Simon Abkarian

Simon Abkarian

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    • March 5th, 1962
Simon Abkarian (born 5 March 1962) is a French-Armenian actor. Born in Gonesse, Val d'Oise, of Armenian descent, Abkarian spent his childhood in Lebanon. He moved to Los Angeles, where he joined an Armenian theater company managed by Gerald Papazian. He returned to France in 1985, settling in Paris. He took classes at the Acting International school, then he joined Ariane Mnouchkine's Théâtre du Soleil. Abkarian left the Théâtre du Soleil in 1993 and played in 2001 "Beast on the Moon" by Richard Kalinoski, directed by Irina Brook, a play about the life of a survivor of the Genocide of the Armenians, a role which won him critical acclaims and the Molière of the best comedian. His first roles in cinema were proposed by French filmaker Cédric Klapisch, who asked him to play in several of his movies, notably in "Chacun cherche son chat" ("When the Cat is Away" (1996) and in "Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire)" en 2003. He was featured in Sally Potter's Yes (2004), in which he played the lead role. Abkarian then played Mehdi Ben Barka in the thriller "J'ai vu tuer Ben Barka" by Serge Le Péron, about the kidnapping and the murder of the leader of the Moroccan opposition. He then played in "Prendre Femme" by Ronit Elkabetz which won him several interpretation prizes. Playing different roles and in different genres, he was featured in the adventure "Zaïna, cavalière de l'Atlas" by Bourlem Guerdjou, in the comedy "Le Démon de midi" by Marie-Pascale Osterriet. He has also appeared in Atom Egoyan's Ararat (2002), he was Albert in Almost Peaceful (2004) by French Director Michel Deville a film about Holocaust survivors, he was featured in "Your Dreams" (2005) by Denis Thybaud. He played the role of villain Alex Dimitrios in the James Bond film, Casino Royale. The character is a Government contractor and arms dealer working against Bond. He was featured as Sahak in the thriller "Les Mauvais Joueurs" ("The Gamblers") (2007) by Frédéric Balekdjian. He has also been the voice of Ebi in the French version of the animated feature "Persepolis". Abkarian played the role of the eminent Armenian poet Missak Manouchianin in "Army of Crime" (2010) by Robert Guédiguian, a French filmaker based in Marseilles, who is also of Armenian parentage. He has also played Dariush Bakhshi, the Iranian Special Consul, in the BBC drama Spooks MI-5. Abkarian is known for his intensity in acting and for his ecclectism in the roles he choses. Description above from the Wikipedia article Simon Abkarian, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia .

Starring Simon Abkarian on Plex


Acting (33 Credits)

2022Selon la Police
2019The Swallows of Kabul as Atiq (voice)
2019The Audition as Philippe
2019Rebels as Simon Bénéké
2019Someone, Somewhere as Mansour
2018The Sonata as Charles Vernais
2018Cyrano, My Love as Ange Fleury
2017Journey from Greece as Kakourgos
2017Overdrive as Jacomo Morier
2016The Eavesdropper as Gerfaut
20151915 as Simon
2015Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad
2014The Cut as Krikor
2014Gett as Elisha
2014Colt 45 as Commander Luc Denard
2013Angélique as L'avocat François Desgrez
2012Zarafa as Hassan (voice)
2009Rage as Merlin
2009Army of Crime as Missak Manouchian
20087 Days as Eliyau
2008Secret Defense as Al Barad
2008The Wedding Song as Raoul
2007Persepolis as Père de Marjane (voice)
2007Trivial as Pierre
2007Rendition as Said Abdel Aziz
2006American Masters and Champions of the Martial Arts as Sam
2006Casino Royale as Alex Dimitrios
2004To Take a Wife as Eliyahoo
2004Yes as He
2003Not for, or Against (Quite the Contrary) as Freddy
2002Ararat as Arshile Gorky
2002The Truth About Charlie as Lieutenant Dessalines
1996When the Cat's Away as Carlos


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