Somalian born Barkhad Abdi was raised with his family in Yemen where he lived to the age of 14 before immigrating to Minneapolis U.S.
The aspiring actor attended Minnesota State University and worked as a limousine driver and a DJ in Minnesota before his cinematic debut in the 2013 Action Thriller Captain Phillips
. In the film Barkhad can be seen portraying Muse, the leader of the Somali pirates.
Barkhad recieved nominations from Sceen Actors Guild, Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award - all for Best Supporting Actor.
After numerous media appearances following his nominations, the 28-year-old plans to make the move to the industrie's capital, Los Angeles.