Elyes Gabel

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Elyes Gabel
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Gabel at the 2019 WonderCon
Elyes Cherif Gabel

(1983-05-08) 8 May 1983 (age 37)
Years active2001–present

Elyes Cherif Gabel (/ˈɛliəs ɡəˈbɛl/;[1] born 8 May 1983)[2][3] is an English actor. Among his most notable roles, he has portrayed Dr. Gupreet "Guppy" Sandhu in the BBC medical drama Casualty, starred in the CBS series Scorpion as computer genius Walter O'Brien, Dothraki Rakharo in Seasons 1 and 2 of the HBO series Game of Thrones, and P.E. teacher Rob Cleaver in the BBC One school-based drama series Waterloo Road. He appeared in the ITV drama Identity, and portrayed Detective Adam Lucas in Season 3 of Body of Proof.

Early life[edit]

Gabel was born in Westminster, London and lived in Canada, before returning to the UK to live in Bristol and Manchester. He is of Algerian, French, Spanish, Dutch, Anglo-Indian, Irish, and Portuguese descent.[4][5] He attended St Damian's Roman Catholic Science College in Ashton-Under-Lyne. He later trained at Strodes College, the Oldham Theatre Workshop and the Northern Kids Theatre Company.


Gabel dropped out of drama school to appear on the children's television show I Love Mummy. He participated in stage productions of West Side Story, Oliver! and Diary of Anne Frank. In 2004, Gabel joined the cast of Casualty as Guppy Sandhu. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2005 National Television Awards for the role. He decided to leave Casualty in 2007 to pursue new acting challenges and concentrate on recording music with his band.[6]

Gabel appeared as Vimel, a trainee priest, in the BBC drama Apparitions, alongside Martin Shaw. The first episode aired on BBC One on 13 November 2008.[7] He went on to appear as Danny in the television horror series Dead Set, in which he is turned into a zombie. He then starred as P.E. teacher Rob Cleaver in the school drama Waterloo Road from series 4, which began on 7 January 2009.[8]

Gabel starred in the 6-part ITV drama Identity as DC Jose Rodriguez, a member of the identity unit.[8] He played Prince Djem, brother of Sultan Bayezid II of the Ottoman Empire in episode 3 of Showtime's The Borgias. In May 2011, he played Shahrouz in the second series of Psychoville. He was later cast as the Dothraki "Bloodrider" Rakharo in HBO's Game of Thrones.[9]

Gabel starred as Detective Adam Lucas in Season 3 of Body of Proof in 2013.[10][11] Later that same year, he appeared in World War Z, a feature film.[9] In 2014, he had a role in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.[12] He appeared in Spooks: The Greater Good as Adem Qasim.[13]

Gabel starred as Walter O'Brien on the American drama series Scorpion, based on the real life of Walter O'Brien. The series debuted on 22 September 2014 and was cancelled after 4 seasons, 93 episodes with the last airing on 16 April 2018.[14] Gabel starred in all 93 episodes of the series.

Personal life[edit]

Gabel dated Scorpion co-star Katharine McPhee for almost two years. They split in 2016.[15][16]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Boogeyman 3 Ben
2011 Kingdom of Dust Ahmed
2011 Everywhere and Nowhere Jaz
2012 Exit Strategy Tarik Fayad
2012 Widow Detective Troy Vargas
2013 Welcome to the Punch Ruan Sternwood
2013 World War Z Andrew Fassbach
2014 Interstellar Administrator
2014 A Most Violent Year Julian
2015 Spooks: The Greater Good Adem Qasim
2019 Justice League vs. the Fatal Five Thom Kallor (voice) [17]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Casualty Jean-Claude Tournier Episode: "Breaking Point"
2002 I Love Mummy Nuff Main cast
2004 Doctors Steve Episode: "They Never Cut The Cord"
2004 Casualty Jude Episode: "Where There's Life..."
2004–2007 Casualty Gurpreet "Guppy" Sandhu Regular role
2005 Casualty@Holby City Gurpreet "Guppy" Sandhu Episode: "Teacher's Pet"
2008 Dead Set Danny Episode: 1.1, 1.3 (credit only), 1.5 (credit only)
2008 Apparitions Vimal Episode: 1.1
2009 Waterloo Road Rob Cleaver Ten episodes
2010 Identity DC Jose Rodriguez Six episodes
2011–2012 The Borgias Prince Djem Episodes: "The Moor", "The Borgia Bull"
2011 Psychoville Sharouz/Shahrauz Five episodes
2011–2012 Game of Thrones Rakharo Seven episodes
2012 Silent Witness Umar Episodes: "And Then I Fell in Love: Part 1", "And Then I Fell in Love: Part 2"
2013 Body of Proof Det. Adam Lucas Main cast (Season 3)
2014–2018 Scorpion Walter O'Brien Main cast; 93 episodes


  1. ^ Bernstein, Abbie (10 November 2015). "SCORPION: Elyes Gabel teases what's to come in Season 2 – exclusive interview". Assignment X. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Five Things You Didn't Know About Elyes Gabel". TVOvermind. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Elyes Gabel - Rotten Tomatoes". www.rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  4. ^ Biography, people.com; accessed 5 August 2015.
  5. ^ Vikaas, Kishwer (5 July 2013). "Everything You Wanted to Know About the Hot, British Scientist Guy in 'World War Z' (But Were Too Lazy to Google)". Theaerogram.com. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  6. ^ Quade, Gemma (4 August 2007). "What's up Doc? Gemma Quade on how Guppy became a Casualty of cocaine". Daily Post. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  7. ^ Law, Roz (9 November 2008). "Judgement Day; 7 days TV Why Martin has always wanted to be an exorcist 7heaven treat of the week". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  8. ^ a b Simon, Jane (5 July 2010). "We love telly; Pick of the day". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  9. ^ a b Wright, Benjamin (25 July 2011). "'Game Of Thrones' Star Elyes Gabel Enlists For 'World War Z'". IndieWire. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  10. ^ Richenthal, Matt (2 August 2012). "Elyes Gabel Joins Shaken Up Body of Proof Cast". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  11. ^ Roots, Kimberly (1 August 2012). "Body of Proof Casts Elyes Gabel Season 3". TVLine. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  12. ^ Armitage, Hugh (5 August 2013). "Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' casts 'Game of Thrones' actor". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  13. ^ Buchanan, Rose Troup (27 March 2015). "Kit Harington stars in new trailer for Spooks movie The Greater Good". The Independent. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (12 May 2018). "'Scorpion' Canceled By CBS After 4 Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  15. ^ Hautman, Nicholas (26 June 2018). "'Katharine McPhee, Elyes Gabel Split After Almost Two Years of Dating". US Weekly. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  16. ^ Tailor, Leena (25 July 2016). "Katharine McPhee and 'Scorpion' Co-Star Elyes Gabel Split After Almost Two Years Together". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  17. ^ Couch, Aaron (7 January 2019). "'Justice League vs. The Fatal Five' Sets Voice Cast (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 January 2019.

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