Nadim Sawalha

Nadim Sawalha

Highest Rated: 90% Tel Aviv on Fire (2018)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Sep 9, 1935

Birthplace: Madaba, Jordan

Something of a pioneer in British cinema, Jordan-born Nadim Sawalha has spent more than four decades as a stage, television and film actor, long as one of the few Arab performers in the United Kingdom, and one who has moved away from stereotypical roles despite playing them early in his career. That career started on screen just before the age of 30, when Sawalha appeared as a Beirut local in the opening episode of the popular British spy series "Secret Agent" (1964). He played a waiter later in the season, but did not land another screen role until 1970, when he appeared as a sheik in the oil-themed TV drama series "Mogul" (aka "The Troubleshooters"). Sawalha's feature debut came in the 1973 romantic comedy "A Touch of Class," in which he played a hotel manager. In addition to small and similarly themed roles, Sawalha also embodied villains, such as the Egyptian smuggler opposite Roger Moore's James Bond in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977). Sawalha later appeared in another Bond film, "The Living Daylights" (1987), this time in a bit part as the Tangier security head. He hasn't been confined to British cinema, though, nor to background roles or parts as evildoers. In 2005, he played an aging Gulf emir in the American political thriller "Syriana," and in 2007 he turned in an award-winning performance as the titular storytelling Jordanian airport custodian in the tender drama "Captain Abu Raed."

Highest rated movies

Tel Aviv on Fire
Journey to Mecca in the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta
A Touch of Class
Captain Abu Raed
Pascali's Island
The Wind and the Lion
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
Half Moon Street

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
90% 86% Tel Aviv on Fire Bassam (Character) $504.4K 2018
88% 80% Journey to Mecca in the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta Ibn Mustapha (Character) - 2008
80% 79% Captain Abu Raed Abu Raed (Character) - 2007
37% 76% The Nativity Story Melchior (Character) $37.6M 2006
No Score Yet 30% Company Business Faisal (Character) $1.4M 1991
69% 60% Pascali's Island Pasha (Character) $861.1K 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Knights and Emeralds Bindu (Character) - 1986
50% 31% Half Moon Street Karim Hatami (Character) $1.1M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet West of Paradise Charan Singh (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 92% Misunderstood Ahmed (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 35% Sphinx Gamal (Character) - 1981
0% 22% The Awakening Dr. El Sadek (Character) - 1980
60% 55% Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger Hassan (Character) - 1977
63% 70% The Wind and the Lion Sherif of Wazan (Character) - 1975
83% 65% A Touch of Class Night Hotel Manager (Character) - 1973

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 82% Robin Hood Unknown (Character) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cleopatra Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dangerfield Unknown (Character) 1995-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bill Mr. Said (Character) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Zayid Halim (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Open All Hours Unknown (Character) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doomed Oasis the Taxi Driver (Character) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shelley Mustapha Aziz (Character) 1981-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Juliet Bravo Mr. Hamid (Character) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Professionals Unknown (Character) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sweeney Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes The arab servant (Character) 1971