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Hisham Tawfiq stars in "The Blacklist" on NBC as Dembe.

Hailing from Harlem, New York, Hisham Tawfiq discovered his passion for the arts while performing the poem "I Know Why The Caged Byrd Sings" by Poet Laureate Maya Angelou, in his high school English class. He then studied at the world renowned Negro Ensemble Theater Company, which has brought forth such notable actors as Denzel Washington, Ossie Davis and Phylicia Rashad. Tawfiq also studied with Susan Batson, who's known for coaching actors such as Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly.

On television, Tawfiq had a recurring role in "Kings" and has been seen in episodes of "Ironside," "Golden Boy," "Nurse Jackie," "30 Rock," "Lights Out," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "Law & Order: SVU."

On the big screen, Tawfiq was seen in George Tillman Jr.'s "Notorious," starring Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie and Derek Luke.

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Hometown: Harlem, NY

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