Raymond Ablack

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Raymond Ablack
Raymond Ablack 10.jpg
Ablack at the 2010 Gemini Awards
Born (1989-11-12) November 12, 1989 (age 27)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 2001–present

Raymond Ablack (born November 12, 1989) is a Canadian actor and comedian. He is best known for playing Sav Bhandari on the long-running TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation, though he has also appeared in other popular television and web series including Orphan Black (2013–present), Shadowhunters (2016–present) and Teenagers (2014–present), for which he won an Indie Series Award in 2016.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ablack was born and raised by Indo-Guyanese parents in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[2] He played in a competitive hockey league as a child.[3]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

As a child actor, Ablack appeared in numerous television commercials and advertisements.[4] In 2001, Raymond played the role of Young Simba in the theatre production of The Lion King at the Princess of Wales theatre in Toronto.[5]

Ablack achieved international exposure when he was cast in the recurring role of Sav Bhandari on the long-running Canadian teen series Degrassi: The Next Generation.[6] He starred on the show for five years. Around that time, Ablack also had a guest spot on the series Life With Derek. Since his time on Degrassi, Ablack has worked on several productions, including a recurring role in the BBC/Space television series Orphan Black (2013–2014), Defiance (2015) and Shadowhunters (2016).[7] He has also appeared in the independent film Fondi '91 (2013), which received mixed reviews from critics upon release.[8][9]

Ablack in 2013

Ablack currently stars on the Freeform drama series Shadowhunters and the popular web series Teenagers.[10][11] In 2016, for his role on Teenagers, Ablack won an Indie Series Award for Best Supporting Actor – Drama.[12][13]

Stand up comedy[edit]

In addition to working as an actor, Ablack writes and performs stand up comedy in Toronto.[14] In mid 2016, he launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a comedic sketch web series called O' Brother featuring his comedy troupe Whys Guise, which includes fellow Degrassi alums Shane Kippel, Melinda Shankar and Dalmar Abuzeid.[15] The campaign raised over $5,000 CAD.[16] The series has yet to released, as of 2017.

Charity work[edit]

Ablack has done extensive charity work throughout his career, including school-building missions with Me to We and Free the Children.[17][18][19] In 2007, Ablack traveled to Africa with five Degrassi cast member's to build a school in Kenya and in 2008 he travelled again with his cast members to do charity work in Ecuador. A documentary of Raymond and his cast mates' trip aired on MTV in Canada in the fall of 2007. In 2010, he travelled with his fellow Degrassi cast mates to India to help build schools.

Filmography[edit]

TV[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007–2011 Degrassi: The Next Generation Sav Bhandari 118 episodes
2009 Life With Derek Kevin Episode: " Truman's Last Chance"
2011 How To Be Indie Raj Episode: "How to Fake Your Way Through a Freaky Formal"
2013–2016 Orphan Black Raj Singh 4 episodes
2014–present Teenagers Gabriel Web series
2015 Defiance Samir Pandey 6 episodes
2016 Degrassi: Next Class Sav Bhandari 2 episodes
2016 Annedroids Dave Episode: "Bionic Grandma"
2016–present Shadowhunters Raj Recurring
2017 Ransom Piers Allard Episode: "Joe"
2017 The Kennedys: After Camelot Sirhan Sirhan Episode: "Family Bonds"; credited as Ray Ablack

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood Sav Bhandari TV movie
2010 Degrassi Takes Manhattan Sav Bhandari TV movie
2013 Fondi '91 Anil
2015 Beeba Boys Grewal's Gangster
2017 Ashes Jay Post-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2016 Indie Series Awards[20] Best Supporting Actor – Drama Teenagers Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Raymond Ablack". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Raymond Ablack Biography". www.buddytv.com. Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  3. ^ freethechildrenintl (2009-05-20), Charity Cup - Students vs. Teachers Hockey Game, retrieved 2016-06-25 
  4. ^ "Raymond Ablack Biography". www.buddytv.com. Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  5. ^ "MISAFF14 Star". MISAFF Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  6. ^ "17 Questions". Seventeen. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  7. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Teenagers’ Raymond Ablack". TalkNerdyWithUs. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  8. ^ "Fondi '91". 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  9. ^ "Fondi '91, reviewed: A nice-looking coming-of-age film that doesn't quite get there". Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  10. ^ 15, Playback Staff January; 2014. "New web series Teenagers attracts Degrassi alum". Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  11. ^ "Stellar Cast Set for New Web Series TEENAGERS". www.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  12. ^ "Indie Series Awards: 7th Annual Indie Series Awards Winners". Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  13. ^ "Serial Scoop: WINNERS: 7th Annual Indie Series Awards". www.serialscoop.com. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  14. ^ "Season 10 Degrassi Star: Raymond Ablack!". Vervegirl. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  15. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Teenagers’ Raymond Ablack". TalkNerdyWithUs. 2015-11-25. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  16. ^ "O Brother!". Indiegogo. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  17. ^ "Hanging with Degrassi's Raymond Ablack". Seventeen. 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  18. ^ "www.metowe.com" (PDF). 
  19. ^ "Degrassi star speaks out about youth volunteer work - News - The Moose Jaw Times Herald". www.mjtimes.sk.ca. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  20. ^ "7th Annual Indie Series Awards Winners". 

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