You’ve seen him in more villainous roles than heroic. In Game of Thrones, Burn Gorman played the role of Karl Tanner, the eerily controlling and vicious leader of the Night Watch deserters. He drank wine from the skull of the leader of the Night’s Watch, Jeor Mormont, whom he had killed, and also tried to rape a little girl.
Well, his end came in season 4 when who else? Jon Snow put a sword through the back of his head and ended his life. Apart from his GOT role, Burn Gorman, who began his acting career in 1998, is known for a number of other roles, including Dr. Owen Harper in the BBC series Torchwood.
Burn Gorman Biography
The burn was born Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman on September 1, 1974, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California as the son of British parents who lived in LA. His father was a lecturer in linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles in Westwood. The burn is the last of four children who have three older sisters. After growing up in Hollywood for 7 years, Burn’s family moved to the UK where he was to spend the rest of his childhood. With his passion for acting, Burn attended the School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in acting.
He began his acting career in 1998 with his debut in the recurring role of Ben Andrews on Coronation Street. He made his feature film debut in 2004 in Layer Cake, which also starred Daniel Craig and Tom Hardy.
Gorman’s big break came the following year, in 2005, when he began playing Owen Harper in the first season of the BBC’s science fiction series Torchwood. In the following season, he took on the role again and starred in a total of 26 episodes before leaving in 2008. Burn then had other projects with the BBC, including Funland, Bonekickers, Low Winter Sun, The Curse of Steptoe, and others.
He also had other small-screen appearances outside the BBC, including EastEnders, Wuthering Heights, The Runaway, Spies of Warsaw, Revenge, and others. On the big screen, Gorman also had a long list to boast about. He played the lead role in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster superhero movie The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The following year he starred in the science fiction film Pacific Rim starring Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba. Burn resumed his role in the sequel Pacific Rim Uprising (2018).
Before he got a role in Game of Thrones, Burn was already an established actor, but the role brought him to the attention of those who did not know him before. After the GOT, Burns’ career continued to grow on both the small and big screen. His next big appearance on the small screen came in Turn: Washington’s Spies, where he portrayed Major Edmund Hewlett for 25 seasons.
Burn Gorman also did a lot for the theater. He has worked with the English National Opera, Soho Theatre, Young Vic, Royal Court, Paines Plough, and the Oxford Stage Company.
Interestingly, Burn Gorman also has a musical side. Under the nickname B.B. Burn, he was part of Drool Skool, a human beatbox outfit that included Shlomo and DukeBox. In 2003 he was crowned BBC 1Xtra Human Beatbox Champion. Burn has performed in clubs and on stage all over the world. He has sung alongside the likes of Neneh Cherry, Rodney P, and Groove Armada.
Family: Wife and Children
Burn Gorman is a family man. On 17 July 2004, he married Sarah Beard, who works as a teacher at a school. Two years later, in 2006, when Gorman had just begun his career with his Torchwood role, the couple welcomed their first edition, a son called Max Hugh Gorman. He was born in Cardiff.
The second, a daughter called Nell Gorman, arrived on 25 January 2009. Their next child would also be a daughter, Rosa Gorman, born in September 2014.
Although Mrs. Gorman leads a private life, she occasionally accompanies her husband to film premieres. She accompanied him to the European premiere of Pacific Rim at BFI IMAX, Southbank, London.
Gorman’s wife Sarah Beard should not be confused with the American markswoman of the same name. The athlete, who comes from a family with a history of shooting, was born on May 21, 1991, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Ms. Gorman also shares her name with an author known for “Porcelain Keys and Beyond the Rising Tide”.