Tunisian actor Dhaffer L'Abidine to work on new TV series to be screened in Ramadan

Ahram Online , Saturday 23 Jan 2016

Dhaffer L'Abidine captured wide attention in the Arab world in last Ramadan's season

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Dhafer L'Abidine in a scene from TV series, That Al Saytara (photo: ahram gate)

Tunisian actor Dhaffer L'Abidine has been contracted to star in the new TV drama Al-Khoroug, which is scheduled to start filming in February and is set to premiere on TV channels next Ramadan.

Dhafer L'Abidine captured wide attention in the Arab world last Ramadan with his performance in several TV series, such as That Al-Saytara, Oreedu Rajolan, and 24 Kirat.

Commenting on his new role, Dhafer said: "From the outset, the script of Al-Khoroug was able to capture my attention. The role I'm taking on in the series is completely different from what I've done before and offers a unique type of drama. I really hope that the Arab audience enjoys watching it when it airs in Ramadan."

Written by Mohamed El-Safty, Al-Khoroug is directed by Mando El-Adl, produced by Aroma Pictures, and co-stars Sherif Salama.

Originally from Tunisia, L'Abidine also starred in the Tunisian feature film Akher December (2010) and Tunisian TV series Maktoob (2008). 

Before his sky-rocketing breakthrough in the Arab world, Dhafer enjoyed a successful career in the West, appearing in international film productions such as Children of Men (2006), Sex and the City 2(2010), Centurion (2010), Black Forest (2012), Rise of the Footsoldier (UK) and the upcoming film A Hologram for the King, directed by Tom Twyker and starring Tom Hanks.

Born in Tunisia, Dhafer moved to the UK in 1999 to pursue his acting career where he won a place at the prestigious Birmingham School of Speech and Drama. He graduated with a diploma in professional acting studies from Birmingham University in 2002.

Currently, L'Abidine is preparing to take the lead in the upcoming Arab remake of the famed American series Prison Break, which garnered four awards and 26 international award nominations. Dhafer L'Abidine will star in the role played by Wentworth Miller in the original version. L'Abidine is also soon to make his Egyptian cinematic debut in the new Egyptian comedy/action film Esmat Abu Shanab.

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