KHALID ABDALLA (Freddy) was born in
Glasgow, Scotland, to Egyptian
parents. He grew up in London,
before beginning his studies at
Cambridge University and then
training in Paris at Ă‰cole
Philippe Gaulier. He speaks
English, French and Arabic.
In 2007, Abdalla performed
the lead role of Amir
in The Kite Runner, for
director Marc Forster. He previously collaborated
with Paul Greengrass in 2005, portraying Ziad Jarrah
in United 93. Abdalla is currently working as a
producer and lead actor on an independent feature
film directed by Tamer El-Said, In the Last Days of
the City, filming in Cairo, Beirut and Baghdad.
Abdalla's non-film work includes leading roles in
Tamburlaine, at The Rose Theatre; Cue Deadly, at
Riverside Studios; Bedbound, for which he shared the
Judge's Award for Acting at the National Student
Drama Festival in 2003; and BBC Radio 3's The
Incomplete Recorded Works of a Dead Body, winner
of the 2008 Prix Italia for Best Drama. He is on the
board of the U.K.'s National Student Drama Festival,
a fellow of the Serpentine Gallery's Edgware Road
Project and a co-founder of Zero Production, an independent
film production house in Cairo.
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