In today’s martial arts action cinema, British-born Scott Adkins has both the frenetic martial arts skills as well as the acting talent. Debuting in Hong Kong, Scott has made a major impact amongst martial arts film fans with his performances in SPECIAL FORCES (2003), UNDISPUTED II: LAST MAN STANDING (2007), and recently, THE SHEPHERD: BORDER PATROL (2008), opposite his childhood idol, Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Scott Edward Adkins was born on June 17, 1976 in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands of England, the youngest of two sons. Scott knew that martial arts would be the thing for him when seeing the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie BLOODSPORT when he was 10 years ago. He joined his father and older brother Craig at the local judo club where he began his training. After getting mugged at the age of 13, Adkins excelled in his judo training. A year later, Scott began to take up Tae Kwon Do under Ron Sergiew. A few years later, Scott began training in kickboxing under Anthony Jones.
In 1999, the self-confessed “film junkie” was accepted into the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, a prestigious school of acting. However, unable to get the funds to complete the course, Scott was forced to drop out. However, he got the eye of legendary action director Stephen Tung Wei and author/film liaison Bey Logan and lo and behold, Scott was on a plane to Hong Kong to make his film debut in Tung Wei’s film EXTREME CHALLENGE as a fighter in a martial arts tournament that was broadcast over the Internet.
1976.06.17 (Sutton Coldfield, England, UK)
After EXTREME CHALLENGE, Scott was invited to join the Jackie Chan Stunt Team when Chan shot his film THE ACCIDENTAL SPY. Scott traveled to Turkey, where he got a small role as a terrorist and gets to take on Chan, but briefly. Adkins would then play the villain of the very campy sequel BLACK MASK 2: CITY OF MASKS, opposite rising newcomer Andy On (NEW POLICE STORY) as the titular superhero.
A rematch between Chan and Adkins would happen in Chan’s film THE MEDALLION, as Chan’s supernatural cop takes on Adkins’ Snakehead member. Originally, Chan was supposed to on the superkicking Adkins with Reuben Langdon and Paul Andreovski, but the scene was never filmed. In between his film projects in Hong Kong, Scott showcased his talent for acting on the British television series HOLBY CITY, where he got rave review for his role of Bradley Hume.
After THE MEDALLION, Scott headed for the U.S., where he was approached by action film director Isaac Floretine. Florentine, a martial artist himself, had solidified his work as a director with U.S. SEALS 2 in 2001 and invited Scott to join the cast of his next film SPECIAL FORCES. In the film, Scott explodes with not only his acting panache, but his amazing martial arts skills. His fight against Russian-born Vladik Jacukevicius is hailed as one of the best fights in modern martial arts action films. A year later, Scott did a non-action role in the acclaimed PIT FIGHTER, opposite Dominique Vandenberg.
In 2005, Scott worked with Jet Li and Yuen Woo-Ping on one of Li’s best films, UNLEASHED (aka DANNY THE DOG) and did some more non-action roles in television and film. In 2006, Scott re-teamed with Isaac Florentine on the sequel UNDISPUTED II: LAST MAN STANDING. The film shows Scott at his best. Playing prison champion fighter Boyka, Scott shows off his amazing acrobatic kicking style as well as use mixed martial arts under fight choreographer J.J. Perry. The role of Boyka is still hailed today as his best role to date.
Scott would then appear opposite Matt Damon in the latest installment of Damon’s film series, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM. However, Adkins was pretty much wasted in his fight scene against Damon. However, Adkins would end up getting the chance to face his childhood idol, Jean-Claude Van Damme, in THE SHEPHERD: BORDER PATROL. Once again, Adkins would be working with director Isaac Florentine and fight choreographer J.J. Perry as a rogue Navy SEAL.
Scott continues his work in films, with upcoming roles in THE TOURNAMENT, opposite Kelly Hu and Ving Rhames; and X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, opposite Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber, Scott Adkins may be on his way, as long as he is not wasted and being to show that he is truly one of the best superkickers of the millennium.
2009 – X-Men Origins: Wolverine
2008 – Tournament, The
2008 – Shepherd: Border Patrol, The
2007 – Bourne Ultimatum, The
2007 – Undisputed II: Last Man Standing
2005 – Unleashed
2004 – Pit Fighter
2003 – Special Forces
2003 – Medallion, The
2001 – Black Mask 2: City of Masks
2001 – Accidental Spy, The
2001 – Extreme Challenge
Isaac Florentine • Jean-Claude Van Damme • superkicker