Barkhad Abdi Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Oluniyi Akande
Jan 31, 2024 By Oluniyi Akande
Originally Published on May 13, 2022
Barkhad Abdi is the son of a school teacher and is fluent in the Somali language.
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About Barkhad Abdi

Barkhad Abdi is an American-Somali actor and director.
Barkhad Abdi was an unprofessional actor cast in a Somali Pirates movie. Barkhad Abdi starred in Paul Greengrass' film, 'Captian Phillips', with Tom Hanks.
He had huge success in his debut movie and then starred in many other hits, establishing his career in the film industry. Barkhad Abdi was named an ambassador for 'Adeso' in 2013. He has won many awards in his acting career, including the Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award as well as an Academy Award nomination.
The Somali-American actor was born on April 10, 1985, in Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia. Barkhad Abdi is currently living in California. He is from a poor background but is very talented, and became very famous.
Barkhad Abdi used to live in Somalia. When he was about seven a civil war broke out in Somalia and his family moved to Yemen. His family later moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota as there was a large community of Somalians living there.  It was hard for Abdi to adjust to his new surroundings. Everything was new for him.
Barkhad Abdi learned to play basketball to fit in with his new community. He worked different jobs, such as a mobile shop worker and a driver, before debuting as an actor. His first movie, 'Captain Phillips' had a huge impact on his acting career.
Barkhad Abdi received huge recognition for his first film. Fans and critics greatly appreciated his work. Other than 'Captain Phillips' he also worked in movies like 'A Girl From Mogadishu' and 'Blade Runner 2049'.
Continue reading to find out more about this actor!

Barkhad Abdi's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Barkhad Abdi's net worth?

Barkhad Abdi's net worth salary is around $500,000.

How much does Barkhad Abdi earn per year?

Barkhad Abdi's monthly income fluctuates, depending on how many movies he acts in as well as the pay for each movie.  He has acted in many films and is still acting. His salary for his debut movie, 'Captain Phillips', was $65,000.
Before his acting career, Barkhad Abdi used to work in a mobile shop and was a limousine driver in his relative's chauffeur company. He also works in several music videos which add to his net worth salary.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Barkhad Abdi?

Barkhad Abdi is 5 ft 9 in (175.25 cm) tall.

How old is Barkhad Abdi?

Barkhad Abdi was born on April 10, 1985, in Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia. He is currently 36 years old.

Childhood And Education

Barkhad Abdi was born on April 10, 1985. Barkhad Abdi was born in a Majeerteen family in Mogadishu, Somalia. Mogadishu is located in the Banaadir coastal region of Somalia. Abdi and his family moved to Yemen when civil war broke out in Somalia. At that time, he was seven years old and experienced one year of war.
Barkhad Abdi's father was a teacher. He is the second child of four children. He has two brothers and one sister. Abdi's family was accepted into the United States, as refugees. In 1999 they moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Barkhad Abdi used to play football when he was in Yemen, but after moving to the United States, he learned to play basketball to fit in with his community. Barkhad Abdi later attended Minnesota State University Moorhead in Minneapolis. Information about his junior education is currently unavailable.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Barkhad Abdi dating?

There is currently no information about who Barkhad Abdi is dating or if he is married. He is a very private person.
There are assumptions that Barkhad Abdi might be single. There are also no rumors about dating or personal life.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Before the start of his career, Barkhad Abdi started working at his brother's mobile shop at the mall in Minneapolis. He then worked as a limousine driver in his relative's chauffeur company. While working as a driver, he got an offer to be cast in the film, 'Captain Phillips', in 2013 by director Paul Greengrass.
The director of the film was looking for actors who could play the role of Somalian kidnappers involved in the 'Maersk Alabama' ship-hijacking incident. In the movie, Barkhad Abdi played the incredible role of Captain Phillip's abductor. He was paid only $65,000 for his work in that film.
The movie got six Oscar nominations. Barkhad Abdi was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars. He played many different roles in movies and has portrayed many different roles and has amazing acting skills.
The movies and T.V. series that Barkhad Abdi acted in are 'Captain Phillips' (2013), 'Eye In The Sky' (2015), 'Hawaii Five-O' (2015), 'Grimsby' (2016), 'Family Guy' (2016), 'Extortion' (2017), 'Good Time' (2017), 'Blade Runner 2049' (2017), 'The Pirates Of Somalia' (2017), 'The Extraordinary' (2018), Journey Of The Fakir' (2018), 'A Girl From Mogadishu' (2019), 'Castle Rock' (2019), 'Beneath A Sea Of Lights' (2020), 'Tyson's Run' (2022), 'Blade Runner: Black Lotus' (2022), and 'Agent Game' (2022).

Charity Work

Barkhad Abdi is an active member of some charities that try to improve life for people in Somalia, using his fame net worth.

What awards has Barkhad Abdi won?

Some of the most important acting awards that Barkhad Abdi has won are:
A nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, in 2013.
A BAFTA Award for Best Actor, in 2014.
A nomination for Critics' Choice Movie Awards for Best Supporting Actor, in 2014.
A nomination for the Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor, in 2014.
A nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, in 2013
An Academy Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor.
A London Critics Choice Award for Supporting Actor of the Year.
A Winner of the Circle Award for Supporting Actor of the Year.
A British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, in 2014.

Barkhad Abdi's Hobbies And Interests

Barkhad Abdi's hobbies are unknown.

Other Interesting Barkhad Abdi Facts And Trivia

Barkhad Abdi got into an accident before the start of his acting career.
Barkhad Abdi favorite film include 'The Usual Suspects' and 'Scarface'.
Barkhad Abdi is also a fan of comedians, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle.
Barkhad Abdi currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with his parents.
Information about Barkhad Abdi's parents are unknown.
Barkhad Abdi exhibited his skill as a director when he directed the film,'Ciyaalka Xaafada'.
In 2013, Barkhad Abdi won the Capri Award for the category of Breakout Actor in the film 'Captain Phillips'.
The film 'Captain Philips' won six Oscars!
Barkhad Abdi was born in a Majeerteen family in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Before his acting debut, Barkhad Abdi worked different jobs, such as a mobile shop worker and a driver.

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Barkhad Abdi Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Date of Birth

1985-10-04

Date of Death

1985-04-10

Nationality

Somali

Place of Birth

Mogadishu, Banaadir

Height

175 cm

Eye Color

Black

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Actor

Education

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Net Worth

500000
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