Rami Malek is a name that is adored and applauded by many. Regarded as a national hero – thanks to his role as the late acclaimed frontman, Freddie Mercury, Malek saw his stardom status rise when he snagged the role of Elliot in the USA Network drama thriller series, Mr. Robot, which ran for four seasons from 2015 to 2019.
Starting with theatre performances way back in 2002, Malek has expanded his career credits to include roles in television, movies, and even video games (providing his voice and motion capture for in-game characters). But, beyond the fame is someone who grew up with difficulties assimilating into his environment when he was a child.
Rami Malek’s Parents Wanted Him To Study Law
An Egyptian, thanks to being born by Egyptian parents, Malek was born and raised in the coastal city of Torrance, California, on May 12, 1981, making him an American. Malek had difficulties fitting in during his childhood as a result of his upbringing and background, even having his name mispronounced for most of his childhood. For his education, Malek attended Notre Dame High School, being in the same class as actress Rachel Bilson. He also shared a musical theatre class with Kirsten Dunst.
Originally following his parents’ plan of him becoming a lawyer, Rami Malek joined the debate team in his freshman year of high school. Though he wasn’t very good at forming arguments, his debate teacher recognized his ability to use dramatic interpretation and encouraged him to try out for a talent competition. As Malek describes it in an interview with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, his performance on stage was the first time he saw his father get emotional. The positivity his parents showed after the performance was what moved Malek to pursue an acting career instead of one law.
After graduation from high school, Malek studied theatre at the University of Evansville, Indiana. He also studied abroad for a semester at Harlaxton College in Lincolnshire, England. Before reaching his senior year, Rami was an intern at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, becoming an acquaintance of playwright August Wilson along the way.
Malek chose the University of Evansville because of the immense amount of talent he perceived from the school’s faculty down to its students. In 2003, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In recognition of his works and talents, he was honoured in 2017 by UE with a Young Alumnus Award.
What We Know About His Family
Rami Malek was born to Egyptian immigrant parents Said Malek and Nelly Abdel-Malek. A travel agent and a tour guide in Cairo, Egypt, Malek’s father Said became fascinated by Western visitors and the opportunities the West had to offer. This was what prompted him to move with wife Nelly and daughter Yasmine to the US. Rami’s mother was originally against the idea, as having to leave her family and friends for the uncertain suburbs of Los Angeles didn’t quite appeal to her. But, with time, she changed her mind and agreed to immigrate.
The family relocated to Sherman Oaks, where Said became an insurance salesman and Nelly started work as an accountant. The actor has an older sister named Yasmine and she works as an ER doctor. Referring to the good genes in his family, Malek said in an interview with The Guardian; “…I’ve got a sister who’s an ER doctor and her patients constantly think she’s too young to be there.”
Rami Malek is also a twin, something that not many people know about. Not just any twin, an identical twin. His brother’s name is Sami, and together, they were in Notre Dame High School’s drama department.
Even with their move to the US, Malek’s parents always emphasized the importance of remembering one’s roots. There were several times Said would wake Rami in the middle of the night so he could talk to his Arabic-speaking relatives in the Egyptian city of Samalut.
The Truth About Rami Malek’s Sexuality
A notoriously private individual, Rami Malek’s sexuality has often been a topic of discussion for fans and media alike. Before he confirmed his relationship with fellow co-star Lucy Boynton, speculation began to swirl that Malek might be gay after it was announced in 2016 that he would star in the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. He was cast in the lead role of the late Freddie Mercury, lead vocalist of the rock band, Queen. Besides being the frontman of one of history’s most unique and bestselling bands, Mercury was also known as a homosexual who died from AIDS when he was 45 in 1991.
Malek getting to play the role of a gay frontman began to raise suspicions about his sexuality, but what helped this thrive more was the fact that it wasn’t the first time the actor had played the role of a gay person before. In 2005, Malek starred as Kenny Al-Bahir in the Fox sitcom, The War at Home.
In the series, which followed dysfunctional Jewish family the Golds, Kenny is a gay teen who is kicked out of his parents’ house after coming out of the closet. He moves in with his friend, Larry Gold. The series ran for two seasons, and Malek’s performance was applauded for the grounds it broke at the time.
Meet Lucy Boynton, Malek’s Girlfriend
With two acclaimed roles as a gay person, more light is thrown on why the public would begin to suspect that Malek was gay himself. But after he was spotted with his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton frequently from the later part of 2017, people began to wonder if the two were actually an item. In January 2018, they were spotted at a London party together before they were sighted together at February’s Super Bowl party.
In his 2019 acceptance speech for an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Rami Malek confirmed he was dating his co-star Lucy Boynton. Since then, the two have been quite inseparable.
Lucy Boynton was born in New York City on January 17, 1994, but grew up in the city of London. The daughter of Telegraph Media Group travel editor Graham Boynton, and travel writer Adriaane Pielou, Lucy attended the all-girls Blackheath High School in south London before joining James Allen’s Girls’ School in Dulwich, south London. Getting her premiere in 2006, Boynton appeared as Young Beatrix Potter in the biographical drama film, Miss Potter. From there, Boynton got picked up for several films, television films, and series.
Some of her most notable roles are in the movies Copperhead (2013), Sing Street (2016), Murder on the Orient Express (2017), and Apostle (2018). In 2018, she gained even more recognition, thanks to her role as Mary Austin in the biographical film, Bohemian Rhapsody.