Patrick Baladi

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Patrick Bashir Baladi (born 25 December 1971, Sutton Coldfield[1]) is an English actor.

Early life and education[edit]

Baladi's father is a gynaecologist from Libya, and his mother was a midwife.[2] Baladi was educated at Stonyhurst College, where he was the first student to win the Charles Laughton prize for acting for his roles in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (he played Pharaoh) and Amadeus (he played Mozart). After school he went on to train as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Baladi is best known for his portrayal of David Brent's suave and charming nemesis, Neil Godwin in the BBC's hit comedy-mockumentary series, The Office.[3] He appeared in the second and final series of the award-winning show, as well as the subsequent The Office Christmas Special.

In addition to The Office, Baladi has appeared in various films and television shows, including Kidnap and Ransom, as Philip Shaffer, ITV (2011),[4] Alpha Male,[5] Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Beyond The Pole, Bodies, P.O.W, Lady Audley's Secret, Grafters,[6] Silent Witness, The International, Party Animals, Mistresses[3] and Rev.

Baladi portrayed Dodi Al-Fayed in the 2007 television docudrama Diana: Last Days of a Princess.[7] In 2008 he had a small role in the romantic comedy Last Chance Harvey, appearing alongside Emma Thompson.[3] He is also a stage actor who has appeared in numerous productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, such as Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing. He starred in the comedy No Heroics as Excelsor.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2001-03 The Office Neil Godwin Series 2 (Main cast)
2014–present Stella Michael Jackson Series 3-present (Main cast)

Personal life[edit]

Baladi married his long-time girlfriend, Gemma Walker, at Sandals Halcyon Beach in St Lucia on 9 January 2007. Their daughter Ava was born on 3 March 2007. They have since separated. He is a member of the band Grow Up, along with Keith Allen.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, findmypast.co.uk; accessed 26 March 2014.
  2. ^ Jones, Alison (2009) "Patrick Baladi goes from The Office to Hollywood", Birmingham Post, 3 June 2009; retrieved 29 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e Paton, Maureen (2009) "In a taxi with... Actor (and David Brent's nemesis) Patrick Baladi", Daily Mail, 14 February 2009, retrieved 29 January 2011.
  4. ^ Jarvis, Alice-Azania (2011) "Last Night's TV: Kidnap and Ransom/ITV1 Hugh's Big Fish Fight/Channel 4 Michel Roux's Service/BBC2", The Independent, 14 January 2011, retrieved 2011-01-29
  5. ^ French, Philip (2006) "Alpha Male", The Observer, 13 August 2006, retrieved 2011-01-29
  6. ^ "The Office-Actors: Patrick Baladi", BBC, retrieved 2011-01-29
  7. ^ Green, Toby (2007) "The 5-minute Interview: Patrick Baladi, Actor", The Independent, 18 December 2007, retrieved 2011-01-29

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