Elyes Gabel

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Elyes Gabel
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Gabel at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con
Born Elyes Cherif Gabel[1]
(1983-05-08) 8 May 1983 (age 34)
Westminster, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present

Elyes Cherif Gabel (born 8 May 1983) is an English actor. Among his most notable roles, he has portrayed Dr. Gupreet "Guppy" Sandhu in the BBC medical drama Casualty, Dothraki Rakharo in Seasons 1 and 2 of the HBO series Game of Thrones, and P.E. teacher Rob Cleaver in the BBC drama Waterloo Road. He appeared in the ITV drama Identity and portrayed Detective Adam Lucas in Season 3 of Body of Proof.[2] He is currently starring in the CBS series Scorpion as computer genius Walter O'Brien.

Early life[edit]

Gabel was born in Westminster, London and lived in Canada, before returning to the UK to live in Bristol and Manchester. He is of Algerian, French, Spanish, Dutch, Anglo-Indian, Irish, and Portuguese descent.[3][4] He attended St Damian's Roman Catholic Science College in Ashton-Under-Lyne. He later trained at Strodes College, the Oldham Theatre Workshop and the Northern Kids Theatre Company.


Gabel dropped out of drama school to appear on the children's television show I Love Mummy. He participated in stage productions of West Side Story, Oliver! and Diary of Anne Frank. In 2004, Gabel joined the cast of Casualty as Guppy Sandhu. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2005 National Television Awards for the role. He decided to leave Casualty in 2007 to pursue new acting challenges and concentrate on recording music with his band.[5]

Gabel appeared as Vimel, a trainee priest, in the BBC drama Apparitions, alongside Martin Shaw. The first episode aired on BBC One on 13 November 2008.[6] He went on to appear as Danny in the television horror series Dead Set, in which he is turned into a zombie. He then starred as P.E. teacher Rob Cleaver in the school drama Waterloo Road from series 4, which began on 7 January 2009.[7]

Gabel starred in the 6-part ITV drama Identity as DC Jose Rodriguez, a member of the identity unit.[7] He played Prince Djem, brother of Sultan Bayezid II of the Ottoman Empire in episode 3 of Showtime's The Borgias. In May 2011, he played Shahrouz in the second series of Psychoville. He was later cast as the Dothraki "Bloodrider" Rakharo in HBO's Game of Thrones.[8]

Gabel starred as Detective Adam Lucas in Season 3 of Body of Proof in 2013.[9] Later that same year, he appeared in World War Z, a feature film.[8] In 2014, he had a role in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.[10] He appeared in Spooks: The Greater Good as Adem Qasim.[11]

Gabel stars as Walter O'Brien on the American drama series Scorpion, based on the real life of Walter O'Brien. The series debuted on 22 September 2014 and was renewed for a second season in 2015.[12] It was further renewed for a third season in March 2016,[13] and for a fourth season in March 2017.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Boogeyman 3 Ben
2011 Kingdom of Dust Ahmed
2011 Everywhere and Nowhere Jaz
2012 Exit Strategy Tarik Fayad
2012 Widow Detective Troy Vargas
2013 Welcome to the Punch Ruan Sternwood
2013 World War Z Andrew Fassbach
2014 Interstellar Administrator
2014 A Most Violent Year Julian
2015 Spooks: The Greater Good Adem Qasim


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Casualty Jean-Claude Tournier Episode: "Breaking Point"
2002 I Love Mummy Nuff Main cast
2004 Doctors Steve Episode: "They Never Cut The Cord"
2004 Casualty Jude Episode: "Where There's Life..."
2004–07 Casualty Gurpreet "Guppy" Sandhu Regular role
2005 Casualty@Holby City Gurpreet "Guppy" Sandhu Episode: "Teacher's Pet"
2008 Dead Set Danny Episode: 1.1, 1.3 (credit only), 1.5 (credit only)
2008 Apparitions Vimal Episode: 1.1
2009 Waterloo Road Rob Cleaver Ten episodes
2010 Identity DC Jose Rodriguez Six episodes
2011 The Borgias Prince Djem Episode: "The Moor"
2011 Psychoville Sharouz/Shahrauz Five episodes
2011–12 Game of Thrones Rakharo Seven episodes
2012 Silent Witness Umar Episodes: "And Then I Fell in Love: Part 1", "And Then I Fell in Love: Part 2"
2013 Body of Proof Det. Adam Lucas Main cast (Season 3)
2015 The Messengers Walter One episode
2014– present Scorpion Walter O'Brien Main cast


  1. ^ "Elyes Cherif Gabel". Familysearch.org. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Roots, Kimberly (1 August 2012). "Body of Proof Casts Elyes Gabel Season 3". TVLine. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Biography, people.com; accessed 5 August 2015.
  4. ^ Vikaas, Kishwer (5 July 2013). "Everything You Wanted to Know About the Hot, British Scientist Guy in 'World War Z' (But Were Too Lazy to Google)". Theaerogram.com. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Quade, Gemma (4 August 2007). "What's up Doc? Gemma Quade on how Guppy became a Casualty of cocaine". Daily Post. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Law, Roz (9 November 2008). "Judgement Day; 7 days TV Why Martin has always wanted to be an exorcist 7heaven treat of the week". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Simon, Jane (5 July 2010). "We love telly; Pick of the day". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Wright, Benjamin (25 July 2011). "'Game Of Thrones' Star Elyes Gabel Enlists For 'World War Z'". IndieWire. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Richenthal, Matt (2 August 2012). "Elyes Gabel Joins Shaken Up Body of Proof Cast". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Armitage, Hugh (5 August 2013). "Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' casts 'Game of Thrones' actor". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Buchanan, Rose Troup (27 March 2015). "Kit Harington stars in new trailer for Spooks movie The Greater Good". The Independent. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (17 March 2014). "'Smash's' Katharine McPhee to Star in CBS Genius Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Find Out Which CBS Shows Have Also Been Renewed For The 2016–2017 Season!". CBS News. March 25, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 23, 2017). "CBS Renews 5 Freshman & 11 Returning Series, Including 'MacGyver', 'Superior Donuts', 'Life In Pieces' & 'Hawaii Five-O'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 

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