After the recent announcement of Pakistani-American actor Faran Tahir’s appearance in the upcoming season of American fantasy TV series The Magicians, the network Syfy has now released a behind-the- scenes video promo which introduces the look of Faran’s character. Similar to other characters featured on the show, Faran has been styled in a
unique manner using special makeup techniques to get the perfect look to fit into the magical genre of the show. The video also reveals the name of Faran’s character, which is The Great Cock of the Darkling Woods. The character is the brother of Winter’s Doe/The White Lady, who was featured in the second season of the show. The Great Cock is a magical creature who serves as an aid to the High King of Fillory, Eliot Waugh. While the character is primarily menacing, he also has a wicked sense of humor which is why him and Eliot end up connecting with each other. Television series The Magicians is based on a novel of the same name. The third season of the show will be airing on Syfy from the 10 th of January.
No seriously. Take a look at this handsome guy:
… turning into this!
I mean … wow!
Needless to say, we’re super intrigued and we can’t wait!
Want to know more about Faran? Read on.
Faran Tahir (born February 16, 1964) is a Pakistani-American film and television actor. Tahir is best known for his act as Raza, the leader of a terrorist organization, “The Ten Rings” in Iron Man (2008). In 1985, he appeared as Bolshintsov in U.C. Berkeley’s production of A Month in the Country. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in Theatre before acquiring a graduate degree from the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.
He made his film debut playing Nathoo in the Disney’s 1994 live-action version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. He has since appeared in such films as Picture Perfect (1997), Anywhere But Here (1999) and Charlie Wilson’s War (2007). He also played the male lead in the 1999 independent film ABCD. In 2008, Tahir played the role of the villain Raza in the Marvel Comics-based Iron Man. He played Starfleet Captain Richard Robau in the 2009 film Star Trek. In 2013, Tahir played President Patel in the science-fiction film Elysium.
Tahir has guest starred on many television series, including Alias, The Practice, Family Law, The Agency, NYPD Blue, Lost, 7th Heaven, The West Wing, Walker, Texas Ranger, The D.A., 24, Monk, Justice, Cold Case, Chuck and Warehouse 13. He also co-starred with Robert Beltran and Chase Masterson in the 2005 Sci-Fi Channel original movie Manticore. He also starred in the medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy as Isaac and appeared on the CW series Supernatural as the Egyptian god Osiris in the seventh season’s episode “Defending Your Life”. He appeared a Ruslan Denisov in The Blacklist Season 2 Episode 11, as Detective Terrence Amos in How To Get Away With Murder Season 1 Episode 10 and as Dr. Alan Kobrine in Backstrom Season 1, Episode 9. He is also played Frank, Cliff Barnes’ right-hand man in the reboot of Dallas. Tahir starred in the ghost horror film Jinn.
He appeared in JAG in the episodes “Ice Queen” and “Meltdown” which served as the two pilot episodes for the series NCIS. Seven years later, Tahir appeared in the spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles.
Read about Faran’s interview on IGN Pakistan.
Also read about him more on this Express Tribune Interview.
Faran also did a super fun podcast with me about his character in 12 Monkeys, for Patari Music, which you can check out here.