Mehdi Dehbi

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Mehdi Dehbi
Mehdi Dehbi 2013 2.jpg
Dehbi in 2013
Born (1985-12-05) 5 December 1985 (age 34)
OccupationActor, director
Years active2002-present
Notable work

Mehdi Dehbi (born 5 December 1985) is Belgian actor and theater director, known for his roles in La Folle Histoire d'amour de Simon Eskenazy [fr] (2009, English title: He is My Girl), L'Infiltré [fr] (2011), Le Fils de l'Autre (2012, English title: The Other Son), Mary Queen of Scots (2013), and A Most Wanted Man (2014).[1] In 2020, he played the titular character in the Netflix series Messiah.

Early life[edit]

The son of a Tunisian mother, Mehdi Dehbi was born on 5 December 1985 in the Hôpital de Bavière [fr] in Liège. From the age of ten, Dehbi attended the Académie Grétry [fr] theater and music school, which had been established in the hospital building where he had been born.[2][3]

At the age of sixteen his first lead role in a feature film was in Le Soleil assassiné [fr], directed by Abdelkrim Bahloul and produced by the Dardenne brothers, for which he was nominated as Best Actor at the Joseph Plateau Awards.[2]

After studying drama and music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, then at the CNSAD in Paris, and finally at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he pursued his career in film and theater.[2]

In 2012 Mehdi directed his first play, Les Justes by Albert Camus at the Théâtre de Liège. The show toured in France and Germany in 2013 and in 2014 Mehdi Dehbi was nominated for the Découverte (Discovery) Prize at the 2014 Prix de la critique [fr] awards as a director.[4]


Year Title Role Director Notes
2002 Le Soleil assassiné [fr] Hamid Abdelkrim Bahloul Nominated – Joseph Plateau Award for Best Belgian Actor
2006 Bourreau Le Suicidé Frédérick Vin Short
2007 Septième Ciel Belgique [fr] Guillaume Various
2008 Sweet Valentine Pierre Emma Luchini
La Folle Histoire d'amour de Simon Eskenazy [fr] Naïm Jean-Jacques Zilbermann Nominated – Révélations at the César 2010

Won – Premiers Rendez-vous Award at the Festival de Cabourg[5]

English title: He is my Girl

2010 L'Infiltré [fr] Issam Mourad Giacomo Battiato Won – Golden Fipa at the Biarritz Film Festival for Best Actor (Mehdi Dehbi)

Won – the Silver Fipa at the Biarritz Film Festival for Best Film

Nominated – Best TV Movie/Mini-Series at the International Emmy Awards

Looking for Simon Jalil Jan Krüger
2011 Le sac de farine Nari Kadija Leclere Nominated – Magritte Award for Most Promising Actor
Le Fils de l'Autre Yacine Al Bezaaz Lorraine Lévy Nominated – Révélations at the César 2012

Best actor at the International Film Festival of Boulogne-Billancourt[6]

English title: The Other Son

Mary Queen of Scots David Rizzio Thomas Imbach
Je ne suis pas mort Yacine Mehdi Ben Attia
2012 A Most Wanted Man Jamal Anton Corbijn
2013 Another South Khaleed Gianluca Maria Tavarelli
Lili Rose Samir Bruno Ballouard
2014 Tyrant Abdul Various TV Series (10 Episodes)
2016 The Godmother Eva Sørhaug
London Has Fallen Sultan Mansoor Babak Najafi
2018 Mescaline Mehdi Clarisse Hahn [fr] Short
2020 Messiah Al-Masih James McTeigue

Kate Woods

Netflix Original Series created by Michael Petroni


Year Title Author Director
2007 Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare John Baxter
2009 Terre Sainte Mohamed Kacimi Sophie Akrich
2009-10 Baïbars le mamelouk qui devint sultan Marcel Bozonnet Marcel Bozonnet
2010 Splendid's Jean Genet Cristèle Alves Meira
2011 Gare de l'Est Sophie Akrich Sophie Akrich
2012 Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare David Bobée [fr]

Theatre directing[edit]

Year Title Author Director Notes
2012-2014 Les Justes Albert Camus Mehdi Dehbi Théâtre de Liège, Théâtre des Tanneurs [fr] (Brussels), Théâtre du Jeu de Paume [fr] (Aix-en-Provence), Fast Forward Theater Festival (Braunschweig)[7]

Nominated for the Découverte Prize at the 2014 Prix de la critique awards [fr][4]


  1. ^ "Mehdi Dehbi". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  2. ^ a b c Roussel, Virginie (25 March 2011). "Mehdi Dehbi, l'étoile éclairée". La Libre (in French). Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  3. ^ AlloCiné. "Mehdi Dehbi - AlloCiné". Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  4. ^ a b "Les nominés aux Prix de la critique 2014". Le Soir (in French). 16 June 2014.
  5. ^ Festival Cabourg. "Festival du Film de Cabourg". Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  6. ^ "Palmarès et compte-rendu de jurée au Festival International du film de Boulogne-Billancourt 2012 | IN THE MOOD LE MAGAZINE". 2014-12-26. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  7. ^ "4. Fast Forward Europäisches Festival für junge Regie - In Braunschweig ziehen sich die Jungen in den Theaterraum zurück". 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2020-01-16.

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