Sawalha, Nadim 1935-

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Sawalha, Nadim 1935-


Born 1935 in Jordan; brother of Nabil Sawalha (an actor and stage producer); married Roberta Lane (a dancer); children: Dina, Nadia (an actress), Julia (an actress). Education: Studied acting at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama.


Agent—Associated International Management, Fairfax House, Fulwood Pl., London WC1V 6HU, England.


Actor, director, and producer. British Broadcasting Corp., worked as writer and producer of Arabic-language productions for radio and television; writer and producer of commercials.

Awards, Honors:

Muhr Award, best actor, Dubai International Film Festival, 2007, and Jury Award, best actor, Newport Beach Film Festival, 2008, both for Captain Abu Raed.


Film Appearances:

Arab pilot, Yellow Dog, Scotia-Barber, 1973.

Nighttime hotel manager, A Touch of Class, Avco-Embassy, 1973.

Zubair, Shaft in Africa, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1973.

Museum guide, The Return of the Pink Panther (also known as Blake Edwards' "The Return of the Pink Panther"), United Artists, 1974.

Padilla, Callan (also known as The Neutralizer and This Is Callan), Cinema National/Magnum Films, 1974.

Syndicate member, Gold (also known as The Great Gold Conspiracy), Allied Artists, 1974.

Sherif of Wazan, The Wind and the Lion (also known as John Milius' "The Wind and the Lion"), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1975.

Airline representative, Vampira (also known as Old Drac and Old Dracula), American International Pictures, 1975.

Azis Fekkesh, The Spy Who Loved Me, United Artists, 1977.

Chairman of oil conference, Sweeney!, Euston Films, 1977.

The emir's interpreter, Are You Being Served? (also known as Are You Being Served? The Movie), BBC Video, 1977.

Hassan, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (also known as Sinbad at the World's End), Columbia, 1977.

Dr. El Sadek, The Awakening (also known as The Wakening), Orion, 1980.

Gamal, Sphinx, Orion, 1981.

Kahlifa bin Hircham al Saba, Gota kanal (also known as Who Pulled the Plug? and Gota kanal eller Vem drog ur proppen?), Europa Film, 1981.

Ahmed, Misunderstood (also known as L'ultimo sole d'estate), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1984.

Egyptian tavern owner, Young Sherlock Holmes (also known as Pyramid of Fear), Paramount, 1985.

Haroud, Harem, 1985.

Karim Hatami, Half Moon Street, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986.

Knights and Emeralds, 1986.

Camel seller and rug shop owner, Ishtar, Columbia, 1987.

Chief of security in Tangiers, The Living Daylights, United Artists, 1987.

Selim, Lionheart (also known as Lionheart: The Children's Crusade), Orion, 1987.

Turkish pasha, Pascali's Island (also known as L'isola di Pascali), Avenue Pictures, 1988.

Rehovot Ha'Etmol (also known as Streets of Yesterday), 1989.

Faisal, Company Business (also known as Russian Roulette), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1991.

Bahnu, The Hawk, Castle Hill, 1993.

Lugash agent, Son of the Pink Panther (also known as Blake Edwards' "Son of the Pink Panther" and Il figlio della pantera rosa), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993.

Member of World Council of Ministers, The Avengers, Warner Bros., 1998.

Narrator, Shatter Hassan, Argus Film Produktie, 2001.

Holy man, Simon: An English Legionnaire, 2002.

Emir Hamed Al-Subaii, Syriana, Warner Bros., 2005.

Ghassam, Chicken Soup, Arts Council of Great Britain, 2006.

Melchior, The Nativity Story, New Line Cinema, 2006.

Kind Abdullah, Beyond Friendship, Films 18, 2006.

Adham, Whatever Lola Wants, Pathe, 2007.

Title role, Captain Abu Raed, A-Film Distribution, 2008.

Ibn Mustapha, Greatest Journey, SK Films, 2008.

Television Appearances; Series:

Hussein, The Terracotta Horse, 1973.

Mumtaz, Sorry, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Thames, 1981.

