Scott Adkins was born in Sutton Coldfield, England on June 17th, 1976, into a family that for generations were Butchers. It is worth mentioning that Scott’s great, great grandmother was of Spanish descent.
Idolising stars such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jean Claude Van Damme, Scott began to train every day. Shortly after Scott started training in Tae Kwon Do under the instruction of Ron Sergiew with the T.A.G.B. After a few years he moved on to Kickboxing under Anthony Jones. He is currently a fully trained Kickboxing Instructor for the P.K.A. Other martial arts studied include Wu Shu, Krav Maga and MMA.
A self confessed “film junkie” Scott’s attention was drawn to acting through the Hollywood Greats. He enrolled in a drama class at Sutton Coldfield College. Being a shy lad he initially found it difficult to be put on stage in front of an audience. Finally, at the age of 21, Scott was offered a place at the prestigious Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. However, as an impoverished student he found it hard to make ends meet without a government grant, and was forced to leave without completing the course.
His first break came when he was offered a role in a Hong Kong martial arts film called “Extreme Challenge”. Spotted by Head of The Hong Kong Stuntmen Association and director Stephen Tung Wai and English born Hong Kong movie expert Bey Logan, Adkins found himself in the East for the first time. Scott got the chance to work with some of Hong Kong cinema’s leading action directors including Yeun Wo Ping, Cory Yeun, Sammo Hung and the legendary Jackie Chan. Acting roles started to come in and he was offered a guest role in BBC’s “Doctors” filmed at Birmingham’s Pebble Mill. A few episodes in BBC’s “Eastenders” and “City Central”, and a lead role in Sky One comedy drama “Mile High” followed by a regular role in BBC’s “Holby City” as Bradley Hume, the assistant General Manager of Holby General.
Starring roles in feature films soon followed with his portrayal of “Talbot” in “Special Forces” and “Boyka” in “Undisputed II: Last Man Standing”. It was this film that broke him into the mainstream with his villainous portrayal of a Russian MMA underground fighter “Boyka” in what has been hailed as one of the best American made Martial Arts films of recent times. Along with lead actor Michael Jai White, fight coordinator JJ Perry and the slick direction of Isaac Florentine this movie has some unbelievably heart stopping fight scenes. After this Scott has had guest starring roles in bigger budget films like “The Bourne Ultimatum”, “The Tournament” and Weapon XI in “Wolverine”.
Adkins’ first starring role arrived in the shape of “Ninja”, his next team up with Martial Arts film Maestro Isaac Florentine. This was swiftly followed by “Undisputed III: Redemption”, returning as “Boyka”, but this time as the protagonist. Next up a starring role alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme in “Assassination Games” and “Universal Soldier Day Of Reckoning” followed by “The Expendables 2” and “Zero Dark Thirty”. These movies solidified Adkins as one of the most explosive and exciting action film stars working today!