Scott Adkins

Scott Adkins grew up in Sutton Coldfield, England. He discovered martial arts at the age of 10 through a local judo club and later trained in taekwondo, kickboxing, muay-thai, MMA, and various other disciplines. He also pursued acting at Sutton Coldfield College and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. With a deep passion for cinema, idolizing Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude Van Damme, Adkins was discovered by Hong Kong producers in the early 2000s. He made his film debut in "Extreme Challenge" (Dei seung chui keung). While maintaining a regular presence on British television (Doctors, EastEnders, Holby City), he continued his journey in action cinema, working alongside Jackie Chan (The Accidental Spy, The Medallion), Tsui Hark (Black Mask 2: City of Masks), Jet Li (Unleashed), Matt Damon (The Bourne Ultimatum), and Hugh Jackman (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he served as the body double for Weapon XI/Deadpool). In 2003, Adkins collaborated for the first time with director Isaac Florentine on the war film "Special Forces." Florentine became a key director in Adkins' career, propelling him to stardom with "Undisputed II: Last Man Standing" (2006), where he played Yuri Boyka, a role that became so popular with fans that he reprised it in "Undisputed III: Redemption" (2010). In 2009, still under Florentine's direction, Adkins secured his first leading role in "Ninja." Firmly established as a favorite among action fans, Adkins was in high demand, even having to turn down roles in "The Expendables" and "Universal Soldier: Regeneration." His career milestone came when he faced one of his heroes, Jean-Claude Van Damme, in "The Shepherd: Border Patrol." The two teamed up again in "Assassination Games" (2011), "The Expendables 2" (2012), and "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning" (2012). Impressed by Adkins' athletic prowess, Van Damme invited him to work on a spin-off series from "Kickboxer," a project that was ultimately shelved.