Simon Kassianides

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Simon Kassianides
Simon Kassianides at Epidaurus - 2012.JPG
Kassianides in 2012
Born Simon Mario Kassianides
(1979-08-07) 7 August 1979 (age 35)
London, England, UK
Occupation
  • Actor
Years active 2004–present

Simon Kassianides (born 7 August 1979) is an English actor, film director, producer and screenwriter.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kassianides was born in London, the son of Helen and Mario Kassianides, both business owners. Kassianides has an older brother Photis Kassianides who works in finance.

Kassianides was brought up in Clapham and educated at Dulwich College. At the University of Edinburgh he was the producer and executive producer of a sold out run of Grease at the George Square theatre. Profits were donated to the Macmillan Cancer Trust.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

In 2002 soon after Kassianides graduated with honours in International Business with Finance and while in London helping his mother open Urban Coffee,[2][3] a fair trade and organic coffee shop in Tooting Broadway, he was spotted by BAFTA award winning producer Piers Vellacott.[4]

Kassianides started a course at London's Central School of Speech and Drama but had to leave after being offered a role in the Tennessee Williams' play Night of the Iguana. His performance as Pedro was acclaimed by critics.[5]

Soon after, Kassianides was noted as an actor to watch in a BBC documentary called Making it at Holby.[6]

Since then, Kassianides has appeared in a number of television episodes in the USA and UK, including Casualty, My Life in Film, Plane Spotting, Ultimate Force, Spooks, Recovery, Holby Blue, Suburban Shootout, The Kylie Show, Ashes to Ashes, The Passion, The Fixer, Love Soup, Hustle, Law and Order UK, Nikita and Burn Notice.[1]

Kassianides has also appeared in several international films such as The Edge of Love, Wuthering Heights, Between Two Fires, Quantum of Solace[1] and Smooch.

In 2010 Kassianides produced, directed and starred in Geezas, a film he completed in record time and within budget.[7][8] The film made the official selection of the 2012 Hollywood Film Festival,[9] selling out The Arclight Movie Theatre in Hollywood at its premiere.

In 2012 Simon Kassianides was nominated as a Discovery Director to watch at the Hollywood Film Festival for 'Geezas' [10]

In 2013 Geezas won 'Best Actor' and 'Best Supporting Actress' at the 2013 British Independent Film Festival. Kassianides directed first time actors who won against the likes of Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) and Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy) [11]

His work rate and ethic was spotted by the administrators of Michael Cacoyannis Foundation,[12] which was created by Michael Cacoyannis - Director of ‘Zorba the Greek’.[13]

The Michael Cacoyannis Foundation was created to help and promote Greek artists. In 2012 Kassianides was appointed a Global Consultant and Representative of the MCF.

in 2014 Kassianides will produce and play the lead role in Michael Cacoyannis’ English translation of Sophocles’ ‘Oedipus the King’, in the world famous Epidaurus Theatre in Greece during the 2014 Epidaurus summer festival.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 Casualty Steve Lyon
2005 Ultimate Force Juan
2006 Spooks Mourad
2007 Holby Blue Nico Osman
2008 The Fixer Saban Zira
2008 The Edge of Love Partisan
2009 Quantum of Solace Yusef Kabira
2009 Hustle Tracer
2010 Between Two Fires Ali
2011 Smooch Percy/Flynn
2011 Nikita Ramon
2011 Geezas Eddie
2012 Burn Notice George Anders
2013 Desert Dancer Sattar
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Sunil Bakshi

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