MAD Celebrity Dhafer L'abidine
MAD Celebrity Dhafer L'abidine
MAD Celebrity Dhafer L'abidine
MAD Celebrity Dhafer L'abidine
MAD Celebrity Dhafer L'abidine

dhafer l'abidine

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Before his sky-rocketing breakthrough in the Arab world, Dhafer L'Abidine enjoyed a successful career in the West, appearing in international film productions, such as Children of Men (2006), Sex and the City 2 (2010), Centurion (2010), Black Forest (2012), and Rise of the Footsoldier (UK). Last year, L'Abidine took part in the American TV series The Looming Tower that received four Emmy nominations.

Most recently, Dhafer finished filming his role in Netflix’s new French-speaking series The Eddy. Currently airing on Netflix, the series is produced and directed by the Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle (La la Land, Whiplash), written by Jack Throne and coproduced by Alain Poul.

His drama hit, Aroos Beirut, is airing a second season on MBC4, which is receiving great reviews across the Arab world. Furthermore, his latest film Bloodline, the first Arabic-speaking vampire horror, is now available on Shahid VIP.

Dhafer’s acting journey started in 1999 when he moved to the UK to join the Birmingham School of Acting, from which he graduated with a Professional Acting Diploma in 2002. A year later, Dhafer made his acting debut in the UK in the popular TV series Dream Team (Sky TV) for two seasons. He then went on to appear in numerous popular British television dramas, including Spooks (BBC), Strike Back (Sky TV/CINEMAX), Wallander (ITV), Wire in the Blood (ITV), Hunted (BBC/HBO), season 5 of the French TV series Engranages on Canal+ and the American TV series Transporter on TNT and HBO Canada. Recently, Dhafer appeared in the British TV series Fearless.

Always keen on appearing in TV dramas in the Arab world, Dhafer starred in the TV series Eugénie Nights (2018), which takes place in Cairo and Port Said in 1946. In 2017, he starred in the two successful TV series Caramel and Halawat Al Dounia, for which he won the Murex D’or for Best Arab Actor in a TV series in 2018. L'Abidine starred in Al Khoroug TV series (2016), Taht Al Saytara TV series (2015), for which he won the Best Actor award at the Arab Satellite Channels Festival. He won critical acclaim for his performances in Farq Tawqeet (2014), Neran Sadeqa (2013), Vertigo (2012) and Zakerat Al Jassed (2010), which featured an array of A-list stars from across the region, and the Tunisian TV series Maktoub (2008).

As for Arab films, L'Abidine starred in several Tunisian films, including Dowaha (Buried Secrets) (2009), Fin December (2010), and Fausse Note (2012). And outside Tunisia, he starred in the Egyptian action-comedy film Esmat Abu Shanab (2016), the Lebanese film Habbet Caramel (2017), and El Ankabout (2019).

Dhafer is a UN Women’s champion and he works closely with the United Nation on the issues of gender equality and violence against women. In March 2018, Dhafer attended an event titled Understanding Masculinities in the Middle East and North Africa Region at the Japan Society in New York as a guest of honor. The event was organized by the UN Women, Brazilian organization Promundo, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

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Filmography
  • Soon Al Ankbout (The Spider)
  • 2020 Khat Dam (Bloodline)
  • 2018 Habet Caramel (Caramel)
  • 2016 Abu Shanab
  • 2016 A Hologram for the King
  • 2012 Black Forest
  • 2012 Fausse Note (False Note)
  • 2011 Kingdom of Dust: Beheading of Adam Smith
  • 2010 Fin Décembre (Late December)
  • 2010 Sex and the City 2
  • 2010 Centurion
  • 2009 31 North 62 East
  • 2009 Dowaha (Buried Secrets)
  • 2007 Rise of the Footsoldier
  • 2007 The Mark Of Cain
  • 2006 The Da Vinci Code
  • 2006 Children of Men
  • 2006 Il Mercante Di Pietre (The Stone Merchant)
  • 2000 Maria, Figlia del Suo Figlio (Maria: Daughter of Her Son)
Tv Series
  • 2020 Aroos Beirut 2 (Bride of Beirut 2)
  • 2020 The Eddy
  • 2019 Aroos Beirut (Bride of Beirut)
  • 2018 Layali Eugénie (Eugénie Nights)
  • 2018 The Looming Tower
  • 2017 The State
  • 2017 Fearless
  • 2017 Halawat Al Dounia (Life is Beautiful)
  • 2017 Caramel
  • 2016 Al Khoroug (The Exit)
  • 2015 Taht Al Saytara (Under Control)
  • 2015 24 Kirat (24 Carat)
  • 2014 Farq Tawqeet (Time Difference)
  • 2014 Transporter: The Series
  • 2014 Law & Order: UK
  • 2013 New Tricks
  • 2013 Neeran Sadeeqa (Friendly Fire)
  • 2013 The Bible
  • 2012 Hunted
  • 2012 Maktoub (Destiny)
  • 2012 Vertigo
  • 2012 Benidorm
  • 2011 Casualty
  • 2010 Zakerat Al Jassed (The Body's Memory)
  • 2010 Masterpiece Mystery
  • 2010 Strike Back
  • 2010 Wallander
  • 2009 Tunis 2050
  • 2009 The Omid Djalili Show
  • 2008 Coming Up
  • 2008 A Touch of Frost
  • 2007 The Whistleblowers
  • 2007 Thieves Like Us
  • 2006 Spooks
  • 2006 Bombshell
  • 2005 The Bill
  • 2005 Doctors
  • 2005 Engrenages (Spiral)
  • 2002-2004 Dream Team
  • 2004 Wire in the Blood
  • 2003 Ekhwa wa Zaman (Brothers and Time)
Awards & Honors
Awards
  • 2018 Murex D'Or for Best Arab Actor in a TV Series
  • 2015 Best Actor award at the Arab Satellite Channel Festival for his role in Taht Al Saytara (Under Control)
HONORS
  • 2019 A Certificate of Merit for his excellence in Arts from the Birmingham City University
  • 2019 A Guest of Honor at the opening ceremony of the 5th Original Narrative Short Film Festival
  • 2019 A Jury Member in the iRead Screenplay Competition, held at the 41st Cairo International Film Festival
  • 2018 A Jury Member in the international competition of Cairo International Film Festival
  • 2018, A Guest of Honor at the Japan Society in New York in an event titled:"Understanding Masculinities in the Middle East and North Africa Region"