Tahar Rahim

Tahar Rahim

Highest Rated: 96% A Prophet (2009)

Lowest Rated: 11% Black Gold (2011)

Birthday: Jul 4, 1981

Birthplace: Belfort, France

Tahar Rahim, a handsome leading man from France, showed tremendous crossover power with "A Prophet" (2009), a gritty crime film that earned raves for his powerful lead performance. Rahim's work was known not just for its emotional power, but also for his sharp ear in adopting different accents and dialects. Tahar Rahim was born on July 4, 1981 in Belfort, France. Rahim was initially interested in sports and computer science, before he studied film at Paul Valery University of Montpellier. Next Rahim studied drama at Laboratoire de l'Acteur, juggling regular jobs in a factory and a night club to keep himself solvent while he honed his craft. Rahim made his debut in "The 9/11 Commission Report" (2006), where he played a Taliban Interrogator. Then Rahim scored a role on the mini-series "La Commune" (2007) for the Canal+ network. A writer on the show, Abdel Raouf Dafri, wrote "A Prophet," the violent crime film that would earn Rahim international acclaim. But it was not an easy job for Rahim to secure. Rahim even ran into the director of "A Prophet," Jacques Audiard, in a taxi cab, and told him he was a fan. Yet even though Audiard knew who Rahim was, the actor still had to go through three months of auditions and eight callbacks before he finally got the gig. "A Prophet" showed Rahim's knack for adopting other dialects and personas. In the starring role, Rahim played a Middle Eastern man who becomes a crime lord while he's imprisoned in France. "A Prophet" (2009) earned strong buzz, especially for Rahim's performance. Rahim won an unprecedented two Cesar Awards for his work in "A Prophet," for Best Actor and Most Promising Actor. Rahim next worked hard to nail his Gallic accent for "The Eagle" (2011), and he also starred in "Love and Bruises" (2011), which was directed by the controversial Chinese filmmaker Lou Ye.

Highest rated movies

A Prophet
Our Children
Heal the Living
The Past
Grand Central
Free Men
The Mauritanian




75% 84% The Mauritanian Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Character) $832.4K 2021
17% 65% The Kindness of Strangers Marc (Character) - 2019
44% 49% Mary Magdalene Judas (Character) $114.3K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Treat Me Like Fire Abel (Character) - 2018
14% No Score Yet The Price of Success Brahim Mecheri (Character) - 2017
92% 66% Heal the Living Thomas Rémige (Character) $3.2K 2016
58% 54% Daguerrotype Jean (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 36% The Anarchists Jean Albertini (Character) - 2015
60% 66% The Cut Nazaret Manoogian (Character) $28.1K 2014
62% 54% Samba Walid dit Wilson (Character) $149.8K 2014
No Score Yet 45% Santa Claus Le Père Noël (Character) - 2014
92% 83% The Past Samir (Character) $1.3M 2013
90% 44% Grand Central Gary Manda (Character) - 2013
93% 69% Our Children Mounir (Character) $5.5K 2012
11% 52% Black Gold Auda (Character) - 2011
76% 65% Free Men Younes (Character) $53.8K 2011
39% 41% The Eagle Seal Prince (Character) $19.5M 2011
96% 89% A Prophet Malik El Djebena (Character) $2.1M 2009


No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet GMA3: What You Need to Know Guest 2021
70% 79% The Serpent Charles Sobhraj (Character) 2021
88% 66% The Looming Tower Ali Soufan (Character) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Panthers Khalil (Character) 2015