Dhafer L'Abidine
Dhafer L'Abidine
has marked success as an actor in Great Britain, and the Middle East.
Before his sky-rocketing breakthrough in the Arab world, Dhafer L'Abidine enjoyed a successful career in the West, appearing in international film productions such as Children of Men (2006), Sex and the City 2 (2010), Centurion (2010), Black Forest (2012), Rise of the Footsoldier (UK), in addition to the Sci-Fi film South of Hope Street that is expected to be released in 2018.

Born in Tunisia, Dhafer studied Computer Science, while working as a model at Metropolitan in Paris. He then moved to the UK to join the Birmingham School of Acting, from which he graduated with a Professional Acting Diploma in 2002. A year later, Dhafer made his acting debut in the UK in the popular TV series Dream Team (Sky TV), where he remained for two seasons. He then went on to appear in numerous British television dramas, including Spooks (BBC), Strike Back (Sky TV/CINEMAX), Wallander (ITV), Wire in the Blood (ITV) and Hunted (BBC/HBO). He recently starred in season 5 of the French series Engrenages on Canal+ and the American series Transporter on TNT and HBO Canada. Most recently, Dhafer appeared in the two British TV series Fearless and Crossing the Borders, besides his role in the American TV series North 40, based on the book The Looming Tower, which started airing in February 2018.
Always keen on appearing in TV dramas in the Arab world, Dhafer starred in the hit TV series Halawet El Dounia and Caramel in 2017, and in 2016, he starred in Al Khoroug TV series. In 2015, he starred in Taht Al Saytara TV drama, for which he won Best Actor at the Arab Satellite Channels Festival. He won critical acclaim for his performances in Farq Tawqeet (2014), Neran Sadeqa (2013), Vertigo (2012) and Zakerat Al Jassed (2010), which featured an array of A-list stars from across the region, and the Tunisian TV series Maktoub (2008). L'Abidine is currently shooting his scenes for the new TV series Lyaly Eugenia, where he plays a doctor. The TV series is set in Cairo and Port Said in 1946. Lyaly Eugenia is set to air in Ramadan 2018.

As for Arab films, L'Abidine starred in the Tunisian feature film Fin December (2010), the Egyptian action comedy film Esmat Abu Shanab (2016) by director Sameh Abdulaziz, alongside Egyptian star Yasmin Abdelaziz, and the Lebanese film Habbet Caramel (2017), a spinoff of the TV series Caramel. Habbet Caramel made great success in Lebanese theaters, and was released in Tunisia and Dubai.
As a TV presenter, Dhafer has several successful TV shows under his belt, including: Ameer Al Shu'ra (2007), a prestigious talent show competition which searches for the most talented poets in the Arab region. The show was extremely successful and attracted more than 20 million viewers in each live episode. Dhafer has recently hosted the Arab world version of the international game show The Cube on Dubai TV. He appeared in many TV commercials of the biggest trademarks in the Arab world, the last of which was for Vodafone Egypt. He also became one of the faces of the Tunisian fashion brand HA. Most recently, Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) selected L'Abidine to endorse its new marketing campaign that focuses on how stories play a huge role in connecting people.