Youssef Kerkour

Youssef Kerkour is done playing the bad guy

Youssef Kerkour (Credit: Channel 4)

Kerkour has been working as an actor for almost 20 years and at six foot four he is used to playing the “killer” on screen, after roles in Strike Back and Nightflyers.

However, in Home he plays a loveable gentle refugee from Syria, who is looking to build a new life in the UK.

“As an Arab on screen I’d spent most of my life either killing people or being killed,” said Kerkour, “then I get this script about a refugee in the UK and he’s humanised.”