Halevy from a scene in Bethlehem
12 March 1975
Lucy Aharish (m. 2018)
Halevy was born in Petah Tikva, Israel, to a Sephardic Jewish family. His father was an 8th generation Sabra, whereas his mother is of Moroccan-Jewish origin. As a child he lived in many countries due to his father's work in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. Halevy grew up to speak five languages: Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, French and English.
During his three-year mandatory service in the Israeli Defense Forces, he first joined the special forces Samson Unit that focused on undercover military operations against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, and later served as an officer in the elite special operations force Duvdevan Unit noted for undercover operations in urban areas, during which its members often wear Arab civilian clothes as a disguise.
He has been a member of the Mayumana troupe that combines dance, song, and percussion since 1999.
Halevy's breakthrough came in 2012, when he took part in the first season of the reality show The Voice Israel under mentor Shlomi Shabat. He reached the final but did not win. After appearing on The Voice, he began working on his first album "Kivvunim" ("Directions"), which was released in 2012. In 2014, he collaborated with Idan Raichel and wrote the French song "Petit Roi". In 2015, he released the single "Tamali Ma'aek" (تملي معاك), a cover of an Arabic song he performed during the shooting of Fauda.
In 2013, Halevy starred in the drama film Bethlehem, Ophir Award winner for Best Picture. He portrayed 'Razi', a Shin Bet agent, and won an Ophir Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.
In 2014, he portrayed 'Shlomi Daddon' on the Hot 3 television series Metim LeRega alongside Agam Rudberg, Ofer Shechter, and Yuval Segal. That year, he also appeared on Betulot as 'Haim Toledano', and worked alongside Sasson Gabai and Maggie Azarzar.
In February 2015, the political-thriller television series Fauda first aired on 'yes'. In it Halevy portrays 'Naor', a member of a Mista'arvim unit. He later appeared in the 2015 drama film The Kind Words as 'Rikki'.
In 2016, he played a small role on Channel 10's drama television series Hostages. In 2017, he appeared on the second season of the television action series Mossad 101 as 'Liron Harriri', the head of a crime family, and on HOT's Full Moon as 'Baruch'.
Halevy has resided in the city of Tel Aviv since the late 1990s.
Halevy is divorced from the Israeli dancer Una Holbrook, with whom he has a son.
He married Arab-Israeli news anchor Lucy Aharish, in a private ceremony on October 10, 2018, after four years of a relationship that was kept in secret until then for fear of harassment. Their marriage led to a public controversy, with some government officials criticizing it as "assimilation", and many Knesset members, including other government officials, congratulating the couple and writing their colleagues off as "racist".
- קצין המסתערבים שהפך לרקדן שר על חיילים ("The Mista'arvim officer that became a dancer who sings about soldiers") Assaf Nevo, Mako, 8 August 2011
- "כבר אין לי חלומות, מפני שקיבלתי הזדמנות לחיות את החלום" ("I no longer have dreams, since I was given the opportunity to live the dream") Smadar Shir, ynet, 29 October 2017
- "'Bethlehem' heads to Academy Awards after winning six 'Israeli Oscars'" - Haaretz
- "How has Israel become a global TV powerhouse?" - Jerusalem Post
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- "Lucy Aharish weds 'Fauda' star Tzachi Halevy". The Jerusalem Post. 10 October 2018.
- "Popular anchor, actor marry in secret interfaith wedding". The Times of Israel. 10 October 2018.
- "Jewish 'Fauda' star sparks controversy over marriage to Muslim news anchor". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
- "Jewish 'Fauda' star's marriage to Muslim newswoman gets condemnations from right". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
- "Celebrity Jewish-Arab Wedding Stirs Mixed Feelings in Israel". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
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