Aml Ameen

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Aml Ameen
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Ameen at the 2016 Miami International Film Festival presentation of Soy Nero
Born Aml Eysan Ameen[1]
(1985-07-30) 30 July 1985 (age 33)
Camden Town, London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990s–present
Website www.amlameen.com

Aml Eysan Ameen (/əmɛl/; born 30 July 1985) is an English actor known for his roles as Trevor in Kidulthood, Lewis Hardy in The Bill, Malcolm in Harry's Law, Capheus in the first season of the Netflix series Sense8, and Alby in The Maze Runner.

Early life[edit]

Ameen was born in London, England, to Jamaican and Vincentian parents.[2] He studied acting at the Barbara Speake Stage School, an independent school in London. As a child he appeared in the West End in shows such as Oliver! and Jolson. At the age of 11 he performed on stage with Michael Jackson at the 1996 BRIT Awards in a performance famously invaded by Pulp's singer Jarvis Cocker.[2]

Career[edit]

Ameen's first acting role was in 2004's Bella and the Boys, in which he played the character Terry.[3] His next role was a one-off appearance in an episode of the BBC television series Holby City. He also starred in the British youth-centred film Kidulthood as the central character Trife and now he's starring again in Second Chance and Red Tails for a special appearance.

He played PC Lewis Hardy in the long-running ITV police series The Bill, his most famous and popular role to date. Lewis Hardy is a headstrong character who has swapped his life as a street kid to try to make a difference on the right side of the law. He has a few problems with authority and regularly bumps heads with his seniors, most especially frequent beat partner PC Roger Valentine. After Hardy was put undercover and was shot, he was transferred to Operation Trident.

In April 2008, he played a leading role in the BBC Three teen drama Dis/Connected, playing Anthony, an 18-year-old college student from London who faces gang trouble on the streets, as well as losing his friend when she commits suicide.[4]

Ameen featured in a film on Channel 4 called Fallout, part of their Disarming Britain mini-season.[5] The London Lite paper described this as his most memorable performance. He featured as AJ in Silent Witness Series 12 Parts 1 and 2. He portrayed a youth worker trying to make a difference in the gang and knife community which presides in South London, and became friends with Leo, one of the senior pathologists doing community service for drunk driving.

Ameen at Dinard British film festival (France), 2006

In June 2008, Ameen began Actors Student Alliance, a drama school set up to discover and teach untapped talent in London. From its inception, the school has gone on to producing a short film and a theatre showcase for its students. Now in its second year, the school has expanded into a management company.[6]

He performed at the Tricycle Theatre on the "Not Black and White" season in October 2009. Described as "exceptionally charismatic Aml Ameen the freshest, most inspiring voice in the play" by Time Out London, he received outstanding reviews in the national press. Ameen starred in Jason Barrett's British feature film The Naked Poet, in which he played character Ryan. For this performance, he won Best Actor at the VIPF Awards in 2010.

Ameen also starred in David E. Kelley's legal drama Harry's Law in the first season, which began to air on NBC during the 2011 television season.[7]

Ameen's first Hollywood film role is in George Lucas's Red Tails (2012), about the African American Tuskegee airman in World War II. He played Alby in the 2014 film adaptation of the young adult, science-fiction, dystopian novel, The Maze Runner.

In 2015, Ameen was one of the eight central characters in the initial run of the Netflix series Sense8, produced by the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski. However, conflicts with the Wachowskis resulted in his replacement with Toby Onwumere after filming two episodes of the second season in 2016.[8]

In 2017, Aml Ameen is set to star as a young Jamaican named “D” in Victor Headley's 1992 cult novel, Yardie. Actor Idris Elba makes his directorial debut with the film in London and Jamaica.[9]

Recognition[edit]

He was named one of The Times newspaper's "Ones To Watch" for 2006, and won "Best actor in a TV performance" at the 2007 Screen Nation Awards. Additionally, he presented an award at the Mobo Awards 2006.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2003 EastEnders Simon 1 episode
2004 Bella and the Boys Terry Main role
Holby City Bradley Norris TV series (Episode: "The Kindness of Strangers")
2006 Kidulthood Trevor "Trife" Hector First film role
2006-2007 The Bill PC Lewis Hardy Main role
2008 Fallout Dwayne Edmons
Silent Witness AJ 2 episodes
Dis/Connected Anthony Main role
2010 Shank Bus Conductor Cameo
Second Chance Aaron Bently Short film
2011-2012 Harry's Law Malcolm Davies Main cast (season 1), Guest star (season 2)
2012 CSI: Miami Jack Brody TV series (Episode: "At Risk")
Red Tails Bag O'Bones
2012 The Naked Poet Ryan
2013 The Butler Young Cecil
2014 The Maze Runner Alby
Beyond the Lights Trey
2015 Sense8 Capheus Main role (season 1)
Lila & Eve Stephon Supporting Role
2016 Soy Nero Bronx
2017 The Price Seyi Ogunde Lead
2018 Yardie Dennis "D" Campbell Lead

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search results: Aml Ameen". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 12 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Aml Ameen". Archived from the original on 31 July 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Bella and the Boys (2004) (TV)". Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "BBC – BBC Three Programmes – Dis/Connected". Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Channel 4 – Disarming Britain". Archived from the original on 15 July 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Actors Student Alliance". Archived from the original on 5 April 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "NBC Adds To New Scripted Lineup With Four New Series – 'The Cape,' 'Outlaw,' 'Harry's Law' And 'Friends With Benefits' – And Renews 'Chuck' For Fourth Season In 2010–11" (Press release). NBC Universal. 14 May 2010. Archived from the original on 17 May 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (26 April 2016). "'Sense8′: Aml Ameen Replaced By Toby Onwumere In Wachowskis' Netflix Series". Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Mitchell, Robert (16 May 2017). "Idris Elba Begins Production on Directorial Debut 'Yardie'". Variety. Retrieved 28 October 2017. 

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