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20 July 2021 // Mark Colleano

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Mark Colleano (4th March 1955 - ) is an international film and television veteran with over 40 years experience on screen.

 

He was born in Milan, Italy into Aboriginal circus royalty. The son of 

Aboriginal/Irish/American actor Bonar Colleano (1924 - 1958) who died in a tragic road accident in England and British Rank starlet Susan Shaw (1929 - 1978), his grandmother (mother of Bonar) a contortionist became Mark's legal guardian and raised him in Kensington, England, UK.

Known for his work as a child and teenager actor, his journey into film began in the 1965 with an uncredited performance in Life at the Top  before landing his first credit in 1966 for ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) in the role of Matthew Otis.  

 

His film career began in earnest at the age of 14 in film with roles in the dramatic adaptation of the Academy Award nominated  "The Boys of Paul Street" (1969) with Anthony Kemp and "Hornet's Nest" (1970) starring Rock Hudson.

He then acted in the Omar Sharif and Jack Palace action flick "The Horsemen" (1971) and "Divorce His/Divorce Hers" (1972-73) with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Later in his career, Colleano acted in the Sylvia Kristel drama "Lady Chatterley's Lover" (1982) and held a consistent career in television including Only fools and Horses (1986-87) and the Professionals.

A practitioner of Yoga since 1975, he moved to a more dynamic practice during the 90’s while living in Los Angeles, studying Power Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga with many teachers, including David Life and Sharon Gannon, Erich Schiffmann, Shiva Rea, Nancy Campbell, and Noah and Kimberly of Ashtanga LA.

 

In 1999, Mark started teaching professionally in Los Angeles and upon moving back to London in 2000 started to teach at the West London Yoga Shala, He is authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga by R. Sharath Jois, Director of Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore, India.

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