Cardiff actor Thaer Al-Shayei has starred in hit Welsh TV shows such as Stella and Pobol y Cwm and now he is taking his talents across the pond to pursue his dreams of making it big out in America.
Thaer Al-Shayei is best known for playing the “Bad Guy” with his strong presence on screen and his deep voice making him a very versatile actor.
The Iraqi born actor moved to Cardiff at the age of one and developed a love of acting. It wasn’t until 2000 when Thaer turned 20 that he became an on screen star, debuting in an HTV Wales film called Diwrnod Hollol Mindblowing Heddiw. This gave Thaer his first taste at TV work and he went on to star in the BBC productions Being Human and Inside Men, he also feaured in the first English language film to be shot in Iraq, Eve.
Thaer admires Hollywood actors Robert DeNiro, Anthony Hopkins and Leonardo DiCaprio for their intense performances and screen presence.
As well as his acting, Thaer has made his mark with launching his own production company in 2009, Talk, Act, Screen Productions. The company offers a platform for undiscovered scriptwriters, actors and production crew a chance to showcase their work and talent. Since the start of the company Thaer has produced five short films and won an award at the 2015 London International Hall of Fame awards for the production of Lace Up 2.
Before his acting career took off, Thaer was an amateur boxer, he since decided to do a course with the British Boxing Board of Control and now when he is not acting, he trains professional boxers.
Thaers ambition is to be in blockbuster movies and is one step closer to making this a reality as he heads to America to chase his dream – so watch out for this Welsh star!
Question Time with Thaer Al-Shaye
What would be your dream role?
My dream role would be a villain in a James Bond film.
Who would be your perfect on screen kiss?
My on screen kiss would be Charlize Theron.
What is the worst role you applied for?
Worst role I have applied for was “Gorillas” – I had to wear a gorilla suit and walk around London.
Would you have any limitations?
My limitations would depend on the role, character, script and concept of the film.