The Swimmers cast features Nathalie Issa, Manal Issa and Ahmed Malek. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Sally El Hosaini’s 2022 movie on Netflix. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
The Swimmers chronicles the experiences of Syrian refugees. As Yusra and Sarah begin a journey to Berlin, they experiences several setbacks. The narrative follows the focal siblings as they revise their original goals. Here’s every main actor and character in The Swimmers.
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The Swimmers Cast: Nathalie Issa as Yusra
Character Profile: A teenage swimmer from Syria. She has Olympian talent and receives coaching advice from her father. Yusra struggles with her confidence during a journey to Germany.
Issa’s Resume: Line in My Favorite Fabric (2018)
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The Swimmers Cast: Manal Issa as Sarah
Character Profile: Yusra’s sister. She is a confident woman with strong leadership skills. Sarah changes her life plans upon arriving in Germany.
Issa’s Resume: Lina in Parisienne (2015), Mona in Ulysses & Mona (2018), Razerka in Golden Youth (2019), Jana in The Sea Ahead (2021), Ida in The Anger (2021)
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The Swimmers Cast: Ahmed Malek as Nizar
Character Profile: Yusra and Sarah’s cousin. He is a DJ who originally plans for a journey to Toronto. Nizar provides emotional support to Yusra and Sarah.
Malek’s Resume: Sikoo in Regatta (2015), Thutmose III in The Treasure 2 (2019), Hanif in The Furnace (2020), Ibrahim in Kira & El Gin (2022), Jasir in Another One (2022)
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The Swimmers Cast: Matthias Schweighöfer as Sven
Character Profile: A swimming coach in Berlin. He initially has a pessimistic attitude upon meeting Yusra. Sven helps with a swimming opportunity for refugees.
Schweighöfer’s Resume: Manfred von Richthofen in The Red Baron (2008), Alex in What a Man (2011), Lukas Franke in You Are Wanted (2017-18), Dieter in Army of the Dead (2021), Sebastian Schlencht-Wöhnert/Ludwig Dieter in Army of Thieves (2021)
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The Swimmers Cast: James Krishna Floyd as Emad
Character Profile: A refugee from Afghanistan. He meets Yusra and Sarah in Greece. Emad travels with a Somalian refugee and wants to study literature.
Floyd’s Resume: Ash Khan in Everywhere and Nowhere (2011), Rashid in My Brother the Devil (2012), Dr. Gabriel Varma in Dr. Gabriel Varma (2017-), Nasser Al-Shammri in No Man’s Land (2020), Miles in Love in a Bottle (2021)
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The Swimmers Cast: Ali Suliman as Ezzat
Character Profile: Yusra and Sarah’s father. He is a former professional swimmer who trains his daughters. Ezzat helps Yusra and Sarah flee from Syria.
Suliman’s Resume: Sergeant Haytham in The Kingdom (2007), Omar Sadiki in Body of Lies (2008), Gulab in Lone Survivor (2013), Suleiman in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (2018), Mustafa in 200 Meters (2020)
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The Swimmers cast also includes Kinda Alloush (Escaping Tel Aviv, Born from the Flank: Wilada Min Alkhasira), Nahel Tzegai (Sliced, Miracle Workers), Elmi Rashid Elmi (Trying, Dune), Akuc Bol and Ali Zayn (Aladdin, Primal).
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