28 Facts About Alexander Siddig


Alexander Siddig starred in the films Syriana, Hannibal, A Lost Man, Cairo Time and Inescapable.


Alexander Siddig was the older sister of actor Malcolm McDowell.


Alexander Siddig's parents met in the 1960s when his mother travelled to Sudan with a friend who introduced her to Alexander Siddig's father.


Alexander Siddig's father was a student at Cambridge University in the 1950s and was proficient in English.


Alexander Siddig is the great-great-grandson of Muhammad Ahmad, a Nubian religious leader who was proclaimed the Mahdi by his disciples.


Alexander Siddig's mother remained in Sudan for three years and returned to London with Alexander Siddig and his father.


Alexander Siddig initially spoke Arabic when he was a child, but by his second year of living in Britain he had forgotten much of it.


Alexander Siddig's mother worked as a model and theatrical press agent.


Alexander Siddig studied geography and anthropology for a year at University College London before enrolling at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.


Alexander Siddig's first television role was a Palestinian man in a British six-part miniseries called The Big Battalions and shortly afterward he won the role of Prince Feisal in A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia, a 1990 telefilm sequel to Lawrence of Arabia starring Ralph Fiennes.


Alexander Siddig remained with Deep Space Nine for all seven seasons of the series.


Alexander Siddig directed the episodes "Business as Usual" and "Profit and Lace".


Alexander Siddig played a mountain guide in the thriller film Vertical Limit, starring Chris O'Donnell, and Ajay in the post-apocalyptic science fantasy film Reign of Fire starring Christian Bale.


In 2003 Alexander Siddig played the role of an Algerian secret agent on the trail of Islamists in the controversial episode "Nest of Angels" of the British television show Spooks.


Alexander Siddig appeared in a cameo role as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed the film The Hamburg Cell that premiered the following year.


That same year Alexander Siddig appeared as Saladin's aide Imad in Ridley Scott's 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven and starred alongside George Clooney and Matt Damon as Prince Nasir in the film Syriana.


Alexander Siddig played the title role in the BBC's 2006 tele-film Hannibal.


That same year Alexander Siddig played the role of former terrorist Hamri Al-Assad in the sixth season of 24.


Alexander Siddig played Jamal in Julian Schnabel's 2010 film Miral.


Alexander Siddig played Philip Burton in series 4 and 5 of the ITV science-fiction drama programme Primeval; both series aired in 2011.


In 2012, Alexander Siddig again worked with director Nadda and played the starring role as a Syrian-Canadian businessman in the film Inescapable, which starred Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson.


In 2013 Alexander Siddig narrated the BBC Two nature documentary series Wild Arabia and played the role of Minos in the first series of the BBC fantasy-adventure programme Atlantis.


From 2013 to 2015 Alexander Siddig played Aslan Al-Rahim in the BBC historical fantasy drama series Da Vinci's Demons.


In 2015 and 2016 he appeared in the HBO series Game of Thrones; Alexander Siddig played the role of Doran Martell, the ruling Prince of Dorne, in the series' fifth and sixth seasons.


Alexander Siddig played Reuben Oliver, an artist and suitor of Polly Shelby, in the third season of the British series Peaky Blinders.


Alexander Siddig provided the voice of Wolf, a character in the historical fantasy drama Tumanbay that aired on BBC Radio 4 between December 2015 and February 2016.


In 2017 Alexander Siddig joined the cast of the televisions series Gotham as League of Shadows leader Ra's al Ghul and played the part of Aristotle Onassis in the drama miniseries The Kennedys: After Camelot.


Alexander Siddig met Nana Visitor on the set of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.