Ed Skrein

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Ed Skrein
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Skrein at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Edward Ruth George Skrein

(1983-03-29) 29 March 1983 (age 39)
Camden, London, England, UK
Other names
  • The Dinnerlady P.I.M.P.
  • Skrein
  • Actor
Years active2004–present

Edward George Skrein (/skrn/;[1] born 29 March 1983) is an English actor, film director, screenwriter and rapper. He is known as an actor in independent films or television series. In the years that followed, he became known for portraying Daario Naharis in the third season of the television series Game of Thrones. Skrein later rose to greater recognition portraying the villain Francis Freeman/Ajax in the superhero-comedy film Deadpool (2016).

Skrein went on to replace Jason Statham in the action film The Transporter: Refueled (2015) and portrayed the cocky bounty-hunting cyborg Zapan in Alita: Battle Angel (2019).

He later starred as Lt. Dick Best in the war film Midway (2019). Skrein made his directorial debut with the short film Little River Run (2020), which he released on his Instagram.[2]

Early life[edit]

Skrein was born in Camden, London, England, and was raised there and in other London boroughs, Haringey and Islington. He is of English and Austrian-Jewish descent.[3][4][5] Skrein attended Fortismere School.[3] He graduated from Byam Shaw School of Art, a public tertiary art school, with a BA Hons degree in fine art painting.[6]



In 2004, Skrein released a three track EP under the record label Dented Records. In 2007, he released his first album, The Eat Up. He has collaborated with a variety of artists including Foreign Beggars, Asian Dub Foundation, Plan B, Dubbledge and Doc Brown. Later that year, Skrein released a collaborative EP, Pre-Emptive Nostalgia, with the group A State of Mind. In 2009 Skrein collaborated with rapper Dr Syntax to bring the collaborative album Scene Stealers under the name Skreintax.[7]


Skrein made his acting debut in Plan B's short film Michelle.[8] Skrein got his first lead role in Plan B's Ill Manors. Skrein portrayed Daario Naharis in the third season of the television series Game of Thrones. However, in the fourth season of the series, he was replaced by Dutch actor Michiel Huisman. Skrein states that it was not his choice to leave the show.[9] In 2014, Skrein was cast in The Transporter: Refueled, replacing Jason Statham as the lead. Though the film was critically panned, his performance was praised.[10][11][12][13] In 2016, Skrein played the lead villain, Ajax, in the blockbuster action film Deadpool.[14][15] In 2017 Skrein also appeared in the music video for 'Eye Contact' by Ocean Wisdom playing the bad guy.[16]

In 2018, Skrein starred in psychological revenge thriller, In Darkness, alongside Natalie Dormer and Stacy Martin; principal photography began in early 2016.[17] He was slated to star in the Hellboy reboot as Ben Daimio,[18] a Japanese-American character; after controversy over his casting, Skrein announced on Twitter that he was stepping down from the role in the hopes an actor of the proper ethnicity would be cast.[19][20][21]

On 8 November 2019, he starred in Roland Emmerich’s blockbuster movie Midway, co-starring Mandy Moore, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Dennis Quaid and Woody Harrelson.[22][23][24][25][26][27]

Writing and directing[edit]

Skrein made his directing debut by directing and writing the short drama film Little River Run which he released on 20 July 2020 at his Instagram.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Since he was 12 years old, Skrein has been a swimming coach for Greenwich Leisure Limited working at leisure centres such as Caledonian Road Pool and Gym and Archway Pool.[28][29][30]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
The Eat Up

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Mind Out/Once Upon a Skrein
Pre-Emptive Nostalgia (with A State of Mind)
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Dented Records
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
Scene Stealers (with Dr Syntax)
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Skreintax
  • Formats: CD, Digital download



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Piggy Jamie
2012 Ill Manors Edward "Ed" Richardson
2012 The Sweeney David
2013 Goldfish Vincent Short film
2014 Northmen: A Viking Saga Hjorr
2015 Sword of Vengeance Treden
2015 Tiger House Callum
2015 Kill Your Friends Danny Rent
2015 The Transporter Refueled Frank Martin Jr.
2016 Deadpool Francis Freeman / Ajax MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (with Ryan Reynolds)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
2016 The Model Shane White
2018 In Darkness Marc
2018 Patrick Vet
2018 Tau Alex
2018 Little River Run Short film; director and writer
Encounters Short Film Festival Teen Jury Award
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Officer Bell
2019 Alita: Battle Angel Zapan
2019 Born a King Philby
2019 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Borra
2019 Midway Lieutenant Dick Best
2021 Naked Singularity Craig
2021 Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon Fuzz
TBA Rebel Moon Balisarius Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Tunnel Anthony Walsh 3 episodes
2013 Game of Thrones Daario Naharis 3 episodes
Screen International Award for UK Star of Tomorrow


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  11. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (28 August 2013). "'Game of Thrones' Books 'Treme' Alum for Season 4". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  12. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (7 February 2014). "'Game of Thrones' Star to Succeed Statham in 'Transporter' Reboot (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
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  16. ^ "Ocean Wisdom – Eye Contact (OFFICIAL VIDEO) (Prod. Kidkanevil)". YouTube. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  17. ^ Thom Geier (29 October 2015). "Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein to Star in Revenge Thriller 'In Darkness'". Thewrap.com. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
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  22. ^ Donnelly, Matt (31 October 2019). "Roland Emmerich Just Made a $100 Million Indie Film. Will It Work?". Variety. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  23. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (23 May 2017). "Bona Film Group Stakes $80M On Roland Emmerich/Mark Gordon WWII Battle Pic 'Midway:' Cannes". Deadline. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  24. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (2 May 2018). "Roland Emmerich's WWII Epic 'Midway' Sets Sail With Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore & AGC Studios — Cannes Hot Pic". Deadline. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  25. ^ Kit, Borys (3 July 2018). "Luke Evans Joins Roland Emmerich's Naval Action Movie 'Midway' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  26. ^ Marc, Christopher (24 July 2018). "Roland Emmerich's WWII Epic 'Midway' Adds 'The Guest' Cinematographer – GWW". thegww.com. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  27. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (5 September 2018). "Roland Emmerich's WWII Epic 'Midway' To Open Veterans Day Weekend 2019". Deadline. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
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