Armenian acting industry is rich with some really big names that the Armenian nation can only boast of. Why not, if it is the motherland of the most talented and outstanding artists of all time, like Mher Mkrtchyan, Khoren Abrahamyan, Armen Khostikyan and many others.
Nonetheless, here we will introduce you the list of some modern best Armenian actors, actresses who are actively involved in the most successful feature films, TV series and, of course, on the stage of the theatre.
So, let’s move on into the topic and find some more interesting facts for you.
Best Armenian Actors & Actresses #1: “The Most Handsome” Khoren Levonyan
Khoren Levonyan is known to be the talented grandson of not less talented and much beloved grandfather, Khoren Abrahamyan.
However, during last few years Khoren Levonyan managed to do something that at first seemed impossible: to get out of the shadow of his illustrious grandpa and become self-sufficient and successful actor.
Anyway, as we can see, he bears the name of his grandfather as a sign of honor. In fact, Khoren Abrahamyan was one of the best Armenian actors of Soviet Armenia. Furthermore, he is still regarded as one of the best Armenian actors during the history of Armenian cinematography.
But one thing is for sure, Khoren Levonyan inherited all that incredible charm, charisma and handsomeness from his grandfather. Without any exaggeration, Khoren Levonyan is the main male actor from the young generation actors of modern Armenian cinema.
In addition, since 2010, he is the host of “Erg Ergoc” musical program that is broadcasted on Public TV of Armenia. By the way, Khoren Levonyan is one of those exclusive Armenian actors who aren’t filmed in TV series, preferring the roles in theater and short or full-length feature films.
Best Armenian Actors & Actresses #2: The “New Hero of the Armenian Cinema” Samvel Tadevosyan
Already one of the best Armenian actors, Samvel Tadevosyan, woke up one day as a very popular and famous actor. The 23-year-old Samvel played the main role of the movie “The Line” and since that everything has changed in his life.
He studied in the acting faculty of Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography, in the studio of Armen Mazmanyan. He was the rector of the university and just one of the best Armenian actors and directors.
Besides the movie “The Line”, Samvel Tadevosyan also starred in the movie “Bravo Virtuoso”. Equally important, back in 2016 he staged his first solo performance, called “Egoist” and won “Artavazd” theatrical award as the “Best young actor of the year” for his role.
Interestingly, he started his career in theatre, but became famous and beloved actor due to a movie. The new roles in theatre and films are waiting for him. The only thing is that the rising star of the Armenian cinema now has even more important thing to do. Like in the movie “The Line”, in real life as well, he is defending his homeland and is in a military service.
Best Armenian Actors & Actresses #3: “The Cutest” Ani Khachikyan
Being one of the most demanded Armenian actresses, Ani Khachikyan is not an actress by her profession. We can surly say that the art of acting chose her to be an actress. In fact, she is a film critic and one of her biggest dreams and goals is to become a film director.
Nevertheless, since the beginning of her childhood she starred in various TV commercials. The debut TV series of Ani Khachikyan was called “The school of the angels” after which a number of proposals were waiting for her.
However, her popularity entered into a new level after her roles in the Armenian comedy, called “Super Mama” and in the above-mentioned movie “The Line”.
As she is also much interested in photography, she worked in this sphere in Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival. Even though this actress is quite famous in Armenia and the public seems to have a very positive attitude towards her, the so called “star lifestyle” is absolutely not for her.
Ani Khachikyan is distinguished from other Armenian actresses for her modesty and simplicity. Also, she is extremely low key about her personal life and doesn’t like to give interviews. The only thing for sure is that she is happily engaged, but doesn’t like to publicize her private life.
Best Armenian Actors & Actresses #4: “The Most Outspoken” Hayk Petrosyan
The son of brilliant Armenian actor, scriptwriter, producer and parodist Vardan Petrosyan, just couldn’t skip being gifted and talented as well.
Actually, Hayk Petrosyan is following his father’s footsteps in art industry. It’s not surprising that he is one of the brightest and most creative representatives of modern actors.
Currently, he stars in “Full House” Armenian sitcom that tells about a group of friends and their adventures.
By the same token, back in 2009 he participated in “The Armenian Superstar” show where his father was one of the jury members. Thus, Hayk proved himself to be not only talented actor, but also quite successful singer. Just to make it clear, his father didn’t know about his son’s engagement in this project. Once, he discovered, he left the project, giving his jury seat to other professional.
He presented to the judgment of the audience his “Haykastres” (Hayk’s stress) stand up show and some other performances, such as “If I were a dad”.
Best Armenian Actors & Actresses #5: You Will Never See Her in Open Scenes – Narine Petrosyan
Besides being a beautiful and caring mother, Narine Petrosyan can also be included in the list of the most talented and best Armenian actresses.
Graduating from Armen Mazmanyan’s studio in 2006, she successfully performed in theater as well as in the big screen. Now for a long period of time, she is working in Yerevan Drama Theatre named after Hrachia Ghaplanian.
She has many roles in some very famous performances, but what made her truly popular actress was the movie “Nothing will be left”. Nonetheless, she starred in feature films since the age of 18, in the movie “My Big Armenian Wedding” with Armen Djigarkhanyan.
She is also an actress of quite popular TV series and generally embodies the roles of positive characters.
Best Armenian Actors & Actresses #6: The Worldwide Known Angela Sarafyan
The smartest and sweetest Angela Sarafyan is known as the actress of 2 films about the Armenian Genocide: 1915 and The Promise.
Although she was born in Yerevan, she moved to Hollywood, US with her parents when she was only four years old. By the way, as a child she went to ballet classes and played piano.
Aside from the above-mentioned films, Angela Sarafyan played in more than 50 films and television shows, so she has a very long list of filmographies. Find the small part of it down below.
- Judging Amy
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer
- The Shield
- The Division
- Cold Case
- The Mentalist
- Sex Ed: The Series
- The Good Guys
- Criminal Minds
- Blue Bloods
- American Horror Story
- HBO’s Westworld in the main role of Clementine Pennyfeather
Also, back in 2001 Angela Sarafyan appeared in Britney Spears’ “Stronger” music video.
- A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
- On the Doll
- Kabluey (with Lisa Kudrow and Teri Garr)
- A Beautiful Life
- Love Hurts
- The Informers (with Billy Bob Thornton and Mickey Rourke)
- Nightingale and The Immigrant (with Marion Cotillard)
- Lost and Found in Armenia
- Paranoia (with Harrison Ford)
- Me Him Her
- Me You and Five Bucks
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Best Armenian Actors & Actresses #7: The Actor With “The Sexiest Voice” Sargis Grigoryan
Sargis Grigoryan is the most popular main actor of numerous Armenian TV series. Although he started as an actor of “Edgar Elbakyan” theatre, he gained his present popularity due to the TV series.
He is actively participating in them since 2005 and has been shot in more than 10 TV projects. Some of the most famous ones are “The Trap”, “Captives of Destiny”, “Inheritors”, “Retribution”, “Full Moon”, “The Stranger”.
By the way, he also starred in the movies of “The Trap” (2015) and “Inheritors” (2016). In addition to his acting career, Sargis Grigoryan has a family business along with his second wife. They organize original wedding events where he takes the role of the host, or as Armenian love to say, tamada.
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