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Peter Gadiot
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General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: January 2, 1986
Age: 35
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Nationality: British
Other Information
Height: 5'10¾"
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: Drama Centre in London (trained)
Talents: Acting
Series Information
Character: Cyrus
First appearance: Down the Rabbit Hole
Last appearance: And They Lived...

Peter Gadiot is an English film and television actor. In 2013, he was cast to star in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland as Cyrus.

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Peter Gadiot trained classically at Drama Centre London and has appeared in numerous stage productions. His past credits include the 2013 film The Forbidden Girl, MTV's Hot Mess and the British series My Spy Family.

Gadiot made his American network debut as Cyrus, the handsome and mysterious Genie, in ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

That year, Gadiot starred opposite Léa Seydoux in a short film directed by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Prada: Candy. He also appeared in three episodes of the British series Fresh Meat, a Channel 4 dramedy with a large cult following.

He went behind the camera to write and direct the short film 12-17, released in 2014.

In 2016 he played the lead role of Petruchio in William Shakespeare's 'The taming of the Shrew' at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington DC.

In 2017 he won the Imagen award for 'Best supporting actor in a television series' for his portrayal of JAMES in Fox 21 studio's and USA networks "Queen of the South".

Personal life

Raised primarily in the UK, he is Dutch on his father's side and Mexican on his mother's side. Gadiot speaks English and Spanish. He has one older brother.


Year Title Type Role
2010 My Spy Family TV Series Troy Falconi
2010 Night Wolf Stephen Moore
2013 The Forbidden Girl Toby McClift
2013 Prada: Candy Short Gene
2013 Hot Mess TV Movie Jonathan
2013 Fresh Meat TV Series Javier
2013 - 2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland TV Series Cyrus
2014 Matador TV Series Caesar
2015 Tut TV Mini-Serie Ka
2016 - 2020 Queen of the South TV Series James / James Valdez
2017 Supergirl TV Series Mr. Mxyzptlk
2019 Velvet Buzzsaw Ricky Blane (uncredited)
Another Girl (post-production) Dave Hastings


Gadiot also actively campaigns against slavery and human trafficking, and once rowed across the Atlantic to support the cause. He rowed across the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean to Africa with a crew in about 39 days. Afterwards, he ran a "self-sufficient 250-kilometer ultra-marathon in the Sahara Desert." He finally completed his journey by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Gadiot gave talks to thousands of school children educating them about the issues. With Rowing Against Slavery, Gadiot was able to raise money for Anti-Slavery International and Save the Children.


  • He was trained classically in acting while he attended the Drama Centre London. He starred in various stage productions while attending the school. His first on-screen role was in 2010 on Boomerang's My Spy Family as Troy Falconi.
  • He is a very active philanthropist and supports causes against slavery and human trafficking. His efforts usually involve extreme adventure stunts to raise awareness, like rowing across the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean to Africa in 40 days and climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • He is of Dutch and Mexican descent and speaks English and Spanish. He has an older brother.
  • In 2013 he starred opposite Lea Seydoux in Prada: Candy, a series of short films directed by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola.