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Fabien Joseph Besson-Frankel (born 6 April 1994) is an Anglo-French actor who portrays Ser Criston Cole in House of the Dragon.[1]


Fabien Frankel is the son of Anglo-Jewish actor Mark Frankel, and French advertising account executive Caroline Besson. Fabien's paternal grandmother was from an Indian-Jewish family in Mumbai, India. Mark Frankel was a prominent leading man in his brief career, but tragedy struck when he was killed in a car accident in 1996 at the age of 34, when Fabien was only two years old. Fabien has one sibling, brother Max, born after their father's death. Their family has a long history in the performing arts: Mark Frankel's grandmother was a concert pianist, and Mark's grandfather was a prominent violinist and conductor.

Fabien attended RADA [Foundation 2013-2014] (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) and is a 2017 graduate of LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) with a BA (Hons) Professional Acting course (2014-2017). According to IMDB, some of his skills include: Languages English, French bi-lingual Advanced level 3 Single Sword Stage Combat (Examiner's Gold Star award).

Fabien's first on-screen role was in the 2019 film Last Christmas, in which he actually played a romantic interest of the main character played by Emilia Clarke. He then appeared in the 2019 NYPD Blue TV-movie as the adult Theo Sipowicz, son of Andy Sipowicz. In 2021 he appeared in four out of eight episodes of the miniseries The Serpent.

On April 15, 2021, it was announced that Frankel would be playing Ser Criston Cole in House of the Dragon.



House of the Dragon: Season 1
The Heirs of the Dragon The Rogue Prince Second of His Name King of the Narrow Sea We Light the Way
The Princess and the Queen Driftmark The Lord of the Tides The Green Council The Black Queen
House of the Dragon: Season 2
A Son for a Son Rhaenyra the Cruel The Burning Mill The Red Dragon and the Gold
Regent Season 2, Episode 6 Season 2, Episode 7 Season 2, Episode 8

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  1. Not A Blog, George R.R. Martin, April 15th, 2021.