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Faysal Ahmed

Faysal Ahmed (Somali: Faysal Axmed; born 1985) is a Somali-American actor and youth program coordinator from Minneapolis.

Faysal Ahmed
Born 1985
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present
Style Drama, action, adventure
Home town Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)


Early lifeEdit

Ahmed was born one of nine children in 1985 in Yemen, where he grew up. In 1999 he moved, along with his mother and some of his siblings, to the United States at the age of 14.[1]


In a professional capacity, Ahmed served as a Youth Program Coordinator at the Bedlam Theater in Minneapolis. He worked there on plays and poetry. He has also participated in an enrollment push for MNsure, a health insurance program in Minnesota.[2]

In 2013, Ahmed appeared in the film Captain Phillips. He played Najee, a ship hijacker.

Ahmed and three other actors were picked from among more than 700 participants at a 2011 casting call at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis. According to the search casting director, Debbie DeLisi, the four were selected because they were "the chosen ones, that anointed group that stuck out."[3]

In early 2014, he revealed that he was going to Los Angeles by the spring season in order to continue his acting career.[4] In 2016 he partook in A Stray that was directed by Musa Syeed.[5]



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