Ashraf Barhom (Arabic: أشرف برهوم‎‎, Hebrew: אשרף ברהום‎‎; born January 8, 1979) an Israeli-Arab actor from Tarshiha, in Galilee, Israel.[1] He has starred in The Kingdom, Paradise Now, By Any Means and The Syrian Bride.

Early life

Barhom grew up in Galilee in a small village called Tarshiha. He participated in many school plays before attending the University of Haifa, where he graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and Arts. He has three sisters. Of his ethnic heritage, Barhom has said:

When we attach ourselves to national identities, then we enter into a cycle of conflict. I didn't choose where I was born or who to be or what people would call me. I'm a hybrid, from a cultural perspective, but I don't think in these terms. I'm more simple than that. I'm a mammal who will live 70 years more or less, who believes in God and likes his life.[2]

Barhom is a Christian. [3]

Career

In 2007, he garnered much attention for appearing alongside Jamie Foxx in the movie The Kingdom as Col. Faris Al-Ghazi.[4] He has since appeared in such Israeli films as Ahava Colombianit (Colombian Love) and Lebanon. He is also notable for starring in Agora, portraying the 5th century AD Alexandrian parabalani monk Ammonius, in the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans as the bounty hunter Ozal, and in Ralph Fiennes' 2011 adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus. In July 2013 it was announced that Barhom had been cast in FX's series Tyrant.[5]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2014 300: Rise of an Empire General Bandari
2013 The Savior Judas Iscariot
2012 Inheritance Marwan
2012 Zaytoun PLO Fighter
2011 Coriolanus Cassius
2010 Clash of the Titans Ozal
2009 Lebanon 1st Phalangist
2009 Agora Ammonius
2007 The Kingdom Colonel Faris Al Ghazi
2005 Paradise Now Abu-Karem
2004 The Syrian Bride Marwan
2004 Ahava Colombianit Samir
2002 In the 9th Month Ahmad

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2014–2016 Tyrant Jamal
2013 By Any Means Ahmed Episode 1.5

References

  1. ^ Ashraf Barhom - Biography
  2. ^ "Dark-Skinned, Good Guy". Denver Westward. September 27, 2007. 
  3. ^ Ashraf Barhom
  4. ^ "In the right place at the right time". Los Angeles Times. September 23, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Shannyn Sossamon Joins Fox's 'Wayward Pines', Ashraf Barhom Cast In FX's 'Tyrant'". Deadline. July 26, 2013.