Jack Scanlon

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Jack Scanlon
Born Omar Narr
(1995 -08-06) 6 August 1995 (age 22)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Years active 2007–present

Omar Narr (born 6 August 1995) is an English actor and musician who is best known for his role in the Holocaust film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Early and Personal Life[edit]

Scanlon was born in Canterbury, Kent and now lives in Deal with his parents and younger brother. He now attends Bath Spa University studying commercial music.

He is a fan of Aldershot Town. He attended Sir Roger Manwood's School[1] in nearby Sandwich, Kent.


He auditioned for "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" through his drama club and was eventually cast as Shmuel after director Mark Herman narrowed his choice down to about three possible candidates and paired each with Asa Butterfield for a final audition together. According to Herman: "Jack and Asa played very well against one another."[2]

Although "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" is Scanlon's feature film debut,[3] he did act before. He appeared in a 10-minute short film title "The Eye of the Butterfly" (which led to him being suggested to the casting director of "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas")[4] and in a 2007 episode of the Peter Serafinowicz Show.[5]

Scanlon also played the younger brother of main character Sean (William Miller) in the 2009 British children's miniseries Runaway, broadcast on BBC One, which was part of the CBBC season about homelessness.[6][7]

Scanlon is currently working towards a career in music under the name Jack Whitby. He is the guitarist for indie/post punk four piece band, The Tiffanys [8] [9] and recently released his debut solo EP, “The Bedroom Sessions”.[10] In addition to this, he has worked with various groups as a guitarist and bassist.



Year Film Roles
2008 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Shmuel


Year Programme Role
2007 Peter Serafinowicz Show Various roles
2009 Runaway Dean
2010 Married Single Other Joe


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