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Marc Elliott is an English actor from Stratford-upon-Avon, England, who is known for his role as Syed Masood in the BBC television soap opera EastEnders . [1]

Stratford-upon-Avon Town in Warwickshire, England

Stratford-upon-Avon, commonly known as just Stratford, is a market town and civil parish in the Stratford-on-Avon District, in the county of Warwickshire, England, on the River Avon, 91 miles (146 km) north west of London, 22 miles (35 km) south east of Birmingham, and 8 miles (13 km) south west of Warwick. The estimated population in 2007 was 25,505, increasing to 27,445 at the 2011 Census.

Syed Masood

Syed Masood is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Marc Elliott, and first appeared on screen on 21 April 2009. Syed is a British Pakistani and is the eldest son of Masood Ahmed and Zainab Masood, and brother of Tamwar, Shabnam and Kamil Masood. Syed's storylines see him fall in love with a man, Christian Clarke, and his eventual acceptance that he is gay. Syed initially marries girlfriend Amira Shah but later comes out, and enters a relationship with Christian, despite the pressures of his family and his Muslim faith.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London, and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees. It employs over 20,950 staff in total, 16,672 of whom are in public sector broadcasting. The total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff are included.


Personal life

Elliott is the son of a Scottish father and Anglo-Indian mother, [2] [3] and was educated at Warwick School, an independent boys' school. He has a twin sister called Sophie [4] and an older sister called Melissa. [5]

Scottish people ethnic inhabitants of Scotland

The Scottish people or Scots, are a nation and Celtic ethnic group native to Scotland. Historically, they emerged from an amalgamation of two Celtic-speaking peoples, the Picts and Gaels, who founded the Kingdom of Scotland in the 9th century. Later, the neighbouring Celtic-speaking Cumbrians, as well as Germanic-speaking Anglo-Saxons and Norse, were incorporated into the Scottish nation.

The term Anglo-Indian can refer to at least two groups of people: those with mixed Indian and British ancestry, and people of British descent born or living in the Indian subcontinent. The latter sense is now mainly historical, but confusions can arise. The Oxford English Dictionary, for example, gives three possibilities: "Of mixed British and Indian parentage, of Indian descent but born or living in Britain or of British descent or birth but living or having lived long in India". People fitting the middle definition are more usually known as British Asian or British Indian. This article focuses primarily on the modern definition, a distinct minority community of mixed Eurasian ancestry, whose native language is English.

Warwick School fee-paying school in Warwick, England

Warwick School is an independent school with boarding facilities for boys in Warwick, England. It is believed to be the oldest boys public school in the world, and the fifth-oldest surviving school in England after King's School, Canterbury, King's School, Rochester, St Peter's School, York and Wells Cathedral School. It is also believed to be the oldest school founded by a woman, claiming to have been established by Æthelflæd of Mercia in 914. It was active in the reign of King Edward the Confessor (1042–1066) and statues of Edward can be found in the entrance of the 1879 school facade and on the prefect’s lawn. Its headmasters have been members of the Headmaster and Headmistresses Conference since 1896.


Before his television and stage debuts, Elliott's career began in radio hosting on various BBC radio stations. [6]

Elliott has appeared in a number of productions at Stratford-Upon-Avon's Royal Shakespeare Theatre while studying at Warwick School. In 2006, he joined the cast of the acclaimed Royal National Production and following tour of The History Boys . With a mainly theatrical background before joining EastEnders he has appeared in Holby City and The Bill . [1] [7]

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In 2009, Elliott was cast as Syed Masood in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders [8] and he won the 2010 British Soap Award for Best Newcomer for this role. Syed was a gay Muslim struggling with his sexuality, family expectations and religion, his defining storyline being his gay affair with Christian Clarke. In September 2012, he announced he was leaving the soap; on 15 November 2012 he made his last appearance. [9]

<i>EastEnders</i> British soap opera

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Christian Clarke Fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders

Christian Clarke is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, portrayed by John Partridge. He first appeared in the show's 3,509th episode, originally broadcast in the United Kingdom on 17 January 2008, and was introduced as the brother of established character Jane Beale. He was introduced as a new homosexual character for the show, following the popularity of Coronation Street's Sean Tully. Christian and Partridge's casting were announced on 20 November 2007.

After leaving EastEnders, Elliott joined the cast of Tape in the West End [10] In November 2013 Elliott appeared with The History Boys at the National Theatre 50 Years on Stage production, broadcast live by BBC Worldwide. In 2014 he appeared in Midsomer Murders Wild Harvest and in the UK premiere of Urinetown: The Musical at St.James Theatre, as Mr. McQueen. He reprised his role in Urinetown with the West End transfer of the musical to the Apollo Theatre. In June 2016, Elliott made his first appearance as doctor Isaac Mayfield in the BBC medical drama Holby City . [11] Since leaving Holby City in 2017, Elliot has continued to appear in stage productions across the UK. [12] [13]

Tape is a 1999 play by Stephen Belber. It was first produced at the Actors Theatre of Louisville as part of the 2000 Humana Festival of New American Plays. It was later filmed by Richard Linklater as Tape starring Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and Uma Thurman. It follows classical unities of action, time and space, featuring three characters in a single plot regarding their differing perspectives of past events, in one unbroken period of real-time, in a single motel room set.

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Apollo Theatre Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London, England

The Apollo Theatre is a Grade II listed West End theatre, on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster, in central London. Designed by the architect Lewin Sharp for owner Henry Lowenfeld, it became the fourth legitimate theatre to be constructed on the street when it opened its doors on 21 February 1901, with the American musical comedy The Belle of Bohemia.


Television and film roles
2004 Mile High Journalist1 episode
2006 Lewis Hal Boss1 episode
2008 The Bill Robbie Nash1 episode
2008 The Invisibles Lee Ellis1 episode
2008 M.I. High Jerome1 episode
2009 Holby City Nick Michaels1 episode
2009Diego's StoryDiegoShort film
2009–2012 EastEnders Syed Masood Series regular
2014 Midsomer Murders Nick Iver1 episode
2016-2017, 2019Holby CityIsaac MayfieldSeries regular

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