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Actor Majid Michel Turns 35 Today!

Multiple award winning Ghanaian actor Majid Michel celebrate his 35 years on this planet earth today. He was born to a Lebanese father and Ghanaian mother  in Cantonments, a suburb of
the Ghanaian capital Accra. he
grew up in Accra with his nine siblings. He
attended St. Theresa’s Primary School, and
later, the Mfantsipim School, the alma mater of
Van Vicker and also of former United Nations
Secretary-General Kofi Annan . In secondary
school, Michel was actively involved in theater
and was a member of the school’s Drama Club.
As a member of the drama club, he received a
Best Actor Award in one of their performances
on Emancipation Day in Cape Coast, Ghana.

Michel entered professional acting by
auditioning for a modelling agency; a neighbour
had introduced him to that agency. He was
invited to join the modeling agency, Super
Model Agency, on the behest of his next-door
neighbour. He starred in the television series
Things We Do for Love , acquiring his nickname
“Shaker” on the set. His role on Things We Do
for Love was to be played by a Lebanese boy,
and Michel attributes being given the role due
to his Lebanese heritage.
Things We Do For Love became a success and
propelled him into the mainstream. On the
strength of his performance in the series, he
was cast in his first movie, Divine Love , as the
male lead, alongside Jackie Aygemang (Appiah) as the
female lead, with Van Vicker in a supporting
role. All three used their roles in the movie to
debut their movie careers. Divine Love was a
huge success, turning Majid Michel, Jackie
Agyemang and Van Vicker into household
names across Ghana. 
In 2008 Michel starred as the lead role in the
film Agony of the Christ, which received seven
nominations at the Africa Movie Academy
Awards in 2009. 
Nollywood breakthrough and
Michel is one of the Ghanaian actors who got
into the film industry during the period in which
Frank Rajah Arase signed a contract with
Ghana's Abdul Salam Mumuni of Venus Films.
The contract basically involved introducing
Ghanaian actors into the mainstream Nollywood
film industry and making them have a star
power comparable to Nigerian actors. Films
produced under this contract which featured
Michel include: Crime to Christ (2007), Agony of
Christ (2008), Heart of Men (2009), The Game
(2010) and Who Loves Me? (2010) amongst
Michel made his Nigerian Nollywood debut in
the 2009 romantic drama, Emerald, playing a
leading role alongside Genevieve Nnaji . While
Majid's performance was commended, along
with his strong on-screen chemistry with Nnaji,
the film received largely mixed to negative
reviews.However, the 2009 film Silent
Scandals brought Majid into prominence in
Nigeria, The film received wide positive
critical review for its high production values and
Michel's performance, along with his strong on-
screen chemistry with Genevieve Nnaji.  Nollywood Forever Comments: "His
[Michel's] intensity is concentrated in his eyes
and he uses it well so it is understandable that
he always gets roles in which love and women
and the seduction of them play a large role". Same year, another film featuring Michel,
Guilty Pleasures was released;  Guilty
Pleasures upon release was met with generally
positive reviews, with praise given to Michel's
performance as well.  He
continued this lucrative trend into 2010, where
he starred alongside Genevieve Nnaji once
more in Bursting Out , a film which got
mixed critical reviews. 
Michel was quite outspoken in the media when
he started off his career in Nigeria; He
confessed in an interview that the first time he
met Genevieve, "everything stood still"; he was
so star struck that he offered to carry her bag
and to be her personal assistant.  In
another interview, he stated that Genevieve
Nnaji is the best kisser in the film industry. He also stated in an interview that
Genevieve taught him "how to act",  and
also implied in another interview that Ghana has
no film industry.  All of these, along with
the explicit roles he played in films made him
have controversies always trailing him during
his early days. In late 2010, it was reported that
the actor is taking a break from Nigeria after
receiving death threats supposedly from his
Nigerian colleagues, who thinks that he is
getting too many jobs.  During this time,
he went back to act in Ghana, where he
featured in films such as 4 Play (2010) and its
sequel 4 Play Reloaded (2011). 
In 2012, he starred in the War film Somewhere
in Africa, playing a tyrant. Though the film
didn't do well critically, Michel's role delivery
got him wide acclaim, and he won an
Africa Movie Academy Award for the first time.
This launched his career once again in
Nigeria where he has since established himself
as a star and has been featured in mainstream
Nigerian films. In 2014, he co-starred in the all-
time blockbuster 30 Days in Atlanta for which
he got listed by Nigerian Cinema Exhibition
Coalition as one of the highest box office
grosser of 2014.  Other 2014 films featuring
Michel include: Forgetting June , which was met
with generally negative reviews.  He however
featured in Knocking on Heaven's Door and
Being Mrs Elliot , both of which had decent
performance, commercially and critically.
We at ghnewsfilla wish you a happy blessed birthday!

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