Omar Sy

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Omar Sy
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Born (1978-01-20) 20 January 1978 (age 43)
Trappes, Yvelines, France
Years active2001–present
(m. 2007)

Omar Sy (French pronunciation:  [ɔmaʁ si] ; born 20 January 1978) is a French actor, best known in his homeland for his sketches with Fred Testot on the Service après-vente des émissions television show on Canal+ (2005–2012). He became famous abroad with the 2011 comedy-drama film The Intouchables , which earned him the César Award for Best Actor as the first Black recipient of the award. He later appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Jurassic World (2015), Two Is a Family (2016), Chocolat (2016), Inferno (2016), Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) and the Netflix-produced show Lupin (2021). [2]


Early life

The fourth of eight children, [3] Sy was born in Trappes in the Yvelines department, Île-de-France region, France. [2] Both of his parents are immigrants from West Africa. [3] His Mauritanian mother, Diaratou worked as a house cleaner, and his Senegalese father, Demba Sy worked in an auto parts factory, [3] after moving from Bakel to France in 1962. Omar is of Fulani origin. [4] He was raised in the low-income suburban housing projects [3] [4] in Trappes, a western suburb of Paris. The family visited Senegal every other summer. They spoke Pulaar at home. [5]


Omar Sy winning the Cesar Award for Best Actor in 2012 at the 37th Cesar Awards for The Intouchables Omar Sy Cesar 2012.jpg
Omar Sy winning the César Award for Best Actor in 2012 at the 37th César Awards for The Intouchables

He started his career after high school in 1996 [4] with Radio Nova as a comedian where he met his comedy partner Fred Testot. [2] Afterwards, he appeared in the TV show Le Cinéma de Jamel on Canal+, with Jamel Debbouze. He then created a TV show called Le Visiophon. [2] Following these roles, he starred in various TV and stage shows such as Je ne fais pas mon âge, Service après-vente des émissions, Omar et Fred: le spectacle. Omar cohosted Service après-vente des émissions, a French short comedy television series, with Fred Testot from 2005 to 2012 on Canal+ until it was cancelled.

He appeared in the television game show Fort Boyard in 2006.

Omar then went to Los Angeles, where he lent his voice to Zip in the French version of the Tomb Raider Legend video game. He previously had also voiced a sheep in Disney's Brother Bear . [2]

In 2008, he appeared in "Bienvenue chez les Bylkas", a video clip by Sinik. In 2009, he voiced some of the characters of Logorama with his partner Fred Testot.

In 2011, he starred in The Intouchables , playing a streetwise young man who becomes the personal care assistant to a wealthy quadriplegic (played by François Cluzet). This film enjoyed tremendous popular success, with more than 19 million tickets sold. It topped the French box office in 2011 and became the best selling French film of all time at the French box office. As a result, Omar Sy was voted third favourite French personality behind Yannick Noah and Zinedine Zidane. The role earned him the 2012 Globe de Cristal for Best Actor. He also received a nomination for a Satellite Award for Best Actor. [6] He and co-star François Cluzet were jointly bestowed the Best Actor Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Additionally, he won the César Award for Best Actor in 2012 for the same film.

On 30 December 2012, Omar Sy was voted the favourite personality in France, based on a poll run by Le Journal du Dimanche , ahead of fellow actor Gad Elmaleh.

In 2014, Sy appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and played the character Bishop. He also starred in Samba , directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. He co-starred in the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World , [2] which was released in June 2015. [7] In 2015, along side Bradley Cooper, he played a compromised chef in Burnt. In 2017, he voiced the character Hot Rod in the film Transformers: The Last Knight , the fifth installment in the Transformers series. In 2021, he starred in Netflix's hit series Lupin , a modern day retelling of Arsène Lupin novels. [8] [9] Lupin has become the most-watched non-English series on Netflix. According to Netflix, 76 million member accounts worldwide watched at least a couple minutes of the series over its first four weeks of release.

Personal life

On 5 July 2007, he married Hélène, the mother of his five children, [4] [10] in Tremblay-sur-Mauldre. They had been together for ten years before they got married. [10] The family resided in Montfort-l'Amaury a commune of Île-de-France [10] before moving to Los Angeles in 2012. Hélène runs CéKeDuBonheur, a nonprofit supporting children’s wards at French hospitals, and Siyah Organics, a Sénégalo-American organic-food-supplements company. [11]

Sy is Muslim. [3] [12]

Sy is a supporter of Olympique de Marseille. [13]


