Date of Birth : Feb 17th 1970
After quitting his high school education, Purcell was employed as a landscaper. Although he never contemplated being an actor, and thought that “people in the arts — actors, ballet dancers, musicians, whatever — were weird”, he decided to try “that acting thing” on impulse. He applied and was accepted to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where Purcell studied alongside fellow actors, Hugh Jackman and Frances O’Connor. After graduating in 1996, Purcell obtained his first acting role as Granger Hutton, a leading role in the Australian television series Raw FM.
In 2000, he won a green card lottery, and now resides in Laguna Beach, California with his wife, Rebecca, and their four children: Joseph (b. 1999), Audrey (b. 2001), and twins Lily and Augustus (b. 2003). After relocating to the United States, Purcell debuted on American television as the title character in John Doe in 2002. He got his first big break into mainstream stardom when he played the character of Drake in Blade: Trinity. Purcell’s theatre credits include Antony and Cleopatra, Angels in America, Romeo and Juliet and The Pillars of Society.
Purcell currently has a starring role as Lincoln Burrows in the Fox network television drama series, Prison Break. He also guest starred in a first season episode of House, Fidelity.
In 2000, he won a green card lottery and now resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Rebecca Williamson, and their four children: Joseph (b. 1999), Audrey (b. 2001), and twins Lily and Augustus (b. 2003).
In 2006 Purcell spent the Christmas period in Louth Village, Co. Louth, in Ireland, the home area of his mother and drew considerable attention in the local press.