Facts of Ali Hadji Heshmati
|Birth Date||June 15,1999|
|Birth Name||Ali Hadji Heshmati|
|Birth Country||United Kingdom|
|Education||University of Oxford|
|Filmography||Bad Education,Lockwood & Co|
Ali Hadji-Heshmati is a rising English actor. His acting career began following his "Abs Raza" role on the TV series Holby City in 2020.
He grabbed the limelight in his teen ghost hunter role as "George Karim" in the Netflix UK original series, Lockwood & Co. Likewise, he also stars as "Warren" in Season 4 of the series Bad Education.
The young actor has definitely caught the eye of the public and is on the radar of mostly young audiences, who are always curious to know more about him.
So, what are the age and height of Ali Hadji-Heshmat? When is his birthday? Who are his parents? What are his other movie and TV show credits? We have all the details of his personal and professional life here.
What Is The Age And Height Of Ali Hadji-Heshmat?
Ali Hadji-Heshmati was born on June 15, 1999, in London, England. He is currently (early in 2023) 23 years old, and his listed height is 5 feet 10 inches, or 177.8 cm.
He comes from a British-Muslim family and has Iranian heritage. The actor has not disclosed any information about his parents or family, but he did talk about his Iranian heritage in one of his interviews.
Ali discussed his Iranian heritage and culture, as well as their significance in his life. although he also admitted that he felt embarrassed about it when he was really young.
The actor stated:
"When I was really young, I used to feel embarrassed about it. My mum always jokes how, when I was 6, I would plead her specifically not to cook Iranian food if a friend was coming round because I didn’t want them to think I was weird and I just wanted to fit in with the other English kids."
Well, that is not the case anymore, and the young star is more than okay with his culture and does not hesitate to flaunt his Iranian side.
"Now, it’s the opposite. It’s something I boast about. I feel really proud to be Iranian and when I have friends round I’ll probably cook them one of my mum’s recipes. It’s hard to pick a favourite dish but it’s probably Ghormeh Sabzi", says Ali Hadji-Heshmati.
Student At The University of Oxford
Ali Hadji-Heshmati was a full-time student at one of the most prestigious English universities, aka the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of Oxford.
He, however, had to cut back to part-time duties after getting one of the lead roles in Lockwood & Co., due to the show's demanding schedule.
Talking about being a part-time student at Oxford, he stated:
Challenging but very interesting – it’s very flexible so I’m able to balance it with my work. I dropped out of full-time studies when I got offered Lockwood & Co, and when we finished shooting, a part of me began to miss reading and discussing books like I used to.
His major is English Literature, but he finds it difficult to explain why he enjoys studying English Literature without sounding "ridiculously and utterly pretentious."
Career Highlights: Theatre, Movies, And TV Shows
Growing up, Ali Hadji-Heshmati was not into acting; in fact, he wanted to be an astronaut. So, what changed? Well, love makes you do things you never expected to do.
He had a huge crush on a girl who convinced him to audition for a school play. Although the girl did not get the role, Ali ended up getting the lead role.
He then fell in love with the acting world, and the rest is history.
Hadji-Heshmati did theater in his early years. At LUS, he played Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors and Mr. Bingley in Pride and Prejudice, both directed by the known director Lindsay Tricker.
Similarly, he was in the short movies "Calais" as Reza and "L'Eglise" as Jake.
Roles In TV Shows
Ali Hadji-Heshmati made his television debut as a guest star on Alex Rider in 2020. He played the role of Jahid and appeared in the eighth episode of season one, titled Truth.
He landed a recurring role in the popular British medical drama Holby City in 2021. The show created by Tony McHale and Mal Young is a spin-off from the established BBC medical drama Casualty.
The show tells the story of the "day lives, professional and personal, of the doctors, nurses, and patients who find themselves, for various reasons, in the wards of the frenetic cardiac unit of Holby City General Hospital."
Hadji-Heshmati made his appearance in 2021 and played the role of Abs Raza. He had a recurring role for seven episodes—two in season 22 and five in season 23.
Similarly, he has a brief appearance in the show Bad Education. Originally, the show starring Jack Whitehall ran from August 2012 to October 2014.
In January 2023, a fourth series aired, though it no longer starred Whitehall. Set at the fictional Abbey Grove School in Hertfordshire, the series follows the story of a teacher who is "a bigger kid than the kids he teaches."
Ali appeared in five episodes of the show (S4). E0: Reunion; E2: Whodunnit; E4: Trailblazer; E5: Glow Up; E6: School Play.
Plays George Karim In Lockwood & Co
Ali Hadji-Heshmati grabbed huge limelight following his role as George Karim in the Netflix UK original series Lockwood & Co.
The show is a British detective thriller developed by Joe Cornish and based on Jonathan Stroud's book series of the same name.
As per the IMDb synopsis, Lockwood & Co. tells the story of "a tiny startup, run by two teenage boys and a newly arrived, supremely psychically gifted girl, a renegade trio destined to unravel a mystery that will change the course of history."
The show premiered on January 27, 2023, and follows the plots of the first two books, The Screaming Staircase and The Whispering Skull.
The series also stars Ruby Stokes as Lucy Carlyle, Cameron Chapman as Anthony Lockwood, and Ivanno Jeremiah as Inspector Barnes in the lead roles.
Also see: Lockwood & Co. Alum Rhianna Dorris: Biography
In one of his interviews, Ali also introduced the show, stating:
In the show, London is overrun by ghosts that appeared from nowhere in the 1980s and have since killed thousands of people. Only children and teenagers are able to see the ghosts and a lot of them are pushed into ghost fighting agencies.
Lockwood & Co is a start-up agency run by two teenage boys in a big house in central London (the only agency with no adults) and a very talented, newly arrived girl from up north called Lucy. They find themselves constantly trying to keep their agency afloat and fighting for their lives.
Similarly, talking about production and his role, the actor revealed:
Production was so much fun. A lot of crazy locations (like the Thames, Mentmore Towers, the Barbican), a lot of night shoots, a few big VFX stages, and a lot of lovely scenes in Portland Row which was built in Ealing studios.
Likewise, he also talked about his role and character.
Playing George was a lot of fun in itself. I ended up being trouser-less at work, I got to do great stunts, I got to do funny scenes, I got to do darker scenes – because there are so many layers to George in the series I got to have so much fun playing him as an actor.
The series received positive feedback from both fans and critics, and fans are eagerly awaiting season two news, which has yet to be confirmed.
Earnings And Family Life
Ali Hadji-Heshmati is in the initial phase of his career, and it is too early to estimate his net worth and earnings.
Having said that, as per a few sources, rising English actors can make £27,300 per year, or £14 per hour. The newcomers usually make £21,940 per year, while most experienced artists make up to £48,750 per year.
Speaking about his family life, the actor is extremely private and has not revealed anything related to his personal life.
The same goes for his dating life, too. He has not introduced anyone as his girlfriend or partner, which is why we can assume he is single at the time.
Ali is active on Instagram but only gives glimpses of his professional projects. As of now, he is focused on his acting career.
According to him, he is looking forward to working with ace directors such as Ana Lily Amirpour, Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach, Ari Aster, the Safdie Brothers, Wes Anderson, and Edgar Wright.
Ali also revealed his dream role:
One thing I do dream of, though, is working on an A24 project [the entertainment company behind the likes of Euphoria, Ex Machina, Lady Bird, Midsommar, and Everything, Everywhere, All At Once].
He definitely has a bright future, and his fans cannot wait to see his future endeavors.