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Mark is 24 and from Dublin, never the model student, report cards often suggested some knuckling down would prove successful and how wrong they were.

He completed the Bil Keating Course of Television Production in 2001, and has been working ever since both in front of camera and behind in post-production.

Now with the 4th series of How Low Can You Go? under his belt, Mark has been continuing to expand his television career.

Mark is currently a very single young man living in Temple Bar, but some day would love to afford an apartment/house/box that would have enough space for his clothes, a fish bowl and perhaps a bed.



Bazil Ashmawy is a new, accomplished and exciting talent to emerge from last years Dublin Theatre Fringe Festival. Although Libyan born, the half Egyptian - half Irish actor has made an exciting impact on audiences through live performance, TV appearances and film work.

Bazil has a unique "look" and this coupled with his talent for performance brought him to the attention of producers of How Low Can You Go a travelogue for RTÉ.

Film work include "The Feast" a short film by award-winning director Donnacha O'Brian. He also played 'Jimmy' in the feature film "Hooligans". Bazil has appeared in a number of stage plays including "Marowitz's Hamlet" as Fortinbras in The Focus Theatre. Other roles include Don Pedro in 'Much Ado About Nothing' in the Pavillion and 'Antihpolus' in 'A Comedy of Errors' and Leonard in Neil Simon's hilarious 'Rumours'. Bazil also featured as 'Louis' in 'Fair City'.

Although having strong experiences with classical theatre and Shakespeare, Bazil's love of stand-up comedy and his own comic timing gives him a natural skill for all forms of comedy.

Baz has also took part in Celebrity Bainisteoir on RTÉ One and as guest presenter on RTÉ One's No Frontiers.



Michael has long dreamt of world domination, but his dictator aspirations have as yet come to nothing. This has been due to a lack of openly available countries currently in need of a pushy leader. He has used his travels in How Low Can You Go as a cover for scouting trips for likely victim nations, though his promises of three day weeks and free Guinness for all citizens over fourteen and a half have not stirred the masses to support his cause... yet. From his den deep within the recesses of Dublin 8 he is coming up with a cunning plan to head for South America with Mark and Baz and will not return without the presidency of a republic there.

He is originally from Navan, which is a grand town with many excellent pubs, The Royal Meath, Birmingham's and Mrs O's are the houses where you might catch him skulking when he returns home. Navan is guilty of foisting upon the country the fine talents of Dylan Moran, Hector and of course the great Tommy Tiernan (better than Billy Connolly?), but Navan is reticent to take responsibility for this young "talent".

Michael is an actor originally having worked with most of the major theatre companies in Ireland, The Abbey, the Tony Award winning Druid Theatre Company, and Red Kettle to name but a few. He has also made appearances in various films Intermission, Ordinary Decent Criminal, Rebel Heart, Inside I'm Dancing. He has been shot twice and stabbed three times...all in film though, so when the chance to tour the world with How Low Can You Go presented its self, he leapt at the chance. Little did he know that his life would be in immense danger in the company of Baz and Mark.

You can hear him from time to time chatting with Gerry Ryan on the wireless in the mornings and occasionally with the beautiful Orla Barry (one of the most beautiful faces to be hidden by radio) on Newstalk.

He says that he loved filming in Oz and hopes that all who watch their silly behaviour will get enjoyment from it.

For more information on the Mark, Baz and Michael log on to their Bebo sites;
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Bazil Ashmawy -
Michael Hayes -

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