Merab Ninidze is a Georgian actor born on November 3, 1965. Merab Ninidze is known to have been born into an artistic family as his grandmother, Zeinab Ghoghoberidze, was a music teacher. It was his grandmother who introduced him to music. He studied classical music for seven years.
Merab Ninidze’s grandfather Sergo Akhaladze, was also a theatre director and he also influenced and inspired Merab Ninidze’s involvement in theater when he was young. It must be noted that between 1972 and 1982, Merab Ninidze attended Tbilisi Classical Gymnasium.
When Merab Ninidze was thirteen years old, he decided to audition in Shakespeare’s Richard III at Rustaveli State Academic Theater in Tbilisi. It was directed by Robert Sturua and premiered in 1979.
Merab Ninidze also studied acting at the Shota Rustaveli Theater and Georgia State Film University under the tutelage of Gizo Jordania from 1982 to 1985. This led to him becoming a member of the Shota Rustaveli Theatre Company on a full-time basis.
He played roles in The Diary of Anne Frank in 1989, David Kldiashvili’s Step-Mother in 1989 (which toured the UK in 1989–1990) and Hamlet in 1992. After the civil war in Georgia, Merab Ninidze made a comeback to theatre when he played the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice in 2003.
The 1984 film Repentance was the first film he played a role in and the film went on to win three prizes at the 40th Cannes Film Festival. Subsequently, many Georgian directors have used him in their films.
Who is Merab Ninidze Married To?
Merab Ninidze is said to be married but keeps his marital life out of the public domain. According to https://popularnetworth.com/merab-ninidze/, he is married and has a son. Strangely, the name of his wife does not seem to be known in the public domain.
Merab Ninidze was in 2002 awarded an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He also has numerous European and Russian film prizes to his credit. Most of his films are also shown at major film festivals.
He has also been active in Russian cinema and TV and has played some major lead roles over the years. Some of the TV series to his credit are Berlin Station in 2015, BBC’s McMafia in 2018 (dir. by James Watkins), and Homeland (2018).
He attended the Berlinale Film Festival in 2017 due to Hostages (dir. Rezo Gigineishvili) and My Happy Family (dir. Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross), in which he was featured.