Moussa Sullaiman

Profile

Playing Range 50+  · Height 176cm/5’9 ft  · Eyes Dark Brown · Hair Black · Figure Medium Build · Languages Arabic & Kurdish Native (many accents & dialects), German Fluent, English Beginner · Vocal Tenor · Driving License Permit Car (B, BE)

News

2022

See Moussa as “Halim Karma” in the series 4 Blocks now on Amazon Prime. You can hear Moussa in Karosh Taha’s radio play Beschreibung einer Krabbenwanderung in the roles Nassar & Zaxoy on WDR3

University of Damascus Syria

Education

Schooling & More

Showreel

Moussa Sullaiman

Bio

Moussa Sullaiman

Moussa Sullaiman comes from Qamişlo in northern Syria, more commonly known as Rojava (Western Kurdistan). He studied social sciences in Damascus as well as played in theatre. In 1994, after the Iraq war he left Syria to make his way to Europe. Once finally arriving in Germany, he kept himself afloat with an assortment of jobs, including as a partner in a restaurant, a trade fair stand builder, even as a door-to-door salesman for, as he puts it” …all kinds of junk”. “Travelling a lot, everywhere and nowhere,” he says, helped shaped him and acquaint him with this new foreign country, which he now calls home. Later, he went on to work for the Kurdish broadcaster Roj-TV, which was discontinued in Germany in 2008.

In his mid-forties, while teaching Arabic dialects and culture seminars, he decided his German was strong enough to restart his acting career. Sending around homemade videos, he was offered roles in small projects. In 2015, he was cast in the popular German criminal series, Tatort. Shortly thereafter, he landed a role in a new TV concept, the celebrated German series “4 Blocks”. Moussa embodied the crucial role of clan chief “Halim Karami”, the evil don, in this mafia saga about an immigrant Lebanese family in Berlin. He is hailed as being among those actors who brought a more diverse picture of immigrant life to German TV screens. Sullaiman admits what excited him about this role was it’s brutal honesty, “You can use characters you play, to explore, try out, and get to know many feelings that have no place in everyday life.”

Moussa is an avid reader, he enjoys writing, deepening his knowledge of the many languages he speaks, and travelling.

Film

Selection

Year
Title
Role
Direction
Production
2015
Der Anarchist
The Don support
Adrian Botnariu
Wiedemann & Berg 

TV

Selection

 

Year
Title
Role
Direction
Production

2019

4 Blocks • Season 3

Halim Karami support regular 

Özgür Yıldırım

Wiedemann & Berg 

2018– 2018

4 Blocks • Season 2

Halim Karami support regular 

Oliver Hirschbiegel

Wiedemann & Berg  

2016 – 2017

Tatort Kiel, Borowski und das verlorene Mädchen
Stummer Mann support
Raymond Ley
NDR
2017

Nicos Weg

Ibrahim Albasch support
Steffen Mahnert
Deutsche Welle
2015
Hochspannung oder Magie
Magier lead
Adrian Botnariu
2014
Der Philosoph
Ilias lead
Carsten Göttel

Miscellaneous

Selection

Year
Title
Role
Direction
Theatre
2021
Radio Play: Krabbenwanderung
Nasser & Zaxoy
Mizgin Bilmen
Radio Sender WDR3
2017
Radio Play: Wasserkrieger
Masod lead
Tim Staffel
Radio Station WDR