Mayank was born in the United Kingdom to highly educated parents, with his mother being a physician, and father being an architect. He inherited his parents international flair, as they traveled in the jet age to work throughout Europe and the Middle East from their native India. At only a few years old, Mayank and his family relocated from the UK to the States - specifically, Brooklyn and Queens in the 90's.
Mayank grew up on a healthy living of playing Sega Genesis, scarfing down Cheetos, and using his 18-story building as a staging ground for playing Cops-and-Robbers with friends. And while life was fun as a youngster, he wanted to follow in his mother's footsteps and become a doctor.
However, Mayank always had fun entertaining his friends through impressions and stories, and more importantly - for being taken with film and television. That gnawing voice precipitated during his high school graduation, and he had to decide;..
"Choose what you like or,
Choose what you love."
And so, he chose Love.
While studying Economics at Hunter College, he dived into the world of performing arts training, by taking movement, voice, dance, and scene study classes at various studios in NYC to emulate his own version of a BFA/MFA experience. In New York, Mayank had the privilege to study with Bob Krakower, Seth Barrish and Lee Brock. In Los Angeles he's studied with Leigh Kilton-Smith, Saxon Trainor, and Lesly Kahn.
Since then Mayank has worked on critically-acclaimed shows, acting opposite award-winning actors like Matt Bomer, Kevin Bacon, Edie Falco, Viola Davis, and gaining two coveted Top of Show Guest Star roles.
Mayank is a proponent of long term investing strategies. He believes that even fellow actors should be armed with the practical knowledge of learning the basics of investing, and should be taking consistent & actionable steps towards investing in their own future - be it through a Roth, traditional brokerage, various IRA's, or using other investment vehicles like real estate. He hopes to one day have an opportunity to teach and lobby for financial literacy to be a mandatory part of higher education - especially for youth in the underserved neighborhoods.
In New York, Mayank is devoted to the ongoing care of his older sister, who's battling ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), a fatal neurodegenerative disease that robs every motor function of the body. He and his sister have been outspoken advocates for ALS patients, insisting on getting access to treatments today - not 20 or 30 years from now. He and his sister were involved in hundreds of meetings with members of the House and Senate (including meetings with Senate Majority & Minority leaders). Both he and his sister were invited by the White House to attend the signing of the Act for ALS bill into law. During the signing of the executive order, President Biden mentioned Mayank's sister by name for their contribution to this bill. Mayank is actively involved with raising funds for his sister, working tirelessly with attorneys to hold insurance companies and health agencies accountable.
While In Los Angeles he still remotely helps out with his family, But Mayank also enjoys Calisthenics, HIIT training, meditation, hikes with along the Pacific, as well as volunteering with School On Wheels, providing ongoing tutoring support for children experiencing homelessness.
... and yes, he speaks Hindi.
Follow his adventures on Instagram @mrmayanksaxena
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Mayank's first time in the Tyler Perry universe comes in season six of SISTAS on BET.
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Mayank's first time on Netflix on the season three finale of THE UPSHAWS, starring Wanda Sykes.
Catch Mayank on the new Ryan Murphy FOX pilot 9-1-1. This is Mayank's second Top of Show Guest Star role, and his third time returning to the FOX network.
Catch Mayank on yet another Golden Globe nominated HBO show - VEEP. This is Mayank's third time returning to the HBO network.
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Mayank is humbled to accept his first-ever offer on the Jonathan Nolan written series WESTWORLD on HBO.
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A milestone achieved. Catch Mayank on his first Top of Show Guest Star role on the CBS global hit franchise - NCIS: Los Angeles.
Catch Mayank on the new HBO comedy INSECURE, starring the indefatigable Issa Rae.
Mayank was just cast in the hit drama THE FOSTERS, directed by Chandra Wilson and executively produced by Jennifer Lopez.
Mayank just booked a role on the Rashida Jones comedy ANGIE TRIBECA. Mayank is unable to commit at this time due to scheduling conflicts with HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER.
Mayank was just cast in the ShondaLand hit show HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, opposite the Academy/Emmy/Tony award winning actor Viola Davis.
A New York rite of passage - Mayank just booked three days on the legendary global franchise LAW & ORDER: SVU, working alongside Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T.
The Gotham City Police Department has a new recruit... catch Mayank on the new DC Comics inspired FOX show - GOTHAM.
Mayank booked a role opposite Emmy award winning actor Edie Falco on SHOWTIME's - NURSE JACKIE.
Catch Mayank opposite Kevin Bacon on the new cult drama THE FOLLOWING.
Mayank debuts his first professional appearance on USA's hit show WHITE COLLAR, opposite Matt Bomer.