Fares Fares

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Fares Fares
Fares Fares in 2019 (2 av 3).jpg
Fares in 2019.
Born (1973-04-29) 29 April 1973 (age 48)
Years active2000–present
RelativesJosef Fares (brother)

Fares Fares (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈfǎːrɛs ˈfǎːrɛs] (About this soundlisten); born 29 April 1973) is a Swedish-Lebanese actor.[1][2]

Early life[]

Fares was born in Beirut, Lebanon. His younger brother is director Josef Fares, and he has four sisters. In 1987, when Fares was 14 years old, his family moved to Sweden, residing in Örebro.[3] They moved to escape the Lebanese Civil War and chose Sweden because they had relatives who had already lived there.[4] Fares says he learned Swedish within three months of living in Sweden.[4]

From the age of 15, Fares acted in a local theater group in Örebro.[3] When he was 19, he attended drama school in Mölnlycke near Gothenburg, Sweden.[3] He spent six years working in the Theatre Tamauer.



Fares has played major parts in his brother, director Josef Fares' films, including his debut acting performance in 2000's Jalla! Jalla! and 2003's Kopps. He starred in Bang Bang Orangutang (2005) and Kill Your Darlings (2006).

In 2010, Fares starred in the Swedish crime thriller Easy Money with Joel Kinnaman.[4] The film was critically acclaimed and was picked up for American distribution by Harvey Weinstein.[4] In 2012, Fares made his Hollywood debut in the Denzel Washington movie Safe House.[5] He played CIA officer Hakim in Zero Dark Thirty.[6][7] Fares had a role in Child 44 (2014) with Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman.[2][8] Fares played Senator Vaspar in the Star Wars franchise movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).

For 2013's Kvinden i buret (English title: The Keeper of Lost Causes),[9] which was set in Denmark, Fares learned to speak Danish.[2] Keeper of Lost Causes is based on a novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen, the first of four features based on his Department Q novels.[10] Fares and Nikolaj Lie Kaas will appear in all four films.[10] Keeper of Lost Causes was Denmark's top film of 2013.[11] Fasandræberne (English title: The Absent One) is the second film in the series.[12] It also broke Danish film grosses, setting new records.[13] The third film in the series, A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost fra P), premiered in Denmark in March 2016 and in the United States in June.[14]


In 2014, Fares portrayed Fauzi Nadal in the TV show, Tyrant, on the FX Network.[15] Tyrant was renewed for a second season, which began airing in the summer of 2015,[16] and a third season in summer 2016. In 2018-2019 Fares appeared in the two HBO blockbuster series Westworld and Chernobyl. In 2021, he portrayed the Forsaken Ishamael in The Wheel of Time.

Fares at the Stockholm City Theatre, 2009.


  • 1996: Samuel Beckett's I väntan på Godot (Waiting for Godot) at Teater Tamauer, Sweden
  • 2000: Dom, directed by Jasenko Selimovic, with Torkel Petersson, at the Gothenburg City Theatre (Göteborgs Stadsteater), Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2000: Natten före skogarna at Teater Tamauer, Sweden
  • 2001: Tillbaka till öknen at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2002: Köket at the Gothenburg City Theatre, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2003: Brott, hemtjänst, straffpengar, pensionärsmord at Backstage, Sweden
  • 2003: Den arabiska natten at Backstage, Sweden

Other work[]

  • Fares appears in two music videos for Lykke Li; 2011 single, "I Follow Rivers", directed by Tarik Saleh and 2014 album teaser, "I Never Learn"[17]
  • Appeared in Daniel Lemma's music video "If I Used To Love You" with Torkel Pettterson
  • 2011: TV commercial for Tanqueray "Tonight We Tanqueray" - Actor - the bartender
  • 2012: Short film, sponsored by Maiyet called Sleepwalking In the Rift, directed by Cary Fukunaga[18][19]
  • 2018: Plays Leo in the video game A Way Out[20]
  • 2021: Did additional voices for It Takes Two.

