Fady Elsayed (born 15 September 1993) is a British-Egyptian actor, best known for his role as Ram Singh in the BBC’s Doctor Who spin-off Class. He originally wanted to become a footballer. However, he discovered an interest in acting while performing in school plays. At the age of 16, Elsayed joined the drama school The Young Actors Theatre in Islington. He is of Egyptian heritage.
In 2012, after getting his first lead role in My Brother the Devil, Elsayed fell in love with acting and knew he wanted to be an actor for the rest of his life. For his role as Mo in My Brother the Devil he was nominated with the Best Newcomer Award at the BFI London Film Festival. He also received a nomination for the ALFS Award as Young British Performer of the Year.
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After this Elsayed appeared in several TV series, like Casualty and Silent Witness. In 2014, he played a vampire who spoke Arabic in Penny Dreadful. Until then this was the most challenging role for him. In 2016, Elsayed was cast in the BBC Three Doctor Who spin-off Class as Ram Singh. Elsayed’s character Ram is a student at Coal Hill Academy, who plays in the school’s football team. In 2018 Elsayed reprised his role as Ram in six audio plays by Big Finish.
When interviewed about his roles and how they tie to his heritage, Fady said:
Had I not been able to speak Arabic or relate to the character through my Egyptian roots, I would not be doing this interview today. I am very grateful to my parents, as my Egyptian roots have actually massively benefited my career.Elsayed, referring to his presence at the CIFF for his role as Mourad in A Private War