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Nabil Shaban

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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 12 february 1953 (71 years) at Amman

Nabil Shaban (born 12 February 1953) is a Jordanian-British actor and writer. He founded The Graeae—a theatre group which promotes performers with disabilities. He has a son named Zenyel.

Shaban was born in Amman, Jordan. He studied at the University of Surrey in the late 1970s and contributed to the Students' Union newspaper "Bare Facts". In 1997, Shaban was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University of Surrey, for services in the promotion of Disability Arts. One of his most memorable television roles was that of the hideous reptilian alien Sil in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. Shaban played Sil in two serials: Vengeance on Varos (1985) and Mindwarp (1986). Shaban is particularly well known among Doctor Who fans for Sil's laugh, which he created. He has returned to the role in Big Finish, Mission to Magnus (2009) and Antidote to Oblivion (2013), both again written by Philip Martin.
He has appeared in several films, including Born of Fire (1983), City of Joy (1992), Derek Jarman's Wittgenstein (1993), Gaias børn (1998), and Children of Men (2006), and has also worked as part of the Crass Collective. In 2011, he played the Roman emperor Constantius II at the National Theatre in Ibsen's Emperor and Galilean.

In 2003 he made a TV documentary titled The Strangest Viking (part of Channel 4's Secret History series), in which Shaban explored the possibility that Viking chieftain Ivar the Boneless may have had osteogenesis imperfecta, the same condition he himself has. Shaban has also published a trilogy of Ivar the Boneless screenplays on Kindle, representing the Viking chieftain as a disabled Danish prince with brittle bones and unable to walk.

Shaban was nominated Best Actor in Scottish theatre in 2005, by the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), for his role as Mack the Knife in Bertolt Brecht's Threepenny Opera, a Theatre Workshop (Edinburgh) production. Shaban lost out to rival nominee David Tennant, who was about to become the new Doctor Who.

Shaban's play The First To Go premièred in May 2008, produced by Edinburgh's Benchtours Theatre Company in association with Sirius Pictures. It opened at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh on May 23 and toured to the Tron Theatre, Glasgow; the Byre Theatre, St Andrews and Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield.

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Derek Jarman
Derek Jarman
(1 films)
Roland Joffé
Roland Joffé
(1 films)
Clive Owen
Clive Owen
(1 films)
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Filmography of Nabil Shaban (5 films)

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Children of Men, 1h49
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about immigration, Films about anarchism, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Claire-Hope Ashitey, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Pam Ferris
Roles Bexhill Market Hustler
Rating78% 3.948113.948113.948113.948113.94811
In 2027, after 18 years of global human infertility, civilization is on the brink of collapse as humanity faces extinction. The United Kingdom, the only stable nation with a functioning government, is deluged by asylum seekers fleeing the chaos and war which have taken hold around the world. In response, Britain has become a militarized police state as British government forces round up and detain immigrants. Theo Faron, a former activist turned cynical bureaucrat, is kidnapped by the Fishes, a militant immigrants' rights group. They are led by Theo's estranged wife, Julian Taylor, from whom he separated after their son's death.
Wittgenstein, 1h15
Directed by Derek Jarman
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Historical
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Kevin Collins, Nabil Shaban, Michael Gough, Tilda Swinton, Jill Balcon
Rating68% 3.441293.441293.441293.441293.44129
Le film retrace la pensée et la vie du philosophe autrichien Ludwig Wittgenstein au travers de différentes saynètes.
City of Joy, 2h12
Directed by Roland Joffé, Paul Verhoeven
Origin France
Genres Drama
Actors Patrick Swayze, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi, Art Malik, Pauline Collins, Iftekhar
Roles Anouar
Rating65% 3.250523.250523.250523.250523.25052
Hasari Pal (Om Puri) is a rural farmer who moves to Calcutta with his wife (Shabana Azmi) and three children in search of a better life. The Pals do not get off to a very good start: They are cheated out of their rent money and thrown out on the streets, and it's difficult for Hasari to find a job to support them. But the determined family refuses to give up and eventually finds its place in the poverty-stricken city.
Walter (1986)

Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Ian McKellen, Barbara Jefford, Tony Melody, David Ryall, Keith Allen, Paula Tilbrook
Roles Ben Gunn
Rating73% 3.6649953.6649953.6649953.6649953.664995
The film was directed by Stephen Frears and stars Ian McKellen as Walter, a man with a learning disability. The story focuses initially on his youth in which his parents attempt, with little success, to have him adapt into the conditions of a "normal" life. Walter's father dies, followed soon after by his mother. The social services bureaucracy then place him in a psychiatric institution. Walter is molested by another patient, witnesses the murder of a patient by another patient having a breakdown, and remains in the institution for the rest of the film.