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Mem Ferda has long been sought after for his hypnotic presence and outstanding performances on screen. Equally comfortable as hero or villain, he has a continually expanding filmography. This extremely talented and intelligent actor was born in Chelsea, South West London. The son of a Turkish Agricultural Minister he became fascinated with the art of acting from a very young age. However, it was not until he had achieved a BSc Honors degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) that he went on to act professionally.

Mem trained and graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Classical Acting from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). His enthusiasm to perfect his craft, led to further classes at RADA and to further workshops and explorations into various acting techniques.

Mem is bilingual, speaking English and Turkish fluently. He is a master of Eastern European and American accents as well as native regional English accents. At 6 ft 2′ with a powerful physique and rugged appeal, he often commands audiences into dangerous places of gangsters, psychopaths and killers, ‘having such magnetism that leads one to believe he has the word ‘charisma’ tattooed across his chest’. Mem’s list of notable ‘baddies’ are forever growing, these include; Dusan (The Crew), Hakeem (The Veteran), Vladimir (ill Manors), Andriy (Legacy), Egor (Emulsion) and Kamel Hannah (The Devils Double) and the soon to be released Pusher coming to cinema’s in the UK and US, starring as Hakan.

Mem’s versatility however, is limitless and by no means confined to aggressive personalities alone. In ITV’s high rating and popular drama ‘Heartbeat’, in which he played the guest lead role, Andrei Beschastnykh, he delivered a very insightful and acutely perceptive performance of a softer, gentler type, which ultimately touched the hearts of viewers.

Mem’s real life background is just as colorful as some of the characters he leaves burnt into our memories. As a child he witnessed and assassination attempt on his father, as a student he was held at the Serbian border as a suspected drug smuggler and in Istanbul he was threatened at gunpoint. During his rebellious teens he narrowly avoided being the getaway driver in a real life heist!

Obsessively punctual, by making him late, the heavy London traffic saved him from drowning on the pleasure craft Marchioness, a delay for which he is eternally grateful.  In his soon to be published Autobiography one message is crystal clear – he is both passionate and compassionate about his craft and in helping others to succeed. He is also an active and generous supporter of many international charities.

M. Thompson Screen Actor: An introduction 2011 LLC


Akin Omotoso was born in 1974. He studied drama at The University of Cape Town. His acting credits include the films LORD OF WAR and SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL. HE directed the shorts JESUS AND THE GIANT, RIFLE ROAD and THE KISS OF MILK. He has directed the documentaries GATHERING THE SCATTERED COUSINS and WOLE SOYINKA: CHILD OF THE FOREST. He made his feature film debut with GOD IS AFRICAN. MAN ON GROUND is his second film.

T.O.M PICTURES (www.tompictures.co.za)

Robbie Thorpe, Kgomotso Matsunyane and Akin Omotoso founded T.O.M Pictures in 2003. The mission of T.O.M Pictures is to utilize their skills and knowledge for the purpose of telling African stories through entertaining documentaries and dramatic motion pictures. The basic ethos of the company is to make African content that reflects the true nature and complexity of African identity and also contribute to the growth of an African cinema that’s peaks to our concerns as Africans while resonating beyond the continent.

T.O.M Pictures credits include The International Emmy Nominated Series Sorted, the Award Winning TV Series A Place Called Home. Their feature films include Gums ‘N Noses, Jozi and Material (releasing 2012)

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