Anupam Tripathi

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Anupam Tripathi
Born (1988-11-02) 2 November 1988 (age 33)
New Delhi, India
Alma mater Korea National University of Arts
Korean stage name
아누팜 트리파티

Anupam Tripathi (Hindi : अनुपम त्रिपाठी, Korean : 아누팜 트리파티, romanized: Anupam teuripati; born 2 November 1988) is an Indian actor based in South Korea. He has appeared in various South Korean television series and films. His first main role as Ali Abdul in Netflix's South Korean survival drama series Squid Game (2021) garnered him worldwide recognition.


Early life

Tripathi was born into a middle-class family in New Delhi on 2 November 1988. [1] [2] He became interested in acting after playing a slave in a stage production of Spartacus. He was a part of the playwright Shahid Anwar's Behroop theater group from 2006 to 2010. [3]

Tripathi began training in singing and acting in 2006. He intended to attend the National School of Drama in New Delhi but moved to South-Korea in 2010 to attend Korea National University of Arts on the Arts Major Asian scholarship. He has discussed the initial difficulty of adjusting to the cultural and language differences but then became fluent in Korean in less than two years. [2] [3]


Tripathi began acting in Korean plays and commercials during his third year of university. [4] His first feature film credit was as an unnamed Sri Lankan man in Ode to My Father (2014). [2] He had a minor role as a bomb expert fighting for Korean independence in the play 불량청년, which was selected for the 36th Seoul Theater Festival, [4] and had various minor unnamed role in television series like Hospital Playlist (2020), Rain or Shine (2017), and films such as Space Sweepers (2021) and Asura: The City of Madness (2015). [5] Many of his roles relate to being a migrant worker in Korean society. [2]

Tripathi's first main cast credit was as the undocumented Pakistani worker Abdul Ali on the Netflix original series Squid Game (2021). [6] [7] Director Hwang Dong-hyuk said that it was "hard to find good foreign actors in Korea" and that he cast Tripathi because of his emotional acting capabilities and fluency in Korean. [7] Following the series' international success, Tripathi's follower count on Instagram increased from 10,000 to over 2.5 million in a matter of days. [8] [9]

Personal life

Tripathi is fluent in English, Hindi, and Korean. [3] His father died in 2017. [10]

As of 2021, Tripathi is currently finishing his master's degree in acting at Korea National University of Arts. [2] [3]



2014 Ode to My Father Sri Lankan man [2]
2015 The Phone Charles [11]
2016 Asura: The City of Madness Indian worker [12]
Luck Key Indian man [12]
2017 Heart Blackened Factory manager [11]
The Heartbeat Operator Nepalese Chef
2019 Miss and Mrs. Cops Saudi Arabian subordinate
2021 Space Sweepers Sullivan's assistant [2]
The 8th Night PreacherVoice [2]


2015 Hogu's Love [4]
Let's Eat 2 Indian restaurant waiterCameo (Episode 4) [4]
2016 Descendants of the Sun Man that gives the shoe to Dr. KangCameo (Episode 6–7) [13]
2017 Just Between Lovers Sook-hee's customer
Revolutionary Love Worker looking for a job behind Byun HyukEpisode 5
2019 Arthdal Chronicles
Strangers from Hell Kumail
2020 Hospital Playlist Foreign patient's co-workerCameo (Episode 4) [2]
2021 Taxi Driver Courier money delivererCameo (Episode 9) [2]
Squid Game Abdul AliMain Role [14] [15]


2015'불량청년'Mazar [4]

Awards and accolades

2022 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Ali AbdulAs part of Squid Game ensemble


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