Kayvan Novak (Persian: کیوان نواک; born 23 November 1977) is a British actor and comedian. He co-created and starred in the comedy series Fonejacker from 2006 to 2008 with a one-off in 2012, winning the BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy (Programme or Series) in 2008.
|Born||23 November 1978|
Novak initially appeared on various British shows, including Family Affairs, Holby City, and Spooks. In 2005, he and Ed Tracy created Fonejacker, a prank call show as part of Channel 4's Comedy Lab strand. After the pilot, he was given a Christmas special and a six-part series, which began airing on 5 July 2007 on E4; and 7 September 2007 on Channel 4. In November 2009, he appeared on the Channel 4 show The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, playing a bomb-disposal officer. In April 2010, Novak began appearing in a spin-off of Fonejacker called Facejacker, in which he adopted various disguises, including several characters heard in Fonejacker. Novak announced on BBC Radio 1 in May 2012 that the character Terry Tibbs, a mainstay of both shows, would be getting a spin-off chat show; this aired in August 2012. Novak played Simon in the Channel 4 sitcom pilot Bad Sugar.
Novak filmed a scene for This Is England '86 which was cut from the final broadcast, but appears in the DVD extras. He was also one of the main characters in the television show Sirens, which began on 27 June 2011 on Channel 4 in the UK. Novak also featured in two episodes of Phone Shop, the first in Series 1, titled "The First Temptation of Chris", and the second in Series 2, titled "Revenge of the Razz". He played area manager Razz Prince. In addition to acting, Novak has made appearances as himself on shows Soccer AM, 8 out of 10 Cats, Celebrity Big Brother's Little Brother, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
Novak appeared as an intelligence officer in the Academy Award-winning film Syriana. In 2008, he appeared in micro-budget B-movie The Blue Tower. He also appeared in the 2010 comedy Four Lions, in which he played the dim-witted Waj, a role for which he won the award for Best Comedy Performance in a British Film at the 2010 British Comedy Awards, beating fellow actor Nigel Lindsay, who was nominated for his role in the same film.
Novak appeared as Alok in the first series of BBC Radio 4 comedy Fags, Mags and Bags. He has provided voice work for three video games: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Perfect Dark Zero and Kameo. He also voiced various characters in the ITV spoof sketch show Headcases, and in the 2012 Channel 4 animated series Full English. He lent his vocals to British band Beady Eye's 2013 song "Flick of the Finger".
In 2013, he appeared as Effy Stonem's boss in the Skins episode "Skins Fire". He voiced a Cyberman head called Handles in the Doctor Who 2013 Christmas special "The Time of the Doctor". He had a starring role in the last episode of the first series of Uncle as Mo, the boss of a fictional record label. In 2014, he played Paul in the second episode ("A Quiet Night In") of Inside No. 9. Also in 2014, he appeared in Episode 1, Series 3 of Rev. as the Imam, Yussef Hasan.
Since 2015, he has voiced the character of Brains in the revived ITV series Thunderbirds Are Go. In 2015, he featured in the sitcom Asylum as "Rafael". In May 2015, he appeared in a new comedy series called SunTrap on BBC1. In May 2017, Novak appeared in Channel 4's Britain Today, Tonight.
Novak speaks fluent Persian, as seen on the second episode of Season 2 (“Ghosts”) of What We Do in the Shadows.
In 2021, he released eight episodes of "All New Fonejacker Podcast" on Audible and starred as Roger in Disney's Cruella.
|2010||A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures||Fluffy (voice)|
|The Last Sparks of Sundown||Seven|
|Paddington||Grant the Animal Supplier|
|2018||Early Man||Dino / Jurgend (voice)|
|2019||The Day Shall Come||Reza|
|Men in Black: International||Vungus/Nasr/Bassam|
|2002||The American Embassy||Ahmed Rallah||Episode: "China Cup"|
|Judge John Deed||Ali Abdul Moncheri||Episode: "Political Expediency"|
|Family Affairs||Amir Sadati||1 episode|
|2003||Trial & Retribution||Craig Board||2 episodes|
|2004||Holby City||Reza Abbassi||5 episodes|
|Spooks||Sevilin Ozal||1 episode (uncredited)|
|A Line in the Sand||Vahid||TV movie|
|She's Gone||Arto Fazouk||TV movie|
|2005||Murphy's Law||Masud||Episode: Boy's Night Out|
|The Government Inspector||Qasim Hamdani||TV movie|
|2006||Comedy Lab||Fonejacker||1 episode (voice)|
|2007||Be More Ethnic||Ranjit Pradesh||TV movie|
|2007–2008||Fonejacker||The Fonejacker||Main cast; 13 episodes|
|2008||Headcases||Various roles||1 episode (voice)|
|2008||The Big Fat Quiz of the Year||The Fonejacker|
|2009||Comedy Showcase||Bomb Disposal Officer||1 episode|
|2010||The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret||Bomb Disposal Officer||Episode: "In Which Claims Are Made and a Journey Ensues"|
|Channel 4's Comedy Gala||Terry Tibbs|
|2010–2011||PhoneShop||Razz Prince||2 episodes|
|2010–2012||Facejacker||Terry Tibbs/ various characters||Main cast; 7 episodes|
|2011||Sirens||Rachid Mansaur||Main cast; 6 episodes|
|Verry Terry||Terry Tibbs (Host)||TV movie|
|Bad Sugar||Simon||TV movie|
|Full English||Dusty Johnson/Jason Johnson/Squidge||Main cast|
|2013||10 O'Clock Live||Pat Putterson||3 episodes|
|Skins||Jake Abbasi||Series 7, episodes 1–2, "Fire"|
|Doctor Who||Handles||Episode: "The Time of the Doctor"|
|2014||Inside No. 9||Paul||Episode: "A Quiet Night In"|
|Rev.||Yussef Hasan||1 episode|
|Puppy Love||Phil Evans||1 episode|
|Walter||DS Mike Minorsky||TV movie|
|2015–2020||Thunderbirds Are Go||Brains
|Main cast; 21 episodes|
|2015–present||Danger Mouse||Dr. Loo-cifer
Isambard King Kong Brunel
|2015||Asylum||Rafael & Creator||3 episodes|
|Top Coppers||Gerard Cliché||1 episode|
|2016||Counterfeit Cat||Betty, Throckmorton, various characters|
|2017||Quacks||Kapoor||Episode: "The Mesmerist"|
|2017||Britain Today, Tonight||Various characters|
|2019–present||What We Do in the Shadows||Nandor||Main cast|
|2019||A Christmas Carol||Ali Baba||Miniseries|
|2020||Robot Chicken||King Arthur, Albus Dumbledore (voice)||Episode: "Max Caenen in: Why Would He Know If His Mother's A Size Queen"|
|2020-Present||Archer||Rex, Fabian Kingsworth (voice)||5 Episodes|
|2022||Toast of Tinseltown||Des Wigwam||Episode: “Anger Man”|
|2005||Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit||Lord Victor Quartermaine|
|2005||Kameo||Additional voice talent|
|2005||Perfect Dark Zero||Additional voice talent|
|2008||Haze||Additional voice talent|
- Pool, Hannah (23 October 2008). "Question time". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
I'm Iranian, which means I feel that I have more right to take off other races and religions, being an "ethnic" myself ... Does being first-generation British give you a particular insight? Yes. It gives you a heightened sensitivity. I was born in London. In a lot of ways I'm English, but I have this Iranianness
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