Meet Lupin star Omar Sy: Everything you need to know about the suave French actor

Omar Sy is the most-wanted man in Hollywood

Omar Sy is seen at the "Police" (Night Shift) press conference during the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival
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Just in case you weren't aware, Omar Sy has officially taken over TVs worldwide—78 million of them if you're going solely by Netflix data. 

The streaming platform cast the French actor in its sensational series Lupin, which has garnered international attention. Sy plays the titular, charismatic "gentleman's thief" but is considered France's most-wanted man in real life—and with good reason. We'll fill you in on what you need to know about everyone's new favorite actor.

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Who is Omar Sy?

Before he began his entertainment career, Omar Sy was a young boy living in Trappes in the Île-de-France region. He was born on January 20, 1978, and his parents, Demba and Diaratou, emigrated to France from West Africa. He is one of eight children.

Omar Sy movies: where else can you watch him?

Although Omar Sy is gaining popularity now, you've definitely seen him before starring alongside your favorite A-listers. Sy has appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers: The Last Night, Inferno, and a variety of Jurassic Park films, among others.

The French-born actor—who's only been in Los Angeles for 10 years—got his first big break at 19 when Jamel Debbouze asked him to impersonate a soccer player on Radio Nova, according to Vogue. From there, he met comedian Fred Testot, with whom he began an improv sketch.

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Who is Omar Sy's wife?

Sy had been dating his wife, Hélène Sy, for about 10 years before they wed in Tremblay-sur-Mauldre in 2007. Every now and then, you'll catch snippets of their life together on the star's social media accounts. 

Who are Omar Sy's children?

Omar and Hélène Sy have five children: Selly, Sabah, Alhadji, Tidiane, and Amani-Nour. All of their kids, with the exception of the LA-born Amani-Nour, were born in France.

What is Omar Sy's height?

Look up! Omar Sy is a statuesque 6 foot 3 inches. 

Is Omar Sy Muslim?

Yes, Sy practices Islam. If he was raised in the Muslim faith or if his family members also practice Islam is unknown, however. 

What is Omar Sy's net worth?

Although exact figures haven't been revealed, it's estimated that Omar Sy's net worth is valued between $800,000 and $5 million.

What is Lupin about?

Based on the Arsène Lupin novels by Maurice Leblanc, Netflix's French-language heist drama has captured the attention of fans in countries all over the world. Its second part just premiered on June 11th, so it's the perfect choice for your next marathon session. 

Fans can expect the second part to delve into the history of Sy's character, Assane Diop, and how he ended up where he is today. It'll focus on Assane's relationship with his father and provide info about the supporting characters' backstories as well. (In season one, we watch Assane avenge his father for an injustice that was caused by a wealthy family. He's playing cat-and-mouse with an unsuccessful detective named Herlock Sholmes—sound familiar?) 

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Naturally, now that season two has arrived, everyone is questioning when—and if—season three will premiere. Fortunately, fans can look forward to more Lupin.

Arguably more revealing than his character, Sy said on Twitter: "We can’t hide anything from you. Lupin part 3 is confirmed!" Fans can expect it at some point in 2022. (We're as distraught about the wait as you are!) 

Danielle Valente
Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.