Scott Adkins

Scott Edward Adkins (born 17 June 1976) is a British actor, film producer and martial artist. He is best known for his role as the Russian prison fighter Yuri Boyka in the Undisputed franchise. He has played Yuri Boyka in the (2006) film Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and its two sequels, Undisputed III: Redemption (2010) and Boyka: Undisputed (2017); Casey Bowman in the (2009) film Ninja and its (2013) sequel Ninja: Shadow of a Tear; French in the (2018) film The Debt Collector and its (2020) sequel Debt Collectors (starring alongside Louis Mandylor).

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Adkins in 2017
Scott Edward Adkins

(1976-06-17) 17 June 1976 (age 46)
Years active1998–present

He worked in four films with his idol Jean-Claude Van Damme: The Shepherd: Border Patrol, Assassination Games, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and The Expendables 2. He also had starring roles in The Legend of Hercules, Wolf Warrior and Ip Man 4: The Finale playing the main antagonist in all three films, and also appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum, Zero Dark Thirty, and the Marvel projects Mutant X, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Doctor Strange.[1] In 2022, he starred in Day Shift with Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco, and in John Wick: Chapter 4 alongside Keanu Reeves in 2023.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Scott Edward Adkins was born in Sutton Coldfield, a town within Birmingham, England on 17 June 1976 into a family of butchers. He first became interested in martial arts at the age of ten, when he visited a local Judo club with his father and older brother.[3] After being robbed at age 13, his interest in martial arts grew even more. That same year, he began to practise Taekwondo. Since the age of 16, Scott also started to practise Kickboxing with Anthony Jones, eventually becoming a kickboxing instructor for the Professional Karate Association. He ran classes at the Fitness First at Bearwood, Smethwick once a week. He has also gained experience in Ninjutsu, Krav Maga, Karate, Wushu, Aikido, Jujutsu, MMA, Capoeira and Gymnastics.


His first break came when he was offered a role in a Hong Kong martial arts film called Dei Seung Chui Keung (2001) (aka Extreme Challenge). He was spotted by Head of the Hong Kong Stuntmen Association and director Wei Tung and British-born Hong Kong movie expert Bey Logan, and found himself in the East for the first time. He had the opportunity to work with some of Hong Kong cinema's leading action directors including Yuen Woo-ping, Corey Yuen, Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan. Acting roles soon started to come in and he was offered a guest role in the BBC's Doctors (2000) filmed at Birmingham's Pebble Mill. He appeared in a few episodes in BBC's EastEnders (2003) and City Central (1999), and a lead role in Sky One comedy drama Mile High (2003) followed by a regular role in BBC's Holby City (2006) as Bradley Hume, the assistant general manager of Holby General.

Starring roles in feature films soon followed with his portrayal of Talbot in Special Forces (2003) and Yuri Boyka in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006). It was this film that broke him into the mainstream with his villainous portrayal of the Russian MMA underground fighter Boyka. After this Scott had guest starring roles in bigger budget films like The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and The Tournament (2009), and played Jean-Claude Van Damme's main adversary in Sony Pictures The Shepherd: Border Patrol (2008). He shared the role of Weapon XI with Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). Adkins appears in the role of King Amphitryon in The Legend of Hercules.[4][5]

In 2012, he was cast to star in Métal Hurlant Chronicles, a television adaptation of the popular French comic book Metal Hurlant.

