Underappreciated Actor of Another Color #24: Siddig El Fadil

See what I mean?
After years of owning only Seasons 4-7 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I've finally purchased Seasons 1-3.  When this show first started, I wasn't even a teenager yet.  Watching it all over again now,  I recall that while my father and I admired Avery Brooks as Captain Benjamin Sisko (black men, watch and take notes), I had a huge crush on Sudanese-born British actor Siddig El Fadil.

Born in 1965 as Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi, it's no surprise he shortened his professional name. However, he found that the fairly simplistic "Siddig El Fadil" was far too much for, ahem, some people so he changed his professional name to Alexander Siddig. Can you believe that ish?

Anyways, as I was saying...I adored him as Chief Medical Officer Dr. Julian Bashir on DS9.  His youthful good looks coupled with his sexy British accent just slayed me every time.  And Lawd...wait 'til you see him in a tuxedo playing a spy on the holodeck....

I haven't seen him in other stuff, but I do know he was in Syriana, Cairo Time, and Miral, and he played "Kanen" on Merlin, and Philip Burton on Primeval.  As you can see on his IMDB page, he's aged ever so gracefully, but he will always be the chatty, idealistic young doctor who grew popular for his infamous bromances with Chief O'Brien and Elim Garak (the nerds will understand that last sentence).

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  1. for some reason, I could never really get with deep space nine. TNG was my shit. I did watch some episodes though cause my mom & dad were trekies. That figures they had him to change his name.

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  2. As a kid, I didn't really get into DS9. It's themes were much too dark for me at the time. When I went back and watched them again as an adult, I appreciated the show much more. We see more POC on the show (positively portrayed, of course), and we get a more realistic view in that non-humans vastly outnumber humans on the show. It's wonderful. I'm enjoying a marathon right now.

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  3. Great, my first comment to the blog it going to be geeked out to he**.

    I'm seconding and thirding all the comments here. I didn't get into DS9 until years after it was over and that was only after getting hooked on Voyager. As Ankhesen stated, DS9 had much more mature themes and wonderfully developed characters that my teenaged self would have not wrapped her head around too well.

    Granted Voyager went down the crapper with the addition of Borg Barbie, I really enjoyed the fact it had a a few interesting characters of color who were very well developed, well except for Kim, who managed to bring the Model Minority Stereotype to the 24th Century.

    I'm sorely tempted to dust off the DVDs now and transfer them all onto the hard drive :)

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  4. @ acidcookiegirl

    I really enjoyed the fact it had a a few interesting characters of color who were very well developed, well except for Kim, who managed to bring the Model Minority Stereotype to the 24th Century.

    Oooooooooh...welcome, and very well said. The way they handled his character was most disappointing.

    Kim's redeeming moment (to Moi) came when he made Blasian history.

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  5. I love TNG, DS9, and Voyager. Enterprise was cool. I never really cared for the original series.

    Anywho, I thought Dr. Bashir and Chief O'Brian was a humorous duo despite the series being so dark. As a side note I appreciate the darkness DS9 presented, and I thought the Dominion War was a nice element to bring to the series.

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  6. @ Blaque Ink

    As a side note I appreciate the darkness DS9 presented, and I thought the Dominion War was a nice element to bring to the series.

    Amen. The shows begins at the end of a holocaust and spends the next seven years exploring the effect of a holocaust on a society. It also openly showed a war, showed the death, the criminality of military and political leaders, showed murder, betrayal, chemical dependence - I mean, it went all out. And it maintained awesome ratings all through its run. LOVE that show.

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  7. I LOVE Siddig! He's so gorgeous and talented. I wish he was in more stuff. He was my absolute favorite character on DS9 and I was mad at Jadzia for not giving him a chance =) (even though I love Worf, too, and thought they were great together =).

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  8. As a big Trek fan, especially a TNG and DS9 one, there was no way that I could not not post a comment. I absolutely adored Dr. Bashir and I really enjoyed him when he had scenes with both Chief O'Brien and Garak. I thought it was a great twist to see how he could be so humorous and joyful with Chief O'Brien and cunning and sneaky with Garak.

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  9. "As you can see on his IMDB page, he's aged ever so gracefully, but he will always be the chatty, idealistic young doctor who grew popular for his infamous bromances with Chief O'Brien and Elim Garak (the nerds will understand that last sentence)."

    Indeed we do. LOL!

    And in regards to black men taking notes on my man Sisko, girl you already know, way ahead of you. That's how a strong powerful black man gets down. You know he was a role model for me growing up.

    And yes, Bashir was fine. And he was probably my biggest crush, following Wesley Crusher.

    OH YES, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY.

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  10. And yes, Bashir was fine. And he was probably my biggest crush, following Wesley Crusher.

    My oldest sister used to have a HUGE crush on the Wesley creature. All I wanted for Xmas was Data.

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