In another reality, Noof may well have been serving in the British Army. It was a candid conversation with his brother when still a teenager that changed his mind and the Army’s loss has been British film and television’s gain.
Of Moroccan descent, Noof’s family moved to the infamous Leith Fort in Edinburgh when he was 11 years old. Notorious for its gang culture, drug epidemic and antisocial behaviour, The Fort proved to be a difficult place for the only ethnic family on the estate to live. Which made Noof’s casting as series regular DC Hicham Cherradi in Vera (ITV), alongside the likes of BAFTA winner Brenda Blethyn, in 2016 all the sweeter. Up until that moment, he had featured in a few notable roles, including Taggart (ITV), Holby City (BBC) and feature Leave to Remain (2013), but it was Vera that really placed the Scottish actor firmly on the mainstream map.
He is soon to appear on our screens again in BBC2’s three-part miniseries Guilt, as well as true-life drama The Cure (Channel 4) about the Stafford Hospital scandal in 2008. Noof is also a writer and producer, who is dabbling in directing through his own production company, FutureProof Pictures.