Tim Seyfi was born in Turkey on August 10, 1971. Two years later he moved with his family (8 brothers and sisters) to Munich, Germany.
He was the leadsinger of a rock-band for six years before he studied French and English simultaneous interpreting and translation in Munich and Marseille. During his stay in France he attended the renowned drama school „Cours Florent“ in Paris. His acting career took off in 1995 when he was discovered on stage, performing in Rainer W. Fassbinder’s play „Katzelmacher“. He then was offered the lead in the German TV-movie „Welcome to Kronstadt“.
Aside from countless plays in several off and state theaters throughout Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, and Poland, and more than 500 shows with his improvisational theater company „Fastfood Theater“, he starred in over 100 movie productions. Among them are the award-winning „HEAD-ON“ by Fatih Akin (European Film Award & Golden Bear Berlinale 2004), „FAY GRIM“ by Hal Hartley, „MAGIC BUS“ by Emir Kusturica and the German hit comedy „GRAVE DECISIONS“ by Marcus H. Rosenmüller.
In 2001 he won the „Best Actor Award“ at the International Film Festival in Badalona/Spain for the Swiss movie „THE COOKIE THIEF“.
Known for his variety of characters and the many different nationalities he performed in several languages, Tim Seyfi has become a well-demanded actor of European cinema and TV. He played leading roles in the Serbian drama „THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE DANUBE“ by Darko Bajic, the Finnish thriller „VASHA“ by Hannu Salonen and the Turkish movie „2 SÜPER FILM BIRDEN“ by Murat Seker, in which he also served as co-producer. Tim co-starred alongside Mads Mikkelsen in Anno Saul’s „THE DOOR“ and Academy Award Winner Christoph Waltz in the Austrian mini-series „TEN“, the last film before Waltz’s Hollywood career.
Tim Seyfi also starred in recurring roles in the International Emmy Award-nominated French TV police drama series „SPIRAL“, and the Emmy-winning „BRAQUO“, both produced by Canal+ and BBC, which have been broadcast in over 70 countries.
He has worked in the French movie „GERONIMO“, by award-winning director Tony Gatlif („EXILS“), which was in the Official Selection of the International Cannes Film Festival 2014 .
He played a Jewish survivor of the holocaust in „BYE BYE GERMANY“ by Belgian director Sam Garbarski („Irina Palm“), premiered at the Berlinale 2017, a drug baron breeding bulls for the bullfight in the French western „TORIL“ (2017) by Laurent Teyssier, followed by the comedy drama „GOOD INTENTIONS“ (2018), by French director Gilles Legrand, in which he played the desperate Bosnian husband of French star Agnès Jaoui.
In 2018 he starred in the title role in „ATATÜRK-Father of Modern Turkey“, a French-German-Austrian docu fiction for ARTE, ZDF and ORF.
Currently he can be seen in the both Netflix Original series „THE SPY“ as Mohammed bin Laden , alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, and in three saisons of „THE GIFT“(„ATIYE“), a Turkish mystery drama series, in which he plays the villain of the show, a powerful businessman linked to the Illuminati.
Tim Seyfi is fluent in German, Turkish, English, French and Italian, and also acted in Arabic, Bosnian, Serbian, Albanian, Chechen and Spanish.
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