Meet the golden age of Netflix talent

Written by By Jehan Montagnay, CNN One of the most unusual — and expensive — shows on Netflix is ending. In “Tiger King,” which aired in August 2018, Emirati actor Ahmed Al Zaabi played…

Meet the golden age of Netflix talent

Written by By Jehan Montagnay, CNN

One of the most unusual — and expensive — shows on Netflix is ending. In “Tiger King,” which aired in August 2018, Emirati actor Ahmed Al Zaabi played a ghost trying to save his son from a knife-wielding demon.

Though the show was billed as Emirati-influenced, the filming in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and India meant it cost $20 million to produce. This was a small amount for a Netflix original, but a big Hollywood bill for Al Zaabi’s director father.

Mohammed Al Zaabi had previously helmed films for Netflix including “Nour,” and both productions were made with T.V. producers in Saudi Arabia.

Following Al Zaabi’s unexpected exit from “Tiger King,” actor Usama Al Masum has now starred in the series, and the actor has been busy crossing over to new media in recent years.

Monica Bellucci

Actress Monica Bellucci (sitting on the left) appears with Salman Rushdie in Salman Rushdie’s 2009 book “The Enchantress of Florence.” Credit: supplied by Rita Suber/PR

With a screen CV that spans over 80 years, Monica Bellucci is now also a full-time Netflix actor after starring in shows including Marco Polo. The Italian actress’s last, and shortest, role was with Al Zaabi in 2014.

Sarah Eager

Sarah Eager as part of the opening cast for Netflix series “The Crown.” Credit: Courtesy of Netflix

Sarah Eager is a self-taught actress who now hosts several Netflix shows. Her first show, “English To The World,” followed the escapades of young students in India while shooting a show in the country.

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