Shtisel star Michael Aloni charmed audiences at two sold-out events, which raised over £60,000 for the charity JNF UK.
The 35-year-old Israeli actor, who hosts The Voice Israel, is best known for playing the part of Akiva in the Netflix TV show Shtisel.
The youngest in a Strictly Orthodox family, his character abandons a career in teaching to become an artist and breaks off three separate engagements.
Aloni drew some 600 people to Marriott Hotel Regents Park last Sunday for a chance to put a question to the Israeli actor as part of a Q&A session.
All proceeds from the event will go towards the charity’s Yad Tamar project, which supports cancer patients in Israel through a network of volunteers to help with their needs.
Among the fascinating tidbits to emerge from the sessions, it was revealed the actor had originally aspired to become a scientist until a chance encounter in a coffee shop changed his life.
Guests were also treated to a first-hand account of the preparations involved in getting non-religious cast members ready for their parts, including living with families in Mea Shearim and learning Yiddish.
Aloni, who is a ninth generation Israeli on his father’s side, talked about his family background and how his maternal grandfather fought the Nazis during the war.
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He concluded his trip to the UK with a visit to Yavneh College, where he spoke to some 200 members of staff and Year 10 and 6th Form pupils.