This time Khaled Abdullah participates in The Crown as Dodi Fayed, the son of an Egyptian billionaire who had a romantic relationship with Diana in her final months, and they died together, with their driver, in a car accident in Paris in 1997.
Khaled Abdullah, the British Egyptian, presents “Dodi Fayed” at The Crown
Who is Khaled Abdullah?
Khaled Abdullah, 39, is a British actor best known for the 2006 Academy Award-nominated film United 93. He also appeared in The Kite Runner, Green Zone, Assassin’s Creed, and Amazon Prime for the story of teenage killer Hanna.
Abdullah was one of the participants in the film “The Field”, which was nominated for an Oscar, and the hero of the Moroccan film “The Frame of the Night.” He participated in the 2016 Berlin Festival at the New Cinema Forum, with his film “The Last Days of the City”.
Although the actor was born in Glasgow, he grew up in London and studied English literature at Queen’s College, Cambridge, prior to making his first screen appearances in 2005 in the British spy drama Spooks. He also appeared as a stage actor in The Town’s Rebecca Hall and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens.
In November 2010, Abdullah received special recognition for his achievements in cinema at the Cairo International Film Festival.
Like Diana’s friend, the actor is of Egyptian descent, although his parents were anti-regime activists and immigrated to the UK before his birth. In 2011, Abdullah joined protests against Hosni Mubarak in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, appearing on CNN talking with Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer.
After Mubarak’s fall, Abdullah co-founded The Mosireen Group, a group of independent activist filmmakers who share footage that defy state-run propaganda and train future filmmakers to carry out the group’s mission.
Also in 2011, Abdullah married actress and cinematographer Cressida True, with whom he had been romantically linked for years.
In 2016, Khaled Abdullah was a guest on the “Mona El-Shazly” program and revealed that he does not care much about the spread and knowledge of the Egyptian public about him except through his works, in addition to his extreme shyness to appear.
In the same year, and because of “The Last Days of the City”, which won many international awards, Khaled conducted several press interviews, including in which he told about the reason for his growing up in London away from Egypt, saying that his father, the doctor “Hossam”, was part of the student movement in the seventies. And he was imprisoned more than once, so he decided to travel to Baghdad to study medicine with his wife, and then to Scotland, where he was born in 1981, and despite the parents’ desire to return to Egypt in the eighties, after the list of detainees in Sadat’s time was missing, among which was his father’s name despite his departure, They could not and lived in England, where his father worked in the field of IVF, achieving overwhelming success to become the first Egyptian on the wall of honor in the British Royal Medical Society, among 700 names of a scientist or doctor, over two centuries.
First starring role
Khaled Abdullah’s participation in the movie United 93 was not easy. At first he rejected the idea completely, as he will play the role of the terrorist on the plane that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001!
He said about that: “In the end, this is a movie about September 11th, and I didn’t want to act in it.” But in the end, he decided to go to audition, and during the second time the director asked to see it, Khaled expressed his fears to him, saying, “If you make the movie, the Arabs will look bad. To any extent he is represented, he remains a criminal.”
Some concepts in Khaled’s life changed after this film, forcing him to deal with the Arab world in a different way, and he became a direct relationship with the region, in a completely different way than it was before, especially in his childhood.
Khaled revealed that he was participating with his father in demonstrations in support of the Palestinians in London, and he was happy with that, and many political issues leaked to him because of his father’s conversations with friends at home.
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