David Hewlett

David Hewlett
David Hewlett

David Hewlett at comic con 2007
Born David Ian Hewlett
April 18, 1968 (1968-04-18) (age 43)
Redhill, Surrey, England
Years active 1984–present
Spouse Soo Garay (2000–2004)
Jane Loughman (2008–present)

David Ian Hewlett (born April 18, 1968) is an English-born Canadian actor best known for his role as Dr. Meredith Rodney McKay on the science fiction television shows Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis.


Early life

Hewlett was born in Redhill, Surrey, UK, and moved with his family to Canada at an early age.[1] Hewlett became a regular on the series Traders and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and starred in the movie Cube.[2]

Before his acting career took off, he ran Darkyl Media, a web site design firm,[1] and also founded Fusefilm.com, an internet community for filmmakers.[3] (fusefilm.com does not exist anymore.)


Hewlett got his first computer in his mid-teens and became a self-described "computer nerd". While attending high school in Toronto he launched his acting career, starring in student films by Vincenzo Natali.[4] He dropped out of high school in his senior year to pursue careers in acting and computing.[5]

David Hewlett has appeared in many low-budget horror movies, such as The Darkside and the minor cult favourites Scanners II: The New Order and Pin.[2] He also guest starred in several television series. In 1996, he landed one of his better-known roles, as Grant Jansky on Traders. In 1997, Hewlett worked again with Natali, starring in the 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.

David Hewlett in the conference room at Bridge Studios, Vancouver, during a break in filming Stargate Atlantis episode 5.18 "Identity"

A self-confessed science fiction fan, Hewlett has been quoted saying that Doctor Who is what first sparked his love for the genre[6] and that he made science fiction when he was younger in England on his 8 millimetre camera with friends. Hewlett more or less had his early dreams of working in science fiction made into a reality when he first had a four-episode guest role on Stargate SG-1 as the Stargate expert Rodney McKay, which eventually grew into his starring role on Stargate Atlantis.

In 2007, David appeared as a guest star in the first episode of the TV series Sanctuary, a show produced by and starring Stargate actress Amanda Tapping. He played Larry Tolson – a patient suffering from a form of psychosis, who was shot and wounded before being taken into custody by police as a homicide suspect. There are no plans for him to reprise this role.[7]

In 2006 he wrote and directed A Dog's Breakfast[8] starring himself, his sister Kate Hewlett, his dog Mars, and Stargate Atlantis costars Paul McGillion, Christopher Judge, and Rachel Luttrell.

Personal life

From 2000 until their divorce in 2004, David Hewlett was married to actress Soo Garay.[9] He became engaged to Jane Loughman in late 2006, and announced their engagement in early January 2007.[10][11] The couple share their house with the rottweiler-terrier mix Mars, adopted from an animal shelter, and who is now one of the stars of the couple's 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 ("Baz").[12] David and Jane were wed on June 21, 2008 at Warwick Castle in Warwick, England.[13]

David Hewlett has three younger siblings. One, Kate Hewlett, who is also an actor, played the role of Jeannie Miller, McKay's sister in four episodes of Stargate Atlantis. Kate also appeared as the character Marilyn in her brother's directorial debut, A Dog's Breakfast.


Year Film Role Other notes
1987 The Darkside as Chuckie
1988 Pin as Leon
1989 The Penthouse as Joe Dobson
Dead Meat
1990 Where the Heart Is as Jimmy
Deep Sleep as Terry
Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel as Deadpan
1991 Scanners II: The New Order as David Kellum
The First Circle as 'Ruska' Rostislav
1992 A Savage Christmas: The Fall of Hong Kong as Walter Jenkins
Quiet Killer as Myles Chapman
Split Images as Gary Hammond
1993 Blood Brothers as Detective Trayne
The Boys of St. Vincent: 15 Years Later as Steven Lunney age 25
1996 Joe's Wedding as Rob Fitzgerald
1997 Cube as David Worth, the Architect
On the 2nd Day of Christmas as Mel.
Elevated as Hank
Bad Day on the Block as Andrew
1998 Clutch as Martyn
Milkman as Martin/Soldier's Voice
1999 Survivor as Le médecin
The Life Before This as Nick
Blind as The Victim
Autoerotica as Gord
Amateur Night as D.J.
2001 Chasing Cain as Bud
And Never Let Her Go as Gerry Capano
The Triangle as Gus Gruber
Century Hotel as Michael
Treed Murray as Murray aka Get Down
2002 Made In Canada, Volume 1: Best of the CFC as Himself
Cypher as Virgil Dunn
Father Lefty as Father Gregory
2003 Nothing as Dave
Foolproof as Lawrence Yeager
Friday Night as Roger
2004 Preview to Atlantis as Himself/Rodney McKay
From Stargate to Atlantis: Sci Fi Lowdown as Himself/Rodney McKay
Boa vs. Python as Dr. Steven Emmett
Ice Men as Bryan
Darklight as Anders Raeborne
2006 A Dog's Breakfast as Patrick
2008 Helen as Frank
2009 Splice as William Barlow
2010 The Whistleblower as Fred Murray
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes as Hunsiker
Year Title Role Notes
1988–1994 Street Legal as Dave Lister / Tim Woolrich 2 episodes
1991–1992 Katts and Dog 2 episodes
1992–1993 Beyond Reality as Tom 2 episodes
1993 Shining Time Station as Ted Typo 2 episodes
1993–1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues as Dr. Nicholas Elder 13 episodes
1996–2000 Traders as Grant Jansky 73 episodes
2001–2007 Stargate SG-1 as Dr. Rodney McKay 7 episodes
2004–2009 Stargate: Atlantis as Dr. Rodney McKay 100 episodes
2010–2011 Hellcats as Dr. Eagan 2 episodes
2011 Stargate: Universe as Dr. Rodney McKay 1 episode
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Nothing story
2006 A Dog's Breakfast story
Year Title Role Notes
2006 A Dog's Breakfast also played Patrick
2011 Rage of The Yeti[14] also plays Mills


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