Alex Ferns

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Alex Ferns
Alexander Ferns

(1968-10-13) 13 October 1968 (age 55)
EducationUniversity of Cape Town
Years active1993–present
River City
Jennifer Woodburne
(m. 1996)

Alexander Ferns (born 13 October 1968) is a Scottish actor and television personality. His EastEnders role as Trevor Morgan was described as "Britain's most-hated soap villain", when he played the role between 2000 and 2002. He also played the role of Rick Harper in BBC Scotland soap opera, River City, between 2017 and 2018. For his performance as coal miner Andrei Glukhov in the 2019 miniseries Chernobyl he received a BAFTA Scotland Award.


Alex Ferns is the oldest of three children of his family, who left Scotland for South Africa, when Ferns was eleven years old.[1] The family took up residence in Secunda, where Ferns′ father worked as an electrician during the construction of a power plant.[1] After he finished school, he joined the South African Defence Force and fought in Angola between 1987 and 1989.[1] Afterward he studied drama at the University of Cape Town.[2] In the mid 1990s he moved back to the United Kingdom and started his career in acting.

Ferns made an appearance in The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) before various television roles, including Trevor Morgan in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2000 to 2002, for which he won the British Soap Award for Best Newcomer.[3] In 2005, Ferns played Lieutenant Gordon in the highly acclaimed trilingual film Joyeux Noël, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, Golden Globe Awards and the BAFTAs.

In 2003, Ferns appeared as Draco Malfoy in a Harry Potter sketch for Comic Relief. In 2004, he played Commander Martin Brooke, the lead role, in the short-lived ITV series Making Waves. In the same year he appeared in Man Dancin', a Festival Film & TV production, which won a number of awards on the festival circuit, including Outstanding Original Screenplay at the Sacramento Film Festival. He has also appeared on Coronation Street.[citation needed] He has also appeared in the 2006 movie Shadow Man, as Schmitt, also starring Steven Seagal.

His theatrical work includes the role of the "tapeworm" (a hallucination) in I.D., a play about Dimitri Tsafendas and his assassination of South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, the 2008 national tour of Agatha Christie's murder mystery And Then There Were None, and Little Shop of Horrors as the Dentist. In 2011 he took the role of Scottish gangster Jimmy Boyle in the play about his life, The Hardman, during a Scottish tour to positive reviews.[4]

He also made a brief appearance in the Smirnoff Vodka advert in 2009.

Ferns took part in television series Celebrity Coach Trip, partnered with friend Ricky Groves.[5] He starred as Luther in the 2011 London revival and subsequent UK tour of South Pacific.

In 2013, he starred as Lee in True West at Glasgow's Citizen's Theatre. In 2014, he starred in 24: Live Another Day. In 2016, Ferns starred in ITV's Vera series 6 episode 4 ("The Sea Glass") as Michael Quinn. He also appeared in BBC's Wallander series 4 episode 1 ("The White Lioness") as Axel Hedeman.

He portrayed the leader of Tula coal miners Andrei Glukhov in the HBO 2019 miniseries Chernobyl. For this performance, he received a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in Television.[6]

Ferns appeared in Netflix's The Irregulars (2021) as Vic Collins. He portrayed Gotham Police Commissioner Pete Savage in the superhero film The Batman (2022).

Appeared in Disney+ series Andor as Sergeant Linus Mosk



Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Ghost and the Darkness Stockton
2003 Man Dancin' Jimmy Kerrigan
2005 Joyeux Noël Lieutenant Gordon
2009 Farewell Scottish Agent
2015 Legend McLean
2016 Hot Property J.P. De Cock
The Legend of Tarzan Force Publique Officer
2017 Romans Jo
2020 Knuckledust Major Vaughn
2021 Wrath of Man John (Sticky John)
2022 The Batman Commissioner Pete Savage
2024 Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire[7] Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Rhodes John Grimmer Miniseries, 6 episodes
1997 Tarzan: The Epic Adventures Jimmy Dorgo 1 episode
1998 The Bill Johno 1 episode
1999 Psychos Policeman Miniseries, 1 episode
1999 Taggart Lenny Kerr 1 episode
2000 Britannic Stoker Evans Television film
2000 Holby City Stuart 1 episode
2000 Doctors Dan Thomas 1 episode
2000-2002 EastEnders Trevor Morgan Main role, 112 episodes
2001 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) Mad Alex 1 episode
2004 Making Waves Commander Martin Brooke Main role, 6 episodes
2006 Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Mark Antony Miniseries, 1 episode
2007 M.I. High General Scarp 1 episode
2007 Casualty Tom Dart 1 episode
2014 The Widower DCI Neil Thompson Miniseries, 2 episodes
2014 24: Live Another Day Radko Miniseries, 1 episode
2014 The Passing Bells David Edwards Miniseries, 3 episodes
2015 The Coroner Nolan Prince 1 episode
2015 Wallander Axel Hedeman 1 episode
2016 Vera Michael Quinn 1 episode
2016 Wolfblood Alistair Recurring role, 6 episodes
2017 Taboo Hall 1 episode
2017-2018 River City Rick Harper Recurring role, 9 episodes
2019 Chernobyl Andrei Glukhov Miniseries, 1 episode
2020 Barkskins Gay Bill 4 episodes
2021 The Irregulars Vic Collins 4 episodes
2021 Danny Boy Gavin Wood Television film
2022 Andor Sergeant Linus Mosk 5 episodes
2022 The Devil's Hour DS Nick Holness Miniseries, 5 episodes


  1. ^ a b c Susan Swarbrick: EastEnders' Alex Ferns on leaving River City and his Lennoxtown thriller. In:, Januar 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Alex Ferns. In:, access date July 22, 2022.
  3. ^ Welsh, James. "British Soap Awards 2002: Nominations". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 14 April 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  4. ^ Fisher, Mark (4 April 2011). "The Hard Man – review". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Alex Fletcher (16 September 2010). "Celebrity 'Coach Trip' lineup revealed". Digital Spy.
  6. ^ Scotland: Actor – Television in 2019. In:, access date July 22, 2022.
  7. ^ Vitto Oddo, Marco (25 August 2022). "'Godzilla vs. Kong 2' Synopsis Reveals New Details About Monsterverse Sequel". Collider. Archived from the original on 25 August 2022. Retrieved 25 August 2022.

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