Adkins was reunited with action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping in 2019 when he starred alongside Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4: The Finale as the main antagonist Barton Geddes, a Marine gunnery sergeant.[6] According to Adkins, Yen personally requested him to star in the film.[7]In 2022, he starred in Day Shift with Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco, and will appear in John Wick: Chapter 4 alongside Keanu Reeves in 2023.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Accidental Spy Lee's bodyguard / Turkish leader Credited as Scott Edward Adkins
Extreme Challenge Isac Borman Direct-to-video
Pure Vengeance Dany Short film
2002 Black Mask 2: City of Masks Dr. Lang Voiced by Jordan Chan in the Cantonese dub version
2003 Special Forces Talbot Direct-to-video
The Medallion Snakehead's Henchman
2005 Unleashed Swimming Pool Fighter
Pit Fighter Nathan Direct-to-video
2006 The Pink Panther Jacquard / Footballer
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing Yuri Boyka Direct-to-video
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum Agent Kiley
2008 The Shepherd: Border Patrol Karp Direct-to-video
Stag Night Carl
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Weapon XI
The Tournament Yuri Petrov Direct-to-video
Ninja Casey Bowman
2010 Undisputed III: Redemption Yuri Boyka
2011 Assassination Games Roland Flint
2012 El Gringo The Man
The Expendables 2 Hector
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning John Direct-to-video
Zero Dark Thirty John
2013 Legendary Travis Preston Direct-to-video
Green Street 3: Never Back Down Danny Harvey
Ninja: Shadow of a Tear Casey Bowman
2014 The Legend of Hercules King Amphitryon
2015 Zero Tolerance Steven Direct-to-video
Wolf Warrior Tom Cat[9]
Close Range Colton MacReady Direct-to-video
Re-Kill Parker
2016 Home Invasion Heflin
Jarhead 3: The Siege Gunny Raines
Grimsby Pavel Lukashenko
Criminal Pete Greensleeves
Hard Target 2 Wes Baylor Direct-to-video
Doctor Strange Lucian / Strong Zealot
Eliminators Martin Parker (Thomas Mackenzie) Direct-to-video
2017 Savage Dog Martin Tillman
Boyka: Undisputed Yuri Boyka
American Assassin Victor
2018 Accident Man Mike Fallon Direct-to-video; also producer and screenwriter
The Debt Collector French Direct-to-video
Incoming Reiser
No Surrender The Crazy One Originally known as Karmouz War
2019 Abduction Quinn Direct-to-video
Triple Threat Collins
Avengement Cain Burgess
Ip Man 4: The Finale Barton Geddes
2020 Debt Collectors French Direct-to-video; a sequel to The Debt Collector;
Released as Payback in the UK
Legacy of Lies Martin Baxter Direct-to-video
Seized Nero
Dead Reckoning Marco
The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud Max Cloud
2021 One Shot Jake Harris
Castle Falls Mike Wade Limited release
2022 Day Shift Diran Nazarian
Section Eight Leonard Locke Direct-to-video
Accident Man: Hitman's Holiday Mike Fallon Direct-to-video; a sequel to Accident Man;
Also producer, screenwriter and fight choreographer
2023 John Wick: Chapter 4 Killa
Lights Out  Don 'The Reaper' Richter (Post-production); Direct-to-video
Wherever You Go   Originally known as Matrah Matrouh; (Post-production)
One More Shot  Jake Harris (Post-production); Direct-to-video; A sequel to One Shot
  Denotes films that have not yet been released


Adkins in 2011
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Dangerfield Episode: "Paths"
1999 City Central Jake Clanton Episode: "Life Liberty and Pursuit"
2000 Doctors Ross 3 episodes
2001 The Big Breakfast Himself 1 episode
2002 Mutant X Marko Episode: "Sign from Above"; uncredited
2003 EastEnders Joel 6 episodes
2005 Mile High Ed Russell 12 episodes
Hollyoaks: Let Loose Ryan 2 episodes
2006 Holby City Bradley Hume 9 episodes
2012, 2014 Métal Hurlant Chronicles Guillame / Joe Manda 3 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Category Results
2010 Undisputed III: Redemption Action on Film Award Breakout Action Star Won
2017 Boyka: Undisputed Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards Best Fight Won
2017 Boyka: Undisputed Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards Best Action Movie Actor Won


  1. ^ Dave McNary (5 August 2014). "'Kickboxer' Reboot Adds Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa". Variety.
  2. ^ Kroll, Justin (29 June 2021). "'John Wick 4': Scott Adkins In Talks To Join Keanu Reeves In Next Installment". Deadline. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Interview | Scott Adkins on 'Close Range' and 'Doctor Strange' - CraveOnline". CraveOnline. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  4. ^ Peter Martin. "Scott Adkins Crowned King In Renny Harlin's HERCULES 3D". TwitchFilm. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013.
  5. ^ "'Kickboxer' Reboot Punches Up Cast With Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa". Variety. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Meet Scott Adkins, Donnie Yen's nemesis in Ip Man 4". South China Morning Post. 17 December 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  7. ^ Topel, Fred (1 January 2020). "'Ip Man 4: The Finale' Villain Scott Adkins Reveals One Big Change in His Fight with Donnie Yen". Showbiz Cheat Sheet. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (29 June 2021). "'John Wick 4': Scott Adkins In Talks To Join Keanu Reeves In Next Installment". Deadline. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  9. ^ "Scott Adkins". Archived from the original on 21 April 2014.

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