Avan

Avan Tudor Jogia was born on February 9, 1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to his parents. His mother is of English, Welsh, German, Irish, and French-Canadian descent, while his father is Gujarati Indian. Avan has a younger brother, Ketan, who is a music producer currently living in London. He attended Killarney Secondary School, as well as King George Secondary School until Avan decided to pursue acting full-time at age 17. He was also homeschooled, favoring it over attending middle school. When he dropped out of school, Avan was given a trial-basis ultimatum, requiring him to find an acting job within six months of moving to Los Angeles, or else he would return home and finish school.

Avan’s first acting credit came in the 2006 television movie A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story as Danny Araujo, the younger brother of a teenage transgender woman. He followed up by appearing in the television movie Devil’s Diary as Teenage Boy #1 the following year. He would have a small recurring role on The CW series Aliens in America, playing the role of Sam. Avan next appeared in the Nickelodeon film Gym Teacher: The Movie, playing Champ Sinclair opposite Christopher Meloni and Nathan Kress in 2008. The next year, Avan appeared in three episodes of the SyFy series Caprica, a spin-off of Battlestar Galactica, as Ben Stark. He played Tajid in the Nickelodeon television movie Spectacular! next to Tammin Sursok and future co-star Victoria Justice. 2010 brought Avan onto the big screen in the film Triple Dog as Teenage Boy, where the film followed a group of teenage girls venturing out in a game of challenging dares. He would next play the part of Beck Oliver on the popular Nickelodeon series Victorious, which would become his first main role. The series cast included Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, and Elizabeth Gilles. Being a part of the series, Avan would end up being a part of a few Victoria Justice music videos, as well as the television movie iParty with Victorious, where Nickelodeon would crossover Victorious with fellow Nick show iCarly within the next couple of years; he would also voice his own character for two video games based on the series. Avan would star in the short film Alex as the title character in 2011, in which he also directed and produced.

In 2013, he landed the title role of Danny Desai on the ABC Family series Twisted, a mystery-thriller revolving around a group of teenagers and their relationship between each other and the strain that things can put on them. The next year, he returned to film in Streets of Hope as Santos Delgado. The film follows the true story about Reverend Roger Minassian leaving his pastorate to step outside of his comfort zone to do the truly amazing. In 2015, he was cast as the titular Pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Spike television mini-series Tut, which also starred Sir Ben Kingsley and Twisted co-star Kylie Bunbury. He would next play Teddy in Ten Thousand Saints, alongside Ethan Hawke and Hailee Steinfeld, and the biographical drama I Am Michael as Nico with James Franco and Zachary Quinto. Avan also had an uncredited role as the Loverboy at ComicCon in the comedy Ted 2, followed by playing Dark in the short film Here Now. Later, he released a trailer for the short film Of Dogs and Men he directed, before both directing and starring in the television mini-series Last Teenagers of the Apocalypse. Avan next played Danny Miller in the dramatic thriller The Drowning, a film about a psychiatrist facing his past, present, and future when he finds himself involved in the treatment of a young man recently released from prison. Later that year, he starred as Teijo Littlefoot alongside Emily Browning and Luke Grimes in the crime drama Shangri-La Suite, where two young and damaged lovers travel to Los Angeles to kill the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the summer of 1974.

2017 started with The Outcasts, a comedy starring Victoria Justice, where Avan portrayed Dave Quinn. Next, came the Lea Thompson-directed comedic drama The Year of Spectacular Men as Sebastian Bennett. The film follows a young woman fresh out of college building and ruining relationships with several men and struggles to navigate post-college adulthood. He would also appear in an adaption of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream as Puck, which starred Rachael Leigh Cook before starring in the SyFy series Ghost Wars as Roman Mercer. The series follows his character, an outcast of a small Alaskan town, overcoming the town’s prejudices and his own demons to harness his repressed psychic powers. In 2018, Avan joined the comedic drama The New Romantic, starring Jessica Barden, as River Dewan. Later, he starred as Dan Delaney in the romantic drama Paper Year, which also starred Andie MacDowell and Eve Hewson. The film follows young newlyweds encountering a series of challenges during the first year of their marriage. Avan starred in the Starz comedy series Now Apocalypse portraying Ulysses Zane, along with his friends, are on “various quests pursuing love, sex and fame while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles.” He would next play Karin Hassan in Shaft alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher, and as Berkeley in Zombieland: Double Tap, the sequel to the 2009 comedy about living in a world overrun by zombies. He also starred in The Artist’s Wife as Danny, alongside Lena Olin and Bruce Dern. At the same time the film was released, Avan published his first book, Mixed Feelings, about growing up with a mixed-race identity and whether there’s a correlation in the experiences of those of mixed race. The book comprises a series of personal stories and poems about Jogia’s life. He noted, “there was a massive appetite for this conversation”, and having reached out to his social media following, he “was able to sort of communicate with these people, interview with them, sort of to take parts of their stories and mash them up within the book.” In 2020, he starred in the Quibi series The Stranger, playing JJ. The series also starred Maika Monroe and Dane DeHaan.

His upcoming projects include Resident Evil, where he portrays Leon S. Kennedy. The film is currently in post-production and is slated for a release on September 3, 2021. He will also be starring alongside Ex Oxenbould and Justin Hartley in The Exchange. The film is a comedic drama about a socially awkward but highly enterprising teenager dicing to acquire a “mail-order best friend,” who is a sophisticated exchange student from France. Avan portrays St├ęphane and is currently in post-production.

Avan co-founded the online PSA organization Straight But Not Narrow with Heather Will and Andre Pochon in 2011, campaigning alongside Josh Hutcherson. The non-profit organization aims towards changing the attitudes and viewpoints of heterosexuals about the LGBT community. He also supports GLAAD, DoSomething, and Race to Erase MS. Avan starred in a PSA called Thumb Wars, a campaign to prevent young people from texting and driving.