Majid Michel is a Ghanaian actor, producer, television personality, model and philanthropist.
He was born on 22nd September 1980 at cantonments in Accra, Ghana to a Lebanese father and a Ghanaian mother.
He has received nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy on countless occasions.
He eventually won the award in 2012 after three previous consecutive nominations.
Let’s take a look at his biography below.
Majid Michel Age
He was born on the 22nd of September, 1980. He is 40 years old as of 2020.
Majid Michel Hometown
Michel was born in Cantonments, a suburb of the Ghanaian capital Accra.
The son of a Lebanese father and a Ghanaian mother, he grew up in Accra with his nine siblings.
Majid Michel Early Life and Education
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 theatre 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.
Majid Michel Personal Life and Faith
Majid is married and has three children. On November 19, 2015, he revealed that his wife of 10 years was responsible for his success.
He references only God before her. He renewed his marriage vows in the same year.
Majid is a born-again Christian. On 4 October 2016, he was a guest minister at a local church where he shared the word and performed deliverance on people.
Speaking to Joy F.M in Ghana, Majid described his new spiritual life as “genuine and inspired by his understanding from the Bible”.
He went further to state that his present friends are determined solely through a vision from God.
In a 2017 sermon celebrating Easter, Majid summarised the whole essence of the crucifixion of Christ as being to “overthrow racism, hate, envy, jealousy, pride, war and demonic powers with a simple filled-grace life”.
In October 2017, Majid stated that he has been used by God to perform miracles on people. On masturbation, Majid described the act as a sin towards God.
He went further to state that it was inevitable for one to engage in the act at least once in a lifetime.
He also disclosed that he was once a victim in his younger years but encourages youths to desist from it.
During a social media debate with Freeze, Majid disagreed with Freeze’s stance on tithing.
Majid argued that tithing was not an old testament doctrine. Rather, he opined that tithe should be given to the church to help the poor.
Majid Michel Career
Michel entered professional acting by auditioning for a modeling agency; a neighbor had introduced him to that agency.
He was invited to join the modeling agency, Super Model Agency, on the behest of his next-door neighbor. He starred in the television series Things We Do for Love, acquiring his nickname “Shaker” on the set.
His role in 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.
In a 2017 interview with Star FM Ghana, Majid explained that he didn’t get the role for the first film he auditioned due to poor acting from him, describing his “passion for acting” as what made him continue to press forward in the film industry.
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.
In October 2017, Majid revealed that he is paid at least $15,000 for a role in a film, he also disclosed that he has earned as much as $35,000 to star in a film.
In 2016, Majid explained that despite playing mostly romantic roles in films, he has never had a sexual relationship with an actress.
In October 2017, Majid explained on a radio interview that due to his religious beliefs, he will no longer accept to play a character that requires him to kiss on set.
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 featuring Michel include: Crime to Christ (2007), Agony of Christ (2008), Heart of Men (2009), The Game (2010) and Who Loves Me? (2010) amongst others.
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 think 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 the 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 a decent performance, commercially and critically.
Majid Michel Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
His official Instagram username is @majidmichelmm. He is known on Twitter as @MajidMichelMM. His Facebook account is simply Majid Michel.