If there is one word that perfectly describes Gary Carr, it is multi-talented. The English man is not just an accomplished screen and stage actor but he is also a musician, dancer, and instrumentalist. Carr has featured in several popular TV series, both at home and in the U.S. He is, however, most popular for his role as the keen, but naive detective, Fidel Best on the BBC series, Death in Paradise. Carr was one of the major stars on the show but unceremoniously left after the third season. So, why did the budding actor leave his breakthrough role on such a hit show? All these and more will be revealed below.
Gary Carr Biography
Gary Carr was born on the 11th of December 1986 in South London, U.K. He grew up in London and developed a passion for acting at an early age. He, therefore, structured his education in such a way as to hone his skills. The young Carr joined the National Youth Music Theatre where he took part in a play titled For Walls. From there, he moved to the Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation (CYTO) where he participated in several plays as well.
In 2003, Gary Carr enrolled at the Arts Education and Performing Arts College for his A-levels. He also featured in several school productions while there and graduated in 2005. On graduating, Carr won a scholarship to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He spent three years at the institution during which he featured in plays such as Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, The Country Wife and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree, with honours, in 2008.
Why Did He Live Death in Paradise?
Gary Carr commenced his professional acting career just a year after leaving school; making his debut in an episode of the TV series, Holby City, in 2009. After that, the Londoner scored guest appearances in other TV series including Law & Order: UK, Foyle’s War, and Planet of The Apemen. Carr landed his first recurring role in 2011 on the BBC series, Death in Paradise. Death in Paradise is a comedy/crime drama about a bunch of law enforcement officers in the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie.
In the series, Carr played the role of Fidel Best, an enthusiastic but naive detective whose doggedness often helps to solve cases. Carr portrayed the role from season one up until season three when he left the show. The news of his departure saddened several fans but did not surprise his co-stars. The actor has not come out to expressly disclose his reasons for leaving the show. His co-stars have however revealed that he left because he just wanted to move on from the role.
Gary Carr’s Family
Gary Carr hails from a family of five. It includes his mom, dad, a sister, as well as a brother named Daniel. The actor is quite close to his parents and stated in a 2018 interview that he still lives with them. He also quipped that he would love to live with them forever as they are adorable. Carr’s younger brother, Daniel, is a professional footballer. He was once scouted by top English sides, such as Liverpool and Chelsea, and now plays for Irish side, Shamrock Rovers.
Gary Carr’s net worth is still under review and is not yet publicly available. There is however no doubt that he must be making a handsome income from his burgeoning career. Since departing Death in Paradise, the London-born actor has not lacked for work. He has featured in other TV series such as Downton Abbey, Silent Witness, Bluestone 42 and The Deuce. The Deuce is an HBO drama series about the rise and legalization of the porn industry in America. The series is set in 1970s New York, specifically the Deuce area, which was a hotbed for mobsters, crooked cops, Vietnam vets, Prostitutes, and pimps. The series features A-listers such as Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco while Carr plays the role of a pimp named CC. His portrayal of the compassionate but ruthless Pimp has endeared him to American audiences.
Other Facts about Gary Carr
– He made his acting debut at the age of 7 in a West End revival of The King and I.
– Carr is the first black actor to appear in the widely-popular British TV series, Downton Abbey.
– He is passionate about philanthropy and has shot documentaries on the plight of refugees and sex workers.
– His interests include music, dance, photography, philanthropy and filmmaking.
– He voiced the role of Liam Kosta in the video game – Mass Effect: Andromeda.
– The actor is a very good cook and his signature dish is oxtail and rice meal with fried plantain.