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Marwan Kenzari (born 16 January 1983) is a Dutch actor. He has performed in Dutch and English language movies. He won a Golden Calf for Best Actor in 2013.

Marwan Kenzari
Marwan Kenzari in 2013
Born (1983-01-16) 16 January 1983 (age 36)
Years active2008 – present


Life and careerEdit

Marwan Kenzari was born on 16 January 1983 in The Hague, Netherlands to a Tunisian family. He is of Dutch nationality.

Kenzari began acting as a teenager when a girl he was seeing signed them up to audition for the Dutch version of the musical Chicago.[1] He has acted in films and TV series in his native Netherlands since 2008. In 2013, he won a Golden Calf for Best Actor at the Netherlands Film Festival for his role in the feature film Wolf (2013).[2] The film was translated into Russian by Russian film translator Andrey Efremov and screened at the 2013 VOLOGDA Film Festival.. In 2014, he won a Shooting Stars Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Kenzari speaks Arabic, Dutch, French and English.[3] He can be seen in the English-language films Collide and Ben-Hur. In the 2015 film Bloedlink, he appears in a long scene completely naked. It was announced that Kenzari would play the villain Jafar in Disney's live-action adaptation of Aladdin.[4][5]



Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
2008 Katia's Sister Giac Mijke de Jong
2009 The Last Days of Emma Blank Martin Alex van Warmerdam
2010 Loft Tom Fenneker Antoinette Beumer
2011 Rabat Zakaria Victor D. Ponten & Jim Taihuttu
2012 Black Out Youssef Arne Toonen
2013 Wolf Majid Jim Taihuttu
2014 Hartenstraat Daan Sanne Vogel
Accused Det. Ron Leeflang Paula van der Oest
Reckless Rico Joram Lürsen
Grab My Heart Richard Kees van Nieuwkerk
Bloedlink Rico Joram Lürsen
2016 Collide Matthias Eran Creevy
Ben-Hur Druses Timur Bekmambetov
The Promise Emre Ogan Terry George
2017 The Mummy Malik Alex Kurtzman
What Happened to Monday Adrian Knowles Tommy Wirkola
Murder on the Orient Express Pierre Michel Kenneth Branagh
2018 The Angel Ashraf Marwan Ariel Vromen
2019 Aladdin Jafar Guy Ritchie


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2010 Flikken Maastricht Luca de Keyzer 7 episodes
2009 Maite was hier Vuc TV movie
2012 Van God Los Frank Hendrikx 1 episode
2012–2013 Penoza Mustafa 8 episodes


  1. ^ "International Star You Should Know: Marwan Kenzari". Variety. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Gouden Kalf winnaars Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Netherlands Film Festival. Retrieved on 28 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Marwan Kenzari, The Netherlands". Shooting Stars. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (4 August 2017). "Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Reboot Casts 'Mummy' Actor as Jafar". Variety. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Disney's Aladdin remake has finally found its Jafar". 6 August 2017.

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