Personal life[]

Fares says he spends his time in Stockholm[21] and Los Angeles.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Före stormen Hostage taker
Jalla! Jalla! Roro
2001 Days Like This Michel
2003 Kopps Jacob Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival Best Actor Award
2004 I'm Your Man Omar Short film
Dag och natt Kristian Chicago International Film Festival Best Ensemble Acting Award
Chlorox, Ammonium and Coffee Jesus
Fakiren fra Bilbao Frank Flambert
2005 Zozo The Chicken (voice)
Bang Bang Orangutang Patrik
2006 Kill Your Darlings Omar
7 miljonärer Kristoffer El-Zeid
2007 Leende guldbruna ögon Roshan Television miniseries
2008 For a Moment, Freedom Manu
Maria Wern – Främmande fågel Jonathan Sauma Television series
The Fur Richardt Short film
2009 Metropia Firaz Sanoman (voice)
2010 Easy Money Mahmoud
2012 Sleepwalking in the Rift Short film
Safe House Vargas
Easy Money II Mahmoud Nominated – Guldbagge Award for Best Supporting Actor
Zero Dark Thirty Hakim
2013 The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) Assad Danish cinema film adaptation of Jussi Adler-Olsen's book
2014 Tyrant Fauzi Nadal Television series (19 episodes 2014-2016)
The Absent One (Fasandræberne) Assad Danish cinema film adaptation of Jussi Adler-Olsen's book. Won - Danish Film Gala for Best Supporting Actor[22]
2015 Child 44 Alexei Andreyev
2016 The Commune Allon
A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost fra P) Assad Danish cinema film adaptation of Jussi Adler-Olsen's book
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Senator Vaspar
2017 The Nile Hilton Incident Noredin
2018 Westworld Antoine Costa
(Journal 64) Assad Danish cinema film adaptation of Jussi Adler-Olsen's book
2019 Chernobyl Bacho
2021 The Wheel of Time Ishamael


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  2. ^ a b c d Aftab, Kaleem (25 August 2013). "Zero Dark Thirty's Fares Fares is not interested in playing bad guys". The National. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Kastrup, Kim (1 October 2014). "Fares Fares: - Jeg er vild med Assad". Ekstra Bladet. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Gillis, Niclas (12 December 2013). "Fares Fares". The Last Magazine. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  5. ^ Dang, Simon (10 February 2011). "Daniel Espinosa's 'Safe House' Finds A Villain In 'Snabba Cash' Star Fares Fares". Indiewire. Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  6. ^ Miller, Daniel (24 February 2012). "'Safe House' Actor Joins Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden Film (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  7. ^ Dang, Simon (26 February 2012). "'Snabba Cash' & 'Safe House' Star Fares Fares Joins Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden'". Indiewire. Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  8. ^ Sneider, Jeff (23 May 2013). "Paddy Considine and Fares Fares Join Tom Hardy Thriller 'Child 44′ (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  9. ^ van Hoeij, Boyd (11 August 2013). "The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret): Locarno Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  10. ^ a b Roxborough, Scott (4 October 2012). "'Safe House' Actor Fares Fares Joins 'Department Q' Franchise". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  11. ^ Roxborough, Scott (23 October 2013). "'The Keeper of Lost Causes' on Track to Be Denmark's No. 1 Film of 2013". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  12. ^ Roxborough, Scott (5 September 2013). "Toronto: Danish Stars Pilou Asbaek, David Dencik Join 'The Absent One' Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  13. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (7 October 2014). "'The Absent One' Breaks Danish Records; Sequel On The Case For Local Pics (Video)". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  14. ^ Rossing Jensen, Jorn (27 October 2014). "Absent One off to roaring start at Danish box office". Screen Daily. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (27 August 2013). "Howard Gordon's FX Pilot 'Tyrant' Enlists 'Zero Dark Thirty' Actor (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  16. ^ Braxton, Greg (18 September 2014). "'Tyrant' gets a second reign as FX renews drama". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  17. ^ Trakin, Roy (6 May 2014). "Lykke Li's 'I Never Learn': What the Critics Are Saying". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  18. ^ Rodriguez, Cain (7 December 2012). "Watch: Cary Fukunaga Directed Short 'Sleepwalking In the Rift' Starring Haley Bennett & Fares Fares". Indiewire. Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Sleepwalking in the Rift". Nowness. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  20. ^ "My big brother Fares Fares plays Leo in A Way Out!". 10 June 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  21. ^ Wassmann, Susse (16 October 2014). "Fares Fares: Min kvinde skal have selvtillid - og være feminin". Femina. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  22. ^ TT (1 February 2015). "Prisregn över Lars von Trier". Västerbottens-Kuriren. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.

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