Kad Merad

Kad Merad

Highest Rated: 88% The Well Digger's Daughter (2011)

Lowest Rated: 25% War of the Buttons (2011)

Birthday: Mar 27, 1964

Birthplace: Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria

French comedian Kad Merad rose swiftly from radio and television to feature films, where he displayed a talent for both comedies like "Welcome to the Sticks" (2008) and intimate dramas like "Don't Worry, I'm Fine" (2006). Born Kaddour Merad on March 27, 1964 in the Algerian city of Sidi Bel Abbès, he was the son of an Algerian father and French mother. Merad began his performing career as a teenager, playing and singing in various bands on the Club Med resort circuit. He experimented with classical theater before moving into radio as a host on Oui FM. There, he met Olivier Baroux, with whom he formed the duo Kad & Olivier; the pair had their own program, "Rock'n Roll Circus," which featured numerous recurring sketches. In 1999, Kad & Olivier earned their own television sketch comedy series, "Le grosse emission" (Comedie+, 1999-2001). Merad soon transitioned successfully into feature films, both as a solo performer in comedies like "La beuze" (2003) and dramas like the thriller "The Pharmacist" (2003). He also teamed with Baroux for various broad comedy films, including "Mais qui a tuè Pamela Rose?" (2003), based on one of their more popular sketches, and "Iznogoud" (2005), a live-action take on the comic by "Asterix" co-creator René Goscinny. During this period, Merad received excellent reviews for his turn in "Les Choristes" (2004), a coming-of-age drama that was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The international acclaim afforded to the picture led to "Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas" (2006), a moving drama about a young woman (Melanie Laurent) who lapses into a crippling depression after the apparent disappearance of her brother. Merad played the siblings' father, whose tough exterior hid a deeply wounded and sensitive soul, and received the César for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He then returned to a steady schedule of comedies, including reunions with Baroux in "A Ticket to Space" (2006) and "Ce soir, je dors chez toi" (2007), which marked Baroux's directorial debut. Merad scored the biggest hit of his career to date with "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis" (2008), a fish-out-of-water comedy about a postman who discovers that the sleepy northern French town to which he has been dispatched is the perfect antidote for his miserable life. Now firmly established as a film star, Merad worked steadily throughout the 2000s and beyond. He moved between light comedies like the Oscar-nominated "Paris 36" (2008) and "Superstar" (2012), with Merad as an average man who suddenly becomes famous, and a broader farce with Baroux "Mais qui a re-tue Pamela Rose" (2012), a sequel to their popular action spoof. In addition, he starred in dramas like "22 Bullets" (2010), a mob thriller with Jean Reno, and writer-star Daniel Auteil's moving family story "The Well-Digger's Daughter" (2011).

Highest rated movies

The Well Digger's Daughter
The Chorus
Welcome to the Land of Ch'tis
Paris 36
Little Nicholas
22 Bullets
War of the Buttons




No Score Yet No Score Yet Queens of the Field Unknown (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Hit Étienne Carboni (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Just a Gigolo Alex (Character),
- 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Queens of the Field Unknown (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brillantissime Docteur Steinman (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 40% Looking for Teddy (Le Doudou) Unknown (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Looking for Teddy Michel Barré (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 81% Orchestra Class Simon Daoud (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marseille Unknown (Character),
- 2016
No Score Yet 33% We Were Young Kiki (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 32% Bis Patrice (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 32% Superchondriac Dr. Dimitri Zvenka (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 32% Nicholas on Holiday Le père de Nicolas (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 12% It Happened in St-Tropez Roni Melkowich (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 45% The Big Bad Wolf Louis Delcroix (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 20% Superstar Martin Kazinski (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 41% Mais qui a re-tué Pamela Rose? Unknown (Character),
- 2011
25% 42% War of the Buttons Lebrac's Father (Character) - 2011
88% 74% The Well Digger's Daughter Félipe Rambert (Character) $385.4K 2011
No Score Yet 17% Mr. Dad Robert Pique (Character),
- 2011
No Score Yet 10% Play It Like Godard Self - 2011
No Score Yet 33% The Italian Mourad Ben Saoud (Character) - 2010
46% 55% 22 Bullets Tony Zacchia (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 8% Proteger Et Servir Unknown (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 12% Safari Richard Dacier (Character) - 2009
60% 73% Little Nicholas Le père de Nicolas (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 16% RTT Arthur Lepage (Character) - 2009
64% 57% Paris 36 Jacky (Character) $850.6K 2008
67% 78% Welcome to the Land of Ch'tis Philippe Abrams (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Modern Love Olivier (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 29% Mes stars et moi Robert (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 38% Ce soir, je dors chez toi Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 12% Pur Week-End Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tonight I'll Sleep at Yours Jacques (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 33% Trois Amis Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 33% In Mom's Head (La tête de maman) Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 34% Could This Be Love? Rachid (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 56% J'invente rien Paul Thalman (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 89% Don't Worry, I'm Fine Paul Tellier (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Les irréductibles Gérard Mathieu (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 40% A Ticket to Space Stéphane Cardoux (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 17% Iznogoud Ouzmoutousouloubouloubombê (Character) - 2005
69% 92% The Chorus Chabert (Character) $3.6M 2004
No Score Yet 13% The Daltons Le Mexicain Cellule (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 19% The Dope le directeur de Pacific Recordings (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 58% Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose? Richard Bullit (Character) - 2003