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Edward George Skrein (/skrn/;[1] born 29 March 1983) is an English actor and rapper. Outside his rap career, he is best known for his roles as Daario Naharis in the third season of Game of Thrones, Frank Martin Jr. in The Transporter Refueled, Francis Freeman/Ajax in Deadpool and as the cocky hunter warrior Zapan in Alita: Battle Angel.

Ed Skrein
Skrein, 2015
Skrein at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International promoting Deadpool.
Edward George Skrein

(1983-03-29) 29 March 1983 (age 36)
Camden, London, England
Other names
  • The Dinnerlady P.I.M.P.
  • Skrein
OccupationActor, rapper
Years active2004–present


Early lifeEdit

Skrein was born in Camden, London, England, and was raised there and in other London boroughs, Haringey and Islington. He is of Jewish Austrian and English descent.[2] Skrein graduated from Byam Shaw School of Art, a public tertiary art school, with a BA Hons degree in fine art painting.[3]



In 2004, Skrein released a three track EP under the record label Dented Records. In 2007, he released his first album, The Eat Up. He has collaborated with a variety of artists including Foreign Beggars, Asian Dub Foundation, Plan B, Dubbledge and Doc Brown. Later that year, Skrein released a collaborative EP, Pre-Emptive Nostalgia, with the group A State of Mind. In 2009 Skrein collaborated with rapper Dr Syntax to bring the collaborative album Scene Stealers under the name Skreintax.[4]


Skrein made his acting debut in Plan B's short film Michelle.[5] Skrein got his first lead role in Plan B's Ill Manors. Skrein portrayed Daario Naharis in the third season of the television series Game of Thrones. However, in the fourth season of the series, he was replaced by Dutch actor Michiel Huisman. Skrein states that it was not his choice to leave the show.[6] In 2014, Skrein was cast in The Transporter: Refueled, replacing Jason Statham as the lead. Though the film was critically panned, his performance was praised.[7][8][9][10] In 2016, Skrein played the lead villain, Ajax, in the blockbuster action film Deadpool.[11][12]

On 23 October 2015 Skrein was cast in sci-fi thriller, Gateway 6, alongside Rhys Ifans, with Tanel Toom making his directorial debut. Filming will commence in Estonia in the spring of 2016.[13] On 29 October 2015 Skrein was cast in psychological revenge thriller, In Darkness, alongside Natalie Dormer and Stacy Martin; principal photography began in early 2016.[14] He was slated to star in the Hellboy reboot as Ben Daimio,[15] a Japanese-American character; after controversy over his casting, Skrein announced on Twitter that he was stepping down from the role in the hopes an actor of the proper ethnicity would be cast.[16][17][18]

Personal lifeEdit

Since he was 15 years old, Skrein has been a swimming coach for Greenwich Leisure Limited working at leisure centres such as Caledonian Road Pool and Gym and Archway Pool.[19][20][21]


Studio albums
Title Details
The Eat Up
Extended plays
Title Details
Mind Out/Once Upon a Skrein
Pre-Emptive Nostalgia (with A State of Mind)
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Dented Records
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
Scene Stealers (with Dr Syntax)
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Skreintax
  • Formats: CD, Digital download


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Piggy Jamie
Ill Manors Edward "Ed" Richardson
The Sweeney David
2013 Goldfish Vincent Short film
2014 Northmen: A Viking Saga Hjorr
2015 Sword of Vengeance Treden
Tiger House Callum
Kill Your Friends Danny Rent
The Transporter Refueled Frank Martin Jr.
2016 Deadpool Francis Freeman / Ajax MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (with Ryan Reynolds)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
The Model Shane White
2018 In Darkness Marc
Patrick Vet
Tau Alex
Little River Run Short film; Director & Writer
Encounters Short Film Festival Teen Jury Award
If Beale Street Could Talk Officer Bell
2019 Alita: Battle Angel Zapan
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Post-production
Midway Lieutenant Dick Best Post-production
Born a King Philby Post-production
TBA Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Tunnel Anthony Walsh 3 episodes
2013 Game of Thrones Daario Naharis 3 episodes;
Screen International Award for UK Star of Tomorrow


  1. ^ "British actor Ed Skrein takes over Jason Statham's 'Transporter' duties". Reuters. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2018. Skrein is an Austrian name and rhymes with 'wine', he explained.
  2. ^ "Behind the scenes – Rising star Ed Skrein talks The Transporter Refuelled – Candid Magazine". Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Ed Skrein: 5 facts including girlfriend, his son and The Transporter Legacy – Swide". Swide Magazine – The Dolce & Gabbana Luxury Magazine Online. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Before 'Deadpool' and 'Game of Thrones,' Ed Skrein Was a Pretty Good Rapper". Inverse. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  5. ^ G.A – Rough UK Ed Skrein. YouTube. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  6. ^ HBO (3 September 2015). "'Game of Thrones' Actor Ed Skrein Shoots Down Reports He Walked Away From Show". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  7. ^ Brooks, Xan (10 February 2014). "Transporter 4 will star Ed Skrein in Jason Statham role". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (28 August 2013). "'Game of Thrones' Books 'Treme' Alum for Season 4". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  9. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (7 February 2014). "'Game of Thrones' Star to Succeed Statham in 'Transporter' Reboot (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  10. ^ Rothman, Lily (7 April 2014). "Who's the Sellsword? Game of Thrones Premiere Introduces Recast Daario Naharis". Time. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Ed Skrein on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  12. ^ "'Deadpool' Actor Ed Skrein Confirms He's Playing Ajax". Screen Rant. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  13. ^ Jaafar, Ali (23 October 2015). "Rhys Ifans Ed Skrein Star In 'Gateway 6', Altitude Handle Sales – AFM". Deadline. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  14. ^ Thom Geier (29 October 2015). "Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein to Star in Revenge Thriller 'In Darkness'". Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  15. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (24 August 2017). "'Hellboy' Casting Of Ed Skrein As Japanese Character Draws Whitewashing Backlash". Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Ed Skrein on Twitter". Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Actor Ed Skrein quits Hellboy after whitewashing criticism". BBC News Online. BBC. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  18. ^ Kroll, Justin (28 August 2017). "Ed Skrein Drops Out of 'Hellboy' Reboot After Whitewashing Controversy". Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  19. ^ Megan Conner. "Why we're watching: Ed Skrein". the Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  20. ^ "Ed Skrein". Huck Magazine. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Ed Skrein: 5 Things To Know About The Man Playing "Game Of Thrones"' Daario Naharis". The Frisky. Retrieved 7 September 2015.

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