Nadim Sawalha

Something of a pioneer in British cinema, Jordan-born Nadim Sawalha has spent more than four decades as a stage, television and film actor, long as one of the few Arab performers in the United Kingdom, and one who has ... Read more »
Born: 09/09/1935 in Madaba, JO

Filmography

Actor (34)

The Hour 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Le Grand voyage d'Ibn Batuta - de Tanger à la Mecque 2009 (Movie)

Ibn Mustapha (Actor)

Captain Abu Raed 2008 (Movie)

Abu Raed (Actor)

Robin Hood 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nativity Story 2006 (Movie)

Melchior (Actor)

Syriana 2005 (Movie)

Emir Hamad Al-Subaai (Actor)

Don Quixote 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Arabian Nights 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Cleopatra 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Avengers 1998 (Movie)

Minister--World Council of Ministers (Actor)

The Daughters of Cain 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Taylor Bradford's "Remember" 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther 1993 (Movie)

Lugash Agent (Actor)

The Hawk 1993 (Movie)

Bahnu (Actor)

Company Business 1991 (Movie)

Faisal (Actor)

House of Cards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Pascali's Island 1988 (Movie)

Pasha (Actor)

Ishtar 1987 (Movie)

Camel Seller (Actor)

Knights and Emeralds 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lionheart 1987 (Movie)

Selim (Actor)

The Living Daylights 1987 (Movie)

Chief of Security--Tangiers (Actor)

Half Moon Street 1986 (Movie)

Karim Hatami (Actor)

Harem 1985 (Movie)

Haroud (Actor)

Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 (Movie)

Egyptian Tavern Owner (Actor)

Misunderstood 1984 (Movie)

Ahmed (Actor)

Sphinx 1981 (Movie)

Gamal (Actor)

The Awakening 1979 (Movie)

Dr El Sadek (Actor)

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger 1977 (Movie)

Hassan (Actor)

The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 (Movie)

Fekkesh (Actor)

A Touch of Class 1972 (Movie)

Night Hotel Manager (Actor)

A Casualty of War (TV Show)

Actor

Abraham (TV Show)

Actor

Joseph (TV Show)

Actor

The Fever (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Something of a pioneer in British cinema, Jordan-born Nadim Sawalha has spent more than four decades as a stage, television and film actor, long as one of the few Arab performers in the United Kingdom, and one who has moved away from stereotypical roles despite playing them early in his career. That career started on screen just before the age of 30, when Sawalha appeared as a Beirut local in the opening episode of the popular British spy series "Secret Agent" (1964). He played a waiter later in the season, but did not land another screen role until 1970, when he appeared as a sheik in the oil-themed TV drama series "Mogul" (aka "The Troubleshooters"). Sawalha's feature debut came in the 1973 romantic comedy "A Touch of Class," in which he played a hotel manager. In addition to small and similarly themed roles, Sawalha also embodied villains, such as the Egyptian smuggler opposite Roger Moore's James Bond in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977). Sawalha later appeared in another Bond film, "The Living Daylights" (1987), this time in a bit part as the Tangier security head. He hasn't been confined to British cinema, though, nor to background roles or parts as evildoers. In 2005, he played an aging Gulf emir in the American political thriller "Syriana," and in 2007 he turned in an award-winning performance as the titular storytelling Jordanian airport custodian in the tender drama "Captain Abu Raed."

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