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Alec Newman (born 27 November 1974; age 46) is the Scottish actor who played Malik in the Star Trek: Enterprise fourth season episodes "Borderland", "Cold Station 12" and "The Augments". Newman also narrated the audiobooks for the English-language editions of the Star Trek: Prometheus trilogy. He is well known to science fiction fans for his role as Paul Atreides in the Sci-Fi Channel mini-series Dune in 2000 and Children of Dune in 2003, the latter of which also featured Alice Krige and Steven Berkoff.
Born in Glasgow and raised first in Scotland and later in England, Newman was initially eying a career as a professional soccer player until an injury forced him to reconsider. He joined London's National Youth Theater at the age of 17 and later attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Upon completing his studies, Newman broke into television in both Scotland and England. This led to his feature film debut in the 1999 British drama G:MT Greenwich Mean Time and his American debut in 2000's Dune mini-series.
Newman had a supporting role in the 2002 English horror film Long Time Dead. He also appeared in the English TV movie Night Flight, in which he played the young version of the lead character, played by Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country's Christopher Plummer. In 2003, Newman had roles in three films produced in Britain: The Death of Klinghoffer, Bright Young Things, and the starring role in The Principles of Lust. In 2004, he returned to American television, appearing on Tru Calling and playing Drogyn in two episodes of Angel, one of which was directed by James A. Contner. He then played the title role in the mini-series Frankenstein.
More recently, Newman co-starred with Mädchen Amick in Four Corners of Suburbia and with David Clennon, Zoë Saldana, Gabrielle Union, and Clarence Williams III in Constellation, two American dramas released in 2005. He more recently co-starred with Star Trek: Voyager guest actor Michael Shamus Wiles in the 2007 sci-fi film The Gene Generation. He also appeared in two Doctor Who audio stories, by Big Finish Productions, with Colin Baker and Tom Baker – his involvement with Big Finish led to his hiring for the Prometheus licence. He is currently set to star in the British series Hope Springs.