Omar Sy - Updated Feb 2024

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Trappes, France

Omar Sy

Omar Sy is a popular actor, writer, comedian, television personality, and Hollywood star from France. Moreover, Omar Sy is best known for his role in the 2011 comedy-drama film Intouchables, which earned him the César Award for Best Actor, making him the first Black recipient of the award.

Early Life

Omar Sy was born on the 20th of January 1978, in Trappes, France. He is 45 years old as of 2023 and holds French nationality. He has a birth sign of Aquarius and believes in Muslims by religion. In addition, he belongs to Fulani origin by ethnicity.

he is the son of Demba Sy (father) and Diaratou Sy (mother). His father is an inhabitant of Senegal who worked in a factory while his mother is a Mauritanian and worked as a housemaid.

Moreover, he is the fourth of eight children of his parent. However, his siblings’ names are unknown at the moment.

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Caption: Omar Sy childhood photo (Source: Instagram)


Talking about his academic qualifications, he completed his early education at a Local High School in Trappes, France in 1996. However, he did not complete his college studies and moved to work to earn money for his family and to fulfill his dreams.

Professional Career

Talking about his professional career, Omar Sy started as a radio host for Radio Nova, where he met his comedic partner Fred Testot. After working on the radio, he created his TV show called Le Visiophon.

After that, he started in various TV and stage shows such as “Je ne fais pas mon âge” and “Omar et Fred: le spectacle.” With his fellow friend Testot, he co-hosted the Frech short comedy television series “Service après-vente des émissions,” from 2005 to 2012 on Canal+ until it was canceled.

Similarly, he appeared in the 2006 television game show “Fort Boyard.” In addition, he was featured in French comedy movies, including “Nos jours heureux “(2006), “Tellement Proches” (2009), and the arthouse film “Micmacs” (2009).

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Caption: Omar Sy in the 2011 comedy-drama film, Intouchables (Source: French Exam)

He has also lent his voice to Zip in the French version of the “Tomb Raider Legend” video game. Prior, he also voiced a sheep in the 2003 Disney animated movie “Brother Bear.”

Later, he starred in the 2011 movie “The Intouchables” playing a streetwise young man who becomes the personal care assistant to a wealthy quadriplegic. The movie was a huge hit, topping the French box office in 2011 and becoming the best-selling French film of all time in its native country, with more than 19 million tickets sold.

For his role in the movie, he earned several awards and also was voted third favorite French personality behind Yannick Noah and Zinedine Zidane.

Other movies

He played the role of Bishop, in the 2014 American superhero movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” That same year, he appeared in the French comedy film “Samba” portraying the role of Samba Cissé.

Similarly, he co-starred in the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World. The movie was released in June 2015. Later, he played a compromised chef in the 2017 American comedy-drama movie “Burnt.”

That same year, he lent his voice to the character Hot Rod in the film “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment in the Transformers series. In 2018, he played Sebastian Bouchard in the French police comedy movie “Le flic de Belleville.

Later, in 2019, he appeared in two movies “Le Chant du Loup” and “Arctic Dogs.” He lent his voice to the character Joe Gardner in the 2020 American computer-animated comedy movie “Soul.”

Recently in 2022, he appeared in three movies “The Takedown,” “Father & Soldier,” and “Jurassic World Dominion.” His next upcoming movies project in which he is currently working is “Le Chat du Rabbin”, and “The Book of Clarence.”

Television series

He has also worked in several television series and television movies. However, his most recognized television roles are  “SAV des émissions” (2010-2012) as Various, and “Bref” (2012) as Party Guest on Phone.

Recently, he starred in the 2021 Netflix hit series “Lupin,” a modern-day retelling of Arsène Lupin novels. The series has become one of the most-watched non-English series on Netflix. Due to its success, Sy has signed a multi-year feature film deal with Netflix.


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Caption: Omar Sy – First black actor to win a César Award (Source: DNA)

Throughout, this Frech actor has won 11 awards and received 11 nominations. He earned Best Actor at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival. In 2012, he won Lumières Award, Globe de Cristal Award, and César Award.

Later, he won the Virtuoso Award at the 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Recently in 2022, he won the Best Actor – Television Series Drama in the Satellite Award.

Omar Sy – Net Worth 2023

From his acting career, working in several movies and television series, he has collected a huge sum of money. As of 2022, his net worth estimated at around $5 million while his earnings and salary are not yet disclosed.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Omar with his wife attending an award show (Source: Instagram)

Omar Sy married his wife Hélène Sy. Professionally, Hélène is a social worker and a remarkably successful associative investment expert. Having a long-term relationship of 10 years, the couple got married alter on the 5th of July 2007 in Le Tremblay-Sur-Mauldre, Paris. With the marriage, the couple has five kids.  However, this actor has not been involved in controversy and has a clean image in public.

Body Measurements

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Caption: Omar posing for a photo (Source: Instagram)

This French actor is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 83 kg. He has black eyes with black hair color and his body measurement measures 62-44-13 inches.

Omar Sy – Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@omarsyofficial’ there are over 2.8 million followers. Likewise, there are over 3.3 million followers on his Twitter account ‘@OmarSy’ and over 1.4 million followers on his Facebook page.