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Anatol Yusef
Born (1978-07-20) 20 July 1978 (age 43)
London, UK
EducationBristol Old Vic Theatre School (2000)

Anatol Yusef (born 20 July 1978) is an English stage, film and television actor, writer, director. He is best known for his work at The Royal Shakespeare Company, for his portrayal of Meyer Lansky in the television series Boardwalk Empire, and Channel 4's Southcliffe.


Yusef was born in London, UK. His father emigrated from Cyprus to London at the age of 11 while his mother was born in Bethnal Green, London.[1][2][3]

As a teenager, Yusef found early work in television shows including Jeeves and Wooster, Grange Hill, and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He appeared in the film Batman and Aliens (director's cut). He then trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. While in school he worked on the television show, Thief Takers and was a finalist in the BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Award.[4]

Upon graduating in 2000, Yusef was offered a role in Fred Schepisi's award-winning film Last Orders, playing the younger self of Bob Hoskins' "Ray" and working with British actors Sir Michael Caine, Dame Helen Mirren, Ray Winstone, David Hemmings, and Tom Courtenay.[5]

He became a resident company member with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the RSC's production of King Lear, Nicholas de Jongh of the London Evening Standard claimed "Anatol Yusef's tremendous Cornwall, the best [he] [had] ever seen".[6]

In 2006, Yusef's performance as Mercutio in Bill Bryden's Romeo and Juliet at the Birmingham Rep was heralded as "sparkl[ing]"[7] and "promisingly imaginative".[8]

In 2008, Yusef appeared in the title role in a New York off-off Broadway production of Richard III, and was described by Backstage as "a superlative actor" and "magnetic".[9] Yusef has since remained in New York City. He has worked both throughout New York City, and at The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. In 2011 appearing in A Movement of the Soul, playing Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, for which he learned American Sign Language.

From 2009–2012 he was co-founder and joint-artistic director of Fixitsolife Theater Company in Manhattan, New York.[citation needed]

In 2010 he was cast as Meyer Lansky in HBO's Boardwalk Empire, first appearing in Episode 7 of Season 1, "Home" and remained throughout the series. In an interview with The Morton Report, Yusef described Lansky as self-educated, a massively intelligent overachiever and "a ruthless, ruthless man".[2] Anatol's characterization of Mr. Lansky has been recognized in many publications, including author and critic Clive James's article on Martin Scorsese,[10] as well as Michael Noble's review of the show on Den of Geek.[11]

In 2014 he appeared in Channel 4's BAFTA-nominated Southcliffe, receiving special mention in an article by IndieWire on the best TV episodes of 2014.[12]

In 2016, Yusef narrated the European championship series on Howler Radio, a collection of five podcast narratives written by a selection football journalists, the most popular being "The Summer Football Came Home".[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Last Orders Young Ray
2003 Ten Minutes Peter Short
2003 The Gathering The Gathering
2006 O Jerusalem Major Tell
2009 The Reward Felix Short
2011 Corner Shop Danny Short
2016 Bastille Day Tom Luddy
2020 You can't Win Dirty Dick


Year Title Role
1990, 1992 Jeeves and Wooster Sydney Blumenfield Seasons 1 and 3
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Hubert Van Hook Episode: "Benares, January 1910"
1995 Grange Hill Mark Episode #18.4
1999 Thief Takers Aziz Episode: "Shadows"
2000 Second Sight: Kingdom of the Blind Sandwich Shop Owner TV movie
2002, 2006 The Bill Rick Lessalles, Kevin Mann 2 episodes
2003 Trial & Retribution PC Barry Skinner 2 episodes
2003 The Afternoon Play: Turkish Delight Ahmed
2010–2014 Boardwalk Empire Meyer Lansky 31 episodes
2013 Southcliffe Paul Gould TV miniseries
2016 Preacher Deblanc Season 1


Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Mysteries Herod/Cain
2000 Under Milk Wood Rev. Eli Jenkins, Dai Bread
2000 After Miss Julie John
2002 Blackbird Sarhad
2004 Best of Motives Ahmed
2005 King Lear Duke of Cornwall
2005 Romeo and Juliet Sampson
2005 Macbeth Banquo
2006 Romeo and Juliet Mercutio
2007 Startled Response Umut
2008 Richard III Richard III
2009 Moonlight Jake
2010 Proof  Hal
2010 The Science of Guilt Kevin
2011 A Movement of the Soul Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
2012 Massacre (Sing to Your Children) Joe
2017 Hamlet Laertes, The Player King
2018 The Winter's Tale Leontes


  1. ^ DigiTurk. "Boardwalk Empire'da Türk ışığı". Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b The Morton Report. "He's Not a Gangster, He Just Plays One on TV: An Interview with Boardwalk Empire's Anatol Yusef". Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  3. ^ work. "Londralı Türk Hollywood yolunda". Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Graduates". Winterbourne. Archived from the original on 8 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Last Orders Cast". IMDB.
  6. ^ de Jongh, Nicholas. "King Lear". Evening Standard. Retrieved 1 July 2004.
  7. ^ Uusitalo, Irja. "Romeo and Juliet". The Stage. Retrieved 6 October 2005.
  8. ^ Dunnett, Roderic. "Romeo and Juliet, Repertory Theatre, Birmingham". The Independent.
  9. ^ Cohen, Ron. "Richard III". Backstage. Retrieved 6 October 2008.
  10. ^ James, Clive. "Martin Scorsese: American god". Prospect Magazine. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  11. ^ Noble, Michael. "Boardwalk Empire season 4 episode 4 review: All In". Den of Geek. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  12. ^ The Playlist Staff. "The 15 Best TV Episodes Of 2014". IndieWire. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  13. ^ "The Summer Football Came Home: The Story of Euro 96".

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