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Simon Abkarian

Actor, Writer
Born March 5, 1962 (62 years)
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.

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Movies & Shows on Plex
  • Gett
  • Someone, Somewhere
  • The Sonata
Known For
  • Casino Royale
  • Persepolis
  • Ararat
  • Rendition
  • 1915
  • The Cut
  • Army of Crime
  • Gett
  • Overdrive
  • Restless
  • The Swallows of Kabul
  • Yes
  • Rage
  • The Truth About Charlie
  • Someone, Somewhere
  • Zarafa
  • Secret Defense
  • The Sonata
  • Journey from Greece
  • When the Cat's Away
  • The Audition
  • The Snake
  • The Eavesdropper
  • Aram

Filmography

2025
Le Quatrième Mur · as Marwan
2022
Overdose · as Daniel Prat
2022
Notre-Dame (TV Series) · as Max
2022
Cop Goes Missing · as Tristan
2022
Restless · as Antoine Marelli
2021
2021
The Way to Happiness · as Saül Birnbaum
2021
Licence to Build · as Müller
2021
Off-season · as Anthony
2021
Les damnés de la Commune · as Narrateur (voice)
2020
2020
2019
The Audition · as Philippe
2019
2019
The Swallows of Kabul · as Atiq (voice)
2019
Rebels · as Simon Bénéké, Sandra's Father
2018
The Sonata · as Charles Vernais
2018
Cyrano, My Love · as Ange Fleury
2017
Journey from Greece · as Kakourgos
2017
Overdrive · as Jacomo Morier
2017
Playground (TV Series) · as The Father
2016
The Eavesdropper · as Gerfaut
2016
Chouf · as Le Libanais
2016
2015
Malaterra (TV Series) · as Thomas Rotman
2015
Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad · as Hovannès Alexandrian
2015
1915 · as Simon
2014
Pseudonym · as Monsieur
2014
The Cut · as Krikor
2014
Colt 45 · as Commander Luc Denard
2014
Gett · as Elisha
2013
Angélique · as L'avocat François Desgrez
2013
La marche · as Le Père De Farid
2013
Les invincibles · as Nino Lorcy
2012
Zero Dark Thirty · as Detainee On Monitor
2012
Kaboul Kitchen (TV Series) · as Colonel Amanullah
2012
Zarafa · as Hassan (voice)
2011
De Force · as Jimi Weiss
2011
Tony's Revenge (TV Series) · as Tony Roucas
2010
Les amants naufragés · as Milo Garavan
2010
Turk's Head · as Le Veuf
2010
Suite parlée · as 'le Masque'
2009
Pigalle, la nuit (TV Series) · as Nadir Zainoun
2009
Rage · as Merlin
2009
Army of Crime · as Missak Manouchian
2008
The Wedding Song · as Raoul
2008
Secret Defense · as Al Barad
2008
2008
Musée haut, musée bas · as Gilles Paulin
2008
Khamsa · as Khamsa's Father
2008
House of Saddam (TV Series) · as Qais
2008
Un monde à nous · as L'oncle De Noé (voice)
2008
7 Days · as Eliyau
2007
L'affaire Ben Barka · as Le Général Oufkir, Ministre Marocain De L'intérieur
2007
Rendition · as Said Abdel Aziz
2007
Persepolis · as Marjane's Father (voice)
2007
Trivial · as Pierre
2006
The Snake · as Sam
2006
Casino Royale · as Alex Dimitrios
2006
Armenia · as Sarkis Arabian
2005
Gris blanc · as Lak
2005
2005
I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed · as Mehdi Ben Barka
2005
2005
The Demon Stirs · as Julien Cestac
2005
Gamblers · as Sahak
2005
In Your Dreams · as Wilson
2004
Yes · as He
2004
To Take a Wife · as Eliyahoo
2003
2003
La légende de Parva · as Swami (voice)
2002
2002
Aram · as Aram
2002
The Truth About Charlie · as Lieutenant Dessalines
2002
Ararat · as Arshile Gorky
2002
Spooks (TV Series) · as Dariush Bakhshi
1999
Lila Lili · as Simon
1997
1996
When the Cat's Away · as Carlos
1994
3000 scénarios contre un virus (TV Series) · as Un Client
1994
1992
Little Nothings · as Danseur Grec
1989
Ce qui me meut · as Cast

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