North African Actors

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Emmanuelle Chriqui
Emmanuelle Chriqui was born in Montreal, Quebec, to Moroccan Jewish immigrants, Liliane (Benisty) and Albert Chriqui. Her family moved to Toronto when she was two years old. At the age of 10, Chriqui appeared in a McDonald's commercial. She moved to Vancouver, guest-starring in series such as Are You Afraid of the Dark?...
Omar Sharif
He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in both British and American productions. His films included Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Funny Girl (1968). He was nominated for an Academy Award. He won three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award...
Jean Reno
Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. His first two marriages both ended in divorce...
Saïd Taghmaoui
Saïd Taghmaoui was born July 19th 1973 in Villepinte, Seine-Saint-Denis, France, to Moroccan immigrant parents. He has 9 siblings. He dropped out of school at a young age and became a boxer; at one point ranking number 2 in France in his category. He met Mathieu Kassovitz with whom he co-wrote the 1995 French film "La Haine" which won the Best Director award in Cannes...
Gad Elmaleh
Gad was born in Morocco in April 1971. His father was a mime. He was a student at Georges Bizet school and Lycée Lyautey in Casablanca but didn't like school much. In 1988, Gad left Casablanca to go to Montreal. He stayed there for 4 years, during which he was a political science student for one year, worked on radio, wrote humorous stories and played them in night clubs...
Sanaa Hamri
Sanaa Hamri is a renowned film director from Tangier, Morocco. Her feature directorial debut was the romantic comedy Something New for Focus Features in 2006, followed by her second directorial effort, the sequel to the Warner Bros.' hit The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, then onto the Fox Searchlight romantic comedy Just Wright...
Touriya Haoud
Touriya Haoud was born and raised in a small village in Holland of Marocain/Macedonian heritage. Soon after graduating the private University of Schoevers, with a Communication Degree, a friend persuaded Touriya to participate in a modeling contest. Touriya not only won, but also from that moment on...
Omar Metwally
Actor, Non-Stop
Omar Metwally was born in Queens, New York in 1975 to an Egyptian father and a Dutch mother, and moved with the family to Orange County, California at age three where he was raised. Metwally gained a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and while acting around the Bay area gained an Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco.
Samy Naceri
Actor, Taxi
Karima McAdams
Karima was born in London. Her mother is Irish and Greek, her father Berber Moroccan. She spent her youth growing up in Tanger, northern Morocco along with her two sisters. At the age of 7 her family moved to east London where she attended middle and high school. During her teens she was scouted for a number of modeling agencies and became the face of many brands worldwide...
Olivier Martinez
Actor, Unfaithful
Olivier Martinez comes from a working-class family, raised in the Paris suburbs. He left school at an early age, holding various pick-up jobs such as salesman for jeans. Friends urged him to try acting, and at age 23 he enrolled in the International Conservatory of Paris. After several television shows...
Assaad Bouab
Assaad was born in July 1980 in Aurillac (France). His mother is French, and his father is Moroccan. He grew up in Rabat ( Morocco ) and, in 1998 he left his home town and familly to go to Paris and start acting lessons in " Le Cours Florent ". In 2006, Assaad graduated from the prestigious National Conservatory of Paris...
Shiri Appleby
Actress, Roswell
Shiri Appleby was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 7, 1978, to Dina (Bouader), a Hebrew School teacher, and Jerry Appleby, a telecommunications executive. She has a brother, Evan. Her father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and her mother, who is from Israel, is of Moroccan Sephardi Jewish background...
Amr Waked
Actor, Lucy
Amr Waked was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1972. He studied economics and theatre in the American University in Cairo. In his early experience as an actor Amr joined the Temple Theatre Troop in 1994, and Yaaru Theatre Troop in 1999, where he trained and developed his tools as a stage performer. With his experience onstage...
Emmanuelle Béart
Emmanuelle Béart was born August 14, 1963, in Gassin, France. She lived with her mother, brothers, and sister on a farm not far from Saint-Tropez in Provence (southern France), because her father, singer and poet Guy Béart, did not want his children to be affected by the glamour world of Paris...
David Charvet
Actor, Baywatch
David Charvet, who rose to international fame on the hit shows Baywatch and Melrose Place, is now moving into the feature front, having completed production on starring roles in two films this year. In the sports feature Green Flash, Charvet plays "Cameron Day", a star basketball player with a future in the NBA until he chokes in a key game...
Khleo Thomas
Actor, Holes
Khleo Thomas has a definite passion for acting. Khleo recently made the outstanding "Black Stars Rising: 10 young African-Americans to Watch" by AOL's Film Fixation joining the ranks of Joy Bryant, Meagan Good, and Kerry Washington to name a few. From digging holes as Zero with Sigourney Weaver...