Kais Nashef (Arabic: قيس ناشف, Hebrew: קאיס נאשף; born 1978 (1978)) is an Arab-Israeli actor .[1][2][3][4]

Kais Nashef
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Nashef in Happiness Wrapped in a Blanket, 2014
Born1978 (age 43–44)
Tayibe, Israel
Arab Israeli
Germany[citation needed]

Born in Tayibe, Israel, to an Palestinian Arab father, and to a German-Christian mother.

Nashef studied acting at the Beit Zvi Institute of Performing Arts in Ramat Gan.[2] He later played the lead role in Paradise Now, a film about two would-be suicide bombers in the West Bank. In 2018, he won the best actor award at the Venice Film Festival for his role in Tel Aviv on Fire.


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Paradise Now Said
2005 Allenbi Romance
2006 The Nativity Story Benjamin
2006 Djihad Lugman TV movie
2006-2009 Parashat Ha-Shavua Amir El Nashaf TV series, 35 episodes
2008 AmericanEast Omar
2008 Body of Lies Mustafa Karami
2008 Winds of Sand Militant
2009 Die Seele eines Mörders Ya'ir TV movie
2012 Habibi Qays
2012-2015 Ananda TV series, co-write
2013 Big Bad Wolves man on horseback
2014 Happiness Wrapped in a Blanket Bashir
2016 looking for um kolthoum
2017 Tel Aviv on Fire Salam Venice Film Festival (Horizons) Best Actor
2020 Limbo Nabil


  1. ^ Gutman, Matthew (March 2, 2006). "Suicide bomber story contender for foreign Oscar". USA Today. Retrieved September 21, 2010. Nashef — a reedy, chain-smoking, 27-year-old Arab Israeli — plays the role of the tormented Said, one of two young Palestinian men sent to blow themselves up on a Tel Aviv bus.
  2. ^ a b al-'Eyissa, Osama (1 February 2006). "مغمورون عرب إلى الأوسكار" [Unknown Arab to the Oscars] (in Arabic). Elaph Publishing Limited. Retrieved September 21, 2010. قيس ناشفوناشف، من مدينة الطيبة في المثلث الفلسطيني، ويحمل الجنسية الإسرائيلية، وهو غير معروف بدرجة كبيرة في الساحة الفنية الفلسطينية، وتخرج قبل عامين من معهد "بيت تسفي" للفنون المسرحية،
    Translation: Nashef, from the city of Tayibe in the Palestinian Triangle, who holds the Israeli citizenship, and is not very well known in the Palestinian art scene, graduated two years ago from the Beit Zvi Institute of Performing Arts. 2018 won the best actor price at Venice Film Festival for his role in Tel Aviv on Fire.
  3. ^ Higson, Rosalie (August 4, 2005). "The challenges of a movie suicide bomber". The Australian. p. 6. A sympathetic portrayal of a suicide bomber is possibly the most contentious role an actor could take on. But Palestinian actor Kais Nashef, who played the lead in Paradise Now, doesn't see it that way.
  4. ^ Partridge, Des (July 27, 2005). "A double take for film festival fans". The Courier Mail (Queensland, Australia). p. 9. The final 15 in the competition are being judged by a panel including festival guests, film critic and cult writer Jack Sargeant and Palestinian actor Kais Nashef (who stars in the suicide bomber drama Paradise Now screening on Friday night).

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