Ahmed Malek

Cairo, Egypt


Ahmed Malek Mostafa (born 29 September 1995) is an Egyptian actor. His first audition came at the age of eight when his uncle took him to perform in a commercial. In 2005, Malek had his first role in the TV series "Ayamna el helwa" (Our Good Days). A few years later, he played a small role in "Mafish Fayda", starring Moustafa Amar and Basma. Shortly after, executive director Osama Farid asked Malek to perform the role of young Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the TV series El-Gamaah (2010) (The Brotherhood), which is considered the then-15-year-old's first breakthrough role. After the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, Malek disappeared for a short time, as he decided to focus on political and revolutionary activism. When director Gamal Abdel Hameed offered him the role of a young Egyptian revolutionary activist in the TV series "Al-shaware'a al-khafiya" (The Backstreets) - starring famous actors Jamal Soliman, Layla Olwi, Sami El-Adl and Gihan Fadel - he could not resist. In 2012, director Mohamed Samy offered Malek the role of Ahmed, a stammered teenage addict in his series Ma'a Sabq Alesrar (2012). With his newfound success in the role, Samy nominated Malek to play the role of a troubled teen in his new TV series Hekayet Hayah (2013) for which he won a DG award for Best Young Actor in 2013. Seeing Malek's impressive performance, renowned Egyptian director Sharif Arafah asked him to audition for a pivotal role in the much-anticipated sequel of his movie El-Gezirah (2007). The sequel, The Island 2 (2014), propelled Malek towards regional stardom in the Middle East and after which he become one of the most successful and sought-after Egyptian actors of his generation. He would later find international fame with roles in critically acclaimed films such as Clash (2016), Sheikh Jackson (2017) and Leil Khargi (2018) - all of which have been selected to represent Egypt in international film festivals and award circuits.