Alex Dimitriades

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Alex Dimitriades
Alex Dimitriades.jpg
Born (1973-12-28) 28 December 1973 (age 40)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present

Alex Dimitriades (born 28 December 1973) is an Australian film and television actor.

Early life[edit]

Dimitriades was born in Sydney, the son of Greek immigrants and is the youngest of three siblings. He has a brother, George, and a sister, Melinda. He grew up in Earlwood.[1] His parents divorced when he was twelve.[2]

As a student, Dimitriades was suspended from high school for allegations of sexual harassment of a teacher. He was one of a group of students singing "I'm Too Sexy" to a female teacher, along with what were described as "inappropriate gestures". In a 2011 interview, Dimitriades said he still believes the punishment was inappropriate.[3]

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Dimitriades began his career in the 1993 Australian film The Heartbreak Kid.

Dimitriades played the protagonist Ari in the Ana Kokkinos film Head On (1998), based on the book Loaded by Christos Tsiolkas. Dimitriades' performance in the role was critically acclaimed and earned him an AFI Award nomination. He played the lead role in "Subterano" in 2000. The film failed to be released commercially and was finally released straight to DVD in 2003. He appeared in the Australian comedies Let's Get Skase (2001) and La Spagnola (2001). He has had roles in the Hollywood films Ghost Ship (2002) and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005).[4] He also starred in the Greek film To Gamilio Party (English title Bang Bang Wedding, 2008). In Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos (2010) he stars as Mihali, a smooth talking, immaculately dressed Mykonos mogul. In 2010, he also starred in Summer Coda starring alongside Rachael Taylor.[5]

Television[edit]

After making his acting début in the film The Heartbreak Kid, he starred in a television spin-off, Heartbreak High, in which he played Nick Poulos. He went on to play underworld figure, Warren Lanfranchi, in the 1995 drama television series Blue Murder. In 1997, he took on a role in the police drama Wildside.

In 2002, he appeared in Young Lions. In years to follow, he had small guest roles in the Australian soap Neighbours and the science fiction series Farscape. In 2008, Dimitriades played assassin Victor Brincat (known as Mr. T in the show) in TV drama Underbelly.

In 2011, he featured in the TV adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas' novel The Slap. He was awarded the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama for his role as the protagonist, Harry.[6]

Theatre[edit]

In 1996 and 1997, Dimitriades, along with Nick Giannopoulos and Vince Colosimo, toured as part of the Wogboys comedy stage shows.

Dimitriades has also appeared in many theatre productions, including two plays by Louis Nowra for Griffin Theatre Company, The Woman with Dog's Eyes (2004) and The Emperor of Sydney (2006). He has also starred in The Nightwatchman (2007) and Rain Man in 2010.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He is not married; newspapers have reported him being in several relationships with women.[8][9][10][11] The end of a relationship was cited by friends as the reason for his arrest for driving under the influence in 2008. It was reported that he had a blood alcohol reading of .11, more than twice the legal limit in Australia. The charge resulted in the suspension of his driver's licence.[12][13]

Dimitriades, an avid collector of vinyl records, has stated that his love of music started in childhood. He has a passion for both hip hop and dance music. He DJ's professionally across Australia.[14] In 2011, he was the headlining act for the relaunch of Melbourne club, Motel.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alex the "hunk" djs at Eve Nightclub". Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.mook-e.com/bio/dimitri.htm
  3. ^ Robb, Peter. "The Kid Grows Up: Meeting Alex Dimitriades". The Monthly. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Robb, Peter. "The Kid Grows Up: Meeting Alex Dimitriades". The Monthly. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Hall, Sandra (21 October 2010). "Review". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Alex Dimitriades wins AACTA". 1 February 2012. ABC News. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Blake, Elissa (13 May 2010). "It's raining men as Dimitriades returns to stage". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Heartbreak kid plays off art against commerce
  9. ^ The Wild One
  10. ^ Alex Dimitriades – Biography
  11. ^ "Alex Dimitriades was heartbroken and drunk, say friends". Herald Sun. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  12. ^ Alex Dimitriades charged with drink-driving
  13. ^ "Alex Dimitriades wins court battle". The Telegraph. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  14. ^ Lex, Lady. "Alex Dimitriades: Hard soul". In The mix. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  15. ^ Dennehy, Luke (23 October 2011). "Motel makes room for DJ Alex". Herald Sun. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 

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