2000 La cape et l'épéeLe ménestrelTV Series (1 episode)
GranturismoVoiceDenis ThybaudShort
2001 La Tour Montparnasse Infernale TaxiCharles Nemes
La concierge est dans l'ascenseurOlivier CoussemacqShort
Omarius et FredVarious CharactersTV Series
2002 Le Boulet Malian No. 3 Alain Berberian & Frédéric Forestier
Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Painter Alain Chabat
Samourais TysonGiordano Gederlini
The Race UNO SergeantDjamel Bensalah
Ces jours heureuxBrice Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano Short
Si j'étais luiGabrielPhilippe TriboitTV Movie
2003 La BeuzeMichel DembéléFrançois Desagnat & Thomas Sorriaux
Pardon aux familles... Tout ça!VoicePatrick MenaisVideo
2004 Le CartonLorenzoCharles Nemes
Coming-outMax Olivier Ayache-Vidal Short
Un Jean-Pierre ça peut tout fairePatrick MenaisVideo
2006 Nos jours heureux Joseph Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano NRJ Ciné Awards – Most Promising Actor
Nominated – NRJ Ciné Award for The Best Kiss (with Marilou Berry)
Nominated – Raimu de la Comédie for The Best Supporting Actor
Les multiplesJimmy (voice)TV Series
2007 Garage BabesHamidouJulien PelgrandVideo
Moot-MootIsidoreTV Series
2008 Seuls twoSammy Bouglioni Éric Judor & Ramzy Bedia
La France d'aprèsVoicePatrick MenaisVideo
2009 Micmacs Remington Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard Snow (voice) Luc Besson French dub
Lascars Narbé (voice)Emmanuel Klotz & Albert Pereira-Lazaro
Tellement proches Bruno Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano
King GuillaumeJean-Peter Pierre-François Martin-Laval
SafariYoussouf HammalOlivier Baroux
Envoyés très spéciauxJimmy Frédéric Auburtin
La Loi de MurphyFather Joachim OrtegaChristophe Campos
Logorama Michelin Man, Yellow M&Ms, Mr. Clean François AlauxFrench version
2010 Allez raconte!Momo (voice)Jean-Christophe Roger
Le pas Petit PoucetGrand PoucetChristophe CamposTV Movie
Histoires de viesMo'TV Series (1 episode)
Florence Foresti: Mother FuckerChauffeur de taxiNicolas BenamouVideo
2010–2012 SAV des émissions VariousTV Series (4 episodes)
2011 Les Tuche Curé de Bouzolles Olivier Baroux
Intouchables Bakary "Driss" Bassari Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano César Award for Best Actor
Tokyo International Film Festival – Best Actor (Share with François Cluzet)
Lumières Award for Best Actor
Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Etoiles d'Or Award for Revelation of the Year
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Virtuoso Award
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – European Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture
Fish'n ChipsFishTV Series (52 episodes)
2012 De l'autre côté du périph Ousmane DiakhatéDavid Charhon
Les seigneurs Wéké N'Dogo Olivier Dahan
Mais qui a re-tué Pamela Rose? Mosby Olivier Baroux & Kad Merad
Crazy Pink LimoThe Philosopher Joséphine de Meaux Short
Bref HimselfTV Series (1 episode)
2013 Mood Indigo Nicolas Michel Gondry
Aux Armes: AIDESNarrator (voice)Short
2014 Good People Khan Henrik Ruben Genz
X-Men: Days of Future Past Bishop Bryan Singer
Samba Samba Cissé Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano
Mune: Guardian of the Moon Sohone (voice)Benoît Philippon & Alexandre Heboyan
2015 Jurassic World Barry Colin Trevorrow
Lego Jurassic World Barry (voice)Video Game
Burnt Michel John Wells
2016 Chocolat Clown Chocolat Roschdy Zem Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Nominated – César Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Lumières Award for Best Actor
The Angry Birds Movie Red (voice) Fergal Reilly & Clay Kaytis French dub
Norm of the North Norm (voice) [14] Trevor Wall French dub
Inferno Christoph Bouchard Ron Howard
Demain tout commence Samuel Hugo Gélin
2017SaharaAjar (voice)Pierre Coré
Knock Knock Lorraine Lévy
Transformers: The Last Knight Hot Rod (voice) Michael Bay
2018 Le flic de Belleville Sebastian Bouchard Rachid Bouchareb
YaoSeydou Tall Philippe Godeau
2019 Le Chant du loup D'OrsiAntonin Baudry
Arctic Dogs Leopold (voice) Aaron Woodley
ForesTiViTV Series short (1 episode)
2020 The Call of the Wild Perrault Chris Sanders
Le prince oubliéLe père / Le prince Michel Hazanavicius
RefugeeMarwan Brandt Andersen Short
Tout simplement noirOmariusJohn Wax & Jean-Pascal ZadiPost-production
Soul Joe Gardner Pete Docter and Kemp Powers French dub
2021 Lupin Assane Diop / Paul Sernine / Arsène Lupin Netflix series [15]
2022 Tower of Strength Louis Leterrier Filming
2022 Jurassic World: Dominion Barry Colin Trevorrow Post-production
TBA Le Chat du Rabbin Le chat (voice) Joann Sfar Pre-production

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