Saïd Taghmaoui was born in Villepinte, Seine-Saint-Denis, France, to Moroccan immigrant parents. He dropped out of school at a young age and became a boxer; at one point ranking number 2 in France in his category. He met Mathieu Kassovitz with whom he co-wrote and starred in the 1995 French film "La Haine" which won the Best Director award in Cannes. Since than Saïd has been a force in both French and international cinema. Most recently, he co-starred in 'My Brother The Devil" which was nominated for, and won a raft of, international film festivals including Sundance, London, Milan, Oslo and Berlin.