Who is Raymond Ablack?
Raymond Ablack was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 12 November 1989 – his zodiac sign is Scorpio, and he holds Canadian nationality. He’s an actor, film writer, producer, and a comedian, who has been credited with appearing in nearly 50 movies and TV series, while he’s probably known best for his portrayal of Joe, one of the lead characters in the new comedy series “Ginny & Georgia”. It’s been airing since February 2021, was created by Sarah Lampert, and also stars Antonia Gentry, Brianne Howey and Diesel La Torraca; the series follows the 15-years-old Ginny Miller and her mother Georgia Miller, and has won two of the four awards for which it’s been nominated.
Early life, family and education
Raymond was raised in Toronto alongside his younger brother Jared, and younger sisters Rebecca and Cassandra, by their Indian-Guyanese parents about whom nothing’s known, as Raymond respects their privacy.
He grew up appearing in various TV commercials, but his focus was initially on ice hockey; he played competitively while attending a local high school. He was 16 when he launched his acting career, with his portrayal of Shopkeeper, in the 2009 romantic movie “Taking a Chance on Love”; the same year then saw him play Kevin in the episode “Truman’s Last Chance” of the family comedy series “Life with Derek”, and starring as Sav Bhandari, in the musical comedy “Degrassi Goes Hollywood”.
Raymond had fallen in love with acting, and chose to pursue it as a career, so when he matriculated in 2007, he enrolled at Ryerson University from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in radio and television, media production in 2011. Raymond then attended The Second City, studying stand-up comedy and improvisation, and he also the Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, from which he graduated with a specialty diploma in choral music.
Roles in movies
He reprised his role as Sav Bhandari in the 2010 drama “Degrassi Takes Manhattan”, while a couple of his following roles were in the 2013 short family drama “Home Away”, the 2013 drama “Fondi ‘91”, and the 2013 short drama “Latter”.
In 2015, we saw Raymond portray Brother in the crime thriller drama “Beeba Boys”, written and directed by Deepa Mehta, and which starred Ali Kazmi, Ali Momen and Randeep Hooda. It follows a gang leader who’s trying to take out a crime lord in Vancouver, and take over his business; the movie won one of the six awards for which it was nominated. Raymond played Jay in the 2017 drama “Ashes”, which won seven of the 19 awards for which it was nominated, and the year 2018 saw him appear in three movies: the short drama “Shook”, the drama “Acquainted”, and another drama “TMI Crossing the Threshold”.
In 2019, he portrayed Prakash in the popular comedy drama “Buffaloed”, directed by Tanya Wexler, and which starred Zoey Deutch, Jai Courtney and Judy Greer; the film follows Peg Dahl who’s trying to hustle his way out of Buffalo, New York State.
Three of Raymond’s most recent roles in movies have been in the 2020 short comedy “Inside the Actor’s Cult”, the 2020 short fantasy “The Beacons of Gondor”, and the 2021 romantic drama “The Wedding Ring”.
Roles in TV series
Raymond continued playing Sav Bhandari, in the critically acclaimed romantic drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, created by Kit Hood, Yan Moore and Linda Schuyler, and which starred Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul and Melinda Shankar. It follows the children who are attending Degrassi Community School, the series aired from 2001 to 2015, and won 43 of the 146 awards for which it was nominated, including four Primetime Emmy nominations. Raymond also reprised his role as Sav in the short romantic drama “Degrassi: Minis”.
In 2015, he was cast to play the supporting character Samir Pandey, in the hit science fiction action drama “Defiance”, and between 2013 and 2016, he played Raj Singh in the critically acclaimed science fiction action “Orphan Black”, which went on to win 69 awards, including a Primetime Emmy, while it was nominated for 95 other awards. The years 2016 and 2017 saw Raymond play supporting characters in several popular series, such as the family science fiction “Annedroids”, the action crime drama “Ransom” and the historical drama “The Kennedys After Camelot”.
In 2017, Raymond starred as Gabriel in the romantic drama “Teenagers”, and he also played Stoddard, in the popular biographical crime drama “Narcos”, which won eight of the 30 awards for which it was nominated, including three Primetime Emmy nominations, while it’s today rated amongst the top 60 series of all time.
Three of his most recent roles in TV series have been in the 2019 episode “The Group Message” of the comedy “Cookie Biscuits Comedy”, seven episodes of the drama “Nurses” in 2020, and five episodes of the drama mini-series “Maid” in 2021.
Raymond has two writing, four producing and a single directing credit. In 2020, he wrote and directed the episode “Mattresses” of the series “Cookie Biscuits Comedy”, and the same year saw him write and produce the short movies “Survival Smarts” and “Inside the Actor’s Cult”; he also produced the 2020 short film “The Beacons of Gondor”.
He has made a guest appearance in a couple of talk-shows, such as “eTalk Daily”, “Katie Chats” and “The Arroyo Show”.
Did you notice that in Ginny & Georgia Ep 1, Georgia doesn’t look at Joe’s name tag when they first talk at the cafe?
That’s because she remembered him all along!! Think back to what Georgia said to Joe at the rest stop years earlier: “I’ll look you up if I’m ever in Wellsbury.” pic.twitter.com/Eho22jpE5c
— Netflix (@netflix) March 19, 2021
Awards and nominations
Raymond has won five of the 10 awards for which he has been nominated. He won his first in 2016, an Indie Series Award for Best Supporting Actor – Drama, for his performance in “Teenagers”; Raymond was nominated for the same award in 2018. In 2020, he was nominated for three Seoul Web Fest Awards, winning the one for Best Action, for “The Beacons of Gondor”.
He has also won a 2020 Indie Short Fest Outstanding Achievement Award for Producer, for “The Beacons of Gondor”, and two 2020 Canada Short Film Festival Premier Awards, for Best Writer and Best Comedy for “Inside the Actor’s Cult”.
Love life and wife
Raymond is highly secretive when it comes to his love life, but it’s widely believed that he’s today in a relationship with Jordan Steinhauer, a Canadian moviemaker and communication professional.
Not a lot is known about Jordan, besides what she’s revealed about herself in her Instagram pictures; she apparently likes to taste various cuisines.
Raymond and Jordan have been spotted spending time together on various occasions, and many pictures featuring them together have been uploaded onto the internet; the two are still yet to confirm the dating rumors.
There are also those who believe that Raymond is perhaps gay, and that this is why he prefers to keep his love life private; this hasn’t been confirmed either, and seems unlikely.
As of November 2021, he might be unattached, hasn’t married, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Raymond is quite active on Instagram, and seems to be enjoying the attention which he’s receiving from his more than 200,000 followers; he’s uploaded over 60 pictures onto the network, the majority of which have been taken during his everyday life.
He has four to five training sessions at the gym every week, thus his muscular body; Raymond is also following a strict diet, and his favorite food is fish with mashed potatoes.
He likes to spend his spare time in nature, and has visited many Canadian national parks; Canada has 48 of them, and Raymond hopes he’ll visit them all.
He’s still a huge fan of ice hockey, and occasionally plays it with his friends.
Raymond has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio and Amanda Seyfried, and a couple of his favorite films are “The Gladiator”, “Shutter Island” and “Les Miserables”.
Age, height and net worth
Raymond’s age is 31. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft (1.8m) and he weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).
As of November 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.