Fares Fares

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Fares Fares
Fares Fares in 2009
Born (1973-04-29) 29 April 1973 (age 42)
Beirut, Lebanon
Nationality Swedish
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present
Parent(s) Jan Fares (father)
Relatives Josef Fares (brother)

Fares Fares (born 29 April 1973) is a Lebanese-Swedish actor.[1]

Early life[edit]

Fares was born in Beirut, Lebanon to father Jan Fares, who is also an actor. In addition to four sisters, his younger brother is director Josef Fares. He is of Assyrian origin.[2] In 1987, when Fares was 14 years old, his family moved to Sweden, residing in Örebro.[3] They moved to escape the Lebanese Civil War and relocated to Sweden because they had relatives who already lived there.[4] Fares says he learned English within three months of living in Sweden..[4]

From the age of 15 years old Fares acted in a local theater group in Örebro.[3] When he was 19 years old, he then attended drama school in Mölndal in Gothenburg, Sweden.[3] He spent six years working in the Theatre Tamauer.



Fares has played major parts in his brother, director Josef Fares' films including Fares' debut acting performance in 2000's Jalla! Jalla! and 2003's Kopps.

Fares has starred in Bang Bang Orangutang (2005) and Kill Your Darlings (2006).

In 2010, Fares starred in the Swedish crime thriller, Easy Money, with Joel Kinnaman.[4] The film was critically acclaimed and was picked up for American distribution by Harvey Weinstein.[4]

In 2012, Fares made his Hollywood debut co-starring with Denzel Washington in the movie Safe House.[5]

Fares played CIA officer Hakim in Zero Dark Thirty.[6][7]

Fares also had a role in the 2014 Cold War thriller Child 44 with Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman.[1][8]

For 2013's Kvinden i buret (English title: The Keeper of Lost Causes),[9] which was set in Denmark, Fares learned Danish. He said he went to a private language school for two months before shooting and "had a lot of help from my co-star Nicolaj Lie Kaas."[1] Keeeper of Lost Causes is based on the bestselling novels by Jussi Adler-Olsen, and is the first of four features based on Adler-Olsen's Department Q novels.[10] Fares and Kaas signed on to star in all four films in the franchise.[10] Keeper of Lost Causes was Denmark's number 1 film of 2013.[11]

Fasandræberne (English title: The Absent One) is the second film in the series.[12] It also broke Danish film grosses, setting new records. [13] The third film in the series, A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost fra P), will premiere in late 2015.[14]


In 2014, Fares portrayed Fauzi Nadal in the TV show, Tyrant, on the FX Network.[15] Tyrant was renewed for a second season, which will air in the summer of 2015.[16]


  • 1996: Samuel Beckett's I väntan på Godot (Waiting for Godot) at Teater Tamauer, Sweden
  • 2000: Dom directed by Jasenko Selimovic with Torkel Petersson at Göteborgs Stadsteater, Sweden
  • 2000: Natten före skogarna at Teater Tamauer, Sweden
  • 2001: Tillbaka till öknen at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2002: Köket at Göteborgs Stadsteater, Sweden
  • 2003: Brott, hemtjänst, straffpengar, pensionärsmord at Backstage, Sweden
  • 2003: Den arabiska natten at Backstage, Sweden

Other work[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Fares says he spends his time in both Stockholm, Sweden[20] and Los Angeles, California.[1]

On portraying a lot of Middle Eastern characters: "A lot of roles that are coming my way are Middle Eastern and I really don’t have a problem with that as long as I’m are playing a person, not a cliché. I have always tried to mix it up. Interesting offers are coming from that part of the world – but I am not interested in playing bad guys."[1]

On moving to Sweden from Beirut: "It was a very difficult age to move. Everything about Sweden was different and since I wasn't really a child anymore, it was hard for me. My father's sister told me not to get into one of those [refugee centers], since then you’d never become a part of society. I knew that I had to learn the language quickly and just adapt to the new country."[4]

