Christopher Michael Ashworth (born March 13, 1975 in Farmville, Virginia), better known as simply Chris Ashworth, is an American actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Sergei Malatov on The Wire. He commonly plays characters from Eastern Europe due to his ability to mimic accents and dialects.
Ashworth began training in mixed martial arts, particularly Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in 1993. He also earned two Associates' degrees, Criminal Justice & General Studies, and a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. He made his acting debut in 2000, in the low-budget sci-fi film Aquarius. He followed this up with a number of small roles in higher budget films such as Cecil B. DeMented, The Replacements and The Watcher before eventually landing a regular role on The Wire's second season in 2003. He has since appeared in numerous other films and television series including Without a Trace, The Lost Room and Terminator Salvation.
|2000||Cecil B. DeMented||News Camera man||Uncredited|
|2000||The Replacements||Sentinels Player #38||Uncredited|
|2000||The Watcher||S.W.A.T. Team Leader||Uncredited|
|2004||Mafioso: The Father, the Son||Surfer Boy|
|2008||Love Lies Bleeding||Eddie|
|2008||Sex and Lies in Sin City: The Ted Binion Scandal||Frank Lipjanic||TV film|
|2003||Critical Rescue||Dennis Clapp||1 episode|
|2003-2008||The Wire||Sergei Malatov||11 episodes|
|2005||America's Most Wanted||Phillip Saul||1 episode|
|2006||The Lost Room||Kreutzfeld Guard #2||1 episode|
|2008||Without a Trace||Lt. Rick Cheever||1 episode|