Arben Bajraktaraj is an Albanian actor from Kosovo, living in France since the late 90´s. He has studied theatre in Slovenia with Minu Kjuder at Drama Studio and in Paris at Acting International with Robert Cordier. He has worked with many theatre companies in France, Kosovo, Albania and Slovenia and played in various classical and contemporary productions such as Gao Xinjang’s The Escape, Edward Bond’s Thin Can People, Bernard-Marie Koltes Roberto Zucco, Schiller’s The Robbers, George Tabori’s My Mother’s Courage etc…In cinema, among others directors, he has worked with Tony Gatliff on his World War II drama treating a destiny of a gypsy family, Gilles Pacquet-Brenner’s Sarah’s Key, Jean-Pierre Ameris’ adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs and also appeared in Xavier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men (Grand Prix du Jury, Cannes 2010) and Maïwen’s Polisse (Prix du Jury, Cannes 2011). He has also worked with David Yates on Sex Traffic and played Dolohov in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as well as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Recently he has worked with Teona Strugar Mitevska on Woman who Brushed Off her Tears (Berlinale, 2012) and Luan Kryeziu’s Kosovar movie The Hero.
Arben has worked with Global Arts Corps as a trainer in Cambodia.