|Born||16 January 1983|
The Hague, Netherlands
Marwan Kenzari (born 16 January 1983) is a Dutch actor. Starting his career in 2008, he first came to prominence for his role in the 2013 film Wolf, which earned him a Golden Calf award for Best Actor. Since 2016, he has been starring in English-language films, including Aladdin (2019) and The Old Guard (2020), which earned him international recognition.
Life and career
Early life and beginnings
Kenzari was born on 16 January 1983 in The Hague, Netherlands, to a Tunisian family. His father was a construction worker, while his mother was a housewife. As a teenager he was mainly interested in football before a girl he was seeing signed them up to audition for the Dutch version of the musical Chicago. In 2009, Kenzari graduated at the Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduation he was recruited by the Toneelgroep Amsterdam, which allowed him to tour in Moscow, London, Vienna and New York City with the group.
Kenzari has acted in films and TV series in his native Dutch since 2008. In 2013, he won a Golden Calf for Best Actor at the Netherlands Film Festival for his role in the feature film Wolf (2013). He trained for over a year to play the role of kickboxer Majid. With his toned body, he was also featured on the cover of Dutch Men's Health in 2013. His performance in the film was well received by critics, with Variety naming him an "International Star You Should Know". In 2014, Kenzari won a Shooting Stars Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Rise to prominence
In 2016 he appeared in the English-language films Collide, Ben-Hur and The Promise, which resulted in The Hollywood Reporter naming him amongst their list of "15 International Breakout Talents of 2016". In 2019, Kenzari played villain Jafar in Disney's live-action adaptation of Aladdin. He gained international recognition after portraying the role with mainstream media giving him the nickname "hot Jafar". In July 2020, Kenzari appeared in The Old Guard as one of the film's protagonists. In February 2021, Kenzari was cast in a role for the upcoming film Black Adam.
|Indicates a film that has not yet been released|
|2009||The Last Days of Emma Blank||Martin|
|Accused||Det. Ron Leeflang|
|Grab My Heart||Richard|
|The Promise||Emre Ogan|
|What Happened to Monday||Adrian Knowles|
|Murder on the Orient Express||Pierre Michel|
|2018||The Angel||Ashraf Marwan|
|2020||The Old Guard||Joe (Yusuf Al-Kaysani)|
|De Oost||Raymond Westerling|
|2008–2010||Flikken Maastricht||Luca de Keyzer||7 episodes|
|2009||Maite was hier||Vuc||TV movie|
|2012||Van God Los||Frank Hendrikx||1 episode|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Golden Calf Awards||Best Actor||Wolf||Won|
|SUBTITLE European Film Festival||Angela Award||Won|
|2014||Rembrandt Awards||Best Dutch Actor||Nominated|
|Shooting Stars Awards||Shooting Star||Himself||Won|
|2019||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Villain||Aladdin||Nominated|
|2020||Golden Calf Awards||Best Actor||Instinct||Nominated|
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- "Is Marwan Kenzari onze volgende Hollywoodster?". Algemeen Dagblad. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
- "Netflix Premieres "The Angel" Starring Marwan Kenzari". Brave New Hollywood. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
- (in Dutch) Gouden Kalf winnaars Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Netherlands Film Festival. Retrieved on 28 March 2015.
- "Trainen met Marwan Kenzari". Men's Health. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
- "European Shooting Stars Awards 2014". EYE International. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
- "15 International Breakout Talents of 2016". The Hollywood Reporter. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
- Kroll, Justin (4 August 2017). "Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Reboot Casts 'Mummy' Actor as Jafar". Variety. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
- "Disney's Aladdin remake has finally found its Jafar". The Independent. 6 August 2017.
- "Breakout 'Aladdin' star Marwan Kenzari (aka 'hot Jafar') got into acting accidentally to impress a girl". CNBC. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
- Kit, Borys (28 May 2019). "Jafar Actor Marwan Kenzari Joins Charlize Theron in Action Thriller 'Old Guard' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
- Kit, Broys (17 February 2021). "Dwayne Johnson's 'Black Adam' Casts 'Old Guard' Scene-Stealer Marwan Kenzari (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
- "Marwan Kenzari, The Netherlands". Shooting Stars. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- "Marwan Kenzari - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
- "'Avengers: Endgame,' 'Riverdale,' 'Aladdin' Top 2019 Teen Choice Award Nominations". Variety. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
- "Two Golden Calf nominations for Carice van Houten - Movie". Variety. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
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