joy and bonus.

    • Burn: (On what drew him to the role of Owen Harper) In England, obviously I knew what Russell T. Davies had been involved. He is a very prolific writer and involved in very groundbreaking projects, so first and foremost it was because of him. We started rehearsing in Wales and I hadn't seen a script at all, I hadn't seen a character breakdown, nothing about the character, really. In fact, I had just met the producer and the casting director, so I really didn't have an idea as to what it would entail except that it was linked to the Doctor Who world and that it had a very experienced and exciting team - the producers, directors and the actors in it as well. It was an amalgamation of those things that really made me want to do it.

    • Burn: (about Combat) I think there comes a time in every persons life, where they just need to go to the darkest, most dismal place.