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Occupation  Actor
Spouse  Leila Bekhti (m. 2010)
Role  Actor

Name  Tahar Rahim
Years active  2005–present
Siblings  Ahmed Rahim
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Born  4 July 1981 (age 34) (1981-07-04) Belfort, France
Education  Paul Valery University, Montpellier III
Awards  Cesar Award for Best Actor, Cesar Award for Most Promising Actor, European Film Award for Best Actor
Movies  A Prophet, Samba, The Past, Les Anarchistes, Grand Central
Similar People  Leila Bekhti, Jacques Audiard, Omar Sy, Adele Exarchopoulos, Eric Toledano

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Tahar Rahim (born 4 July 1981) is a French actor of Algerian descent. He is known for his starring role as Malik El Djebena in the 2009 award-winning French movie A Prophet by Jacques Audiard.


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Rahim has demonstrated multilingual skills and an ear for accents, having played in Corsican and Arabic in addition to French in A Prophet, and in Scottish Gaelic for his role as the Seal Prince in Kevin Macdonald's The Eagle.

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Early life

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Rahim was born in Belfort, France, into a family that immigrated from the region of Oran, Algeria.

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After earning a Baccalauréat at the Lycée Condorcet of Belfort, he enrolled first in Sports and then Computer Science programs. After two subsequent years of an unmotivated boredom with the subjects in Strasbourg and Marseille, Rahim decided to pursue his passion and began to study film at the Paul Valéry University of Montpellier. His life as a film student was chronicled in a documentary by Cyril Mennegun titled "Tahar, student", aired on French TV channel France 5 in 2006.

Following this, Rahim moved to Paris in 2005 and studied drama at the Laboratoire de l'Acteur under Hélène Zidi-Chéruy while working in a factory during the week, and in a night club on weekends to make ends meet.


In mid-2006, after signing with an agent, Rahim won a part in the hit Canal+ television series La Commune written by Abdel Raouf Dafri. Dafri penned the first draft of the script to A Prophet. Rahim then met Audiard when the two coincidentally shared a cab while the two were leaving a set. Tahar introduced himself saying that "I knew it was Audiard and I said I was a fan but I think I was a bit silly" and was afterward very surprised that Audiard remembered him enough to contact him about A Prophet. After a two-line appearance in 2008 horror movie Inside starring Béatrice Dalle, he went through a gruelling three months of auditioning. After eight callbacks, he landed his breakthrough role.

Rahim also starred in controversial Chinese director Lou Ye's film Love and Bruises. The director, twice banned from making movies by the Chinese government, likely met Tahar at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival where they were each presenting Spring Fever and A Prophet respectively. Love Bruises is the adaptation of the banned biography of Jie Liu Falin.

Another project he starred in was Des hommes libres (Free men), the biopic on Si Kaddour Benghabrit, founder of the Great Mosque of Paris, directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi of Le Grand Voyage fame.

He was selected to be on the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

He is currently starring in the European crime drama television series The Last Panthers.

Personal life

Rahim is married to French actress Leïla Bekhti, whom he met while filming A Prophet in 2007.


  • 2007 - 2008: Libres sont les papillons in the role of the blind character Benjamin. The play was written by Leonard Gershe, directed by Hélène Zidi-Chéruy and staged at the Côté Court Theater, 11th arrondissement of Paris.
  • References

    Tahar Rahim Wikipedia

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