|Estimated value:||€1.9 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||actor|
Elyas M’Barek didn’t have an easy youth, nor did he find success from the start. But now that the celebrity is here, it’s really expressing itself – because only a few German actors are discovered by the USA at such a young age.
Elyas M’Barek was born in Munich in May 1982. His father comes from Tunisia and is a programmer, his mother is Austrian and works as a nurse. Because of his mother, the actor also has Austrian citizenship. M’Barek has two younger brothers. One of them, Joseph, is an actor and producer himself.
As a teenager, Elyas M’Barek first attended a secondary school and later a Catholic boarding school. There the young man was considered a problem student. He had no idols and received little motivation from other people. He often got into fights and was even expelled from school.
Nevertheless, M’Barek got his first acting role at the age of eighteen in the film “Girls Girls!”. There he played alongside Karoline Herfurth, who would later often be his colleague. From that point on, M’Barek was certain: I would become an actor.
This film was followed by further appearances in cinemas and television for Elyas M’Barek. Most of the time it was about rather one-sided roles of criminal migrants, mostly Turks. In 2006 he became known to a wider audience through the series “Turkish for Beginners”, which also received a film adaptation in 2012. In 2008 M’Barek played in “Doctor’s Diary” and “The Wave”, in 2010 he embodied Bushido’s younger self in “Times Change You”.
In 2011 Matthias Schweighöfer finally prepared his friend Elyas for fame by letting him play in his film “What A Man”. The big breakthrough actually followed two years later: First, M’Barek played what is probably his best-known role in “Fack ju Göhte”, which is already a cult film and has two sequels. Subsequently, Elyas M’Barek appeared in internationally known films such as “The Physician” or “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”.
Now Elyas M’Barek continued to have more roles in the cinema. In 2015 he played alongside Iris Berben, Karoline Herfurth and Palina Rojinski in “Traumfrauen”, the following year brought a role in the hit film “Welcome to the Hartmanns”. In 2017, M’Barek starred in the bestselling adaptation of This Stupid Heart, based on a true story. Finally, in 2019, he played an unusually serious role in The Collini Case, a lawyer grappling with the issue of retribution.
Elyas M’Barek’s first major success came with the series “Turkish for Beginners”. Here he played a leading role as Cem, the Turkish macho son of the family. M’Barek even received the German TV Award in 2006 for his performance as Cem. Accordingly, of course, he also played the young Turk in the screen adaptation of 2012, which was just as popular as the series with two million viewers.
In 2012, US film magazine Variety named Elyas M’Barek on its list of Breakthrough Performers. The following year he played his most famous role in “Fack ju Göhte”: Zeki Müller, an irresponsible petty criminal who tries to be a teacher. “Fack ju Göhte” became the highest grossing film of the year, received adaptations in several countries and two sequels released in 2015 and 2017.
In the same year, Elyas M’Barek once again reached number 1 in the cinema charts, this time with the German film “Der Medicus”. Here M’Barek starred alongside Stellan Skarsgard and Ben Kingsley, the film has sold to 21 countries. Another hit was the 2016 comedy Welcome to Hartmanns, which received critical acclaim for its humor and all-star cast.
– “It took me a while to understand that it is important to listen to my inner voice, to trust my abilities and not the judgment of others.”
– “I am a convinced gentleman, flower giver and door holder – if it fits.”
– “I dream that soon it won’t matter where you were born, where your parents come from.”
– Elyas M’Barek often plays Turks. Nevertheless, as the son of a Tunisian father and an Austrian mother, he speaks neither Turkish nor Arabic.
– Although the actor struggled in school, he eventually graduated at the top of his class.
– M’Barek came to his role in “The Wave” through an internship at “Rat Pack”. A casting for the film took place in the building of this company, for which he spontaneously signed up.
– For three years, from 2015 to 2018, the actor co-owned a bar in Munich.
– When inventing the role of “Zeki Müller”, director Bora Dagtekin already had Elyas M’Barek in mind as a cast.
|Estimated value:||€1.9 million|