Alexander Siddig

07/26/2010 – Alexander Siddig – “Cairo Time” New York City Special Screening – Arrivals – Cinema 3, 1001 3rd Avenue at 59th Street – New York City, NY, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 Headshot – 0 – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos – Contact (1-866-551-7827) – Portrait Face Count: 1

Birth Name: Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abdurrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdul Karim El Mahdi (صدّيق الطاهر الفاضل الصدّيق عبدالرحمن محمد أحمد عبدالكريم المهدي)

Place of Birth: Omdurman, Khartoum, Sudan

Date of Birth: 21 November, 1965

*father – Sudanese [Nubian, Arab]
*mother – English, small amount of Scottish and Irish

Alexander Siddig is a Sudanese-British actor and director. He is known for his roles on the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 24, Game of Thrones, and Gotham, in the films Syriana, A Lost Man, Cairo Time, and Inescapable, and in the made-for-tv movie Hannibal (2006). He is also known as Siddig El Fadil.

Alexander is the son of Gloria (Taylor), a model and theatrical press agent, and Tahir El Mahdi. His father is Sudanese, and was a student at Cambridge University. His mother is English. His parents met when his mother traveled to Sudan in the 1960s. His paternal uncle was Sudanese political and religious figure Sadiq al-Mahdi, who was Prime Minister of Sudan, from 27 July, 1966 to 18 May, 1967, and again, from 6 May, 1986 to 30 June, 1989. His maternal uncle, mother’s brother, is actor Malcolm McDowell (born Malcolm John Taylor). His cousin, Malcom’s son, is film director and writer Charlie McDowell.

Alexander was raised mostly in London, England. He spoke Arabic for a time. His stepfather was film producer and director Michael Birkett, 2nd Baron Birkett. He is married to Shana Collier. Alexander has a son with his former wife, American actress Nana Visitor.

Alexander’s paternal grandfather was named Sayyid al-Saddiq al-Mahdi (the son of Sayyid Abd al-Rahman al-Mahdi). Alexander’s great-grandfather was a leading religious and political figure in Sudan, and was the son of Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah, who was a Nubian religious leader of the Samaniyya order in Sudan. He was proclaimed the Mahdi by his disciples.

Alexander’s maternal grandfather was Charles Thomas Taylor (the son of Frederick Taylor and Louisa Tyrer). Charles was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire. Frederick was the son of Charles Taylor and Margaret Reid.

Alexander’s maternal grandmother was Edna McDowell (the daughter of Albert Edward McDowell and Ellen Spencer). Edna was born in Chorlton, Lancashire, England. Albert was the son of John Albert McDowell, who was born in Brazil, with roots in Scotland and England; and of Mary Jane Sarah Morley, who was born on Gibraltar, of English, and some Irish, descent. Ellen was the daughter of John Greenwood Spencer and Sarah Hannah Halliday.

Source: Genealogy of Alexander Siddig –


Mostly English (Crafton), part German (Rummler), part Cherokee, part Blackfoot. The German and Blackfoot are from my maternal grandmother. The Cherokee is from my maternal grandfather.

16 Responses

  1. jorger65 says:

    tag “English-Brazilian” and “Scottish-Brazilian”

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