Ben Youcef was born in Algiers on The Mediterranean Coast into a family of seven children. After studying in London, Ben worked as a model for major magazines and brands before being cast opposite Christina Aguilera in an international Pepsi commercial.
He transitioned into film work when Steven Spielberg selected him to play “Salah” in MUNICH. From there, he went on to work with director Paul Greengrass in THE BOURNE ULTIMATIUM. His TV credits include: CSI:NY, NCIS:LOS ANGELES and LAW AND ORDER, which received positive critical acclaim. He co-wrote and starred in THE ALGERIAN — an independent feature based on one of his original ideas. Ben speaks Arabic, French and Hebrew and has consulted as a voice-over coach on films such as EAGLE EYE and SEX AND THE CITY 2.
Ben also volunteers with a non-profit Inter-Faith Group made up of Muslims, Jews, and Christians. His online video of his “Call to Prayer” has gone viral worldwide with over 10 million hits. He was recently asked by Oscar winning composer Phillip Glass to perform at the Hollywood Bowl before 18,000 people in the audience. NPR has also recently interviewed him about the contrast between his Interfaith experience with his life as a Hollywood actor.