Elliot Cowan

Elliot Aidan Cowan (born 9 July 1976) is an English actor, known for portraying Corporal Jem Poynton in Ultimate Force, Mr Darcy in Lost in Austen, and Ptolemy in the 2004 film Alexander. He also starred as Lorenzo de' Medici in Da Vinci's Demons and Daron-Vex in Krypton. Cowan most recently is known for playing King Henry Tudor in the STARZ series The Spanish Princess.

Elliot Cowan
Elliot Cowan - MUSE (36878500124).jpg
Cowan in 2017
Elliot Aidan Cowan[1]

(1976-07-09) 9 July 1976 (age 45)
London, England
Years active2000–present

Early life and educationEdit

Although born in London, Cowan was brought up in Colchester, Essex.[2] He is the son of a consultant physician and a charity worker, and has a younger brother and sister.[2]

Cowan boarded at Uppingham School in Rutland.[2] He later obtained a first class degree in drama at the University of Birmingham, before attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, from which he graduated in July 2001. From 1994 to 1996, Cowan was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre. He plays guitar and cello, and has worked with the London Sinfonia.[citation needed]


Cowan's television credits include Judge John Deed, Ultimate Force, Jonathan Creek, Poirot, Foyle's War, The Ruby in the Smoke, Lost in Austen and the television movie The Project.

Cowan has appeared in the films The Golden Compass, Happy-Go-Lucky, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Love and Other Disasters, and Howl. His theatre work includes productions of The Revenger's Tragedy, Women Beware Women, Henry V, The Seagull and Camille.

He played Stanley Kowalski in the 2009 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Donmar Warehouse, and was a lead in Les Blancs at the National Theatre in 2016.

He played Macbeth at the Globe Theatre from 23 April- 27 June 2010 alongside Laura Rogers as Lady Macbeth.

He starred as Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End from 4 November 2010 to 19 February 2011.[3]

As of 2010, he voiced Alec Trevelyan in Goldeneye 007 for the Wii console, also providing his likeness.

Personal lifeEdit

He lives in Dalston, London.[citation needed] On 7 August 2011, Elliot swam the 16 miles (26 km) long Lake Zurich Swim race,[4] to raise funds for Guy's and St. Thomas's Neonatal Unit in memory of Alfie Blacksell.



Year Show Role Other notes
2001 Judge John Deed Glen Burroughs One episode: Duty of Care
Jonathan Creek Tom One episode: Satan's Chimney
2002 The Project Gavin Television film
Foyle's War Peter Buckingham One episode: A Lesson in Murder
Ultimate Force Corporal Jem Poynton Eight episodes
2003 Spine Chillers Dean One episode: Goths
2004 Dirty Filthy Love Gareth Television film
2005 Egypt Champollion Two episodes: The Mystery of the Rosetta Stone, The Secrets of the Hieroglyphs
2006 Agatha Christie's Poirot David Hunter One episode: Taken at the Flood
The Ruby in the Smoke Hendrick Van Eeden Television film
2007 The Mark of Cain Captain Worriss Television film
2008 Lost in Austen Mr Darcy TV series
In Love with Barbara Alexander "Sacchie" McCorquodale Television film
2009 The Fixer Matthew Symmonds
Agatha Christie's Marple Wally Hudd One episode: They Do It with Mirrors
2010 Marchlands Mark Ashburn TV series
2012 Sinbad Gunnar TV series
2013 Luther Tom Marwood Season 3 – Episodes 3 + 4
2013–2015 Da Vinci's Demons Lorenzo de' Medici TV series
2013 Ambassadors Stephen Pembridge TV series
2014 Cilla George Martin TV series
2015 The Frankenstein Chronicles Sir Bentley Warburton TV series
2016 Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands Abrican TV series
2018 Krypton Daron-Vex TV series
2019 The Spanish Princess Henry VII, King of England Miniseries
Peaky Blinders Michael Levitt One episode: Black Tuesday
2020 Death in Paradise (S9:E1) Aaron McCormack


Year Film Role Other notes
2004 Alexander Ptolemy
2006 Love and Other Disasters James Wildstone
2007 The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey James McDowell
The Golden Compass Commanding Officer
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky Bookshop Assistant
2009 Heaven and Earth Captain Hatch Attached
2012 Doors Open Bruce Cameron
2013 Hammer of the Gods Hakan
2015 Howl Adrian
Narcopolis Frank Grieves
2017 Muse Samuel Solomon


Year Game Role Other notes
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Ser Perth
Ser Varal
Lothering Templar
2010 GoldenEye 007 Alec Trevelyan


Year Show, Role Theatre Other notes
2019 A Doll's House, Tom Lyric Hammersmith


  1. ^ "Elliot Aidan COWAN - Personal Appointments". Companies House. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b c White, Lesley (26 July 2009). "Elliott Cowan plays Stanley Kowalski". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  3. ^ [1]London Theatre Direct. Retrieved on 2011-08-27.
  4. ^ "Lake Zurich Swim Results 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 8 February 2015.

External linksEdit