Biography

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 .

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 .

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 57

Birthday 1962-03-05

Place of Birth Gonesse, Val d'Oise, France

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Simone Abkarian

Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Audition
2019 Deux moi
2019 The Swallows of Kabul as Atiq
2019 Ce soir-là et les jours d'après as Karan
2019 Rebelles
2018 The Sonata
2018 Edmond as Ange Fleury
2017 Djam as Kakourgos
2017 Overdrive as Jacomo Morier
2017 Playground (10 episodes) as The Father
2017 J'ai tué ma femme as Le patron du café
2016 Scribe as Gerfaut
2016 Chouf as Le libanais
2015 Malaterra (8 episodes) as Thomas Rotman
2015 Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad
2015 1915 as Simon
2014 The Cut as Krikor
2014 Colt 45 as Commander Luc Denard
2014 Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem as Elisha
2013 Angelique as L'avocat François Desgrez
2012 Qu'est-ce qu'on va faire de toi? as Abraham Drucker
2012 Kaboul Kitchen (36 episodes) as Colonel Amanullah
2012 Zarafa as Hassan (voice)
2011 Force as Jimi Weiss
2011 Les Amants naufragés as Milo Garavan
2011 Tony's Revenge (8 episodes) as Tony Roucas
2010 Turk's Head as Le veuf
2009 Pigalle, la nuit (8 episodes)
2009 Rage as Merlin
2009 Army of Crime as Missak Manouchian
2008 Secrets Of State as Al Barad
2008 The Wedding Song as Raoul
2008 The Seven Days as Eliyau
2007 Trivial as Pierre
2007 Persepolis as Père de Marjane (voice)
2007 New Délire as Gunter (voice)
2006 Casino Royale as Alex Dimitrios
2006 The Snake as Sam
2006 Armenia as Sarkis Arabian
2006 Minor Revelations
2005 S.A.C. : Des hommes dans l'ombre as Cesari
2005 I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed
2005 Zaina: Rider of the Atlas as Omar
2005 Yes as He
2005 The Demon Stirs as Julien Cestac
2005 Les Mauvais joueurs
2005 In Your Dreams as Wilson
2004 To Take A Wife as Eliyahoo
2003 Not For, or Against (Quite the Contrary) as Freddy
2003 The Legend of Princess Parva as Swami (voix)
2002 Almost Peaceful as Albert
2002 Aram as Aram
2002 Ararat as Arshile Gorky
1999 Lila Lili as Simon
1996 When the Cat's Away as Carlos
1994 Ana El Awan

Crew

1995 Dead Man Walking Thanks

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