Dr. Shaaban Hamada, Dangerfield, BBC, 1995-98.

Golam Yama, If … (also known as If … Cloning Could Cure Us), BBC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Ahmed, The Big Battalions, Channel 4, 1991.

Mr. Amjad, Remember (also known as Barbara Taylor Bradford's "Remember"), CBS, 1993.

Reko, Abraham, TNT, 1994.

Ishmaelite, Joseph (also known as The Bible: Joseph, Joseph in Egypt, and Die Bibel: Josef), TNT, 1995.

Mardian, Cleopatra, ABC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Charan Singh, West of Paradise, YTV, 1986.

Major Razzak, The Alamut Ambush (also known as Deadly Recruits), 1986.

A Casualty of War, broadcast on Frederick Forsyth Presents, London Weekend Television, 1989, later broadcast by USA Network, 1990.

The Care of Time, 1990.

Kerim, Lie Down with Lions (also known as Red Eagle), Lifetime, 1994.

Joseph Charhadi, Le policier de Tanger (also known as Heartbreak City and Tangier Cop), 1997.

Judge Zadic, Arabian Nights, ABC, 2000.

Mohamed Al Fayed, Justice in Wonderland, BBC, 2000.

Mohamed Al Fayed, Diana: Last Days of a Princess, 2007.

Priest, The Fever, HBO, 2007.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Dr. Hassan, The Daughters of Cain, PBS, 1998.

Narrator, Don Quixote, HBO, 2000.

Narrator, Lawrence of Arabia: The Battle for the Arab World, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Nikolaou, "Yesterday's Enemies," Danger Man (also known as Secret Agent and Secret Agent aka Danger Man), 1964.

Sheik Abdul Rahaman, "Who Did You Say Inherits the Earth?," The Troubleshooters (also known as Mogul), 1970.

Gardener, "Tropical Wednesdays," Thirty-Minute Theatre, 1970.

"Dragon's Teeth," Ryan International, 1970.

The Arab servant, "Madame Sara," The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, 1971.

Debindrah Dass, "Riot," The Regiment, 1973.

Arab pilot, "Nobody Said Frigate," Warship, 1973.

Terrorist, "Hostage," Special Branch, 1973.

Gosh, "Verite," Armchair Theatre, 1973.

Interpreter, "Pauline," Napoleon and Love, Thames, 1974.

Kasim Rassid, "The Honeypot," The Venturers, 1975.

Joseph Spiteri, "Possessed," Crown Court, 1975.

Amul, "Lights of London: Parts 1 & 2," The Survivors, BBC, 1976.

Captain Shebbeq, "Visiting Fireman," The Sweeney, Thames, 1976.

Zoran, "The Immunity Syndrome," Space: 1999 (also known as Spazio: 1999), ITC, 1976.

Mr. Malik, "Heavenly Host," Z Cars, 1978.

Rahaman, "One Black September," Return of the Saint (also known as Son of the Saint), 1978.

Arab diplomat, "First Night," The Professionals, London Weekend Television, 1978.

Sheikh Achmeia, "Long Shot," The Professionals, London Weekend Television, 1978.

Doad, "A Hiding to Nothing," The Professionals, London Weekend Television, 1979.

Sardi, "A Tethered Goat," Minder, London Weekend Television, 1979.

Mr. Hamid, "The Third Man," Juliet Bravo, BBC, 1981.

Mustapha Aziz, "Signing On," Shelley, Thames, 1981.

Mr. Aziz, "Unkindest Cut," Shelley, Thames, 1982.

General Kaan, "Independence Day," Squadron, 1982.

General Kaan, "Cyclone," Squadron, 1982.

Major Razzak, "The Alamut Ambush," Chessgame, Granada, 1983.

Zaki Mansoor, "A Touch of Eastern Promise," Bergerac, BBC, 1984.

Hamil, "Tricks of the Trade," Lytton's Diary, 1985.

Albert Gupta, "Horse-Trading," Open All Hours, BBC, 1985.

Zayid Halim, "The Finger of Suspicion," Tales of the Unexpected (also known as Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected"), Anglia, 1988.

