Ray Panthaki

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Ray Panthaki
Born Ray Panthaki
(1979-01-20) 20 January 1979 (age 38)
London, UK
Occupation Actor, Film producer
Years active 1999–present

Ray Panthaki (born 20 January 1979) is a British Actor, Producer, Writer and Director.


Born in London, Panthaki is best known for the roles he played on BBC soap opera EastEnders as Ronny Ferreira (2003–2005) and as Hassan B the nemesis to Sacha Baron Cohen's Ali G in Ali G Indahouse.[1][2] He also appeared in the British films 28 Days Later, Rehab, Tube Tales, Provoked, Interview with a Hitman, It's a Wonderful Afterlife and the 2006 cult film Kidulthood which he also produced. In 2006 he was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor in a Play" at the TMA Theatre Awards for his role in Gladiator Games. Later that year he set up the London-based production company Urban Way.[3]

He made his West End theatrical debut in July 2008 in the play In My Name at the Trafalgar Studios.[4]

In 2013 Panthaki's Directorial Debut Life Sentence a Film which he also wrote, won Best UK Short at the East End Film Festival 2013.[5][6] The Film, a hard hitting account of the UK’s knife crime epidemic was also picked out by the British Film Institute as one of the top ten highlights of the recent London Film Festival of the same year.[7]

Has performed twice at Royal Court Theatre in London and made his Royal Shakespeare Company debut as the title role in The Empress by Tanika Gupta.[8]

In 2013 Panthaki Produced and starred in the Comedy Film 'Convenience' starring alongside Vicky McClure and Adeel Akhtar. The Film's Director Keri Collins won 'Best Breakthrough' at the 2014 BAFTA Cymru for his work on the Film.[9]

In 2014 he was announced as one of 18 BAFTA 'Breakthrough Brits' a celebration of Britain's stars of tomorrow alongside fellow actors Stacy Martin, Katie Leung and Callum Turner.[10]


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