Julian Kostov is a multilingual Bulgarian actor, producer, founder of JupiterLights Media, co-founder of 'Five Oceans' with Oscar nominee Maria Bakalova and advocate for Slavic and Balkan representation in the Entertainment Industry.
Julian stars in the Netflix record-breaking hit fantasy series 'Shadow and Bone', adapted by Oscar-nominee Eric Heisserer and produced by 21 Laps Entertainment, which was nominated for a People's Choice Award (2021) and as announced by IMDb - the 8th most popular TV-series of 2021. Julian recently received star as a guest lead in the second season of the acclaimed Sky TV-series 'Temple' opposite Mark Strong.
Julian was born in Varna, Bulgaria and graduated from a Spanish and English speaking high school. During that time, Julian was a 10-times swimming champion of Bulgaria and part of the national team, winning a bronze medal from the Balkan Games in 2007. Julian received a 'Business Management' bachelor's degree from Cardiff University but soon after he was accepted into the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and began his acting career.
Julian recently starred as Italian Luca in Channel 4 comedy series 'Back' opposite David Mitchell and Robert Webb and can be seen in the recurring role of Yuri in 'Treadstone' on Amazon Prime. Prior to that, he appeared as the series regular, Sergei, in the latest season of 'Berlin Station' for Epix and HBO Europe.
Julian was critically acclaimed for his performance as POW Bill in the historic war drama 'Another Mother's Son' for which he was long-listed for a BAFTA and short-listed for BIFA. In addition to other awards, he was nominated for Action Performer of the Year by Action on Film International Film Festival, Vegas for playing Sam Quentin in the award-winning film 'The Conversation’.
Julian's producing career quickly evolved from short films to the horror feature 'The Dare' (2020) which won the Audience Award at Popcorn Frightfest, Miami and is being sold worldwide by Millennium Media.
Alongside an impressive resume of feature films Julian's other TV credits include 'A Discovery of Witches' for Sky One and also a guest lead opposite Rob Lowe in ITV’s 'Wild Bill'. He could also be seen as Juan in the comedy TV-series 'Flack' alongside Oscar winner Anna Paquin on Amazon Prime.
Kostov is an advocate for equal representation for Eastern Europeans as well as the normalization of foreign accents on screen and shedding negative stereotypes. This is why he set up his own Acting Management Agency, focusing on bridging the UK and US film and TV market with the extremely talented and Balkan artists and directors, through which he found and guided the breakout star of the Borat sequel - Academy Award nominee Maria Bakalova.
Julian also has an extensive voice-over body of work ranging from commercials to animation and video games, including a leading MOCAP role for 'CrossFire 2', the all-time most popular game in Asia and ergo the world which came out in 2022.