Catching up with Alexander Siddig of 'Deep Space Nine'

By: H&I Staff     Posted: November 21, 2016, 10:28AM

Alexander Siddig goes by a few names. During his time as Dr. Julian Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the actor was known as Siddig El Fadil. He now goes by Alexander Siddig and is always buzing from project to project. Outside of Star Trek, he has been seen in Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders and the recently wrapped production The Kennedys: After Camelot. Despite his crazy schedule, he still finds time to appear at Star Trek conventions. StarTrek.com recently sat down with Siddig to catch up on life, Deep Space Nine, fan appreciation and more. 

Here are the highlights.

On Star Trek's logevity:

[Star Trek] has a longevity that most other shows don't. Because it’s not based on fashion, no one has flares, so it doesn’t really date as easily as other shows. 

Even though he has professionally moved on from Star Trek, he stil has a place in his heart for the fans. 

I really like the fans, I really enjoy hanging out. There are a few fans that I have seen for years and years and years. and I am very comfortable amongst them. I mean, who wouldn't be?

On his recent work The Kennedys: After Camelot:

I'm playing Aristotle [Onassis]. I've got this fat suit and prosthetics, and they've done quite a remarkable job, I have to say. It's crazy."

Regarding the Netflix show Peaky Blinders

I’m not a Peaky Blinder. I just kept my distance. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. Anything could kick off at any moment, so I was like, 'Well, I’m going to just watch them.' It was amazing. I get to play Helen McCrory’s love interest, which is groovy."

On his Game of Thrones apperance...

From an actor’s point of view, professionally you don’t want to be on a show like that for too long, unless you are one of the top leads who originated the show, because your schedule gets kind of messed up. You don’t earn as much as you would if you were doing another show."

For Alexander Siddig's full interview, visit StarTrek.com. 


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