Adel Bencherif

Since 2004, Adel Bencherif has played Arabic characters that draw upon his background as a Frenchman by way of Tunisia. He began acting with a small role in the romantic drama "Grande cole," which explores the fractured ... Read more »
Born: 05/30/1975 in Grenoble, FR

Filmography

Actor (7)

London Has Fallen 2016 (Movie)

Raza Mansoor (Actor)

Spectre 2015 (Movie)

Abrika (Actor)

La fugue 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Of Gods and Men 2011 (Movie)

Terrorist (Actor)

A Prophet 2010 (Movie)

Ryad (Actor)

Frontier(s) 2008 (Movie)

Sami (Actor)

Cages 2005 (Movie)

Rabbah (Actor)

Biography

Since 2004, Adel Bencherif has played Arabic characters that draw upon his background as a Frenchman by way of Tunisia. He began acting with a small role in the romantic drama "Grande école," which explores the fractured relationship of a couple exploring their sexual desires. Bencherif next appeared as a struggling actor in "Ze Film," a 2005 comedy about an aspiring director who steals equipment from a big-budget movie set to make his own film; the following year, he made a brief appearance as a brazen guitar thief in a segment of the critically-acclaimed anthology "Paris, je'taime." After Bencherif was cast as a radical Islamic teen in the French TV movie "Djihad!," which examined the lives of a group of people caught in the chaotic run-up to the Iraq war, he landed a pivotal role in Xavier Gans's gruesome horror "Frontier(s)." In 2009 he landed a breakout role in Jacques Audiard's critically-acclaimed prison drama "A Prophet," which stirred controversy over its thought-provoking plot about the spread of Islamic fundamentalism within the French prison system. Bencherif portrayed Ryad, a young drug dealer who teaches naive prisoner Malik (Tahar Rahim) to read and write, and educates him about his Muslim heritage. The following year, he appeared as a radical Algerian terrorist in "Of Gods and Men," based on the politically-motivated murders of seven Trappist monks during the 1996 Algerian civil war.

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