North African Actorsby moneyllc | created - 27 Sep 2012 | updated - 17 Dec 2013 | Public
Actress | Wrong Turn
Emmanuelle Chriqui was born in Montreal, Quebec, to Moroccan Jewish immigrants, Liliane (Benisty) and Albert Chriqui. Her family moved to Toronto when she was two years old. At the age of 10, Chriqui appeared in a McDonald's commercial. She moved to Vancouver, guest-starring in series such as Are ...
2. Omar Sharif
Actor | Lawrence of Arabia
Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and the title role in Doctor Zhivago (1965), was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt to Joseph Shalhoub, a lumber merchant, and his wife, Claire (Saada). Of Lebanese and ...
3. Jean Reno
Actor | Léon
Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. ...
Actor | Wonder Woman
Saïd Taghmaoui was born July 19th 1973 in Villepinte, Seine-Saint-Denis, France, to Moroccan immigrant parents. He has 9 siblings. He dropped out of school at a young age and became a boxer; at one point ranking number 2 in France in his category. He met Mathieu Kassovitz with whom he co-wrote the ...
6. Gad Elmaleh
Actor | Hors de prix
Gad was born in Morocco in April 1971. His father was a mime. He was a student at Georges Bizet school and Lycée Lyautey in Casablanca but didn't like school much. In 1988, Gad left Casablanca to go to Montreal. He stayed there for 4 years, during which he was a political science student for one ...
8. Sanaa Hamri
Producer | Empire
Sanaa Hamri is a renowned film director from Tangier, Morocco. Her feature directorial debut was the romantic comedy Something New for Focus Features in 2006, followed by her second directorial effort, the sequel to the Warner Bros.' hit The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, then onto the Fox ...
10. Touriya Haoud
Actress | Five Fingers
Touriya Haoud was born and raised in a small village in Holland of Marocain/Macedonian heritage.
Soon after graduating the private University of Schoevers, with a Communication Degree, a friend persuaded Touriya to participate in a modeling contest. Touriya not only won, but also from that moment on,...
11. Jamel Debbouze
Jamel Debbouze was born on June 18, 1975 in Paris, France. He is an actor and producer, known for Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002), Angel-A (2005) and Amélie (2001). He has been married to Mélissa Theuriau since May 7, 2008. They have two children.
12. Omar Metwally
Actor | The Affair
Omar Metwally was born in Queens, New York in 1975 to an Egyptian father and a Dutch mother, and moved with the family to Orange County, California at age three where he was raised. Metwally gained a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and while acting around the Bay area ...
13. Leïla Bekhti
Actress | Paris, je t'aime
on 25th July 2017 gave birth to a baby boy name Souleiman. Dad is her husband Tahar Rahim.
She met her husband on the set of the movie "Un Prophète"(2008).
She has already won 5 awards included 2 times César's winner (french movies award) in 2012 as best actress in a leading role and in 2019 as a ...
15. Morjana Alaoui
Actress | Martyrs
Morjana Alaoui (born November 30, 1982) is a Moroccan-French actress. She appeared in Marock (2005) and Pascal Laugier's horror film Martyrs (2008).
Alaoui spent her early life in the Arfa neighborhood of Casablanca, Morocco, and studied at the Casablanca American School. At 18, Alaoui moved to ...
18. Karima McAdams
Actress | Frontier Blues
Karima was born in London. Her mother is Irish and Greek, her father Berber Moroccan. She spent her youth growing up in Tanger, northern Morocco along with her two sisters. At the age of 7 her family moved to east London where she attended middle and high school. During her teens she was scouted ...
19. Natacha Amal
Actress | Napoléon
Natacha Amal was born on September 4, 1968 in Brussels, Belgium. She is an actress, known for Napoléon (2002), Gialloparma (1999) and Dans la cour des grands (1995). She has been married to Jacques Stival since September 18, 2015. She was previously married to Claude Rappe.
20. Olivier Martinez
Actor | Unfaithful
Olivier Martinez comes from a working-class family, raised in the Paris suburbs. He left school at an early age, holding various pick-up jobs such as salesman for jeans. Friends urged him to try acting, and at age 23 he enrolled in the International Conservatory of Paris. After several television ...
23. Assaad Bouab
Actor | Dix pour cent
Assaad was born in July 1980 in Aurillac, France. His mother is French, and his father is Moroccan. He grew up in Rabat, Morocco, and, in 1998 he left his home town and familly to go to Paris and start acting lessons in the Cours Florent. In 2006, Assaad graduated from the prestigious National ...
25. Shiri Appleby
Actress | The Thirteenth Floor
Shiri Appleby was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 7, 1978, to Dina (Bouader), a Hebrew School teacher, and Jerry Appleby, a telecommunications executive. She has a brother, Evan. Her father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and her mother, who is from Israel, is of Moroccan Sephardi ...
28. Amr Waked
Actor | Lucy
Amr Waked was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1972. He studied economics and theatre in the American University in Cairo. In his early experience as an actor Amr joined the Temple Theatre Troop in 1994, and Yaaru Theatre Troop in 1999, where he trained and developed his tools as a stage performer.
With his ...
33. Emmanuelle Béart
Actress | 8 femmes
Emmanuelle Béart was born August 14, 1963, in Gassin, France. She lived with her mother, brothers, and sister on a farm not far from Saint-Tropez in Provence (southern France), because her father, singer and poet Guy Béart, did not want his children to be affected by the glamour world of Paris. ...
34. Dany Boon
Actor | Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis
Dany Boon was born on June 26, 1966 in Armentières, Nord, France as Daniel Hamidou. He is an actor and writer, known for Welcome to the Sticks (2008), Joyeux Noel (2005) and Micmacs (2009). He has been married to Yaël Boon since December 26, 2003. They have three children. He was previously married...
36. David Charvet
Actor | Melrose Place
David Charvet, who rose to international fame on the hit shows Baywatch (1989) and Melrose Place (1992), is now moving into the feature front, having completed production on starring roles in two films this year.
In the sports feature Green Flash (2008), Charvet plays "Cameron Day", a star ...
38. Claude Lelouch
Director | Un homme et une femme
Claude Lelouch was born on October 30, 1937 in Paris, France. He is a writer and director, known for A Man and a Woman (1966), Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté (1988) and Hommes, femmes, mode d'emploi (1996). He is married to Valérie Perrin. He was previously married to Alessandra ...
39. Khleo Thomas
Actor | Holes
Khleo Thomas has a definite passion for acting. Khleo recently made the outstanding "Black Stars Rising: 10 young African-Americans to Watch" by AOL's Film Fixation joining the ranks of Joy Bryant, Meagan Good, and Kerry Washington to name a few. From digging holes as Zero with Sigourney Weaver and ...