Adrian Holmes is a Canadian actor, born in Wrexham, Wales in 1974. His family moved to Canada in 1978.
In one of his interviews, Adrian stated that he became interested in acting while watching Michael Jackson on TV. Michael clearly had an influence on Adrian’s career direction.
In school, he got the role of Lion in Wizard of Oz, which confirmed his talent for acting as a young child.
After high school, Adrian decided to pursue a nursing career, just in the chance that his acting did not work out. He went to nursing school, likely influenced by the fact that his mother was a nurse.
He worked in a rehab centre and was great in his new working role, but after a year it was a clear that this job was not his true path. He got his first breakthrough role. Working in a rehab hospital showed Adrian that he is lucky to be healthy, and he realized that nothing should be taken for granted. He decided to pursue his acting career because it was his biggest dream.
He took the maiden name of his mother, Holmes and added it as his surname, later explaining that he did it because it sounded better in the acting world.
His real talent was shown in Smallville, where Adrian played the role of Griff, a political operative whom people hired to dig up dirt on opponents He was working for Lex Luthor trying to find out some negative information about Jonathan Kent, who was running for state senate.
His character had found evidence that could take down Jonathan, but [spoiler] later his body was found dead. Adrian had played this role excellently, and fans adored his performance.
Another interesting fact is that Adrian got another role in Smallville, this time as the character of Basquiat. Producers were amazed at Adrian’s talent and had decided to give him another role. After his roles in Smallville, Adrian’s career continued to shine.
He landed a role in popular show Arrow where he played the role of (police) Lieutenant Frank Pike. He appeared in the first three seasons of the show.
Adrian is currently acting in the drama series 19-2, where he has the lead role. This popular show has won many awards. Besides acting, Adrian is the owner of Beyond Measures Production, a small production company in Barbados. He thinks that Barbados is an amazing place for shooting, so he decided to start a company and do some things on his own.
He is proud that he is one of the few successful black actors, and hopes that in the future there will be more interesting roles for men of color. Adrian also appeared in movies like Elysium , co-starring with Matt Damon, and A Christmas Horror Story , and Vendetta .
Adrian continues to go to auditions, convinced that there are many more good role to which he can lend his talent. His work in Smallville and the series 19-2 prove that this Canadian actor is on a road to fame.