Majid Michel (nicknamed Shaker, born 22 September 1980) is a Ghanaian actor. He received nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. He eventually won the award in 2012 after three previous consecutive nominations.
Majid was born in Cantonments, a suburb of the Accra, Ghana. The son of a Lebanese father and a Ghanaian mother, he grew up in Accra with his nine siblings. He attended St. Theresa's Primary School, and later, the Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast. In secondary school, Majid was actively involved in theater and was a member of the school's Drama Club where he received a Best Actor Award in one of their performances on Emancipation Day.
Majid entered professional acting by auditioning through Super Model Agency on a neighbour’s introduction. 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, Majid was 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 as the female lead, with Van Vicker in a supporting role. Divine Love was a huge success, turning Majid Michel, Jackie Agyemang and Van Vicker into household names across Ghana.
In 2008 Majid 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 success
Majid Michel 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 others.
Majid made his Nollywood debut in the 2009 romantic drama, Emerald, playing a leading role alongside Genevieve Nnaji. The 2009 film Silent Scandals brought Majid into prominence in Nigeria. 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 Majid, Guilty Pleasures was released and was met with positive reviews. He continued this lucrative trend into 2010, where he starred alongside Genevieve Nnaji once more in Bursting Out
In 2012, he starred in the War film Somewhere in Africa, playing a tyrant. 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, Knocking on Heaven's Door and Being Mrs Elliot.
Over the years, he has acted in numerous films including, Shakira, The Game, Bursting Out, 4 Play, 4 Play Reloaded, A Sting in a Tale, Silent Scandals (2009), Passion of the Soul, Crime to Christ, Royal Battle, Divine Love, Gangster, Guilty Pleasure (2009), ears of a Womanhood, The Three Widows, House of Gold (2013), Nation Under Siege (2013), Forgetting June, Matters Arising (2014), Knocking on Heaven's Door (2014), Being Mrs Elliot (2014), 30 Days in Atlanta (2014), Brother's Keeper (2014), Champagne (2014), Road to Yesterday (2015), Bishop Jerry (Nigerian Movie) (2015), Amuma" (Nigerian Movie) (2015), The Department (2015), The Mad Man I Love (2015), Shattered Lives (2016)
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