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Barkhad Abdi

Barkhad Abdi
برخد عبدي
Abdi at the New York Film Festival in 2014
Born (1985-04-10) April 10, 1985
Mogadishu, SDR
Alma mater Minnesota State-Moorhead
Years active 2013–present

Barkhad Abdi (Somali: Barkhad Cabdi, Arabic: برخد عبدي‎; born April 10, 1985) is a Somali American actor and director. He made his debut in the 2013 film Captain Phillips, for which he received various film award nominations, including Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTA, the latter of which he went on to win.

Contents

  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Philanthropy 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Personal life

Abdi was born in 1985 in Mogadishu, situated in the southern Banaadir region of Somalia. Around the age of six or seven, when the civil war broke out, he and his family moved to Yemen to join his father who had taken up the profession of being a teacher.[1][2]

In 1999, Abdi and his family relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where there is a large Somali community. He subsequently attended Minnesota State University Moorhead.[2]

Before entering the film industry, Abdi sold mobile phones at his brother's shop at a mall in Minneapolis.[3] He also worked as a limousine driver at a relative's chauffeur company, and as a DJ.[4][5]

As of 2014, Abdi resides in Los Angeles, California.[6]

Career

Abdi made his film debut in 2013, appearing in the film Captain Phillips, alongside Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. He played ship hijacker and pirate leader Abduwali Muse.[7][8] He was cast following a worldwide search for the lead roles. Abdi and three other actors were subsequently chosen from among more than 700 participants at a 2011 casting call in Minneapolis. According to the search casting director, the four were selected because they were "the chosen ones, that anointed group that stuck out."[9]

For his work, Abdi was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and a Golden Globe Award. He won a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.[10] Abdi's experience in Captain Phillips was his first in the film industry.[11] He was paid $65,000 USD for his role in the movie.[12] After film production, Abdi returned to work at his brother's store.[13]

In January 2014, Abdi read scripts for a television show.[14] He landed a role in an episode of the U.S. television series Hawaii Five-0, playing former warlord Roko.[15]

In 2014, Abdi began work on the American comedy film Trainwreck, though he did not appear in the finished film.[16] He also appears in the upcoming international thriller Eye in the Sky, playing Jama Farah.[17]

Besides acting, Abdi has directed a film, Ciyaalka Xaafada, as well as several music videos.[2]

Philanthropy

In 2013, Abdi began to serve as an Ambassador for Adeso, an NGO founded by the Somali environmentalist Fatima Jibrell.[18]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Captain Phillips Abduwali Muse BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - Male
Capri Breakout Actor Award
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Indiana Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Supporting Actor of the Year
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Nominated—Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actor[19]
Nominated—Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer
Nominated—Gold Derby Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture[20]
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Iowa Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—North Carolina Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor[21]
2015 Eye in the Sky Jama Farah
2015 Wolf Who Cried Boy Reggie
2016 Extortion Miguel Kaba

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Hawaii Five-0 Roko Makoni TV series
1 episode

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