MONTREAL, MAY 10, 2016 –LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent welcomed back graduate Spiro Malandrakis, who has successfully pursued the career goal he had in high school – to be a professional actor.
Drama teacher Chrissy Pappas invited Spiro, 33, to spend six periods with her students on May 9 and 10. He shared his professional and personal journey, emphasizing how he knew when he attended Gardenview Elementary School that he wanted to be an actor.
Following a major supporting role in the U.S. recently on Discovery’s new series Real Detective, Spiro continues his steady rise to stardom with a recurring role on Bravo TV’s award-winning series 19-2. Over the course of six episodes in this year’s upcoming third season, which begins in June, he joins the talented cast of 19-2 (Jared Keeso, Adrian Holmes) in a game-changing role—both for his career as much as for the show—that’s set to shake up the plot in a major way! As Frank Ferney, a troubled man who attempts to clean up his act despite substance abuse and past run-ins with the law, Spiro’s astute acting abilities shine through in this character-driven role. His captivating portrayal of Frank’s intricate and difficult journey of integrating back into society, with past ghosts looming closely behind him, will leave audiences on the edge of their seats until the very end of Season 3.
Spiro’s role on 19-2 caps off a number of recent appearances such as Real Detective, supporting fellow Canadian Devon Sawa (Final Destination), The Fixer alongside Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy), Pawn Sacrifice opposite Tobey Maguire (Spiderman) and ABC’s new series Quantico.
Born and raised in St. Laurent, Spiro began acting at the age of 15. Following his first leading role and television debut on MTV’s series Undressed, he landed a supporting role in Going for Broke where he acted alongside Ellen Page and Delta Burke. Prior to his supporting role of Oliver in the cult classic The Wild Hunt, Spiro played leading roles in various theatre productions such as Vittorio Rossi’s Little Blood Brother and John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo. This multi-talented actor has equally made a name for himself in Montreal’s voice talent community, lending his vocal skills to a multitude of roles for radio and television. Spiro recently starred alongside Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises), as police cadet Tim Davis, in CAT. 8, a doomsday mini-series thriller and in Syfy’s Ascension, starring Tricia Helfner (Battlestar Galactica), portraying the recurring role of Nixon. He graduated from LaurenHill in 2001. Students were able to take advantage of a lot of behind the scenes expertise from Spiro and ask him questions. Ms. Pappas said that Spiro’s visit was very inspiring.