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Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
(Somali: Barkhad Cabdi) (born April 10, 1985) is a Somali-American
actor and director. He made his debut in the film Captain Phillips (2013), for which he received an BAFTA Award
for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, as well as Academy Award
Academy Award
and Golden Globe nominations.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Philanthropy 4 Personal life 5 Filmography

5.1 Film 5.2 Television

6 Awards and nominations 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Abdi was born in Mogadishu, Banaadir. Around the age of six or seven, when the Somali Civil War
Somali Civil War
broke out, he and his family moved to Yemen to join his father, who had taken up teaching.[1][2] In 1999, Abdi and his family relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where there is a large Somali community. He subsequently attended Minnesota
State University Moorhead.[2] Before entering the film industry, Abdi sold mobile phones at his brother's shop at a mall in Minneapolis.[3] He also worked as a limousine driver at a relative's chauffeur company and as a DJ.[4][5] Career[edit] Abdi made his debut in the 2013 film Captain Phillips. He played ship hijacker and pirate leader Abduwali Muse.[6][7] He was cast following a worldwide search for the lead roles. Abdi and three other actors were subsequently chosen from more than 700 participants at a 2011 casting call in Minneapolis. According to the casting director, the four were selected because they were "the chosen ones, that anointed group that stuck out".[8] For his work, Abdi was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor, and a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award. He won a BAFTA Award
for Best Supporting Actor.[9] Abdi's experience in Captain Phillips was his first in the film industry.[10] He was paid $65,000 for his role in the film.[11] After production finished, he returned to work at his brother's store.[12] In January 2014, Abdi read scripts for a television show.[13] He landed a role in an episode of the series Hawaii Five-0, playing former warlord Roko Makoni.[14] Later that year, he began work on the comedy film Trainwreck, though he did not appear in the finished film.[15] He also appeared in the 2015 thriller Eye in the Sky, playing Jama Farah; and appeared in The Brothers Grimsby.[16] In 2016 Abdi played the lead role in A Stray, an independent film directed by Musa Syeed that was set in the Minneapolis
Somali community.[17] In October 2017, Abdi featured in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, in a minor role of a scientist. He shared one scene with Ryan Gosling, providing him information on where to go next.[18] Abdi directed a film, Ciyaalka Xaafada, as well as several music videos.[2] Philanthropy[edit] In 2013, Abdi began to serve as an Ambassador for Adeso, an NGO founded by the Somali environmentalist Fatima Jibrell.[19] Personal life[edit] Abdi resides in Los Angeles, California.[20] The notable lump on his forehead came from a car accident he was in sometime prior to auditioning for Captain Phillips.[21] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes

2013 Captain Phillips Abduwali Muse Paul Greengrass

2015 Eye in the Sky Jama Farah Gavin Hood

2016 Grimsby Tabansi Nyagura Louis Leterrier

Extortion Miguel Kaba Phil Volken

2017 Good Time Dash Safdie Brothers

Blade Runner 2049 Doc Badger Denis Villeneuve

The Pirates of Somalia Abdi Bryan Buckley

2018 The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Assefa Ken Scott Post-production

A Girl from Mogadishu[22][23]



Year Title Role Notes

2015 Hawaii Five-0 Roko Makoni Episode: "E 'Imi pono"

2016 Family Guy Abduwali Muse Voice Episode: "Road to India"

Awards and nominations[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Barkhad Abdi References[edit]

^ "Entertainment Pop". ABCNews.com. Jan 21, 2014.  ^ a b c "Production Notes". The Walt Disney Company Nordic. Retrieved 19 October 2013.  ^ Goodyear, Dana (3 March 2014). "The Pictures - Contender". The New Yorker. Retrieved 6 March 2014.  ^ "Oscar nod for Minneapolis' Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
in 'Captain Phillips'". KARE. Archived from the original on 17 January 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.  ^ Bertram, Colin (12 January 2014). "2014 Golden Globes: Old Guard vs. New". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 16 March 2014.  ^ Ryan, Mike. "I Can't Believe I'm Doing A Scene With The Forrest Gump Guy!". Huffington Post.  ^ " Somali-American
Actor Stars in 'Captain Phillips' Movie". Voice of America. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2014.  ^ Seavert, Lindsey (October 8, 2013). "4 Mpls. men co-star in Tom Hanks film 'Captain Phillips'". KARE. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.  ^ "Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture". Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards. Archived from the original on 2014-02-03.  ^ Rottenberg, Josh. "Oscars 2014: Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
reacts to his Best Supporting Actor nomination". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 February 2014.  ^ ‘Captain Phillips’ Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
Is Broke Yahoo via TheWrap.com ^ Covert, Colin (12 January 2014). "First-time Minneapolis
actor Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
is in "state of shock" over his sudden fame". Star Tribune. Retrieved 16 March 2014.  ^ Heilbron, Alexandra (24 January 2014). "Captain Phillips Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
talks about sudden fame". Tribute. Retrieved 25 January 2014.  ^ "HAWAII FIVE-0 Recap "E 'Imi pono"". Seat42F. Retrieved 11 March 2015.  ^ "Judd Apatow's 'Trainwreck' Casts Up: Tilda Swinton, Barkhad Abdi and John Cena Sign On". Slashfilm.com. 2014-03-18. Retrieved 2014-05-21.  ^ Reilly, Travis (October 28, 2014). "'Breaking Bad' Star Aaron Paul Is a Conflicted Drone Pilot in 'Eye in the Sky'". TheWrap. Retrieved October 29, 2014.  ^ Syeed, Musa (2016-03-14), A Stray, Barkhad Abdirahman, Fathia Absie, Faysal Ahmed, retrieved 2018-01-05  ^ "'Blade Runner 2049': Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
Shares New Character Details". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-04-19.  ^ " Adeso Ambassador Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
appeals for Somali cyclone aid". Mareeg. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.  ^ Lammers, Tim (5 March 2014). "Report: Fresh off Oscar nomination, Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
'dead broke'". Bringmethenews. Retrieved 23 June 2014.  ^ Marsh, Steve (February 26, 2014). "Barkhad Abdi: A Pirate's Life". Mpls St. Paul Magazine. Retrieved February 13, 2018.  ^ McNary, Dave (October 25, 2017). "'How to Get Away With Murder's' Aja Naomi King to Star in 'A Girl From Mogadishu'". Variety.com. Retrieved March 2, 2018.  ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (October 25, 2017). "'A Girl From Mogadishu': Aja Naomi King Leads Female Empowerment Story – AFM". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 2, 2018. 

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Awards for Barkhad Abdi

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for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1968) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1969) Colin Welland (1970) Edward Fox (1971) Ben Johnson (1972) Arthur Lowe
Arthur Lowe
(1973) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1974) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1975) Brad Dourif
Brad Dourif
(1976) Edward Fox (1977) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1978) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1979) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1981) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1982) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1983) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1984) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1985) Ray McAnally (1986) Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(1987) Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(1988) Ray McAnally (1989) Salvatore Cascio (1990) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1993) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(1994) Tim Roth
Tim Roth
(1995) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1996) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(1997) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1998) Jude Law
Jude Law
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
(2002) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2003) Clive Owen
Clive Owen
(2004) Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
(2005) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2015) Dev Patel
Dev Patel
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell

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London Film Critics' Circle Award for Supporting Actor of the Year

Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2011) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2012) Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2015) Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali
/ Tom Bennett (2016) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 307172871 LCCN: no2014017967 ISNI: 0000 0004 2850 8244 GND: 1049514688 SUDOC: 177537108 BNF: cb1677