David Ian Hewlett
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5' 11" (1.80 m)
Larry Tolson in Sanctuary
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David Ian Hewlett, born 18 April 1968 in Redhill, Surrey, England, UK is a British-born Canadian actor and director best known for his role as Dr. Meredith Rodney McKay on the science fiction television show Stargate: Atlantis.
Hewlett was born on April 18, 1968 in Surrey, England and moved to Canada with his family at an early age. In later years Hewlett became a regular on the series Traders and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and starred in the movie Cube. He ran Darkyl Media, a web site design firm. He also founded Fusefilm.com, an internet community for filmmakers.
Hewlett got his first computer in his mid-teens and became a self-described "computer nerd." While in high school in Toronto his acting career also began, starring in student films by Vincenzo Natali. He dropped out of high school in his senior year to pursue careers in acting and computing . He appeared in many low-budget horror movies, such as The Darkside and the minor cult favourite Pin. He also guest starred in several television series. In 1996 he got one of his better-known roles, as Grant Jansky on Traders. In 1997 Hewlett starred in Natali's 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.
Hewlett is also a self-confessed science fiction fan, and is quoted as saying that Doctor Who is what first sparked his love for the genre and that he made science fiction when he was younger in England on his 8 millimetre camera with friends. Hewlett was contacted by Robert C. Cooper while living in Los Angeles and asked to guest star in an episode of SG-1. He was originally invited to play Orlin in the Season 5 episode "Ascension", but a scheduling conflict meant he couldn't make it to Vancouver to play the part.
He was later invited to play the part of Rodney McKay and more or less had his early dreams of working in science fiction made a reality. It became a three-episode guest role on Stargate SG-1, which eventually grew into his later starring role on Stargate Atlantis.
In 2007, David appeared as a guest star in the first episode of the web series Sanctuary as Larry Tolson – a patient suffering from a form of psychosis who was shot and injured, and taken into custody by police as the suspect of homicide.
David Hewlett was previously married to Soo Garay, whom he divorced in 2004. He became engaged to Jane Loughman in late 2006, and announced their engagement in early January 2007. The couple share their house with the rottweiler-terrier mix Mars, whom they adopted from an animal shelter and who is now one of the stars of their new dark comedy feature film A Dog's Breakfast. On October 6, 2007, at 9:11 p.m., Jane gave birth to their first child, Sebastian Flynn Loughman Hewlett. David and Jane wed on June 21, 2008.
He has three younger siblings. One, Kate Hewlett, who is also an actress, plays Jeannie Miller, McKay's sister in Stargate Atlantis. She also appears as Marilyn in his directorial debut, A Dog's Breakfast.
- Dr. Meredith Rodney McKay (See: List of Appearances)
- Rodney McKays from alternate realities (SG1: "The Road Not Taken") (ATL: "McKay and Mrs. Miller", "The Daedalus Variations", "Vegas")
- Rodney McKays from Alternate timelines (SG1: "Moebius, Part 1", "Moebius, Part 2") (ATL: "Before I Sleep", "The Last Man")
- Lt. Laura Cadman (ATL: "Duet")
- Meredith Rodney McKay (Organic Asuran) (ATL: "This Mortal Coil")