It was a candid conversation with his brother when still a teenager that changed the course of Noof Ousellam’s life; giving up his idea of a career in the Army to focus on his acting career. And he hasn’t looked back. 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 addiction and antisocial behaviour, the Fort proved to be a difficult place for the only ethnic family in 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 put the Scottish actor firmly on the mainstream map. He went on to appeared in BBC2’s four-part miniseries Guilt (2019) and true-life drama The Cure (Channel 4) about the 2008 Stafford Hospital scandal. Unfortunately, when Covid-19 hit in March 2020, Noof was starring in Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award winning Leopolstadt at the Wyndham Theatre (the production hopes to re-open in June). Also waiting in the wings, Noof will be starring in Andor, the eagerly anticipated Disney + series set before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Noof is also a writer who is dabbling in directing. He will be directing his second short films In Sight later this year.