13 October 1968
|Education||University of Cape Town|
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. The family took up residence in Secunda, where Ferns′ father worked as an electrician during the construction of a power plant. After he finished school, he joined the South African Defence Force and fought in Angola between 1987 and 1989. Afterward he studied drama at the University of Cape Town. 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. 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. 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.
He also made a brief appearance in the Smirnoff Vodka advert in 2009.
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.
|1996||The Ghost and the Darkness||Stockton|
|2003||Man Dancin'||Jimmy Kerrigan|
|2005||Joyeux Noël||Lieutenant Gordon|
|2016||Hot Property||J.P. De Cock|
|The Legend of Tarzan||Force Publique Officer|
|2021||Wrath of Man||John (Sticky John)|
|2022||The Batman||Commissioner Pete Savage|
|2024||Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire||Filming|
|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|
|2017-2018||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|
- Susan Swarbrick: EastEnders' Alex Ferns on leaving River City and his Lennoxtown thriller. In: heraldscotland.com, Januar 13, 2018.
- Alex Ferns. In: apm.co.za, access date July 22, 2022.
- Welsh, James. "British Soap Awards 2002: Nominations". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 14 April 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
- Fisher, Mark (4 April 2011). "The Hard Man – review". The Guardian.
- Alex Fletcher (16 September 2010). "Celebrity 'Coach Trip' lineup revealed". Digital Spy.
- Scotland: Actor – Television in 2019. In: awards.bafta.org, access date July 22, 2022.
- 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.