Elyes Gabel

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Elyes Gabel
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Gabel at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con
Born (1983-05-08) 8 May 1983 (age 31)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present

Elyes Gabel (born 8 May 1983) is a British actor. Among his most notable roles he has portrayed Dr. Gupreet "Guppy" Sandhu in the BBC medical drama Casualty, Dothraki Rakharo in seasons one and two of the HBO series Game of Thrones, and PE teacher Rob Cleaver in the BBC drama Waterloo Road. He also appeared in the ITV drama Identity and portrayed Detective Adam Lucas in season three of Body of Proof.[1]

Early life[edit]

Gabel was born in London, UK, and has lived in Canada, before returning to the UK to live in Bristol and Manchester. He attended St Damian's RC science college in Ashton-Under-Lyne. Gabel trained at Strodes College, the Oldham Theatre Workshop and the Northern Kids Theatre Company. He is a keen sportsman and enjoys tennis and football. In an interview with British magazine "Take It Easy", Gabel stated that he had "touches of Indian" in himself.[2]


Gabel dropped out of drama school to play the part of the mummy Nuff, in the children's television show, I Love Mummy. He has also participated in theatre productions such as West Side Story, Oliver! and Diary of Anne Frank.

In 2004, Gabel joined the cast of Casualty as Gurpreet "Guppy" Sandhu. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2005 National Television Awards for the role.[3] Gabel decided to leave Casualty in 2007 to pursue new acting challenges and concentrate on recording music with his band.[4]

Gabel appeared as Vimel, a trainee priest, in the BBC drama Apparitions, alongside Martin Shaw. The first episode aired on BBC One on 13 November 2008.[5] Gabel went on to appear as Danny in the television horror series Dead Set, in which he is turned into a zombie. He then starred as PE teacher Rob Cleaver in the school drama Waterloo Road from series 4, which began on 7 January 2009.[6]

Gabel starred in the 6-part ITV drama Identity as DC Jose Rodriguez, a member of the identity unit.[6] He also played Prince Djem, brother of Sultan Bayezid II of the Ottoman Empire in episode 3 of Showtime's The Borgias. In May 2011, Gabel played the part of Shahrouz in the second series of Psychoville. He was later cast as the Dothraki "Bloodrider" Rakharo in HBO's Game of Thrones.[7]

Gabel starred as Detective Adam Lucas in the third season of Body of Proof in 2013.[8] That same year, Gabel appeared in the feature film World War Z, alongside Brad Pitt.[7] He was also cast in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.[9] Gabel will play Walter O'Brien in upcoming CBS drama Scorpion, which will debut in September 2014.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Boogeyman 3 Ben
2011 Kingdom of Dust Ahmed
2011 Everywhere and Nowhere Jaz
2012 Exit Strategy Tarik Fayad
2012 Widow Detective Troy Vargas
2013 Welcome to the Punch Ruan Sternwood
2013 World War Z Andrew Fassbach
2014 Interstellar Post-production
2014 A Most Violent Year Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Casualty Jean-Claude Tournier Episode: "Breaking Point"
2002 I Love Mummy Nuff
2004 Doctors Steve Episode: "They Never Cut The Cord"
2004 Casualty Jude Episode: "Where There's Life..."
2004–07 Casualty Gurpreet "Guppy" Sandhu Regular role
2005 Casualty@Holby City Gurpreet "Guppy" Sandhu Episode: "Teacher's Pet"
2008 Dead Set Danny Episode: 1.1, 1.3 (credit only), 1.5 (credit only)
2008 Apparitions Vimal Episode: 1.1
2009 Waterloo Road Rob Cleaver Ten episodes
2010 Identity DC Jose Rodriguez Six episodes
2011 The Borgias Prince Djem Episode: "The Moor"
2011 Psychoville Sharouz/Shahrauz Five episodes
2011 Game of Thrones Rakharo Seven episodes
2012 Silent Witness Umar Episodes: "And Then I Fell in Love: Part 1", "And Then I Fell in Love: Part 2"
2013 Body of Proof Det. Adam Lucas Main Character
2014 Scorpion Walter O'Brien Main character


  1. ^ Roots, Kimberly (1 August 2012). "Body of Proof Casts Elyes Gabel Season 3". TVLine. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
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  3. ^ Pick your fave telly stars | The Sun |HomePage|News[dead link]
  4. ^ Quade, Gemma (4 August 2007). "What's up Doc? Gemma Quade on how Guppy became a Casualty of cocaine". Daily Post. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Law, Roz (9 November 2008). "Judgement Day; 7 days TV Why Martin has always wanted to be an exorcist 7heaven treat of the week". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Simon, Jane (5 July 2010). "We love telly; Pick of the day". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Wright, Benjamin (25 July 2011). "'Game Of Thrones' Star Elyes Gabel Enlists For 'World War Z'". IndieWire. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Richenthal, Matt (2 August 2012). "Elyes Gabel Joins Shaken Up Body of Proof Cast". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Armitage, Hugh (5 August 2013). "Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' casts 'Game of Thrones' actor". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (17 March 2014). "'Smash's' Katharine McPhee to Star in CBS Genius Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 

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