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
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Selected Credits*

FilmRoleYearDirectorCompany
VildmændMusa2021Thomas DaneskovNordisk Film
Marco EffektenAssad (lead)2020Martin ZandivlietNordisk Film
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
TelevisionRoleYearDirectorChannel
JunglenLead2020Nitesh AnjaanXee
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
TheatreRoleYearDirectorStage
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
NominationsYear
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) is an actor, composer, musician and playwright. Zaki Youssef premiered in May 2021 as Assad (lead cast) in the new Department Q feature film ”The Marco Effect” based on the bestselling books by author Jussi Adler. Later this year he premieres in the feature film WILD MEN in the role of Musa (lead cast). The film has been selected for the Tribeca Filmefestival 2021.
In the summer of 2020, he aired with the series The Jungle (Xee), for which he both wrote the script and played the lead role as Saba.
Zaki Youssef made his debut on the big screen in Ulaa Salim's debut feature film ”Sons of Denmark” (2019) in the lead role as Ali - a role for which he was nominated for both a Robert and a Bodil Award (the critics award) in the category "Male Lead of the Year".
In the fall of 2018, he made his international debut in the American HULU original TV series "The Looming Tower", where he plays the role of Abu Jandal.

On the Danish theater stage, Zaki a.o. played in Christian Lollike's controversial productions "Erasmus Montanus" at Republique / Aarhus Theater and ”Aladdin” at The Royal Danish Theatre.

In addition, he wrote and performed the monologue ”Der var et yndigt land” (2018), which was a sequel to the partly autobiographical performance ”Jeg hører stemmer” (2015), where he also both wrote the script and performed solo on stage. The performance was nominated for the prestigious Reumert Award in 2016. In 2011, he received the Reumert Talent Award for his performance and script for ”Præmieperker” (2011) at the Royal Danish Theater, .

Zaki also has an extensive musical background, where his critically acclaimed debut album got him nominated as best new rapper for the Danish HipHop Awards. In addition to composing music for a number of theater performances, in 2016 he rewrote an opera to rap during the Copenhagen Opera Festival.