Nabil Shaban is a Jordanian-British actor and writer. He founded The Graeae - a theatre group which promotes performers with disabilities. He has a son named Zenyel.
Shaban was a student at the University of Surrey in the late seventies and contributed to the Students' Union newspaper "Bare Facts". One of his most memorable television roles was that of the hideous reptilian alien Sil in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. Shaban played Sil in two serials: Vengeance on Varos and Mindwarp. Shaban is particularly well known among Doctor Who fans for Sil's laugh, which he created.
He has appeared in several films, including Born of Fire, City of Joy, Derek Jarman's Wittgenstein, Gaias børn, and Children of Men, and has also worked as part of the Crass Collective. In 2011, he played the Roman emperor Constantius II at the National Theatre in Ibsen's Emperor and Galilean.
In 2003 he made a TV documentary titled The Strangest Viking, in which Shaban explored the possibility that Viking chieftain Ivar the Boneless may have had osteogenesis imperfecta, the same condition he himself has.