Rami Malek

Rami Malek
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Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Birth Name: Rami Said Malek  

Nickname/Stage Name: Rami Malek

Birth Date: May 12, 1981  

Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama 

Occupation: Actor

Years Active: 2004 till Present

Net Worth: $8 million 


Personal life

Rami Said Malek was born in Torrance, California, to Egyptian immigrant parents Nelly Abdel-Malek and Said Malek. He has also stated that he is "an eighth Greek". His parents and older sister left Cairo in 1978 after his father, a travel agent and tour guide, became intrigued with Western visitors.

Malek confirmed his relationship with his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton during his acceptance speech for Breakthrough Performance of the Year at the 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.


He studied Theater at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana after graduating in 1999. He also studied for a semester in England at Harlaxton College in Harlaxton, Lincolnshire.

Malek interned at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, during the summer before his senior year, where he met playwright August Wilson.

In 2003, he received his BFA. He was later recognized by the college with a 2017 Young Alumnus Award, which is given to those who have "achieved personal success and contributed services to their community and to UE."


Malek got a call from casting director Mara Casey after a year and a half of waiting. She requested to speak with his agent. When he admitted he didn't have one, she advised him to get one first. However, after a pleasant conversation, Malek suggested they meet anyway. She agreed, and the meeting resulted in him landing his first role in the TV sitcom Gilmore Girls; the episode in which he appeared first aired in January 2004.

The actor secured supporting roles in some major films, including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2Battleship, The Master, and Aint Them Body Saints.

In 2018, he portrayed Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian RhapsodyThough it got mixed reviews, Malek's performance was praised by critics.

Malek played a detective who assists Denzel Washington's character in the 2021 crime drama The Little Things.


Primetime Emmy Award (2016)

Critics' Choice Award (2016)

 Gold Derby Award (2016)

Academy Award (2019)

British Academy Film Award (2019)

Golden Globe Award (2019)

Screen Actors Guild Award (2019)

Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Award (2019)

Palm Springs International Film Festival Award (2019)

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award (2019)

Satellite Award (2019)


"There's fears in everyone's job. Ours are in the limelight, and people think we're incredibly privileged or nuts to do what we do for a living."

"I used to spend a lot of time alone as a kid creating characters and doing voices in my room, and I thought to myself, I'm either going to go absolutely nuts, or I'm going to find something to put that energy into."

"I love film. I've always been enchanted by doing film. It's something I grew up watching."


He has an identical twin brother named Sami.

His twin brother is younger by 4 minutes.

He is the fifth Oscar-winning actor to play a villain in a James Bond film.


Night at the Museum (2006)

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

Battleship (2011)

Oldboy (2013)

Need for Speed (2014)

Papillon (2017)

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Dolittle (2020)

The Little Things (2021)


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