Vanya Essin

Action / Actor / Commercial
Age Range

30—40

Height

180cm

Eye Colour

Blue-Grey

Hair Colour

Brown

Ethnicity

Russian

Based In

Auckland

Vanya Essin

Vanya’s path to the screen has been fascinating and unique. Born in Russia, growing up in New Zealand, he showed an early instinct for performance, and a fascination with theatre. His journey started in the world of circus and carnival - training in fire dancing, aerial and ground acrobatics and developing a passion for contemporary dance. A successful move to burlesque (as Ivan The Red) ignited the acting bug and he started to build his credentials beyond physical performance and stage combat. A web series called AFK delivered Vanya’s screen debut as he continues grow his profile with a fondness for strange, dark characters.

Ivan is best known for Mortal Kombat (2021), AFK: The Webseries (2015) and Zomb'd (2017) - imdb

Vanya Essin

Artist Resume

Album Recordings

Year
Role
Production

2022

Yakov

Bay of Fires

West Coast Productions Pty Ltd

Dir. Natalie Bailey and Wayne Blair

Short Film

Year
Role
Production

2021

Minotaur

Baelin's Route: An Epic NPC Man Adventure

Viva La Dirt League (NZ)

Dir. Adam King, Alan Morrison

Awards

Year
Role
Production

2019

Best Actor Nominee for AFK

NZ Narrative Awards

Feature Film

Year
Role
Production

2018

Axel

Straight Forward

Straight Forward Productions

Commercial

Year
Role
Production

2018

Medieval Soldier

Bud Light

The OTTO Empire

Dir. Jim Jenkins

Web Series

Year
Role
Production

2017

Antagonist

AFK the Webseries

Epically Casual Ltd

Dir. Peter Haynes

Stage

Year
Role
Production

2017

Antagonist

Remain in Light

ClickClack Productions

Dir. Elena Strejko

2012

Acrobatics, dance, stage combat, actor

Culture Clash

Tapac

Dir. Margaret Mary Hollins

Dance

Year
Role
Production

2016

Primary Contemporary/Fire Dancer

Et Lux

Black Swan Productions

Dir. Chris Olwage

Voice Over

Year
Role
Production

2015

Russian Voice Over

Not For Children

Television

Year
Role
Production

2012

Action Extra

Spartacus