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Overview (2)

Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK
Birth NameSyed Mujtaba Shah Abbasi

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Bradford, England in 1984, Muj moved around as a child, his Parents settled in Derby in the early 90s and he spent the early part of his school life performing in plays.

After pursuing his passion for acting and drama further at both GCSE and A-Level, Muj later went on to Manchester Metropolitan University to study Drama, Film and Television Studies. Outside of his course, he was heavily involved in acting, where he auditioned for and was accepted into the National Youth Theatre, while still gaining experience at University playing 'Nick' in 'Some Explicit Polaroids' by Mark Ravenhill and both characters of 'Roy' and 'Tony' in Sarah Daniels' 'Beside Herself'. After leaving Manchester in 2006, he went on to train at British American Drama Academy, where he played Caesar in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and the titular character in Shakespeare's Othello.

He furthered his skills with Stage Combat which led to the beginning of his professional career appearing in BBC's Hustle (2004), soon after appearing as 'Skinny Mo' in Bonded by Blood (2010). His experience on this film landed him the role of 'Sheikh Ali Kharma' alongside 'Bob Hoskin (I)' in the British film Outside Bet (2012). He most recently played the starring role of 'Saleh' in a Special Casualty (1986) episode called Casualty: Under Fire. With a burning desire to do more with his career Muj briefly relocated to Toronto, Canada where he provided voice over for The History Channel's production of Miracles Decoded (2014). Upon returning to the UK, he began work starring in a new series of Short Films the first of which is Freeze Frame and later that year appeared as Haroon Latif in an episode of Citizen Khan (2012).

He then went on to appear as Doctor Collins in Songbird (2018) and was then later cast as the lovable Bilal, one of the lead characters in BBC3's new comedy series Coconut (2017). The same year he was Highly Commended by Faber & Faber for his writing on his Graphic Novel 'Maghrib.' which he also illustrates. A Muslim superhero created to counter the negative portrayal of Muslims within the media.

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Trivia (7)

Former member of the National Youth Theatre.
Gained a Scholarship to the British American Drama Academy, attending Oxford University.
Trained in Stage Combat, gaining a 'Performance Certificate in Stage Combat' with YoungBlood at Drama Centre London accredited by the British Academy of Dramatic Combat.
Attended Manchester Metropolitan University graduating with a BA (Joint Hons) Drama, Film and Television Studies.
Has been trained by Alan Rickman, Brian Cox and Fiona Shaw.
Attended the British American Drama Academy where fellow Alumni includes Paul Rudd Chadwick Boseman Paul Giamatti Orlando Bloom Justin Theroux and David Schwimmer.
Created the Superhero 'Maghrib'; both Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel which was Highly Commended by Faber & Faber in their FAB Prize 2017.

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