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Anatol Yusef – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroBritish actor
Is Actor 
From United Kingdom 
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio 
Gendermale
Birth 7 September 1978, London
Age:41 years

Anatol Yusef (born 20 July 1978) is a British stage, film and television actor. He is best known for his work in Last Orders, at The Royal Shakespeare Company and for his portrayal of Meyer Lansky in the television series Boardwalk Empire.

Biography

Yusef was born in Barking, East London, UK, into a Turkish Cypriot family. His father emigrated from Cyprus to London at the age of 11 whilst his mother was born in London to Turkish Cypriot parents.

As a teen, Yusef found early work in television shows including Jeeves and Wooster, Grange Hill, and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He then trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. While in school he worked on a television show, Thief Takers and was a finalist in the BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Award.

Upon graduating in 2000, Yusef was offered a role in Fred Schepisi’s award-winning film Last Orders, playing the younger self of Bob Hoskins’ “Ray” and working with British actors Sir Michael Caine, Dame Helen Mirren, Ray Winstone, David Hemmings, and Tom Courtenay.

He became a resident company member with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the RSC’s production of King Lear, Nicholas de Jongh of the London Evening Standard claimed “Anatol Yusef’s tremendous Cornwall, the best [he] [had] ever seen”.

In 2006, Yusef’s performance as Mercutio in Bill Bryden’s Romeo and Juliet at the Birmingham Rep was heralded as “sparkl[ing]” and “promisingly imaginative”.

In 2008, Yusef appeared in the title role of a New York off-off Broadway production of Richard III, and was described by Backstage as “a superlative actor” and “magnetic”. Anatol has since remained in New York City. He has worked both throughout New York City, and at The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., his most recent production being A Movement of the Soul, playing Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, for which he learned American Sign Language.

In 2010 he was cast as Meyer Lansky in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, first appearing in Episode 7 of Season 1, “Home” and recurring throughout the remainder of the series. In an interview with The Morton Report, Yusef described Lansky as self-educated, a massively intelligent overachiever and “a ruthless, ruthless man”. Anatol’s characterization of Mr. Lansky has been recognized in many publications, including author and critic Clive James’s article on Martin Scorsese, as well as Michael Noble’s review of the show on Den of Geek.

In 2014 he appeared in Channel 4’s BAFTA-nominated Southcliffe, receiving special mention in an article by IndieWire on the best TV episodes of 2014.

Filmography

YearTitleRole
1990 Jeeves and Wooster (Series 1 & 3)Sydney Blumenfield
1993The Young Indiana Jones ChroniclesHubert Van Hook
1995Grange HillMark
1999Thief TakersAziz
2000Second Sight: Kingdom of the BlindSandwich Shop Owner
2001Last OrdersYoung Ray
2002The BillRick Lesailles
2003 Ten Minutes (Short)Peter
Unconditional LoveSecurity Guard
Trial and RetributionPC Barry Skinner
The Afternoon Play: Turkish DelightAhmed
The GatheringThe Gathering
2006The BillKevin Mann
O JerusalemMajor Tell
2009 The Reward (Short)Felix
2010 Boardwalk Empire (Season One)Meyer Lansky
2011 Corner Shop (Short)Danny
Boardwalk Empire (Season Two)Meyer Lansky
2012 Boardwalk Empire (Season Three)Meyer Lansky
2013 Boardwalk Empire (Season Four)Meyer Lansky
Southcliffe (TV mini-series)Paul Gould
2014 Boardwalk Empire (Season Five)Meyer Lansky
2016Bastille DayTom Luddy
You Can’t WinDirty Dick
Preacher (Season One)Deblanc

Theatre

YearTitleRole
2000The MysteriesHerod/Cain
Under Milk WoodRev. Eli Jenkins/ Dai Bread
After Miss JulieJohn
2002BlackbirdSarhad
2004Best of MotivesAhmed
2005King LearDuke of Cornwall
Romeo and JulietSampson
MacbethBanquo
2006Romeo and JulietMercutio
2007Startled ResponseUmut
2008Richard IIIRichard III
2009MoonlightJake
2010The Science of GuiltKevin
2011A Movement of The SoulThomas Hopkins Gallaudet
2012Massacre (Sing to Your Children)Joe