Award winning Dutch actor Marwan Kenzari made his feature film debut in 2008 in the Dutch dark drama film ‘Katia's Sister’. The film, adapted from the Andrés Barba’s 2001 novel, had him playing the role of Giac. The same year, he was roped in to play the recurring role of a con artist Luca de Keyzer in the Dutch police drama series ‘Flikken Maastrict’. Till 2010, he acted in 7 episodes of the series. In between, in 2009, he acted in a television movie ‘Maite was hier’ and a comedy drama film ‘The Last Days of Emma Blank’. Continuing his career in the Dutch entertainment industry, he worked in the crime drama thriller film ‘Loft’ (2010), the road drama film ‘Rabat’ (2011) and the crime action-comedy film ‘Black Out’ (2012). His film ‘Rabat’, wherein he played the role of a young Moroccan man Zakaria on a soul-searching road trip, has an IMDB rating of 7.1/10. The period also saw him working in numerous short films like ‘Wolken #2’ (2009) ‘Mix Tape’ (2011), ‘Zwerfhonden’ (2011), ‘Naar het Einde van de Straat’ (2012) and ‘Over Zonen’ (2012). Additionally, he was also seen in an episode of tv series ‘Van God Los’ (2012) and 8 episodes of the crime drama thriller series ‘Penoza’ (2012-2013).
Marwan Kenzari’s breakout role came in the year 2013 with the Dutch crime drama thriller film ‘Wolf’ in which he played the role of Majid Zamari, a promising kickboxer who finds himself sucked in the organised crime world. The film, for which he trained for 18 months, bagged him critical acclaim as well as the ‘Golden Calf award’ for Best Actor at the ‘Netherlands Film Festival’. He also won the ‘Angela Award’ for Best Actor at the ‘SUBTITLE European Film Festival’ and was nominated at the 2014 ‘Rembrandt Award’ for Best Dutch Actor. The film brought him international fame with Variety naming him the ‘International Star You Should Know’. At the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, he was selected for the ‘Shooting Stars Award’.
He had four film releases in 2014 – the romance film ‘Heart Street’, the biographical crime drama ‘Accused’, the thriller ‘Reckless’ and once again the romance film ‘Pak Van Mijn Hart’. The Paula van der Oest directed film ‘Accused’ was the Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the ‘87th Academy Awards’.
The year 2016 saw him appearing in a number of American films including the action crime thriller ‘Collide’, the epic historical drama ‘Ben-Hur’ and the action-adventure drama ‘The Promise’. His work in these movies got him more attention with the American digital and print magazine The Hollywood Reporter including him in their list of ‘15 International Breakout Talents of 2016’.
In 2017, Marwan Kenzari continued working in American films – the action-adventure fantasy drama ‘The Mummy’, the sci-fi action thriller ‘What Happened to Monday’ and the mystery crime drama ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. In the first movie, he was seen in the role of Malik, a member of a secret society responsible for investigating supernatural happenings while in the second, he played the role of Adrian Knowles, an agent for a dystopian future society. The third film had him in the role of Pierre Michel, a train conductor caught in a bewildering murder mystery.