Avan Jogia

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Avan Jogia
Avan Jogia 2012.jpg
Jogia at red carpet of Emmy Awards, in 2012.
Born Avan Tudor Jogia
(1992-02-09) February 9, 1992 (age 23)
Killarney, Vancouver, British Columbia , Canada
Occupation Actor, singer-songwriter, dancer

Avan Tudor Jogia (born February 9, 1992) is a Canadian actor and singer. He is best known for playing Ben Stark in Caprica, Beck Oliver on Victorious, Danny Desai in Twisted, and Pharaoh Tutankhamun in the miniseries Tut.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jogia was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. His father is a British Indian expatriate of Gujarati ethnicity, who imigrated to Canada, and his mother is of English, Welsh and German descent.[2][3] Jogia speaks some Gujarati.[4][5][6] Jogia is a dual citizen of Canada and the United Kingdom.[7]

Career[edit]

Jogia's first role came in 2006, when he played Danny Araujo, the younger brother of a teenage transsexual woman, Gwen Araujo, in the television movie A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story, directed by Agnieszka Holland. He appeared in The CW TV series Aliens in America as the character Sam. In 2008, he appeared as Champ on Gym Teacher: The Movie and Tajid in Spectacular!, both for the Nickelodeon network.[8][9] Jogia played Ben Stark in the TV series Caprica, a spin-off of Battlestar Galactica, on the Sci Fi Channel.[10][11] Jogia portrayed Beck Oliver in the Nickelodeon television program Victorious, which premiered in March 2010; he also appeared as Beck Oliver in the Victorious crossover movie, iParty With Victorious. He co-hosted the Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiere on June 28, 2011 in New York.[citation needed]

Jogia was cast in the lead role of Danny Desai on the ABC Family series Twisted (originally titled Socio),[12] which premiered on June 11, 2013; the show was cancelled after one season. In 2014, Jogia was cast to play the lead role of King Tut in the Spike miniseries, Tut;[13] the miniseries premiered on Spike on July 19, 2015.

Personal life[edit]

He attended Killarney Secondary School until the age of 16, before leaving school to pursue acting full-time. Avan Jogia has been in a relationship with American actress Zoey Deutch since September 2011.[14] He is also best friends with Victoria Justice whom he has known since Nickelodeon film, Spectacular!.

Jogia also founded the online PSA organization Straight But Not Narrow supported by his good friend Josh Hutcherson, which is aimed towards changing the attitudes and viewpoints of young, straight people about the LGBT community.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Triple Dog Lemur
Finding Hope Now Santos Delgado
2011 Alex Alex Short film
2015 Ten Thousand Saints Teddy
The Outskirts Dave
I Am Michael Nico
Shangri-La Suite Teijo Littlefoot
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2006 A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story Danny Araujo Television film
2007 Devil's Diary Teenage Boy #1
Aliens in America Sam Recurring role
2008 Gym Teacher: The Movie Champ Sinclair Television film
2009 Spectacular! Tajid Kalyan
2010 Caprica Ben Stark Recurring role
2010–13 Victorious Beck Oliver Main role
2011 iCarly Crossover: "iParty with Victorious" (Season 4, Episode 11)
2012 Rags Finn Covington Television film
2013–14 Twisted Danny Desai Lead role
2015 Tut Tutankhamun Television miniseries; Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2013 Teen Choice Awards Summer TV Star: Male Twisted Nominated [16]
2014 Teen Choice Awards Actor: Drama Twisted Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Victoria Justice, Avan Jogia, Eden Sher, Peyton List And More In "The Outskirts" Movie". Retrieved July 1, 2014. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/avan-jogia
  3. ^ Porter, Ryan (July 6, 2015). "The Vancouver Actor Who Would be King". The Star. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Eng, Jared (December 12, 2013). Avan Jogia: Just Jared Spotlight of the Week (Exclusive!). Just Jared. 
  5. ^ Jaar, Stephanie (December 12, 2013). "Avan Jogia Talks ‘Twisted’ at ABC Family’s Winter Wonderland – Video". Pop City Life. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Avan Jogia answering questions about his family background 1". Spring.me (formerly Formspring). Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ Jogia, Avan (November 2013). "Avan Jogia's official instagram: Picture of his two passports with him confirming in the comments that he has dual citizenship". Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ southcoasttoday.com, September 12, 2008, Associated Press: "Chris Meloni tries hand at comedy in 'Gym Teacher'", Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  9. ^ lionshareproductuctions.com, May 23, 2008, "SPECTACULAR! wraps principal photography", Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  10. ^ Byron Perry (August 13, 2008). "Avan Jogia". Variety. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  11. ^ "Avan Jogia Interview". Kidz world. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  12. ^ Ng, Philiana (October 5, 2012). "'Victorious' Star Lands Lead in ABC Family Drama Pilot 'Socio' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 5, 2014). "'Twisted,' 'Victorious' Star to Play King Tut for Spike TV (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Zoey Deutch". Avan Jogia Official. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  15. ^ Gandhi, Neha. "Avan Jogia's Straight But Not Narrow Campaign - Seventeen". Seventeen. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ "2013 Teen Choice Awards: The Winners List". Retrieved 23 August 2013. 

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