Patrick Bashir Baladi (born 25 December 1971) is an English actor and musician. He is best known for playing Neil Godwin in the BBC Sitcom The Office, Michael Jackson in the Sky 1 drama Stella and Stephen Holmes in the ITV thriller Marcella.
Early life and education
Baladi was born in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. His father was a Syrian gynaecologist and obstetrician, and his mother a midwife. Baladi grew up with his siblings, Sara, Charlotte, Sophie and Nicholas. He was educated at Stonyhurst College, where he was the first student to win the Charles Laughton Prize for his roles in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (as Pharaoh) and Amadeus (as Mozart). After school he went on to train as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Baladi is known for his portrayal of David Brent's suave and charming nemesis, Neil Godwin, in the BBC's hit comedy-mockumentary series, The Office. He appeared in the second and final series of the award-winning show, as well as the subsequent The Office Christmas Special.
In addition to The Office, Baladi has appeared in various films and television shows, including Bodies, Kidnap and Ransom, as Philip Shaffer, ITV (2011), Alpha Male, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Beyond The Pole, Bodies, POW, Lady Audley's Secret, Grafters, Silent Witness, The International, Party Animals, Mistresses, Rev., Sensitive Skin, Privates and Stella.
Baladi portrayed Dodi Al-Fayed in the 2007 television docudrama Diana: Last Days of a Princess. In 2008 he had a small role in the romantic comedy Last Chance Harvey, appearing alongside Emma Thompson. He is also a stage actor who has appeared in numerous productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, such as Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing. He starred in the comedy No Heroics as Excelsor.
|2001–2003||The Office||Neil Godwin||Series 2|
|2004||Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason||Flight Attendant|
|2004-2006||Bodies||Rodger Hurley||17 episodes|
|2012||Lewis||Robert Fraser||Series 6, episode 4 "The Indelible Stain"|
|2012||Hustle||DI Fisk||Series 8, episode 3 "Curiosity caught the Kat"|
|2013||Waterloo Road||Julian Noble||Series 8, episode 29; fictional chat show host|
|2013||Ripper Street||Sydney Ressler||Series 1, episode 3|
|2014– 2017||Stella||Michael Jackson||Series 3–|
|2017||Line of Duty||Jimmy Lakewell||Series 4, episodes 4–6|
|2019||Vera||Series 9, episode 3 "Cold River"|
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