Marc Elliott

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Marc Elliott
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Born Stratford-upon-Avon, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present

Marc Elliott is a British actor from Stratford-upon-Avon, England, who is best known for his role as Syed Masood in the BBC television soap opera EastEnders.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Elliott is the son of a Scottish father and Anglo-Indian mother,[2][3] and was educated at Warwick School, a private boys' school. He has a twin sister called Sophie [4] and an older sister called Melissa.[5]


Elliott has appeared in a number of productions at Stratford-Upon-Avon's Royal Shakespeare Theatre while studying at Warwick School. In 2006 he joined the cast of the acclaimed Royal National Production and following tour of The History Boys. With a mainly theatrical background before joining EastEnders he has appeared in Holby City and The Bill.[1][6]

In 2009, Elliott was cast as Syed Masood in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders[7] and he won the 2010 British Soap Award for Best Newcomer for this role. Syed was a gay Muslim struggling with his sexuality, family expectations and religion, his defining storyline being his gay affair with Christian Clarke. Elliott has said about the role it was "incredibly important part" because "In so many cultures being gay is still something swept under the carpet." In September 2012, he announced he was leaving the soap; on 15 November 2012 he made his last appearance.[8]

After leaving EastEnders, Elliott joined the cast of Tape in the West End [9] In November 2013 Elliott appeared with The History Boys at the National Theatre 50 Years on Stage production, broadcast live by BBC Worldwide. In 2014 he appeared in Midsomer Murders - Wild Harvest and in the U.K. premiere of Urinetown: The Musical at St.James Theatre, as Mr. McQueen. He reprised his role in Urinetown with the West End transfer of the musical to the Apollo Theatre. In June 2016, Elliott made his first appearance as doctor Isaac Mayfield in the BBC medical drama Holby City.[10]





  • Maps For Lost Lovers - Charag - (BBC Television) 2006
  • Bombay Talkie - Adam - (BBC World Service) 2005
  • The Tenth Man - Leonotre/Hauftman - (BBC World Service/Radio 4) 2004
  • Jadoo! - Jay - (BBC Radio 4) 2004
  • Captain Hubert - Julian - The Mob (BBC World Service) 2004


  1. ^ a b "About Marc Elliott". BBC. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "EastEnders' Syed Masood". BBC Asian Network. 
  3. ^ "EastEnders star Marc Elliott gets 'abused in the street' over gay affair storyline". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers Ltd. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Marc Elliott plans festive TV". STV. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Wightman, Catriona (2009-10-25). "Elliott: 'EastEnders' ruined my birthday'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  6. ^ "Interview". BBC. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Marc Elliott cast as 'Enders Syed Masood". Digital Spy. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "EastEnders star Marc Elliott gets 'abused in the street' over gay affair storyline". Mail Online. London: Mail Online. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "'EastEnders' star Marc Elliott joins West End play 'Tape'". Digital Spy. London. 16 Nov 2012. Retrieved 16 Nov 2012. 
  10. ^ Brown, David. "EastEnders star Marc Elliott joins Holby City - see the first-look pictures". Retrieved 16 April 2016. 

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