Today is the 45th birthday of Deep Space Nine actor Alexander Siddig, who played Dr Julian Bashir.
Siddig’s performance in A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (1992) brought him to the attention of Rick Berman who created Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Originally brought in to audition for the role of Commander Benjamin Sisko, Berman decided Siddig was too young for the role and cast him as Dr. Julian Bashir instead. The part had to be slightly rewritten for Siddig as the original “bible” had called for an Hispanic male to play the part, named Julian Amoros, although Berman reports that no other actors were considered for the role.
Siddig was a series regular in British sci-fi series Primeval and former terrorist Hamri Al-Assad in the sixth season of 24.
In August 2010, he expressed his doubts about resurrecting his character, Dr. Julian Bashir, from Deep Space Nine, stating that he has “other ambitions”.