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Kayvan Novak

Nandor the Relentless

"Nandor the Relentless," played by Kayvan Novak, is a fierce Ottoman warrior and a caller of house meetings. He is the de facto head of the vampire household, and despite his reputation as a conqueror, he’s actually a bit of a softy. He was hard hit when he learned that his country, Al Quolanudar, was dissolved in the 15th century and no one thought to tell him. He doesn’t always adapt well to the modern world, but he does love basketball. He knows that Guillermo wants nothing more than to be made a vampire, but Nandor comes up with countless reasons not to turn him into a vampire, the main one being, he can’t be bothered.

Novak is an award-winning British Iranian actor and voice artist. Novak won the Best Comedy Performance at the 2011 British Comedy Awards for his role in Chris Morris’ Four Lions and appeared in the Academy Award®-winning film Syriana alongside Matt Damon and George Clooney. He also starred opposite Nick Frost and Chris O’Dowd in James Griffiths’ Cuban Fury. He was last heard voicing “Dino” alongside Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne in Early Man.

Additionally, Novak is the creator and star of the famous British prank show, Fonejacker, which earned a BAFTA nomination in 2017 for Best Comedy Program and won in 2008. He most recently wrapped Disney’s Cruella opposite Emma Stone and Emma Thompson for director Craig Gillespie and was last seen in Men in Black: International, in which he plays three different characters for director F. Gary Gray.