Hisham Tawfiq is an American actor. He started his acting career in the late 2000s, debuting in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He later appeared in Kings. In the 2010s, he started starring as Dembe Zuma in the NBC series The Blacklist. He started as a recurring character and has since been included in the main cast. This is a role he has been playing since 2013. At the same time, he had guest appearances in Ironside, Golden Boy, and 30 Rock. Meanwhile, as a movie actor, he debuted in the 2009 film Notorious. Subsequent films include Five Minarets in New York, Dead Man Down, and Gun Hill.