On religion, Fares says: "I’m not a Muslim. I was born Christian."[1] Adding that he is not very religious.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Före stormen Hostage taker
Jalla! Jalla! Roro
2001 Days Like This Michel
2003 Kopps Jacob Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival Best Actor Award
2004 I'm Your Man Omar Short film
Dag och natt Kristian Chicago International Film Festival Best Ensemble Acting Award
Chlorox, Ammonium and Coffee Jesus
Fakiren fra Bilbao Frank Flambert
2005 Zozo The Chicken (voice)
Bang Bang Orangutang Patrik
2006 Kill Your Darlings Omar
7 miljonärer Kristoffer El-Zeid
2007 Leende guldbruna ögon Roshan Television miniseries
2008 For a Moment, Freedom Manu
Maria Wern – Främmande fågel Jonathan Sauma Television series
The Fur Richardt Short film
2009 Metropia Firaz Sanoman (voice)
2010 Easy Money Mahmoud
2012 Sleepwalking in the Rift Short film
Safe House Vargas
Easy Money II Mahmoud Nominated – Guldbagge Award for Best Supporting Actor
Zero Dark Thirty Hakim
2013 Kvinden i buret ("The Keeper of Lost Causes") Assad
2014 Tyrant Fauzi Nadal Television series
Fasandræberne ("The Absent One") Assad Won - Danish Film Gala for Best Supporting Actor[21]
2015 Child 44 Alexei Andreyev


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Aftab, Kaleem (25 August 2013). "Zero Dark Thirty's Fares Fares is not interested in playing bad guys". The National. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Barryakoub, Afram (30 July 2006). "Nuri Kino har skrivit historia igen!". Hujådå. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Kastrup, Kim (1 October 2014). "Fares Fares: - Jeg er vild med Assad". Ekstra Bladet. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Gillis, Niclas (12 December 2013). "Fares Fares". The Last Magazine. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Dang, Simon (10 February 2011). "Daniel Espinosa's 'Safe House' Finds A Villain In 'Snabba Cash' Star Fares Fares". Indiewire. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Miller, Daniel (24 February 2012). "'Safe House' Actor Joins Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden Film (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Dang, Simon (26 February 2012). "'Snabba Cash' & 'Safe House' Star Fares Fares Joins Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden'". Indiewire. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Sneider, Jeff (23 May 2013). "Paddy Considine and Fares Fares Join Tom Hardy Thriller ‘Child 44′ (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  9. ^ van Hoeij, Boyd (11 August 2013). "The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret): Locarno Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Roxborough, Scott (4 October 2012). "'Safe House' Actor Fares Fares Joins 'Department Q' Franchise". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Roxborough, Scott (23 October 2013). "'The Keeper of Lost Causes' on Track to Be Denmark’s No. 1 Film of 2013". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Roxborough, Scott (5 September 2013). "Toronto: Danish Stars Pilou Asbaek, David Dencik Join 'The Absent One' Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (7 October 2014). "‘The Absent One’ Breaks Danish Records; Sequel On The Case For Local Pics (Video)". Deadline.com. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Rossing Jensen, Jorn (27 October 2014). "Absent One off to roaring start at Danish box office". Screen Daily. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  15. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (27 August 2013). "Howard Gordon's FX Pilot 'Tyrant' Enlists 'Zero Dark Thirty' Actor (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  16. ^ Braxton, Greg (18 September 2014). "'Tyrant' gets a second reign as FX renews drama". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  17. ^ Trakin, Roy (6 May 2014). "Lykke Li's 'I Never Learn': What the Critics Are Saying". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  18. ^ Rodriguez, Cain (7 December 2012). "Watch: Cary Fukunaga Directed Short 'Sleepwalking In the Rift' Starring Haley Bennett & Fares Fares". Indiewire. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "Sleepwalking in the Rift". Nowness. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  20. ^ Wassmann, Susse (16 October 2014). "Fares Fares: Min kvinde skal have selvtillid - og være feminin". Femina. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  21. ^ TT (1 February 2015). "Prisregn över Lars von Trier". Västerbottens-Kuriren. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 

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