Alec Newman was born in Glasgow on the 27th of November 1974. Raised both in Scotland and England he joined the National Youth Theatre at 17 after injury ruled out a career in soccer. There he played various roles most notably Iago in Shakespeare's Othello, opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor. Upon finishing his training both at the NYT and then at LAMDA, Newman went straight to work both on television and in the theatre, appearing in the obligatory Scots cop show "Taggart" and playing leading roles at Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum. Playing guest leads in several of Britain's leading network shows led Newman to his debut feature G:MT Greenwich Mean Time (1999), where he won critical acclaim for his performance. He landed the role of Paul Atreides in the SciFI channel mini series "Frank Herberts Dune"(2000) which exposed him to the US audience for the first time. Appearances on US shows such as "Angel"(2004), "Tru Calling"(2004) and "Star Trek:Enterprise"(2004) would follow.
However, he consistently returned to the British stage, starring with Cate Blanchett in the West end production of "Plenty", and leading a revival of Max Frisch's "Andorra" at London's Young Vic. A return to film came with the Working Title horror film "Long Time Dead" (2002).Further screen appearances included a reprisal of the role of Paul Atreides in "Children of Dune" (2003) and the title role in "Frankenstein" (2004) alongside Luke Goss, Donald Sutherland, and Julie Delpy. The hard hitting independent, The Principles of Lust (2003), hit screens in early 2004, further assurance of Newman's presence in British film after an appearance in Stephen Fry's debut Bright Young Things (2003).Both films were selected to play in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film festival.
2004 was also the year Newman played the lead in a John Wells pilot for a remake of the cult 60's show "Dark Shadows".The pilot was not selected for the 2004 season however despite being heavily tipped.
More film work followed including Constellation (2005) directed by award winning Jordan Walker Pearlmain,and the screen musical "Moonlight Serenade"(2006), with Academy Award nominee Amy Adams co-starring.
Alec next appeared in the Lions Gate distributed "The Gene Generation" (2007) opposite Bai Ling and Faye Dunaway.
Returning to the UK he filmed "The Reichenbach Falls"(2007) for BBC 4- a John Mckay directed film based on an Ian Rankin short story "The Acid Test". It aired to unanimous critical acclaim. Continued work with the BBC featured a regular role on the series "Hope Springs"(2009) for Shed Productions, "Silent Witness"(2010) and a recurring role on "Casualty".(2010)
In 2010 Alec shot the Julian Gilbey thriller "A Lonely Place To Die"(2011) in his native Scotland. He featured (opposite Sean Harris and Melissa George), as Rob, the leader of a climbing expedition in the wilds of the Highlands.The film opened to favorable reviews both sides of the Atlantic.
A return to stage work then beckoned, first in the National Theatre production of "Dantons Death" in which Alec appeared as the sadistic "Saint Just". The production was directed by Michael Grandage and Alec appeared next in his Donmar Warehouse production Of "King Lear"(2011) with Sir Derek Jacobi in the title role. Newman's performance as Edmund was noted in the UK and in New York, where the production ended it's extensive tour at BAM. The production played worldwide in an NT Live broadcast to over 30 countries.
In 2011 Newman returned to the BBC at the helm of “Waterloo Road” playing Headteacher Michael Byrne. He was listed for a best actor award in the 2011 National TV Awards.
After 2 seasons he departed the hit BBC show and returned to film. “Greyhawk” tells the story of Mal, a blinded veteran of Afghanistan , and it was during preparation for the role that Alec’s association with Blind Veterans UK began. Following this he featured in an episode of NBC’s retelling of “Dracula” in Budapest.
Returning briefly to the theatre in 2013, Newman starred in the inaugural production of the Park Theatre in North London, playing Tom Donahue in a British Premiere for the Melanie Marnich drama “These Shining Lives”.
Alec completed work recently on Directv’s second season of “Rogue” opposite Thandie Newton and Cole Hauser. The show will air in 2014 as will a new season of “24” in which Alec appears in a recurring role.