In The Beginning
Scott Adkins was born in Sutton Coldfield, England on June 17th, 1976, into a family that for generations were Butchers. Along with his elder brother Craig, he was raised by John and Janet Adkins, a loving middle class family. It is worth mentioning that Scott’s great, great grandmother was of Spanish descent. Scott attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield. Probably not the best of students, he used to sneak down stairs after his parents had gone to bed and watch films all night then fall asleep during lessons. A natural athlete, Scott enjoyed a variety of sports as he grew up, but when he was 10 years old, he accompanied his father and brother to the local Judo club. The attraction was instantaneous.
Idolising stars such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jean Claude Van Damme, Scott began to train everyday. He took over his Dad’s garage and turned it into his own Dojo complete with a shrine to Bruce Lee. He remembers being mugged on a bus when he was around 13 and that really kicked his training into overdrive. He wasn’t ever going to let that happen again. At the age of 14, Scott went on to train 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 now a fully trained Kickboxing Instructor for the P.K.A.
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 grant, and was forced to leave without completing the course. Very dejected he thought that was the end.
Hong Kong Beckons
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.
Films and Movies
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’ and‘The Tournament’ and Weapon XI in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’. His first lead role came with ‘Ninja’ and was soon followed with ‘Undisputed III: Redemption’ where he reprised his role as Russian MMA fighter Uri Boyka.