Biography

General Info

Birth Date
25 September 1975

Birth Place
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK

Birth Name
Rami Hilmi

Acting Alias
Ryan Hunter

Nickname
Rambo, The Ram Man, Romeo

Height
5′ 9¾” (1.77m)

Star Sign
Libra

Background & Life Stories

Born on 25th of September 1975 in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom (city and birth place of Novelist Charles Dickens {A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist & Great Expectations} and Actor Peter Sellers {Pink Panther, Tom Thumb & Dr. Strangelove}), Rami Hilmi has a mixed family background and heritage of both British (from his mother side) and Iraqi (father’s side) roots.

Rami Hilmi was best described as a child who had far too much energy than most children at his age. Unfortunately, most of that energy was invested in him being mischievous and leading other kids into big troubles. It comes natural to think that, if Arnold Schwarzenegger was the teacher in charge of the class where Rami Hilmi was in, then the film Kindergarten would have had definitely a different ending (*..Did you know? Arnie himself lived in Portsmouth and trained in Bob Woolger’s gym ‘Lougars’, who helped him to win his Mr. Universe title. Bob’s daughter, Diane Bennet – Arnie’s closets friend – was also a bodybuilder champion and trained Rami Hilmi on some unique weight lifting technique. Till this day, the gym where Arnold Schwarzenegger trained still stands and the weights that he once used are still being used and available).

When he was only 5 year-old, Rami’s parents decided to move to Baghdad (Iraq) to join the family from his father’s side. Rami was introduced to a different way of living, customs and society; he attended the local schools where he was taught in Arabic language, allowing him to develop his characteristic bilingual skill. As young student in a new place, Rami could not cope to listen to the teacher yapping about nonsense for hours. This was the trigger of many recorded incidents in his kindergarten; numberless anecdotes that involved Rami’s cheeky character and endless mischievousness. One incident in particular turned the child into a living Legend. A story that apparently was recorded in the history book of the school as the one that at least half of Baghdad have heard once in their life. Of course, now it feels extremely embarrassing for him, as he’s a grown man but nevertheless, this story has become a popular legend. It all started one warm day at the kindergarten as the class was called back to class from the playtime, Rami decided to jet spray his teacher and all his class mates with the water hose. Although the panic and trouble Rami kept creating, he was very much loved by anyone, perhaps thanks to his charming and entertaining character.

When it came to performing shows, acting and singing, indeed, his personality really showed out. Rami was always the first to volunteer and take the centre stage. He loved learning sentences and songs to entertain people; always cracking jokes and imitating characters from shows which made people in tears from laughter. Probably, this is the main reason why he managed to get away with so much mischief? Who knows. As the years gone by, Rami’s love for the theatre, film and Martial Arts grew stronger and bigger. A constant and never ending learning, training, performing, writing and directing, shows, theatre and films throughout.

After the war spread in the Middle East and Iraq, Rami and his family flee the country. Rami spent a short period in America where he attended the army academy and undertook some military formation. Once back to the UK in 1994, Rami continued College but this time some interesting subjects caught his attention: Film Studies and Drama. Drama class proved to be what made Ramy truly shine, progressing fast in his learning and evolving into a talented young performer. Rami took on all various theatre shows and projects, quickly completing additional study in Performing Arts and Theatre while eagerly starting to take on leading roles in the productions. At the same time, he experimented and tested his skills in writing and directing theatre shows between his studies, moving to a much more challenging field of screenplay writing later in his formation years.

Although his passion for the performing arts, Rami was also a highly trained killing machine. So while he was busy completing Drama School, he was also working away leading the position of Security Coordinator for top officials, running his team of bodyguards, training and teaching Martial arts. On his formation path, Rami met many incredible friends; one of them was Paul Jaques, who together with Rami carried on in starring in a TV series called Chalkhill. Together, they created many of the story plots and wrote plenty of episodes script. The two continued working together on various films, signing up as Extra’s in major films production, thinking that it was a good way to gain in depth knowledge of the film industry. Both worked on the Film “V for Vendetta” playing the roles of V Army members, the front line agile people who in the movie advance on the soldiers and jump over the walls (an easy task for Rami for he was a well trained athlete). The two worked also together on the film “Flood” playing the ground workers. However, this was not enough for Rami. He needed much more than what these films could offer; he needed to do a lot more than just the few bits, he needed to push his skills to the limit.

Rami’s first audition was for the movie called “The Killing Game”, where he auditioned for a major role. Being his first time, the tension during the audition cracked Rami’s nerves badly and without thinking, he walked away in the middle of his performance. A week passed by and Rami did not expect to hear from the production but one day, he received a call from the producer Humberto Michelacci (who after that became a good friend) congratulating for his winning audition for the leading role of ‘Simon’ in the film. Rami was over the moon and after that he felt his hard work had paid off and had more courage to go for and attend other auditions. The next audition came soon after for the martial arts feature film: “Men in White”, where he led the main role playing Steve Arios. This role allowed him to the audition for a WWII feature film “See It Through”, which again led him to take the main role playing Corporal Eddie O’Keefe, working with the same people who worked in “Saving Private Ryan” and “Band of Brothers”.

Rami attended the audition for the film: Extraordinary Rendition, seen by the director Jim Threapleton and landing the role of Guard Khalid, working alongside with Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Stars Wars – The Last Jedi & King Kong) & Omar Berdouni (United 93, The Kingdom & Green Zone).

Rami kept perfecting his skills and gaining further advanced experience casting for voice over and Added Dialogue Recordings (ADR). This led him to further advance his film career obtaining and landing some roles in major budget productions, such as “Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time” and “Black Gold”, working closely with the Director Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Year in Tibet & Enemy at the Gates). He also landed the role of Syrian attendant in the thriller directed by Ridley Scott “Body of Lies”, filming a scene with Leonardo DiCaprio, Russel Crowe and Mark Strong. At the pick of his busy career, Rami was approached by the director Luke (*) to work in the winning Mockumentary short script W.O.M.A.D. (Women or Men Against Dancing). The short film became part of W.O.M.A.D. (World of Music & Dance) Festival (created and hosted by Peter Gabriel (Geneses)) for the 25th Anniversary DVD special of the festival. In this short film, Rami played the leading Role of Dr. John Kitkater, working with a number of outstanding actors, amongst them Norberto Morán (Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides & 6 Bullets to Hell). The two became good friend and Norberto decided to cast Rami to star in 3 films of his own production (I Need Money, The Overground & Clinical Trial).