Dhafer L’Abdine - Egypt Today.
CAIRO –13 January 2019: Birmingham University honored Tunisian star Dhafer L’Abdine, who graduated from the university a few years ago, in recognition of his artistic career.
"Thank you, Birmingham City University for honoring me with the Alumni of 2019 ‘Excellence in The Arts’. I am very proud and grateful,"L’Abdine stated on his official Instagram account.
L'Abidine was born in Tunis in 1972. He was a professional football player until the age of 23, but he picked a severe injury that prevented him from playing football for two years. Along those two years, he worked as a model.
After his recovery, L'Abidine was 25 years old and felt that he could no longer be a professional football player.
L'Abidine loved watching movies, art and acting, and decided to take acting classes. In 2000, he traveled to the United Kingdom and settled there. He joined the Birmingham School of Acting and graduated in 2002.
At that time, he was given the opportunity to participate in a British series called "Dream Team", where he played the role of a French football player over two seasons (2002-2004) and this series was his artistic kick off.
L'Abidine is fluent in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Italian, which allowed him to work in a number of international series like "Wire in the Blood" in 2004, "The Bill" and "The Doctors" in 2005.
In 2006, he participated in three international movies: "A Different Dish", "Children of Men" and "Mercante di Pietre". L'Abidine also took part in two series: "Bombshell" and "The Spooks".
In 2008, he participated in the famous Tunisian series "Maktoob", where he played the role of Mohamed Ali and won widespread fame in Tunisia. In the same year, he hosted the Carthage International Film Festival.
In 2012, L'Abidine had his acting debut in Egypt in the Egyptian series "Vertigo" with Tunisian star HendSabry. Since his first foray into Egyptian drama, he has won the love of Egyptians.
L'Abidine was a jury member of the International Competition of the 40th edition of Cairo International Film Festival which took place from November 20-29.