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 24)
Killarney, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor, singer, dancer, model, martial artist, film director
Years active 2006–present

Avan Tudor Jogia (born February 9, 1992) is a Canadian actor, singer, dancer, model and martial artist. 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 immigrated to Canada, and his mother is of English, Welsh and German descent. Jogia has an older brother Ketan Jogia and a younger paternal half-sister named Melissa (Milli) Jogia .[2][3][4][5] Jogia speaks some Gujarati.[6] Jogia is a dual citizen of Canada and the United Kingdom.[7]


His 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]

Jogia attended Killarney Secondary School until the age of 16, before leaving school to pursue acting full-time. He is still close friends with his former cast mates from Victorious like Elizabeth Gillies and Victoria Justice

Jogia 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.[14]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Triple Dog Lemur
2010 Finding Hope Now Santos Delgado
2011 Alex Alex Short film
2015 Ten Thousand Saints Teddy
2015 I Am Michael Nico
2015 Shangri-La Suite Teijo Littlefoot Post-production
2016 The Outskirts Dave


Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story Danny Araujo Television movie
2007 Devil's Diary Teenage Boy #1 Television movie
2007 Aliens in America Sam Recurring role, 3 episodes
2008 Gym Teacher: The Movie Champ Sinclair Television movie
2009 Spectacular! Tajid Kalyan Television movie
2010 Caprica Ben Stark Recurring role, 3 episodes
2010–13 Victorious Beck Oliver Main role, 58 episodes
2011 iCarly Beck Oliver "iParty with Victorious" (Season 4, Episode 11)
2012 Rags Finn Covington Television movie
2013–14 Twisted Danny Desai Lead role, 20 episodes
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 Actor: Drama


  1. ^ "Victoria Justice, Avan Jogia, Edan Sher, Peyton List And More In "The Outskirts" Movie". Archived from the original on May 16, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  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. ^ Jaar, Stephanie (December 12, 2013). "Avan Jogia Talks ‘Twisted’ at ABC Family’s Winter Wonderland – Video". Pop City Life. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Avan Jogia answering questions about his family background 1". Spring.me (formerly Formspring). Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Eng, Jared (December 12, 2013). Avan Jogia: Just Jared Spotlight of the Week (Exclusive!). Just Jared. 
  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. ^ Gandhi, Neha. "Avan Jogia's Straight But Not Narrow Campaign - Seventeen". Seventeen. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.buzzfeed.com/zakiyajamal/make-it-shine#.iiyX5YlOM
  16. ^ "2013 Teen Choice Awards: The Winners List". Retrieved 23 August 2013. 

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