Tahar Rahim’s career took off when Jacques Audiard offered him the main role in A Prophet (Un Prophète) in 2009. The picture won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival as well as 9 César, including the ‘Most Promising Actor Award’ and the ‘Best Actor Award’ at the same time for Rahim, who gave an acclaimed performance.
Now considered an international actor, Rahim is contacted by worldwide filmmakers. In 2011, he played an Arab prince in Kevin Macdonald’s The Eagle (L’Aigle de la neuvième légion) alongside Channing Tatum, which was followed by his role as a young French man in love with a Chinese woman in Lou Ye’s Love and Bruises, before starring in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s blockbuster Black Gold.
Rahim returned to the Cannes red carpet in 2013 with two powerful pieces: Asghar Farhadi’s fully rewarded movie The Past (Le Passé), and Rebecca Zlotowski’s tragedy Grand Central. Both receiving positive press and audience reviews, which procured for the actor impressive international roles such as the lead role in Fatih Akin’s The Cut.
Rahim went on to land main roles all around the world, from Elie Wajeman’s Les Anarchistes to Katell Quillévéré’s Heal the Living (Réparer les Vivants), and Kiroshi Kurosawa’s Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la Chambre Noire).
In 2018, his virtuosity saw him playing Judas opposite Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix in Garth Davis’ Mary Magdalene (Marie-Madeleine). He is also paired with Jeff Daniels for the series The Looming Tower, and Stacy Martin in the French romance Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs).
In 2021, Rahim will continue his international career in an episode of Damien Chazelles’ Netflix series The Eddy, and then in the main role in the ambitious series The Serpent, produced by the BBC and Netflix.