Marc Elliott

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Marc Elliott
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Born (1979-10-17) 17 October 1979 (age 34)
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Television EastEnders (2009–12)

Marc Elliott (born 17 October 1979)[1] is a[2] British actor from Stratford-upon-Avon, who is best known for his role as Syed Masood in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Elliott is the son of a Scottish father and Anglo-Indian mother,[4] and was educated at Warwick School, a private boys' school. He has a twin sister called Sophie [5] and an older sister called Melissa.[6]


Elliott has appeared in a number of productions at Stratford-Upon-Avon's Royal Shakespeare Theatre while studying at Warwick School. In 2006 he joined the cast of the acclaimed Royal National Production and following tour of The History Boys. With a mainly theatrical background before joining Eastenders he has appeared in Holby City and The Bill.[3][7]

In 2009, Elliott was cast as Syed Masood in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders[8] and he won the 2010 British Soap Award for Best Newcomer for this role. Since being cast as Syed a gay Muslim struggling with his sexuality, family expectations and religion, his defining storyline being his gay affair with Christian Clarke. Elliott has said that this is an "incredibly important part" because "In so many cultures being gay is still something swept under the carpet." In September 2012, he announced he was leaving the soap, and on 15 November 2012 he made his last appearance.[9]

After leaving Eastenders, Elliott joined the cast of Tape in the West End [10] In Nov 2013 Elliott appeared with The History Boys at the National Theatre 50 Years on Stage production, broadcast live by BBC Worldwide. In 2014 he will be seen in Midsomer Murders - Wild Harvest and is set to star on the West End, in the U.K. premiere of Urinetown The Musical as Mr. McQueen.






  1. ^ "Marc Elliott: Matching Names". Cozi. Cozi. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "EastEnders' Syed Masood". BBC Asian Network. 
  3. ^ a b "About Marc Elliott". BBC. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "EastEnders star Marc Elliott gets 'abused in the street' over gay affair storyline". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers Ltd. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Marc Elliott plans festive TV". STV. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Wightman, Catriona (2009-10-25). "Elliott: 'EastEnders' ruined my birthday'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Interview". BBC. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Marc Elliott cast as 'Enders Syed Masood". Digital Spy. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "EastEnders star Marc Elliott gets 'abused in the street' over gay affair storyline". Mail Online (London: Mail Online). 19 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "'EastEnders' star Marc Elliott joins West End play 'Tape'". Digital Spy (London). 16 Nov 2012. Retrieved 16 Nov 2012. 

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