Sheikh Sayid Al Kebir, "Infidels," Saracen, Central, 1989.

Bank manager, House of Bards, PBS, 1990.

Uncle Said, "Loveknots," Lovejoy, Arts and Entertainment, 1992.

Prem, Blue Heaven, 1994.

Dr. Hassan, "The Daughters of Cain," Inspector Morse, Central, 1996.

Amit Roy, "To Catch a Cobra," The Bill, Thames and Yorkshire, 1999.

Mr. Gupta, "On the Wagon," The Bill, Thames and Yorkshire, 2000.

Loose Women, 2000.

Live Talk, 2001.

Faruq Ahmed, "The Eleventh Commandment," Holby City (also known as Holby), BBC, 2004.

Breakfast, 2004.

Mr. Mazood, New Tricks, BBC, 2005.

Mohammed Khan, Murphy's Law, BBC, three episodes, 2006.

Rafi Nadir, "461," The Bill, Thames and Yorkshire, 2006.

"Julia Sawalha," Who Do You Think You Are?, 2006.

The Omid Djalili Show, 2007.

Bassam, "We Are Robin Hood," Robin Hood, BBC, 2007.

King Hussein of Jordan, House of Saddam, 2008.

Appeared as Dr. Samson Perera, "The Deadly Doctor," Expert Witness, Thames; and as Hussain Rafiq in the series Close and True.

Television Appearances; Other:

Arab man, The Knowledge, 1979.

Iraqi interrogator, Behind Iraqi Lines, 2003.

Appeared as Mr. Buhtu, Hawk, BBC; Moses, Moses and the Exodus, BBC; presenter, My Journey; doctor, Pirates; Makram Alias, Streets of Yesterday, Channel 4; and Shaikh Suleiman, Trainer, BBC; also appeared in Miracles Take Longer.

Stage Appearances:

Pack Security man, Look Europe!, Almeida Theatre, London, 1997.

Norman and Walter, Howard Katz, Cottesloe Theatre, Royal National Theatre, London, 2001.

A Prophet in Exile, Chelsea Theatre, London, 2001.

Appeared in All I Want Is a British Passport (solo show), Actors Centre; as Dr. Raj, A Dream of People, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London; George Khan, East Is East, Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London; Kwaja Aziz Mondanabosh, Homebody/Kabul, Old Vic Theatre, London; Salvadorian minister, Jenkins' Ear, Royal Court Theatre, London; Monsieur Ibrahim, Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qur'an, Bush Theatre, London; the colonel, Morocco, Viceroy Theatre; Mr. Mehta, Turning Over, Bush Theatre; in Usama-ibn-al-Munkid (solo show; also known as Ousama: A Moslem Nobleman's View of the Crusade), Brixton Theatre; Vladimir, Waiting for Godot, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London; Pradip, The Waiting Room, National Theatre, London; and Fuad, White Chameleon, National Theatre.

Stage Producer:

(With Nabil Sawalha; and director) Divided Hearts, 1999.

Produced Waiting for Godot, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London.

Radio Appearances:

Roles in programs broadcast by BBC-Radio include Pius Fernandes, Book of Secrets, BBC4; Malek, How Many Miles to Basra, BBC4; Lamis's father, Only in London; Pandit Baba, The Raj Quartet, BBC3; Hajj Ahmed, Season of Migration to the North, BBC3; grieving father, Snow; also performed in Centurions, Nasser's Eden, Prize Fighting, The Scorching Winds, Skeleton, Turks on Our Coast, and The Tutti Frutti Holy Man, all BBC4.


Video Games:

Voice of Nelson Ramirez, Privateer 2: The Darkening, Electronic Arts, 1996.

Voice of Djinn, Shadow Man: 2econd Coming, Acclaim Entertainment, 2001.



A Prophet in Exile, Chelsea Theatre, London, 2001.

Author of All I Want Is a British Passport (solo show), produced at Actors Centre; and Usama-ibn-al-Munkid (solo show; also known as Ousama: A Moslem Nobleman's View of the Crusade), Brixton Theatre.