Robert Kazinsky (born Robert John Appleby; 18 November 1983) is an English model and actor. He is best known for his appearance as Casper Rose in Sky One drama Dream Team in 2005/2006 and Sean Slater in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders from 2006 to 2009.
Kazinsky was born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England. He was educated at Hove Park School in Hove, from 1995-2000. As a student, Kazinsky was expelled from both Hove Park School and later, his college. He appeared in their productions of Bugsy Malone and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He achieved a grade B in his drama GCSE in 2000.
Kazinsky was schooled as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting from September 2002 to July 2005. During this time, he took his grandfather’s middle name as his stage name. He has appeared in several Israeli television commercials and made his acting debut in 2005 when he had a guest role in an episode of the CBBC children’s show The Basil Brush Show, playing a character named Sven Garley. He then got a role in Sky One’s football drama Dream Team where he played Casper Rose from late 2005 until 2006, when he was killed off towards the end of the ninth series after Kazinsky announced his intention to leave.
In 2008, Kazinsky announced that he would not be pursuing a career in Hollywood but would instead begin an apprenticeship as a mechanic when he left the popular soap opera, “EastEnders”, saying: ‘With the writers’ strike and the newly confirmed actors’ strike, it’s not the best time to go (to the US ).
Kazinsky has also been writing a new television series inspired by Sex and the City which is set to air sometime in 2010. George Lucas liked Kazinsky so much, he offered him a part in his new Second World War fighter film, “Red Tails”. Kazinsky plays a “pilot who has to adapt to being among African-American comrades.”
Kazinsky was featured as the presenter in the EastEnders launch video since they had launched their new video channel on Youtube.
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