I was re-watching Bohemian Rhapsody not too long ago, admiring the acting chops of a lovely lad named Rami Malek, and I thought to myself,
“Who exactly is this guy?
So, I did what I always do when presented with the unknown; I hit up Google.
Rami Said Malek was born in May of 1981. He is an American actor and producer, with his breakthrough role occurring on the USA Network television series Mr. Robot as a computer hacker by the name of Elliot Alderson. His role in the show earned him an Emmy in 2016, and last year, his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody granted him “critical acclaim and (enabled him to win) several awards, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and British Academy Film Award for Best Actor,” his Wikipedia page explains.
And, in case you’re unaware, Malek is the first actor of Egyptian heritage to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. Pretty neat.
Malek was born and raised in Los Angeles by his immigrant parents. He studied theatre in Indiana at the University of Evansville, launching him into a successful acting career with early roles including supporting roles in television and film.
Malek lives a rather private life, choosing not to participate in interviews and social media platforms. He is involved with several humanitarian efforts, and his girlfriend, Lucy Boynton, appeared alongside him in Bohemian Rhapsody as the role of Mary, Freddie Mercury’s love.
As for some other interesting facts about this handsome fellow?
“In preparation for the role as Mercury, Malek moved to London where he worked with a dialect coach and a movement coach, and took piano and singing lessons. For four hours each day, he studied videos of Mercury with his movement coach, Polly Bennett. This included watching the 1985 Live Aid concert video on YouTube at least 1,500 times to perfect his performance for the film,” the page says.
Tell me that’s not dedication.