Kazinsky at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||Robert John Appleby
November 18, 1983
Haywards Heath, England, United Kingdom
|Years active||2002 - present|
Robert Kazinsky (born Robert John Appleby; 18 November 1983) is an English film, stage and television actor and model. He is best known for his appearances as Casper Rose in the Sky One drama Dream Team, Sean Slater in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders, Chuck Hansen in Guillermo Del Toro's film Pacific Rim and Ben Flynn/Macklyn Warlow in Season 6 of HBO's True Blood in 2013.
Kazinsky was born in Haywards Heath, the son of Phyllis and Paul Appleby, and grew up in Brighton. He has an older brother, Michael. Kazinsky is Jewish (his parents are descended from immigrants from Poland and Russia). He is a fluent speaker of Hebrew. He was educated at Hove Park School in Hove, from 1995-2000. Kazinsky was expelled from both Hove Park School and later, his college. He appeared in their productions of Bugsy Malone and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Kazinsky trained as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting from September 2002 to July 2005. He took his grandfather's middle name as his stage name.
He has appeared in Israeli television commercials. He made his acting debut in 2005 when he had a guest role in an episode of the CBBC children's show The Basil Brush Show, playing a character named Sven Garley. He then got a role in Sky One's football drama Dream Team where he played Casper Rose from late 2005 until 2006, when he was killed off towards the end of the ninth series after Kazinsky announced his intention to leave.
On 27 March 2007, Kazinsky was suspended from work on EastEnders for two months. A story in The People newspaper alleged that Kazinsky had bombarded a model with "obscene text messages and photographs." Kazinsky issued a statement apologising "for any offence caused and for bringing the show into disrepute".
It was announced on 18 January 2008 that Kazinsky would leave EastEnders. Speaking to This Morning on 31 July 2008, Kazinsky confirmed that he would not be pursuing a career in Hollywood but would instead begin an apprenticeship as a mechanic when he leaves EastEnders.
On YouTube, Kazinsky was featured as the presenter in the EastEnders launch video when they launched their own video channel on the website.
On 22 October 2010, it was announced that Kazinsky had been cast in the upcoming film The Hobbit. He would have played Fili, a member of the Company of Dwarves, but in April 2011, Kazinsky resigned from the role due to personal reasons.
On 9 January 2011 he guest starred in the US television drama Brothers & Sisters as Dr Rick Appleton.
On 13 November 2012 it was announced he would join the cast of the sixth season of the US television fantasy drama True Blood in 2013. In 2013, Kazinsky appeared in the Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim, as Chuck Hansen, an Australian Jaeger pilot.
|2012||Red Tails||Chester Barnes|
|2013||Pacific Rim||Chuck Hansen|
|2005||The Basil Brush Show||Sven Garley||Episode: "Basil's Brush with Fame"|
|2005–2006||Dream Team||Casper Rose||31 episodes|
|2006–2009||EastEnders||Sean Slater||254 episodes|
|2010||Law and Order: Los Angeles||Ronnie Powell||Episode: "Sylmar"|
|2010||Brothers and Sisters||Dr Rick Appleton||2 episodes|
|2013||Robot Chicken||George Jetson||Voice
Episode: "Robot Fight Accident"
|2013||True Blood||Ben Flynn/Macklyn Warlow||9 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2006||British Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2006||British Soap Awards||Villain of the year||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2007||British Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2007||British Soap Awards||Villain of the year||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2007||Inside Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2007||Inside Soap Awards||Best Bad Boy||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||All About Soap Awards||Fittest Fella||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||British Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||British Soap Awards||Villain of the year||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||Inside Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Won||EastEnders|
|2008||Inside Soap Awards||Best Actor||Won||EastEnders|
|2008||Inside Soap Awards||Best Bad Boy||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||Digital Spy Soap Awards||Most Popular Actor||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||Digital Spy Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||Digital Spy Soap Awards||Villain of the Year||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||Soaper Star Awards||Best Actor||Won||EastEnders|
|2008||Soaper Star Awards||Best Bad Boy||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2008||Soaper Star Awards||Sexiest Male||Won||EastEnders|
|2009||Eastenders Awards||Male Hottie||Won||EastEnders|
|2009||All About Soap Awards||Killer Secret||Nominated||EastEnders|
|2009||All About Soap Awards||Fatal Attraction||Won||EastEnders|
|2009||British Soap Awards||Best Actor||Won||EastEnders|
|2009||British Soap Awards||Sexiest Male||Nominated||EastEnders|
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- Dan, Verbin (2010-10-25). "Robert Kazinsky Cast as Dwarf in The Hobbit". Shalom Life. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
- ""retrieved on 09/08/08
- "Jewish actor joins EastEnders", TotallyJewish.com. URL last accessed 2006-01-08
- "" Retrieved on 09/08/08
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- Ex-Eastender Rob Kazinsky lands... Retrieved on 14/05/2009
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