Zahari Baharov

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Zahari Baharov
Zahari in 2013
Zahari Ivanov Baharov

(1980-08-12) August 12, 1980 (age 40)
OccupationActor and Producer
Years active2003-present
RelativesYavor Baharov (brother)

Zahari Baharov (Bulgarian: Захари Бахаров; born 12 August 1980) is a Bulgarian actor, best known for his roles as Moth in Zift and Ivo Andonov in the BNT 1 series Undercover and Loboda in HBO series Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

He grew up in the old part of Ovcha Kupel. He can not say that with his brother Yavor they were mischievous children, but it happened to make some bad luck. In his neighborhood there was a kindergarten with a very high fence with a puff of heather. Having been in puberty with friends, they often smoked cigarettes by the garden and had the habit of lighting the puff. But once, when the puffs were dry, he took his cigarette close to one of them, and the whole fence lurched for seconds.[1]


In his 12th-grade school year, in 18th SOU ''William Gladstone'', the prospective actor earned his teachers the privilege of not attending the first few hours on the pretext that he was living far away.


Baharov studied acting at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia. He is acting on stage with the Ivan Vazov National Theatre since 2003. Notable theatrical performances include King Lear (2006), Don Juan (2007), and The Cherry Orchard (2009).

Zachary Baharov is a winner of the award "Askeer" in 2006 for Best Supporting Actor in King Lear; "Icarus" in 2007 for Best Supporting Actor in Don Juan and "Askeer" in 2009 for Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg, Theatre 199.

His first major film role was in Zift directed by Javor Gardev. The film makes him a star and earned him a Best Actor Awards in Bulgarian Cinema Year Awards (2009) and the Award for Best Actor at the International Film Festival Chungmuro, Seoul (2009).

In 2012 Baharov together with his colleagues and best friends Vladimir Karamazov and Yulian Vergov founded production company - Three Bears Entertainment. So far the company has produced three theatrical productions - Spinach with potatoes (by Zoltan Egresi), Art (by Yasmina Reza) and Dakota (by Jordi Galceran).

Game of Thrones[edit]

To participate in HBO series "Game of Thrones", Baharov sent the producers a video with three of his own duplicates, which they approved. So the actor descends north of Valla as the leader of the cannibal tribe, Loboda. The photos were held in Belfast, at 5 degrees, and began at 5 am, because in Ireland it darkened early. The battle scenes were very realistic for them to get into the assembly.

Kit Harington (Jon Snow) says: "Zahari is a great actor, it's fantastic. You'll love his game this season."[1]


In 2011-2016 Zachary Baharov played Ivo Andonov in the BNT 1 series Undercover.

From 2012 to 2019 Baharov is the host of the television game Natsionalna Lotariya (National Lottery) on Nova TV. In 2019 there was a major scandal involving the TV show. Baharov was not involved in the scandal but the show got instantly cancelled.

In 2015 he appeared in the HBO series Game of Thrones in Season 5 as Loboda, a wildling,[2]

Personal life[edit]

Zachary Baharov is in a long-term relationship with Bulgarian journalist Diana Alexieva. Together they have two children - son Maxim (born 2010) and daughter Kaya (born 2013).

Baharov's younger brother, Yavor Baharov, is also an actor.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Air Marshal Mohammed
2006 The Rebel of L Markucha
2008 War, Inc. Video Guy
2008 Zift Moth
2008 Train Croupier
2009 Command Performance Mikhail Kapista
2009 Universal Soldier: Regeneration Commander Topov
2009 Double Identity Alexander
2010 The Glass River
2010 The Way Back Interrogator
2011 Cold Fusion Ivo Petchev as Zahari Emilov
2011 Andrey Bogatev
2011 Operation Shmenti Capelli Tatko
2012 El Gringo Officer Bell
2012 I Am You Lachezarov
2013 Enemies Closer Saul
2014 The Monuments Men Commander Elya
2017 Heights Ivan
2019 Uyut Sabin Palamarkov


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Marines Criminal TV Movie
2004 Nature Unleashed: Avalanche Hans TV Movie
2005 Locusts: The 8th Plague Street Preacher TV Movie
2006 Joe Petrosino Guapo alto TV Movie
2011–2016 Pod Prikritie Ivo Andonov 60 episodes

Main cast

2012–2020 National Lottery (Bulgaria) Himself (host) TV Lottery
2015 Game of Thrones Loboda Episode: "Hardhome"
2017 Le Bureau des Légendes Taupe Russe 4 episodes
2017 Genius Russian General Episode: ''Einstein: Chapter Six''
2019 Father's Day Dimo 6 episodes
2019 Baptiste Nicolae 5 episodes


Role Title Playwright Notes
Chance Wayne Sweet Bird of Youth Tennessee Williams Dramatic Theatre Plovdiv
Treplev The Seagull Chehov
Voynitsev Platonov Dramatic Theatre Haskovo
Capulets Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Ivan Vazov National Theatre
Stoyan Popov Road of Roses and Thorns Ina Bozhidarova Ivan Vazov National Theatre
Seaton Macbeth Shakespeare Ivan Vazov National Theatre
Duncan Macbett Eugene Ionesco Ivan Vazov National Theatre
Popcheto Exiles Ivan Vazov Ivan Vazov National Theatre
Vasko Day Off Kamen Donev Ivan Vazov National Theatre
Brides No Trifling with Love Alfred de Musset Ivan Vazov National Theatre
The Fool King Lear Shakespeare Ivan Vazov National Theatre
Sganarel Don Juan Moliere Ivan Vazov National Theatre
The Old Woman from Calcutta Sketches by Hanoch Levin; Bulgarian version by Joseph Benatov Theatre 199
Slavi from "Banishora" Chamkoriq Milen Ruskov Theatre 199


  1. ^ a b "Под лупа: Захари Бахаров |". (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  2. ^ "Season five casting news and exclusive updates!". Watchers On The Wall. February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2015.

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