Davood Ghadami: Desert Dancer

Date - 30 October, 2012, All News Film

Davood Ghadami shoots the feature film Desert Dancer. Davood stars alongside Freido Pinto, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Reece Ritchie. This is the directorial debut of Richard Raymond (producer of Heartless starring Jim Sturgess, Clemence Poesy, Tim Spall and Noel Clarke) and is being produced by Pippa Cross of CrossDay Films. The script is by Jon Croker, who is also writing The Woman in Black sequel.

Desert Dancer tells the inspiring true and recent story of Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie), a young, self-taught dancer in Iran – a country where dance performance is strictly forbidden by a brutal regime – despite the country’s rich and beautiful culture. Risking his life, Afshin started an underground dance company and performed in secret, hundreds of miles outside Tehran in the middle of the desert. Despite the danger, an audience traveled to watch his forbidden performances and Afshin became known as the Desert Dancer.


Davood plays series regular 'Kush' Kazemi in BBC's EastEnders for which he won 'Best Newcomer' at the TV Choice Awards. He was also nominated for 'Best Newcomer' and 'Best Actor' at the British Soap Awards.

In 2017 he reached the quarter finals of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

Other television credits include series regular Duncan Clark in ITV's Taggart as well as roles in Law & Order (ITV), Top Boy (Channel 4), Spooks (Kudos), Skins Redux (Company Pictures), Life's Too Short, Silent Witness, Doctor Who and Criminal Justice all for the BBC.

Film credits include John Carter of Mars for Disney directed by Andrew Stanton and Survivor for Millennium Films directed by James McTeigue.

Theatre credits include Amir in 13 at the National Theatre directed by Thea Sharrock.

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