João Costa Menezes


Born: Porto, Portugal


João Costa Menezes is a London-based Portuguese film actor, film producer and film director.After a degree in Law by the University of Coimbra and three years working as a lawyer in Portugal, João decided to move to London in 1998, to follow an acting career. He got his first acting job in 1999, in the BBC series Sunburn, playing Luis. After that, he appeared in series such as Gormenghast and Jonathan Creek.In London, he took a film course at the London Film School and a few workshops at Raindance . His first short film as a director, actor and producer Zero, was shot in London in 2000. It was awarded a special prize at the Huesca Short Film Festival, Spain. In 2001 he directed his first feature film, Akasha, a no-budget film shot in video, distributed in Russia, nominated for the Méliès dArgent 2001. It was premiered in the United States of America at the Atlanta Film Festival. In 2004 he directed his first music video Melancholic Ballad (for the Left Lovers), for The Fingertips, which became number 1 at Sic Radical and got the Best Music Video Award at the Arouca Film Festival.João Got his Unarmed & Rapier and Dagger certification by the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat in June 2005. He has done stunts in Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) and played a Roman Soldier in Gladiator.In 2007 he directed the short film Remember My Dream, with the English model Jakki Degg. In 2008 he directed Mulheres, Bah!, premiered at the Fantasporto Film Festival and presented at the 2008 Cannes Short Film Corner, a short film with Londons West End singer and actress Madalena Alberto.Menezes does also voice-over, having done the voice of a fly in Serial Killer and the 2007 Portugal campaign for Apple Inc.In addition to acting and filmmaking, João Costa Menezes is also a qualified tennis instructor by the United States Professional Tennis Registry.

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