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Overview (4)

Born in Egypt
Birth NameKhaled Mohamed Sami Aboul Naga
Nickname Dodi
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kal Naga (aka: Khaled Abol Naga) is a heart-throb pan-Arab movie star from Egypt, based in Los Angeles, California. He is considered one of the new wave generation making International groundbreaking Award winning Cinema. He is a multi-Award winning Actor/Producer of feature films, also he is a theatrical director and Actor. As an actor he collected numerous Best Actor awards from Egypt, Arab & International Film Festivals since 2001,

His English speaking work started gaining momentum since he moved to the California in 2017 where he had a minor role in the Fox TV show TYRANT, then his enigmatic appearance in BBC 1 TV mini series THE LAST POST POST, to a guest star appearance in History Channel TV show VIKINGS airing end 2017.

He starred Arabic speaking feature films in Egypt and the Arab world since his first award winning lead role in "A Citizen, A Detective & A Thief" 2001 by Egyptian acclaimed director Daoud Abdel Sayed.

In a film festival in 2016 celebrating Arabic films submissions to the Oscars, he was honored for being the most submitted actor in Arabic films submissions to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (The Oscars). He is often tagged in western media as Egypt's "Brad Pitt" for his many career similarities with the latter, Also described as the next "Omar Sharif" specially after his American debut movie Civic Duty in 2007, he was also described as "Egypt's International treasure" for his unprecedented courage advocating for freedom & standing up against injustice in his home country Egypt, facing numerous nation wide defamation campaigns against him by the state owned and controlled media while continuing his regional and international award winning success. He also had a very celebrated and successful career across the Arab world TV networks as a TV & radio host in prime time shows from 1997 till 2005.

Famous for his unexpected yet smart choices of scripts & roles, Mr Naga created a vast & diverse filmography with unprecedented wide acclaim from critics & audiences throughout the Arab & international film societies creating a unique phenomena in his generation of actors, almost all of his films has an "exportable" nature to other cultures. He created a special attention to his choices and subtle yet deep performances.

Mr Naga has a record of having his films picked up by international film festivals, In 2009-2011 he was the common factor in the three award winning feature films out of Egypt. In 2013-2014 He set a record in winning almost ALL available 4 Best Actor awards of local film festivals in Egypt for his outstanding portrayal of an old man facing death in " Villa 69 " in addition to The Cairo International Film Festival Best Actor Award for " Eyes of a thief " (2015).

Mr Naga as a producer since 2009, created with others a new wave of possibilities in the Egyptian independent film industry, from co-producing "Heliopolis" 2009 which went on to feature in over a dozen festivals in 2009, to the revolutionary production "Microphone" 2010 in which a new generation of photography DSLR Canon cameras were used; He is among a leading "i Team Cairo" that is becoming a seed of a new movement to help indie film making altogether coming out of the region.

Mr Naga as a social and human rights activist has been one of the early outspoken icons from Egypt promoting social justice, freedom and democratic change to the Arab world in general and Egypt in specific, Mr Naga is playing a pivotal role in explaining to the world media and supporting the Egyptian Revolutions Jan 25'th 2011 and June 30'th 2012 till now.

Mr Naga has a very admirable record of social & human rights (specially child rights) work and ongoing agenda, He is also appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 till today.

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Before his American debut in 2006's Civic Duty (2006) in which he gave an outstanding & compelling performance & very convincing portrayal of a very difficult character of Gabe Hassan, he made numerous films in his native Egypt. Here is how it all began ...

Since his first major public appearance as a TV late night show host in 1999, It was only a matter of few roles and He became an Award winning star in Egypt and the Arab world, His background is as versatile as it can get, No wonder he's been nicknamed Superman!

He studied Tele-communication Engineering and graduated with honors from Ain Shams University, one of the most prestigious Engineering schools in Egypt, meanwhile Water polo as his hobby grew fast to become almost a profession when he teamed up with Egypt's Water polo National team as its Goal Keeper, But it was his other passion of acting & singing at the Theatre Department of The American University in Cairo that grew with him gradually to become his chosen final career.

Exchange of hobbies and professions happened several times to Khaled. First when Water polo became the main focus for him 1986-1989, then Spacecrafts! and Tele-Communications while researching it at The University of Surrey, UK in 1991, while playing Water polo for his varsity team in European tournaments where He started a parallel career of Fashion Catwalk Modeling back then.

In 1999 another switch happened when he (as a famous young face & well established catwalk model in Egypt) was offered by chance! to Host a TV program at Nile Varity Channel as a part of a new TV pan-Arab Network inaugurated by state owned ERTU in Egypt. He became the talk of the town with his new fresh style and controversial ways. He hosted and interviewed all kinds of stars - Arab and international. Khaled left Nile Variety channel October 2000, joined MBC TV Network in June 2001.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ihab.shawky@team-cairo.com

Trivia (14)

He worked as a model while studying acting in UK and the USA.
He was only 9 years old when he started his career as an actor.
Had a cat named Bousha.
He has a hobby of designing electronics and engineering projects related to Spacecraft Engineering that he once studied.
He is a Human Rights activist in Egypt and the Arab world, He started various TV campaigns to ignite the Youth collaboration in various Humanitarian and UN related projects.
He studied Acting as a minor in the Theatre Department at American University in Cairo (AUC) which led to his discovery as a potential great talent by famous film directors in Egypt.
Known as "the actor with the 1000 faces" as he changed his looks and attitudes dramatically in many roles.
Appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in May 2007 for Egypt.
He is now Shooting Malek We Ketaba (2005) and attending Film Festivals in Italy, Dubai, Tallin, Brussels and Cairo Iternational Film Festival [November 2004]
in Vancouver Canada, shooting Civic Duty (2006) [October 2005]
Showing his play West El-Balad "Downtown" on El-Salaam Theater. And finishing his last scenes in a new war/action movie: Yoom El-Karaama "Day of Dignity". [August 2002]
in the neighborhood of Heliopolis in Cairo, Egypt, shooting "In The Flat Heliopolis Flat" (2007). [August 2006]
He made a Historic Achievement in 2013-2014 by winning ALL the important Best Actor awards offered in Egypt locally for Villa 69 (2014) including Cairo International Film Festival Best Actor Award for the Palestinian Film Eyes of a Thief (2015).
Khaled Abol Naga set a historical record by winning ALL the important Best actor awards offered in Egypt, mostly for his outstanding portrayal of a much older man facing death (Hussein) in [Villa 69] and a heartbroken Palestinian (Tarek Khedr) searching for his lost daughter in [Eyes of a thief]:
  • Best Actor 2014 (Silver Pyramid) Cairo International Film Festival for [Eyes of a thief]
  • Best Actor 2014 African Film Festival at Khouribga Morocco for [Villa69]
  • Best Actor 2014 Egypt National Film Festival for [Villa69]
  • Best Actor 2014 Egypt Film Society for [Villa69]
  • Best Actor 2014 Egypt Catholic Centre Film Festival for [Villa69].

Personal Quotes (2)

Material THINGS do NOT give us any extra Value, we are the ones who give material THINGS value.
as his response to: Being given the most handsome guy title many times and a teenage idol in the Arab World in such a short period: "I wish I was less perceived as a handsome guy!, I wish I was perceived as an actor, a good actor... em... an outstanding actor!

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