1. Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi is an English-Sudanese actor.
2. He is known by the stage names Siddig El Fadil through the mid-1990s and Alexander Siddig since.
3. Siddig was born in Sudan but has spent most of his life in England.
4. He was born to an English mother who worked as a theatrical consultant and a Sudanese father.
5. He was credited under the shortened name Siddig El Fadil until October 1995, three seasons into his run on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, when he changed his stage name to Alexander Siddig . On set, he became known as Sid.
6. Siddig attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art to study acting and, after leaving LAMDA, did a season of stage work in Manchester.
7. He also worked as a director in a small theatre in London.
8. Siddig first appeared to television audiences as Prince Feisal in A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia, the 1990 TV sequel to Lawrence of Arabia.
9. Although he originally auditioned for the role of Commander Benjamin Sisko, Berman decided Siddig was too young for the role and cast him as Dr. Julian Bashir instead.
10. The part had to be slightly rewritten for Siddig as the original “bible” had called for a Hispanic male named Julian Amoros to play the part, although Berman reports that no other actors were considered for the role.
11. Since the end of the seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Siddig has made prominent appearances in films and television.
12. Highlights include appearing as an Algerian secret agent on the trail of Islamists in the controversial episode “Nest of Angels” of the British television show Spooks in 2003.
13. He gave a critically lauded performance as Prince Nasir in Syriana, alongside George Clooney and Matt Damon.
14. Early 2007, Siddig joined the cast of Un Homme Perdu and he returned to American television in the role of former terrorist Hamri Al-Assad for the sixth season of 24.
15. In August 2010, he expressed his doubts about resurrecting his character, Dr. Julian Bashir, from Deep Space Nine, stating that he has “other ambitions”.