Somali-American actor Barkhad Abdi has won a BAFTA Award for his role as a Somali pirate who hijacks Tom Hanks’s ship in Captain Phillips. His character is the leader of a Somali pirate crew, based on the true story of the Maersk Alabama Hijacking in 2009.


Adapted from the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days At Sea written by Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty, the film Captain Phillips chronicles the experience of the real captain Richard Philips whose ship it was, that was hijacked by pirates.


Upon completing the film, Abdi continued working in his brother’s phone shop as a sales assistant due to lack of acting roles but earlier in January, it was revealed that he is directing his own film and in line to star in a new TV show.



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