Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

Youssef Kerkour is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.” (Instagram)
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Updated 04 June 2020

Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

DUBAI: Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour has landed a nomination for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), the academy announced on Thursday, after the awards were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The actor, who grew up in Rabat, is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.”

Kerkour, who is also known for roles in “Dracula,” “Redemption,” “Criminal” and “Marcella,” took to Twitter to thank his supporters. 

“Thank you all for your lovely messages this morning. It is a tremendous honor to be nominated in such stellar company,” the 41-year-old actor said.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

La famille MAISON @channel4 #home #season2

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The series, created by British writer and actor Rufus Jones, follows a middle-class London family who find a Syrian asylum seeker named Sami (Kerkour) hiding in their luggage while returning from holiday in France.

Kerkour’s tweet also paid tribute to Jones. 

“I must however say that there is a name missing IMO (in my opinion). That name is Rufus Jones. His writing will give you nominations,” he wrote.


Billie Eilish’s parents considered sending her to therapy for her Justin Bieber obsession

Updated 08 July 2020

Billie Eilish’s parents considered sending her to therapy for her Justin Bieber obsession

DUBAI: Most teenagers were obsessed with Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber when he first rose to fame. 

But teen singing sensation Billie Eilish’s infatuation was on another level.

During her Apple Music podcast “me & dad radio,” the 18-year-old’s mother, Maggie Baird, revealed that she and husband Patrick were once concerned about their daughter’s all-consuming love of the star, and especially his 2012 song “As Long As You Love Me.” 

“I just want to say, we did consider taking you to therapy because you were in so much pain over Justin Bieber,” the mother told the now Grammy-award winning singer.  

This shocked even Eilish, who replied: “You did?! Oh that’s embarrassing.”

“Driving to the dance studio with Billie, playing this song, sobbing and then driving back and sobbing,” the mother recalled.