Rami Malek is of 87.5% Egyptian and 12.5% Greek descent.
Rami Malek was born on May 12, 1981, in Los Angeles, California, the United States, to Egyptian Coptic Orthodox parents Said Malek and Nelly Abdel-Malek. His father was a tour guide in Cairo, who later became an insurance agent. His mother is an accountant. Malek is a first-generation immigrant and his parents both worked in Egypt for several years before deciding to make it in America in the late 1970s.
Rami has an identical twin brother named Sami who is younger by four minutes and works as an ESL and English teacher. He has an older sister named Yasmine who is a medical doctor.
Malek grew up speaking Arabic until he started school at the age of four years old. His late father was determined that his children would never forget their roots and often woke Rami and his siblings in the middle of the night to speak to their relatives in Samalut, Egypt. Although he is no longer fluent in his mother tongue, Malek still holds interviews in Arabic.