Zaki Youssef
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Playing Age 28 - 40
Nationality Danish
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark
Language, fluent Danish, English, Arabic
Language, knowledge German, Spanish, Swedish
Singing voice Tenor
Skills Actor-Musician, Audio Books, Comedy, Dubbing, Musician-Professional, Writer/Director - Comedy Fringe, Basketball, Scuba Diving*, Sky-Diving*, Swimming, Scriptwriter (professional), Beatboxing (vocal percussion), Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Rap
Eye colour Brown
Hair colour Black
Height 187cm
Off-the-shelf clothing size (Top) XL / 42
Jeans Size 34/34
Dress shirt (Neck size) 43
Suit size 52
Shoe size 44,5/ 45
Hat size 58

Selected Credits*

Marco EffektenAssad (lead)2020Nordisk FilmMartin Zandivliet
Danmarks SønnerAli (Lead)2019Ulaa SalimHyæne Film
Short FilmRoleYearDirectorCompany
King David (lead)2015Frederik Louis HvidSuper 16
Julie & RafiqRafiq (lead)2014Aske BangDanish National Film School
Min bror / My brotherMalik (lead)2013Ulaa SalimUfilm
The Looming TowerAbu Jandal2018Craig ZiskHulu
Grand DanoisHamid al Misri - Pakkebud2016Mick Øgendahl & Henning HoffmeyerDanish National TV2
Lille Mand IIZaki2016Morten BHDanish National TV2
Rita IIISaid2015Mogens Hagedorn, Lars KaalundDanish National TV2
A-KlassenMalik (lead)2013Morten BHDanish National DR2
AladdinEugene2018Christian LollikeThe Royal Danish Theatre
Der var et Yndigl Land"Lead2018Christian LollikeTeater S/H
Erasmus MontanusJacob2018Christian LollikeAarhus Teater
Ravage RoyalEnsemble2016The Royal Danish Theatre
Jeg hører stemmerZaki2016Christian LollikeThe Royal Danish Theatre & Teater S/H
Best Leading Actor - Son of Denmark - Robert Award2020
Best Leading Actor - Son of Denmark - Bodil Award (Danish Film Critics Association)2020
Zaki Youssef, (b. 1979, Danish-Egyptian) has for the past 15 years established his name on the Danish art scene, where he has shown his multi-talent as a successful actor, playwright, rapper and composer. In April 2019, the feature film "The Sons of Denmark" premiered, where Zaki plays his first lead role in a feature film, as Ali. With personal good reviews to follow. In the fall of 2018, he made his international debut in the American television series "The Looming Tower", where he plays the role of Abu Jandal. In Denmark he has been starring in series such as "Rita", "Grand Danois" and "A-klassen", as well as playing lead in the short films "King", "My Brother" and "Julie & Rafiq".
Zaki co-authored the controversial DR2 TV success "It slører stadig", and is currently writing on a series for HBO where he is co-author, and on a Danish web series where he is the lead author.

Zaki has acted on a large number of Danish theater scenes. Most recently at The Royal Theater in the performance "Aladdin" as Eugene, as well as in Christian Lollike’s Reumert Award winning performance "Eramus Montanus".
In 2011, Zaki won a Reumert Talent Prize for the performance ”Præmie Perker” which he both wrote (his dramatist's debut) and played lead at The Royal Theater. He then wrote the Reumert nominated and partially autobiographical performance "Jeg hører stemmer" (2016), where he plays all the characters in his own life, as well as the successor "Der var et yndigt land" (2018).
Zaki is a distinctive artist on the Danish rap scene, where his critically acclaimed debut album was nominated as best new rapper for the Danish HipHop Awards. In 2016 he rewrote an opera into rap during the Copenhagen Opera Festival.

He has been named this year's artist at The Royal Theater, performed at the Egyptian State Opera and has won Frederiksberg's talent prize 2008. Zaki is also involved in a number of political and social networks at grassroots level in both Denmark and abroad.