Tahar Rahim - Biography

Last Modified: Jul 31, 2023

Tahar Rahim
Profession: N/A
Best Known For: A Prophet (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $2 million

Personal Details

Born on : July 4, 1981 (age 42)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Tahar Rahim
Birth Place: Belfort, France
Horoscope: Cancer
Father's Name: N/A
Mother's Name: N/A
Siblings: 10

Ahmed Rahim (brother)

High School: Lycée Condorcet of Belfort
University: University of Montpellier, Laboratoire de l'Acteur
Ethnicity: Algerian
Nationality: French


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife's Name: Leïla Bekhti
Children: 2

Souleymane Rahim (son)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.71 meter (5 feet 7 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Tahar Rahim?

Tahar Rahim is an actor of Algerian descent. The French national is best known for starring in the film A Prophet, Napoleon, and TV series La Commune, The Serpent.

Tahar Rahim – Age, Parents, Siblings

Tahar Rahim was born on 4 July 1981 in Belfort, France to parents who had immigrated from Oran, Algeria. He calls his mother la femme de ma vie, meaning the woman of my life but has refused to publicly talk about his father. He was raised in Belfort alongside nine older siblings, the oldest one being 20 years his senior. One of his brothers is named Ahmed Rahim.

Growing up in the countryside, there was not much to do for a young boy except to go on bucolic long hikes. So, instead, he went to the local cinema to watch movies and was eventually inspired to pursue a career as an actor.

young Tahar Rahim (Image: Instagram)

Education, Ethnicity

From the Lycée Condorcet of Belfort, he earned a Baccalauréat. He went on to enroll in sports and then computer science programs but dropped out after two years. Although Tahar Rahim knew he wanted to become an actor, he joined the University of Montpellier to study film. In 2005 he moved to Paris to study studied drama at the Laboratoire de l'Acteur. Rahim studied under Hélène Zidi-Chéruy while supporting himself by working in a factory during the week, and in a nightclub at weekends.

His ethnicity is Algerian.

Tahar Rahim – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Tahar Rahim began dating fellow French-Algerian actress Leïla Bekhti after meeting her on the set of A Prophet. He and his longtime girlfriend eventually married in 2010. With his wife, he has two children – a son Souleymane Rahim (born July 2017) and a daughter, born in February 2020.

There are no rumors of divorce surrounding the married celebrity couple.

Tahar Rahim, Leïla Bekhti on the cover of VanityFair (Image: Famewatcher)

Tahar Rahim – Career

Early Days

While still a student at the University of Montpellier, his life was chronicled in a documentary called Tahar, student by Cyril Mennegun. IT went on to air in 2006 on France 5, a French TV channel. His role as Yazid Fikry in the 2008 episodes of the TV series La Commune opened his path to more diverse and main roles.

Finally, Tahar Rahim’s breakthrough came with the French film A Prophet (2009) as the main character Malik.

Films, Series

Over the years, Tahar Rahim has portrayed characters in the episodes of TV series The Last Panthers (2015), The Looming Tower (2018), The Eddy (2020), The Serpent (2021) as convicted serial killer Charles Sobhraj, Extrapolations, etc.

He has done much more work in the film industry, with over two dozen in number. Some of the films in which he has starred include Les Hommes libres (2011), Love and Bruises (2011), Our Children (2012), Grand Central (2013), The Cut (2014), The Anarchists (2015), Heal the Living (2016), Mary Magdalene (2018), The Kindness of Strangers (2019), The Mauritanian (2021), Napoleon as Paul Barras.

Tahar Rahim, Jenna Coleman in The Serpent (Image: The Guardian)


On the set of The Serpent, Tahar Rahim has worked with Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle, Ellie Bamber, Mathilde Warnier, Amesh Edireweera.

Tahar Rahim – Awards, Accolades

For his outstanding work in A Prophet, he has won European Film Awards (2009), Lumières Awards (2010), Globe de Cristal Awards (2010), and two César Awards (2010). He has also been nominated for British Academy Film Awards (2010, 2021), London Film Critics' Circle (2021), Golden Globe Awards (2021, 2022), etc.

Tahar Rahim in A Prophet (Image: Dazed)

Tahar Rahim – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Tahar Rahim is estimated at around $2 million while the figure on his annual salary is under review.

Tahar Rahim – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On Instagram,  Rahim is followed by over 300k followers but is absent from Facebook and Twitter.

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