Darren Majian Shahlavi (born August 5 1972), sometimes credited as Shahlavi, is an Iranian-British actor and martial artist. A native of Stockport, Greater Manchester, Shahlavi is known primarily for playing bad guys in martial arts films such as Bloodmoon and Yuen Woo-ping's Tai Chi Boxer along with Jacky Wu. Shahlavi has starred in the Asian film series The Techno Warriors, and American films Hostile Environment, Sometimes a Hero, Legion of the Dead and the cult classic Beyond the Limits
, for German Horror master Olaf Ittenbach. Recently Shahlavi appeared opposite Eddie Murphy in Columbia pictures big screen remake of I-Spy directed by Betty Thomas, and independent features The Final Cut with Robin Williams and the notorious Uwe Boll's film BloodRayne with Kristanna Loken and Sir Ben Kingsley. The name Shahlavi is a name of Persian origin ( names ending in 'avi', 'evi' are typically Iranian, such as Pahlavi ) .