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      Nadim Sawalha

      Nadim Sawalha

      Highest Rated: 89% 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 poster Tel Aviv on Fire Journey to Mecca in the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta poster
      Journey to Mecca in the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta
      A Touch of Class poster
      A Touch of Class
      Captain Abu Raed poster
      Captain Abu Raed
      Pascali's Island poster
      Pascali's Island
      The Wind and the Lion poster
      The Wind and the Lion
      Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger poster
      Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
      Half Moon Street poster
      Half Moon Street




      89% 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% 62% Pascali's Island Pasha (Character) $861.1K 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Knights and Emeralds Bindu (Character) - 1986
      50% 32% 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 34% Sphinx Gamal (Character) - 1981
      0% 23% The Awakening Dr. El Sadek (Character) - 1980
      56% 55% Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger Hassan (Character) - 1977
      63% 70% The Wind and the Lion Sherif of Wazan (Character) - 1975
      85% 65% A Touch of Class Night Hotel Manager (Character) - 1973


      No Score Yet 83% Robin Hood Unknown (Character) 2007
      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