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Raymond Ablack

Raymond Ablack (born November 12, 1989) is a Canadian actor and comedian who began his career on stage as a child actor, performing as Young Simba in The Lion King at the Princess of Wales Theatre. He later gained recognition for playing Sav Bhandari in the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation (2007-2011).

Throughout the 2010s, Ablack has starred in several television productions, including Orphan Black (2013-2016), Shadowhunters (2016-present), and Narcos (2017). In 2016, he won an Indie Series Award for his performance in the second season of Teenagers (2014-2017).

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Acting

As a child actor, Ablack appeared in numerous television commercials and advertisements. In 2001, Raymond played the role of Young Simba in the theatre production of The Lion King at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. He played the role for one year. Years later, in 2007, Ablack achieved international exposure when he was cast in the recurring role of Sav Bhandari on the long-running Canadian television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He starred on the show for five years and appeared in more than 100 episodes. During this time, Ablack also had a guest spot on the series Life with Derek.

Since his time on Degrassi, Ablack has worked on several productions, including recurring roles in the BBC/Space television series Orphan Black (2013-2014), the Syfy series Defiance (2015) and the Freeform series Shadowhunters (2016). He has also appeared in the independent film Fondi '91 (2013), which received mixed reviews from critics upon release.

Ablack currently stars on the Freeform drama series Shadowhunters and the web series Teenagers. In 2016, for his work on Teenagers, Ablack won an Indie Series Award for Best Supporting Actor - Drama. In 2017, Ablack was nominated for an IAWTV Award for his performance in the third season of Teenagers.

Also in 2017, Ablack played the recurring role of DEA Agent Stoddard in the third season of the critically acclaimed Netflix series Narcos.

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Stand-up comedy

In addition to working as an actor, Ablack writes and performs stand up comedy in Toronto. In mid 2016, he launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a comedic sketch web series called O' Brother featuring his comedy troupe Whys Guise, which includes fellow Degrassi alums Shane Kippel, Melinda Shankar, and Dalmar Abuzeid. The campaign raised over $5,000 CAD. The series has not yet be released, as of 2018.

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Charity work

Ablack has done extensive charity work throughout his career, mostly through Degrassi, including school-building missions with Me to We and Free the Children. In 2007, Ablack traveled to Africa with five Degrassi cast member's to build a school in Kenya and in 2008 he travelled again with his cast members to do charity work in Ecuador. A documentary of Ablack and his cast mates' trip aired on MTV in Canada in the fall of 2007. In 2010, he travelled with his fellow Degrassi cast mates to India to help build schools.

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Degrassi: The Next Generation

Raymond Ablack (born November 12, 1989) is a Canadian actor and comedian who began his career on stage as a child actor, performing as Young Simba in The Lion King at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

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