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Scott Adkins

Scott Adkins

English actor

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October 26, 2022
Scott Adkins , including the Undisputed series (2006, 2010, 2017), as well as the Ninja (2009, 2013 (English) Russian) and Collectors (2018, 2020) dulogies. Despite the fact that Adkins plays the roles of the main characters exclusively in low-budget films intended for video distribution, he repeatedly appeared in less significant roles in high-budget theatrical films. So, he played the role of the central antagonist in such films as the American Hercules: The Beginning of the Legend (2014), as well as the Asian War of the Wolves (2015) and Ip Man 4: Finale (2019). In addition, Adkins participated in several other major projects, one of the most notable of which is the action movie The Expendables 2 (2012), which became his fourth collaboration with Jean-Claude VanDamme, whom he openly calls his idol, who inspired him to martial arts and work in the film industry.


Adkins was born in Sutton Coldfield, England on June 17, 1976,[2] into a family that had been butchers for generations. Along with his older brother Craig, he was raised by John and Janet Adkins in a loving middle class family. Scott attended Bishop Wessey High School in Sutton Coldfield. He was far from being the best student at school: “At night, when my parents fell asleep, I went down the stairs and watched movies all night, and slept in class.” From an early age, Scott was involved in a variety of sports, but he became interested in martial arts at the age of ten, after his father sent him along with his brother to the local judo club.

“Martial arts has become my obsession! It was like what I've been looking for all my life." After idolizing such martial artists as Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott began to train hard every day. “I turned my father's garage into my own dojo. I even had a shrine there (Bruce Lee) that I worshiped." At the age of 14, Scott continued to study taekwondo with Ron Sergio at T.A.G.B. A few years later, he began to practice kickboxing under the guidance of Anthony Jones.


While practicing martial arts, Scott became interested in Hollywood. He enrolled in a drama class at Sutton Coldfield College. Being a shy guy, Scott found it incredibly difficult to perform on stage in front of the audience: "I knew I wanted to do it, but it scared me like hell." Finally, at the age of 21, Scott was offered a place at the prestigious Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. However, as a poor student, he barely made ends meet and was forced to leave without completing his course. Very dejected, he thought it was the end.

Scott's first breakthrough was an invitation to a Hong Kong fighting game Extreme Challenge. He was invited by the Head of the Hong Kong Stuntmen Association Stephen Tung Fei. Thus Adkins found himself in the East for the first time. “I know a lot of fighters go to Hong Kong to try out for their film production, but unlike them, I never really thought about it. I was dumbfounded that they wanted to work with me.” Scott has had the opportunity to work with some of Hong Kong's leading filmmakers including Yun Wophing, Corey Yuen, Sammo Hong and Jackie Chan.

He also played a small role in the television series "Doctors" (English) Russian. BBC channel, in several episodes of "EastEnders", followed by participation in the television series "Stewardesses". Scott soon landed a role in the film Pitbull. Although the film was an action movie and Scott played a mercenary, he did not take part in the action scenes.

The real breakthrough for Scott Adkins was the role of the undefeated prison MMA champion Yuri Boyka in the 2006 low-budget action movie Undisputed 2, which starred Michael Jai White, who also acted as Scott's boxing coach. After this picture, Adkins managed to get episodic roles in such major projects as The Bourne Ultimatum and X-Men: The Beginning. Wolverine". Adkins' first major film role was in the low-budget film Ninja, which was released on video in 2009[2].

In 2012, Adkins came to Russia to present the film "Universal Soldier 4", in which he played one of the main roles[3].

In 2014, the actor played King Amphitrion in the film Hercules: The Beginning of a Legend[1][4].

In 2016, one could see the actor in the comedy "The Brothers from Grimsby"[5] in the role of killer Pavel Lukashenko.

In the superhero film Doctor Strange (2016)[6], which became one of the highest grossing films of 2016[7], Adkins played Lucian, the zealot Kaecilius.

In 2017, such films as Undisputed 4 were released, in which Adkins returned to the role of underground fighter Yuri Boyka, and The Mercenary, in which he got a minor role[8], and in 2018, Scott Adkins could seen in a number of films, including in the crime comedy "Collectors"[9]. Adkins played in the tape the role of martial artist French, who, solving material problems, is hired as a collector to the crime boss of Los Angeles.

At the end of 2019, the pseudo-biographical martial arts film Ip Man 4: Final was released in limited release in the United States, in which Donnie Yen became Adkins' partner on the set. The film was well received by critics[10], and the journalist from TheWrap, in particular, praised Adkins' acting in the film[11].

At the end of May 2020, the action movie Collectors 2 about the continuation of the adventures of two fellow collectors was released in digital distribution, in which Louis Mandylor and Vladimir Kulich again starred together with Adkins[12].

In December 2020, the comedy sci-fi action movie Max Cloud, in which Adkins played the lead role, was released in digital distribution in the United States[13].

