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Nercessian was born in 1950 in Saint-Etienne. He graduated from the Department of Theology to become a Pastor in England. He has played both in cinema and TV – including the role of Mustafa Ismael Faruki in Long Journey (Golden Lion for the Best Feature Film, Venice IFF, 2004). Nercessian played in the Theatre of Renaissance for one season and later toured with the Last Call. In 2009 he starred in Everybody Loves Juliet at Splendid Theatre. In 2010, he appeared in Luc Besson’s blockbuster Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec.