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Birth name Barkhad AbdiNationality USABirth 10 april 1985
(36 years) at Mogadishu
Barkhad Abdi (Somali: Barkhad Cabdi, Arabic: برخد عبدي; born April 10, 1985) is a Somali American actor and director. He made his debut in the 2013 film Captain Phillips, for which he received various film award nominations, including Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTA, the latter of which he went on to win.
Abdi was born in 1985 in Mogadishu, situated in the southern Banaadir region of Somalia. Around the age of six or seven, when the civil war broke out, he and his family moved to Yemen to join his father who had taken up the profession of being a teacher.
In 1999, Abdi and his family relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where there is a large Somali community. He subsequently attended Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Before entering the film industry, Abdi sold mobile phones at his brother's shop at a mall in Minneapolis. He also worked as a limousine driver at a relative's chauffeur company, and as a DJ.
As of 2014, Abdi resides in Los Angeles, California.