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Dominic Purcell Biography

Birth Name:
Dominic Haakon Myrtvedt Purcell
Birth Place:

Fast Facts

  • Is of Norwegian and Irish decent
  • Was born in England but moved to Australia at the age of 2
  • Originally considered a career as a landscaper before turning to acting
  • Was a classmate of Hugh Jackman's at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Landed his first acting role in 1997 on the Australian TV series Raw FM
  • Big break came in 2000 when cast in a minor role in the John Woo-directed Mission: Impossible 2, which shot in Australia
  • Won the Green Card Lottery and moved to the U
  • S
  • in 2000
  • Cast in the title role of the short-lived Fox drama John Doe in 2002
  • Best known for playing wrongly accused death-row inmate Lincoln Burrows on Prison Break


  • 2007Australian Film Institute Awards-International Award for Best Actor: winner


  • Damian Purcell -- Brother
  • Jaime Purcell -- Brother
  • Patrick Purcell -- Brother
  • Audrey Purcell -- Daughter
  • Lily-Rose Purcell -- Daughter
  • Rebecca Williamson Purcell -- Ex-wife
  • Maureen Purcell -- Mother
  • Marie-Therese Purcell -- Sister
  • Augustus Purcell -- Son
  • Joseph Purcell -- Son