Unorthodox on Netflix is loosely based on the New York Times best selling autobiography Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman. The series tells the story of Esty (played by Shira Haas) who has fled her life and Jewish upbringing in Williamsburg, New York to Berlin, leaving behind her husband, Yanky (Amit Rahav).
Who is Amit Rahav?
Amit Rahav is an Israeli actor hailing from Tel Aviv.
The 24-year-old actor was raised by a British mother and Israeli father and at the age of 18, he served in the Israeli Army for three years in the theatre and entertainment troop.
Since leaving the Army, Rahav is starred in numerous film and television series.
He is perhaps best known for his role in the Hebrew-language movie The Damned.
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He has also starred in numerous TV series in Israel, including Wild Horses and Mishpaha Sholetet.
Rahav appears in Armageddon Protocol, Cash Register and Jehoshaphat.
Internationally, viewers may recognise him from the USA Network thriller Dig, where he played the role of Aaron.
In Dig, he starred alongside the likes of Jason Isaacs, Anne Heche and Ori Pfeffer.
In the behind-the-scenes documentary, Making Unorthodox, to go alongside the series, director Maria Schrader revealed she had never seen Rahav’s other work.
They said: “We just saw him in the audition, we were all just blown away by him as well and he just kills it in every scene.
“He’s a natural talent We just saw him in the audition, we were all just blown away by him as well and he just kills it in every scene. He’s a natural talent.”
Not much is known about Rahav’s personal life but judging by his Instagram he loves to travel and spend time with friends.
During filming for Unorthodox, he was a student at The Performing Arts Studio Founded By Yoram Loewenstein, where he is currently a senior student.
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Who does Amit Rahav play in Unorthodox?
Amit Rahav stars as Yanky Shapiro in Netflix series Unorthodox.
Yanky is Esty Shapiro’s husband, who tries to track her down after she flees their arranged marriage and home in Williamsburg, New York City.
Following the orders of their Rabbi, Yanky and his cousin Moise (Jeff Willbusch) travel to Berlin, hoping to bring Esty back to Williamsburg.
Yanky is desperate for his newly-wed wife to remain with him and will do anything to get her back.
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Who is in the cast of Unorthodox on Netflix?
Israeli actress Shira Haas stars in the lead role of troubled teenager Esther “Esty” Shapiro.
Haas is best known for her role as Ruchami Weiss in the Israeli series Shtisel and as Odi in The Conductor.
Alex Reid portrays Leah Mandelbaum, Esty’s estranged mother who is living in Berlin.
Reid is best known for playing the probation officer Sally in E4’s Misfits
You Don’t Mess with Zohan’s Dina Doran portrays Etsy’s grandmother, Bubbe in Unorthodox.
Up and coming German actor Aaron Altaras stars as Robert in Unorthodox
alongside Arab-Israeli actor Yousef ‘Joe’ Sweid as Karim Nuri.
Also in the cast is Harvey Friedman as Symcha Shapiro.
Unorthodox is streaming on Netflix now
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