Raphael Pichey "Rafi" Gavron (born 24 June 1989) is a British-American actor, known for his roles in the romantic-drama film Breaking and Entering, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Inkheart, Celeste and Jesse Forever, and as Lex in Mine Games.

Early life

Gavron was born in Hendon, the son of writer Martha Pichey and the late publisher Simon Gavron. His mother is American and his father was from a North London Jewish family.[1][2] His paternal grandparents were British printing millionaire, philanthropist and Labour Life Peer, Robert Gavron and Hannah Fyvel, who was born in Tel Aviv.[3] His great-grandfather was writer Tosco R. Fyvel, who worked with author George Orwell. His half-aunt (his father's half-sister) is director Sarah Gavron. Gavron has two younger brothers; Benjamin (born 1992) and Moses (born 1996). He has dual British and American citizenship.[2] In 2008, Gavron volunteered at a kibbutz in Israel for six months.[4]


In Breaking and Entering, he played Miro, a young burglar who uses techniques from parkour to gain access to the high-tech offices of an urban landscape architect; he performed several difficult physical feats in the film. For his role, Gavron received a nomination for the Most Promising Newcomer award at the British Independent Film Awards.

Gavron played the hired assassin Duro in the second season of HBO's Rome. He also appeared in the 2008 release Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist as Dev, the gay lead singer of Nick's band.

In Inkheart, a movie adaptation of the novel of the same name, Gavron played Farid, a character from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, magically brought to life. The film was released theatrically in January 2009.

He guest starred on a few episodes of 24, as Hamid Al-Zarian, the younger brother of an assumed terrorist. He also appeared in JoJo's music video for the song "Disaster" in November 2011.[5] Gavron played Bug (Bobby) in the TV series Life Unexpected. He was chosen as Lux's long known friend and also Lux's boyfriend.



Year Film Role Other notes
2006 Breaking and Entering Miro Nominated - British Independent Film Awards (Most Promising Newcomer)
2008 Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Dev Also recorded and performed a song for the film. (Lead Vocals - Screw the Man)
2008 Inkheart Farid
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Rupert Bates
2012 The Cold Light of Day Josh Shaw
2012 Mine Games Lex
2013 Snitch Jason Collins
2015 Tracers Dylan

TV appearances

Year Title Role Other notes
2007 Rome Duro Episode "Son of Hades"
Episode "These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero"
Episode "Testudo et Lepus (The Tortoise and the Hare)"
2009 24 Hamid Al-Zarian Episode "Day 7: 3:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m."
Episode "Day 7: 4:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m."
Episode "Day 7: 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m. "
2010 Life Unexpected Bug Recurring role[6]
2011 Parenthood Troy Quinn 22 November Episode as Zoe's boyfriend[7]


  1. ^ "I(nk) Heart Rafi". MyKindaPlace.com. 2008.  |access-date= requires |url= (help); link previously at http://www.mykindaplace.com/entertainment/meetgreet/meetgreet.aspx%3Fid%3D14705+%22We+Heart+Rafi!; no longer online
  2. ^ a b Pratt, Steve (2008-12-11). "Breaking into Hollywood". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  3. ^ http://www.craiglevin.com/FamilyTree/HILLMAN_FAMILY_TREE.pdf
  4. ^ "Cengage Learning". accessmylibrary.com. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Casting for Miley Cyrus movie under way". savannahnow.com. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Rafi Gavron, Internet Movie Database. Accessed March 18, 2010
  7. ^ [1] TV Fanatic. Accessed 30 October 2011

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