Ashkenazi, 2006

Lior Ashkenazi (Hebrew: ליאור אשכנזי‎‎; born in 1969 in Ramat Gan) is an Israeli screen and stage actor.


Ashkenazi was born to Sephardi Jewish immigrants from Turkey who moved to Israel in 1964. He grew up in the Neveh Yehoshua neighborhood in Ramat Gan. His father, Shmuel, worked as a printer. His mother, Victoria, was a housewife. His parents spoke Ladino at home, and it was his first language. At the age of 16, in the wake of problems in school, he moved to Kibbutz Regavim.[1]

In the Israel Defense Forces, he served as a paratrooper. He studied acting at Beit Zvi. After graduating in 1994, he worked for Habima and Beersheba Theater. He starred in many plays at Beit Lessin Theater under the direction of Zipi Pines, one of his teachers at Beit Zvi. He also appeared with the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv, although Beit Lessin remained his home base.[1]

Ashkenazi was first married to actress Shira Farber. After his divorce, he had a relationship with playwright and screenwriter Sigal Avin. He also had a relationship with a woman whose identity remains unknown. In December 2011 he married producer Maya Amsellem. They had a daughter in August 2012.[1]

Partial filmography

as dubbing voice actor

Awards and nominations

  • Best Supporting Actor—Ish HaHashmal (Israeli Film Academy; nominated 2001)
  • Best Actor—Walk on Water (Israeli Film Academy; won 2004)[5]
  • Best Actor—Hatuna Meuheret (Israeli Film Academy; won 2001)
  • Best Actor— (Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actor; nominated 2015)[6]