Taavi Peelo

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Taavi Peelo

18 June 1993
Võru, Estonia
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Other namesJohann Hunt (Wrestler)
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Writer
  • Professional Wrestler
Years active2003–present (actor)
2019–present (wrestler)

Taavi Peelo (born 18 June 1993) is an Estonian-British actor, director, filmmaker and professional wrestler (also known by his ring name Johann Hunt)[1]

Early life and education

He lived in Estonia between from 1993 until moving to United Kingdom in 2014. At the age of 10 he joined the drama group Papa Kreutzwaldi õueteater and started performing on the regular basis.[2] After a short period of time Taavi had become one of their brightest stars by performing more than any other actor in their group[3] At the same time he was studying in Võru Kesklinna Gymnasium from which he graduated in 2012.[4] After moving to United Kingdom he joined IPM Acting Academy to pursue his long-term goal to switch over to screen acting.[5]


Taavi Peelo started out as a theatre actor at the age of 10 which led him into many theatre productions during those early years. Most notably half-improvisational performance "Glemm Kaputt" which was selected into the final competition of "Kooliteater 2009" by winning the county qualification stage. "Glemm Kaputt" was covered by the national media.[6] According to Taavi he was always more interested in screen acting which led him to join IPM Acting Academy which is based in England, UK.His very first screen-acting role came shortly after joining IPM when he was chosen to plays as "Paul" in a medieval film "Eight/VIII" which was premiered in Cannes Film Festival, 2014.[7] This led him into more roles in coming years including "Emmerdale", "The Syndicate",[8] "Book of Monsters"[9], "Victoria"[10] and many more. In 2016 Taavi produced and directed his very first movie "Unrequited Love" which is about a young man who needs to decide between a love and friendship.In the same year he decided to make another movie titled "Element" which is about a man who tries to escape from himself in the world he created.[11] In 2018 Taavi started writing wrestling-based movie "Babyface"[12] which he says is roughly based on his own experiences. Taavi is heavily involved in this production by producing, directing and also starring in it. Taavi started filming "Babyface" in the second half of 2019 which was temporarily put on hold due to the Covid-19 restrictions.[13]

Professional wrestling

Taavi Peelo is wrestling under the ring name "Johann Hunt" and is described as high-flyer due to his jumping ability. He is mostly performing as a heel(villainous) character. Johann Hunt is also the name of his character in "Babyface" movie.[14] Taavi started training wrestling in the middle of 2019 which led him into dark segments at UKW. He made his official debut during the annual UKW Revolutionary Road Rumble when he entered the ring as an entrant number 14. He successfully eliminated Max Rode before he got eliminated by Mustafa Khan. Mustafa Khan was declared the winner of the Rumble match. [15] Couple of months later Taavi (Johann Hunt) made his official one-on-one match against the man he eliminated at the Rumble match - Max Rode. Taavi (Johann Hunt) went into the match as a favourite, however, he ended up losing after getting choke slammed to the ground. After the match Taavi (Johann Hunt) released his frustration on Max Rode by attacking him ruthlessly. [16]

Other work

In 2015 Taavi Peelo modeled for the "Born in Blood" book series which was created to raise awareness for mental health.[17] The book was released in 2018. Taavi appears in Born in Blood - Volume 2.


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  2. "VIDEOD: Kes on Taavi Peelo? Vaata, millega Inglismaal karjääri tegev näitleja oma uue rolli välja teenis". Kroonika. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  3. "Papa Kreutzwaldi Õueteater". oueteater.voru.ee. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  4. "Vilistlased – Võru Kesklinna Kool" (in eesti). Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  5. "IPM ACTING ACADEMY". IPM ACTING ACADEMY. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  6. "Õpetajate Leht 1 mai 2009 — DIGAR Eesti artiklid". dea.digar.ee. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  7. "Leeds short film about sex, power, greed and death accepted for Cannes Film Festival 2014". Yorkshire Voice. 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  8. "Seriaalis "Emmerdale Farm" kaasa löönud Taavi Peelo: Unistan Hollywoodist! |". Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  9. Book of Monsters (2019), retrieved 2020-12-01
  10. "Taavi Peelo: Movies, TV, and Bio". www.amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  11. Review, UK Film (2016-09-17). "Element short film". UK Film Review. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  12. Peelo, Taavi (2021-04-01), Babyface (Drama), Taavi Peelo, Jonathan Sedgwick, Lucy Marshall, Mandeep Sehmi, Herd Films, retrieved 2020-12-01
  13. "Batley used as location for wrestling film". www.batleynews.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  14. Red. "Interview with Taavi Peelo". Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  15. ▷ UK Wrestling Show Down, Episode 18 - Official Free Replay, retrieved 2020-12-01
  16. ▷ UK Wrestling Show Down, Episode 18 - Official Free Replay, retrieved 2020-12-01
  17. "FOTOD ja INTERVJUU: Eesti näitleja verine nägu illustreerib briti õudusromaani: võltsveri lõhnas nagu maasikamoos, aga maitses nagu vesi!". Kroonika. Retrieved 2020-12-02.

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