Birth Name: Dominic Haakon Madbouli Myrtvedt Purcell
Birth Date: 17th February, 1970
Birth Place: Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
Purcell is the eldest of his five siblings. His father is of Irish-American/Norwegian ethnicity and his mother Maureen of Irish descent. At the age of two, he along with his family, shifted to the Western Suburbs of Sydney, Australia. There, we studied his high school at the Blaxland High School which he left to work as a landscaper.
Purcell got himself enrolled in to Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), impulsively as he had never really given acting a serious thought. At the institute also studying with him were actors, Frances O’Connor and Hugh Jackman. He graduated from WAAPA in 1996 and bagged his first ever role as a lead character Granger Hutton in the famous Australian TV show, Raw FM (1997-1998).
Purcell then shifted to the United States and first appeared in the American TV in 2002 to enact the titular role in John Doe. He also got lot of acclaim for his work as Drake in the movie, Blade: Trinity.
Other movies in which Purcell has made appearances are: American Pie (1999), Mission: Impossible II (2000), Equilibrium (2002), Visitors (2003), 3-way (2003), The Gravedancers (2005), Level Seven (2007), Primeval (2007) and Creek (2008).
In theatre, he has worked on productions like, Angels in America, Romeo and Juliet, The Pillars of Society and Antony and Cleopatra.
Dominic has also given some very notable performances on TV movies as well, like, First Daughter (1999), Silent Predator (1999) and Invincible (2001).
His credits on TV series include, Water Rats (1998), Moby-Dick (1998), Heartbreak High (1999), BeastMaster (2001), The Lost World (2001), House (2004) and North Shore (2005)
His best known work till date, however, is on the Fox network’s drama show, Prison Break.