David Hewlett

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David Hewlett
David Hewlett at the
2007 San Diego Comic Con
BornDavid Ian Hewlett
(1968-04-18) 18 April 1968 (age 46)
Redhill, Surrey, England, United Kingdom.
Other namesDavid Hewlitt
Years active1984–present.
Spouse(s)Soo Garay (2000–2004)
Jane Loughman (2008–present)
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David Hewlett
David Hewlett at the
2007 San Diego Comic Con
BornDavid Ian Hewlett
(1968-04-18) 18 April 1968 (age 46)
Redhill, Surrey, England, United Kingdom.
Other namesDavid Hewlitt
Years active1984–present.
Spouse(s)Soo Garay (2000–2004)
Jane Loughman (2008–present)

David Ian Hewlett (born 18 April 1968) is an English-Canadian actor, writer and director best known for his roles as Dr. Meredith Rodney McKay on the science fiction television shows Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe, as David Worth in the 1997 Canadian science fiction psychological horror movie Cube, as Grant Jansky on the 1996 Canadian TV series Traders, and as Douglas Hunsiker in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Early life[edit]

Hewlett was born in Redhill, Surrey, and moved with his family to Canada at an early age.[1] Hewlett became a regular on the series Traders and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and starred in the film Cube.[2]

Before his acting career took off, he ran Darkyl Media, a web site design firm,[1] and also founded Fusefilm.com, a now defunct internet community for filmmakers.[3]


Hewlett got his first computer in his mid-teens and became a self-described "computer nerd". While attending high school in Toronto he launched his acting career, starring in student films by Vincenzo Natali.[4] He dropped out of high school in his senior year to pursue careers in acting and computing, beginning his acting career in 1984 at the age of sixteen.[5]

Hewlett has appeared in many low-budget horror films, such as The Darkside and the minor cult favourites Scanners II: The New Order and Pin.[2] He also guest starred in several television series. In 1996, he landed one of his better-known roles, as Grant Jansky on Traders. In 1997, Hewlett worked again with Natali, starring in the critically acclaimed thriller Cube as Worth the architect, a role that saw the rise of his stardom due to the commercial success of the low budget Canadian film.

David Hewlett in the conference room at Bridge Studios, Vancouver, during a break in filming Stargate Atlantis episode 5.18 "Identity"

Hewlett, an avid science fiction fan, has been quoted saying that Doctor Who, a sci-fi program in his native Britain is what first sparked his love for the genre[6] and that he made science fiction when he was younger in Britain on his 8 millimetre camera with friends. Hewlett more or less had his early dreams of working in science fiction made into a reality when he first had a four-episode guest role on Stargate SG-1 as the Stargate expert Rodney McKay, which eventually grew into his starring role on Stargate Atlantis.

In 2007, Hewlett appeared as a guest star in the first episode of the TV series Sanctuary, a show produced by and starring Stargate actress Amanda Tapping. He played Larry Tolson – a patient suffering from a form of psychosis, who was shot and wounded before being taken into custody by police as a murder suspect. There are no plans for him to reprise this role.[7]

In 2006 he wrote and directed A Dog's Breakfast[8] starring himself, his sister Kate Hewlett, his dog Mars, and Stargate Atlantis costars Paul McGillion, Christopher Judge and Rachel Luttrell.

Personal life[edit]

From 2000 until their divorce in 2004, David Hewlett was married to actress Soo Garay.[9] He became engaged to Jane Loughman in late 2006, and on 21 June 2008 David and Jane were wed at Warwick Castle in Warwick, Warwickshire, England. Their son Sebastian Flynn was born in 2007.

Hewlett has three younger siblings. Kate Hewlett played the role of Jeannie Miller, McKay's sister, in four episodes of Stargate Atlantis. Kate also appeared as the character Marilyn in Hewlett's directorial debut, A Dog's Breakfast.


YearFilmRoleOther notes
1987The DarksideChuckie
1989The PenthouseJoe DobsonTV film
Dead Meat
1990Where the Heart IsJimmy
Deep SleepTerry
Desire and Hell at Sunset MotelDeadpan Winchester
1991Scanners II: The New OrderDavid Kellum
The First Circle'Ruska' RostislavTV film
1992A Savage Christmas: The Fall of Hong KongWalter Jenkins
Quiet KillerMyles Chapman
Split ImagesGary HammondTV film
1993Blood BrothersDetective Trayne
The Boys of St. Vincent: 15 Years LaterSteven Lunney age 25
1996Joe's WeddingRob Fitzgerald
1997CubeDavid Worth, the Architect
On the 2nd Day of ChristmasMelTV film
Bad Day on the BlockAndrew
1999SurvivorLe médecinTV film
The Life Before ThisNick
BlindThe VictimShort
Amateur NightD.J.Short
2001Chasing CainBud
And Never Let Her GoGerry CapanoTV film
The TriangleGus GruberTV film
Century HotelMichael
Treed MurrayMurrayaka Get Down
2002Made In Canada, Volume 1: Best of the CFCHimself
CypherVirgil Dunn
Father LeftyFather GregoryTV film
FoolproofLawrence Yeager
Friday NightRogerShort
2004Boa vs. PythonDr. Steven Emmett
Ice MenBryan
DarklightAnders RaeborneTV film
2006A Dog's BreakfastPatrick
2009SpliceWilliam Barlow
2010The WhistleblowerFred Murray
2011Rise of the Planet of the ApesDouglas Hunsiker
MorlocksDr. RadnorTV film
2013HaunterOlivia's father
1984The Edison TwinsHoward1 episode
1988–1994Street LegalDave Lister / Tim Woolrich2 episodes
1991–1992Katts and Dog2 episodes
1992–1993Beyond RealityTom2 episodes
1993Shining Time StationTed Typo2 episodes
1993–1996Kung Fu: The Legend ContinuesDr. Nicholas Elder13 episodes
1996–2000TradersGrant Jansky73 episodes
2001ERMr. Schudy1 episode
2004Without a TraceFred Watkins1 episode
2001–2007Stargate SG-1Dr. Rodney McKay7 episodes
2004–2009Stargate: AtlantisDr. Rodney McKay100 episodes
2010–2011HellcatsDr. Eagan2 episodes
2011Stargate: UniverseDr. Rodney McKay1 episode
2013State of SynAslin Kane8 episodes
2006A Dog's Breakfaststory
2006A Dog's Breakfastalso played Patrick
2011Rage of the Yeti[10]also plays Mills


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