Otto Farrant is an English actor who is best known for playing the titular role in Amazon Prime’s spy thriller series Alex Rider (2020).
Otto Farrant was born on Wednesday, November 13, 1996 (age 24 years; as of 2020), and he hails from Hammersmith in London, England. He did his schooling at Graveney School in London. He first got interested in acting after watching Gavroche, a fictional character in the play ‘Les Misérables,’ singing the song “Little People.” Later, he pursued a course in theatre at Stagecoach Theatre School in Battersea, London Bush Theatre.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Eye Colour: Dark Blue
Not much is known about his family.
Otto Farrant began his journey as a theatre artist at the age of eleven when he was hand-picked from his school to portray the role of Robin in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ (2008), staged at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. While talking about the onset of his acting career, he said,
At school I was not academically that great at English, I was much better in maths and sciences, and I almost did a degree in physics and maths…However, I was always in the school plays. One day I was picked to do a play at the Globe and off the back of that I got an agent and from there it snowballed.”
Thereafter, he managed to juggle his academics alongside the theatre. Other theatrical productions in which he appeared include Oedipus (2008) as Eteocles, The Habit of Art (2009) as Charlie, and Little Platoons (2011) as Sam. In 2014, he played the role of the young collector in the revival of the play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in which he shared the stage with Gillian Anderson, an established American actress.
He came into the limelight when he appeared in the 2016 satirical comedy play ‘Once in a Lifetime,’ staged at Young Vic Theatre, London. In the play, he played the role of Rudolph Kammerling, a quirky German film director.
In 2017, Otto Farrant, along with his fellow actor Finn Cooke, wrote and directed ‘Spool,’ a charming combination of text and dance, sound and imagery, mind and body. ‘Spool’ is an introspective analysis representing the co-dependency of Mind and Body as a relationship that eventually turns sour.
Otto Farrant made his film debut in 2010 with the action fantasy film ‘Clash of the Titans’ in which he played the role of Young Perseus. Other feature films under his belt include The Great Ghost Rescue (2011) and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011).
In 2010, Otto Farrant made his television debut with the British crime-drama ‘The Bill’ in which he played the role of Archie Powell in the episode titled “Who Dares Wins.” Thereafter, he appeared in various television series like The White Queen (2013), War & Peace (2016), and Mrs. Wilson (2018).
In 2020, Otto Farrant struck stardom with his digital debut when he played the titular role in Amazon Prime’s critically acclaimed series Alex Rider. The series showcases the life of Alex Rider, a teenage schoolboy recruited by MI6, the British international intelligence service, who is kidnapped and tortured by a band of mysterious operatives.
- Play: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by John Ford
- Midnight Snack: Mint tea
- Place: London (South of the river)
- Playwright: Anton Chekhov & William Shakespeare
- In a world where people are addicted to social media, surprisingly, Otto Farrant isn’t active on any social media platform.
- Otto Farrant was a fan of the Alex Rider book series during his childhood. In an interview, he said,
I wasn’t a big reader when I was a kid, but Alex Rider was one of the only series’ that I did read. That and Noughts And Crosses. I can remember being about 12. Point Blanc was the book that I always loved most, so when I found out that they were making that book into the series, it was one of those ‘pinch me’ moments.”
- In an interview, he revealed that he has met only one other guy named “Otto.” He said,
I’ve only met one other Otto. It’s not a common name. It’s my whole identity in a way. I hear a lot of dogs called Otto. So if I’m at the beach or in the park I’ll turn my head when I hear the call for Otto.”
- He underwent an intense training session to meet the physical demands of the character Alex Rider