Personal life:

Scott and his wife Lisa have two children - daughter Carmel Gabriella Adkins (born March 9, 2011)[14] and son Joshua Jack Adkins (born June 1, 2018)[15].


To avoid cluttering the table, it lists films and series that have already been released, and projects that are at least at the stage of the filming period.

Year Russian title Original title Role

1998 with Danger Zone (eng.) rus. Dangerfield gang member at the bowling alley

1999 with In the city center (English) Russian. City Central Jake Clanton

2000 with Doctors (English) Russian Doctors Ross

2001 Random spy Te wu mi cheng Mr. Zen's bodyguard

2001 cor Pure Vengeance Pure Vengeance Danny

2001 Extreme Challenge Dei seung chui keung Isaac Borman

2002 with Mutant X Mutant X Marco

2002 Black Mask 2: City of Masks (English) Russian. Black Mask 2: City of Masks Dr. Lang

2003 with EastEnders EastEnders Joel

2003 American Special Forces (English) Russian Special Forces Tolbet

2003 The Medallion henchman Snakehead

2004–2005 with Mile High Stewardess Ed Russell

2005 Denny the Watchdog Unleashed Pool Fighter

2005 Pitbull (English) Russian Pit Fighter Nathan

2005 with Hollyoaks: Liberation (English) Russian Hollyoaks: Let Loose Ryan

2006 The Pink Panther Jacquard

2006 Undisputed 2 Undisputed II: Last Man Standing Yuri Boyka

2006 with Holby City (English) Russian Holby City Bradley Hume

2007 The Bourne Ultimatum Agent Kylie

2008 Special Mission The Shepherd: Border Patrol Carp

2008 The Train Goes No Farther Stag Night Carl

2009 X-Men: The Beginning. Wolverine X-Men Origins: Wolverine Weapon 11 / Deadpool

2009 Survival Tournament The Tournament Yuri Petrov

2009 Ninja Ninja Casey Bowman

2010 Undisputed 3 Undisputed III: Redemption Yuri Boyka

2011 Killer Games Assassination Games Roland Flint

2012 Gringo El Gringo Gringo

2012 The Expendables 2 The Expendables 2 Hector

2012 Universal Soldier 4 Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning John

2012-2014 with Metal Hurlant Chronicles Guillem, Joe

2012 Number One Target Zero Dark Thirty John

2013 Legendary: Tomb of the Dragon Travis Preston

2013 Hooligans 3 (English) Russian Green Street 3: Never Back Down Danny

2013 Ninja 2 (English) Russian Ninja: Shadow of a Tear Casey Bowman

2014 Hercules: The Beginning of The Legend of Hercules King Amphitrion

2015 Wolf War 战狼 Tom Cat

2015 Zero Tolerance (English) Russian Zero Tolerance Stephen

2015 Close Distance (English) Russian Close Range Colton Macready

2015 Kill Again Re-Kill Trent Parker

2016 Hacking (English) Russian Home Invasion Heflin

2016 Marines 3: Under Siege (English) Russian Jarhead 3: The Siege Gunny Raines

2016 Brothers from Grimsby Grimsby Pavel Lukashenko

2016 Hard Target 2 Hard Target 2 Wes "Jailor" Baylor[16]

2016 Criminal Pete Greensleeves

2016 Liquidators (English) Russian Eliminators Martin[17][18]

2016 Doctor Strange Doctor Strange Lucian Zealot Caecilia

2017 Savage Dog Martin Tillman

2017 Undisputed 4 Boyka: Undisputed Yuri Boyka

2017 Mercenary American Assassin Victor

2018 f Accident (eng.) rus. Accident Man Mike Fallon / Disaster Man

2018 The Debt Collector French

2018 Incoming Raiser

2018 Karmouz War Karmouz War crazy officer

2019 Abduction Quinn Abduction

2019 Triple Threat (English)Russian Triple Threat Collins

2019 British Psycho Avengement Kane Burgess

2019 Ip Man 4: Final 葉問4 Sergeant Barton Geddes

2020 Collectors 2 Debt Collectors French

2020 Legacy of Lies (eng.)rus. Legacy of Lies Martin

2020 Hostage (English) Russian Seized Niro

2020 Cruel Summer (eng.)rus. Dead Reckoning Marco

2020 Max Cloud Max Cloud Max Cloud

2021 Last Chance (English) Russian One Shot Jake Harris

2021 Castle Fall (eng.)rus. Castle Falls Mike

2022 Day Shift Diran Nazaryan

2022 Eighth department (eng.)rus. Section Eight Leonard Locke

2022 Accident Man: Hitman's Holiday Mike Fallon / Disaster Man

2022 Mathr Matruh

(post-production) Matrah Matrouh

2023 John Wick 4

(post-production) John Wick: Chapter 4 Killa

2023 Lights out

(post-production) Lights Out Don Richter

June 17, 1976
Scott Adkins was born in Sutton Coldfield.


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