Avan Jogia is a Canadian actor, activist and director, best known for his role as Beck Oliver in the sitcom Victorious. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about him!
1.His full name is Avan Tudor Jogia.
2. He was born February 9, 1992.
3. Avan Tudor Jogia was born in Vancouver, British Columbia to Mike and Wendy Jogia.
4. His father is a British Indian expatriate, who immigrated to Canada, and his mother is of English, Welsh and German descent.
5. Jogia is the younger brother of Ketan, a music producer in London.
6. Besides English, Jogia learned to speak some Gujarati and French.
7. Until the age of 16, Jogia was a student at Killarney Secondary School. He left school during the 10th grade in order to pursue acting full-time; at this point in time, Jogia had already amassed a number of small television credits.
8. By the age of 17, he moved to Los Angeles, California on the trial-basis that he would land a role within a six-month period – or return to schooling.
9. Avan Jogia has cited British actor Tim Curry as one of his early acting inspirations, particularly Curry’s role as Long John Silver in the 1996 musical adventure comedy film, Muppet Treasure Island.
10. British actor Sir Ben Kingsley is another of Jogia’s inspirations; the two would later appear in the 2015 miniseries Tut, and work together on the 2016 short film Of Dogs and Men
11. His first role came in 2006, when he portrayed Danny Araujo–the younger brother of teenage transgender woman Gwen Araujo–in the biographical television film A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story, directed by Agnieszka Holland.
12. In 2007, he had a recurring role in The CW television sitcom Aliens in America as the character Sam, and also appeared in the Canadian horror television movie Devil’s Diary.
13. Avan Jogia next appeared in the 2008 Nickelodeon network original film Gym Teacher: The Movie, as Champ Sinclair, a role opposite Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actor Christopher Meloni. He returned to the network the following year, starring in the 2009 film Spectacular! as Tajid, alongside future Victorious co-star Victoria Justice.[
14. From 2009 to 2010, Jogia had a recurring role in the television series Caprica, a spin-off of Battlestar Galactica, on Syfy.
15. In late 2009, Jogia joined the cast of Nickelodeon television program Victorious. Starring alongside Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, and Elizabeth Gillies, Jogia played Beck Oliver, the boyfriend of Jade West (Gillies).
16. This was the actor’s first main role in a television series; a role, which lasted from the series’ inception in March 2010, through to the conclusion of the fourth and final season of the show in 2013. Jogia also appeared as Oliver in the Nickelodeon film, iParty with Victorious, a Victorious crossover movie with iCarly.
17. In 2014, Jogia was cast in the Spike TV miniseries, Tut, alongside English actor Sir Ben Kingsley. In the lead role of the titular Pharaoh Tutankhamun, Jogia was reunited with Twisted actress Kylie Bunbury, who portrayed Suhad –Tutankhamun’s love interest.
18. Avan Jogia returned to cinema, after joining the cast of multiple films throughout 2014.
19. Jogia was in a relationship with actress Zoey Deutch from 2011 to 2016.
20. He describes himself as “spiritual”, having spent months as a Buddhist, and has roots in Hinduism.
21. Jogia maintains that he has “looked at all kinds of ways of being, because I’m curious about what it takes to be human.”
22. He is a dual citizen of Canada and the United Kingdom.
23. Jogia has a number of tattoos; one on his chest, leg, upper leg, shoulder, back, and his lower arm.
24. Jogia co-founded the online PSA organization Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN) in 2011, with Heather Wilk and Andre Pochon, in conjunction with the support of fellow actor, Josh Hutcherson.
25. The non-profit organization is aimed towards changing the attitudes and viewpoints of young and adult straight people about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
26. Jogia believed, “[t]here was no one making straight youth responsible for their apathy. When you see a bully beating up a kid and you stand idle, that’s as loud, or louder, than the actual oppression”, and hence established the organization