Marwan Kenzari

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Marwan Kenzari
Marwan Kenzari The Promise promo.png
Kenzari in 2016
Born (1983-01-16) 16 January 1983 (age 37)
The Hague, Netherlands
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2008–present

Marwan Kenzari (born 16 January 1983) is a Tunisian-Dutch actor and comedian. He has performed in Dutch and English-language movies. He won a Golden Calf for Best Actor in 2013 for his performance in the film Wolf.

Life and career[edit]

Kenzari was born on 16 January 1983 in The Hague, Netherlands, to a Tunisian family. He began acting as a teenager when a girl he was seeing signed them up to audition for the Dutch version of the musical Chicago.[1] He has acted in films and TV series in his native Netherlands since 2008. In 2009 Kenzari graduated at the Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 2013, he won a Golden Calf for Best Actor at the Netherlands Film Festival for his role in the feature film Wolf (2013).[2] The film was translated into Russian by Russian film translator Andrey Efremov and screened at the 2013 VOLOGDA Film Festival. In 2014, he won a Shooting Stars Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Kenzari speaks Arabic, Dutch, English and French.[3] He can be seen in the English-language films Collide and Ben-Hur.

In 2019, Kenzari played villain Jafar in Disney's live-action adaptation of Aladdin.[4][5] In July 2020, Kenzari appeared in The Old Guard.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Katia's Sister Giac
2009 The Last Days of Emma Blank Martin
2010 Loft Tom Fenneker
2011 Rabat Zakaria
2012 Black Out Youssef
2013 Wolf Majid
2014 Hartenstraat Daan
Accused Det. Ron Leeflang
Reckless Rico
Grab My Heart Richard
2016 Collide Matthias
Ben-Hur Druses
The Promise Emre Ogan
2017 The Mummy Malik
What Happened to Monday Adrian Knowles
Murder on the Orient Express Pierre Michel
2018 The Angel Ashraf Marwan
2019 Aladdin Jafar
Instinct Idris
2020 The Old Guard Joe (Yusuf Al-Kaysani)
De Oost The Turk Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2010 Flikken Maastricht Luca de Keyzer 7 episodes
2009 Maite was hier Vuc TV movie
2012 Van God Los Frank Hendrikx 1 episode
2012–2013 Penoza Mustafa 8 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Work Result
2013 Golden Calf[2] Best Actor Wolf Won
Angela Awards[7] Best Actor Won
2014 Rembrandt Awards[7] Best Dutch Actor Nominated
Shooting Stars Awards[8] Shooting Star Himself Won
2019 Teen Choice Awards[9] Choice Movie: Villain Aladdin Nominated


  1. ^ "International Star You Should Know: Marwan Kenzari". Variety. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b (in Dutch) Gouden Kalf winnaars Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Netherlands Film Festival. Retrieved on 28 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Marwan Kenzari, The Netherlands". Shooting Stars. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (4 August 2017). "Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Reboot Casts 'Mummy' Actor as Jafar". Variety. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Disney's Aladdin remake has finally found its Jafar". The Independent. 6 August 2017.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ a b "Marwan Kenzari - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  8. ^ "European Shooting Stars Awards 2014". EYE International. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  9. ^ "'Avengers: Endgame,' 'Riverdale,' 'Aladdin' Top 2019 Teen Choice Award Nominations". Variety. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.

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