Palestinian actor Ali Suliman was born in Nazareth in 1977, the son of a family exiled from its village of Safouryia in Galilee during the Nakba of 1948.
After graduating from the Acting School in 2000, his first roles were in the theater, playing complex characters including classical drama and comedy. 2004 marked a qualitative shift in his career, he snatches the lead role in Hany Abu Assad’s Paradise Now, winner of a Golden Globe award and nominated for an Academy Award in 2005. The film also launched his international film career. In Hollywood, he gets to work with filmmakers Ridley Scott in (Body of Lies, 2008) and with Peter Berg (The Kingdom, 2007 and Lone Survivor, 2013), as with artist Kanye West in his short film (Cruel Summer, 2012). In the Arab World, he actively collaborates with Elia Suleiman, from Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996) to the acclaimed It Must Be Heaven (2019). His many acting credits include The Last Friday by Yahya Al Abdallah (Jordan, 2011), for which he is awarded Best Actor at both the Dubai and the Carthage film festivals in 2011 and 2012 respectively, Rattle the Cage by Majid Al Ansari (UAE, 2015) and more recently The River by Ghassan Salhab (Lebanon, 2021) Amira by Mohammed Diab (Egypt2021) . For his role of Mustafa in Ameen Nayfeh’s feature debut 200 Meters (Palestine, 2020), he wins the Star for Best Actor at the 2020 El Gouna Film Festival.
Alongside an extensive career in theater, which includes plays such as The Storm by William Shakespeare, Salomé by Oscar Wilde and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Suliman is also active in television. He stars in the American TV-series Jack Ryan (Amazon Prime video) and the miniseries The Looming Tower (Hulu) as well as the British four-part drama serial The State (Channel 4 2017) and the (promise 2011) by Peter Kosminsky.