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Robert John Appleby, known professionally as Robert Kazinsky, is an English actor. He is known for his roles as Casper Rose in the Sky One drama Dream Team, Sean Slater in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim, and Macklyn Warlow in the sixth season of HBO's True Blood. In 2016, he played Orgrim Doomhammer in Warcraft and Jimmy Pritchard in the Fox television series Second Chance.

Robert Kazinsky
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Kazinsky at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Robert John Appleby

  • Actor
Years active2002–present

Early lifeEdit

Kazinsky was born Robert John Appleby in Haywards Heath, Sussex, England. His parents are Phyllis and Paul Appleby. He grew up in Brighton and has an older brother, Michael. Kazinsky is Jewish. His parents are descended from immigrants from Poland and Russia.[1][2] He is also a fluent speaker of Hebrew.[3] Kazinsky was educated at Hove Park School in Hove, from 1995 to 2000. He appeared in their productions of Bugsy Malone and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Kazinsky trained as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting from September 2002 to July 2005. He took his grandfather's middle name as his stage name.[4]


Kazinsky appeared in Israeli television commercials before he started acting.[5] He made his acting debut in 2005, when he had a guest role in an episode of the CBBC children's programme The Basil Brush Show, playing a character named Sven Garley. Kazinsky then got a role in Sky One's football drama series Dream Team, in which he played Casper Rose from late 2005 to 2006, when he was killed off towards the end of the ninth series, after he announced his intention to leave.[4]

Kazinsky next played Sean Slater in EastEnders; he made his first appearance on 22 August 2006.[6] On 27 March 2007, Kazinsky was suspended from work on EastEnders for two months. A story in The People newspaper alleged that Kazinsky had bombarded a model with "obscene text messages and photographs." Kazinsky issued a statement apologising "for any offence caused and for bringing the show into disrepute".[7] Kazinsky announced he would be leaving the show in October 2008[8] and made his last appearance in the show on 1 January 2009. On YouTube, Kazinsky was featured as the presenter in the EastEnders launch video when they launched their own video channel on the website.

He made his film debut in 2012 when director George Lucas offered him a part in his World War II film Red Tails, in which Kazinsky plays a "pilot who has to adapt to being among African-American comrades."[9] In October 2010, Kazinsky was cast in the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He would have played Fili, a member of the Company of Dwarves,[10] but in April 2011, Kazinsky resigned from the role due to personal reasons.[11]

  1. ^ Lennon, Simon (5 October 2008). "You're Being Such a Knob, Rob!". Daily Star. Retrieved 5 October 2008.
  2. ^ Dan, Verbin (25 October 2010). "Robert Kazinsky Cast as Dwarf in The Hobbit". Shalom Life. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  3. ^ Taylor, Charlotte (11 September 2006). "From Mid Sussex to Bad Boy of EastEnders". Mid Sussex Times. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Web Chat: Robert Kazinsky". Harchester United. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Jewish actor joins EastEnders". Retrieved 8 January 2006.
  6. ^ "Look at EastEnders' Sean Slater now!". May 2015.
  7. ^ "BBC soap suspends 'obscene' actor". BBC News. 8 January 2007.
  8. ^ "EastEnders' Sean Slater to make dramatic Christmas exit". 14 October 2008.
  9. ^ "Ex-Eastender Rob Kazinsky lands..." March 2009. Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
  10. ^ Tobin, Christian (22 October 2010). "Warner Bros confirms 'Hobbit' cast". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Rob Kazinsky quits 'The Hobbit'". Digital Spy. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2015.