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Abdiel

 

I am a British-American author and actor, and my life is largely inspired by the Bible, Shakespeare, and mythology. I have memorized thousands of lines of poetry and can come up with an instant quote for every occasion, even as a party trick!

These inspirations are especially evident in my epic poems. In Elijah, I reimagine the great Old-Testament prophet’s ministry and miracles, and in Obama’s Dream, I takes the former president on a night-time journey of transformation while exposing the traits of empire handed over to Donald Trump!

As an actor, I’ve embodied most of the major Shakespearean roles, and on stages from New York to London to Beijing, though my best known appearance is in the hit short-film series, The Expert. I also have three one-man shows, including the famous children’s tale, Wind in the Willows.

My previous careers include broadcasting and financial analysis, while Argentine Tango, yoga, and competitive swimming are among my passions.

 

“What’s in a Name?”

Abdiel is an angel—specifically, a seraph—in John Milton’s great epic poem, Paradise Lost. He first appears in Book V of that work when he is the only angel in Satan’s command to openly defy his leader’s call to rebel against God. He leaves the apostate ranks and joins the loyal angels.

Later, when the two great armies are arrayed to contest Heaven itself, it is Abdiel who delivers the first blow, striking Satan with such force that “ten paces huge/ [Satan] back recoiled.” So inspiring is his example that I not only officially changed my UK name to Abdiel in 2013 but gave the seraph recurring roles in my own epic poems, Elijah and Obama’s Dream.

“LeRoy”, meanwhile, comes from Shakespeare’s King Henry V. On the eve of Agincourt, the pivotal battle in his campaign in France, the king goes out disguised among his troops. One asks his name, to which he replies, “Harry Le Roy”, French for “Harry the King”.