Elliot Alderson played by Rami Malek

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As a senior network technician for cyber security firm Allsafe, Elliot protects corporate clients — including the ubiquitous Evil Corp — from security breaches and data theft. As a vigilante hacker, he monitors the people in his daily life and protects those he’s close to from their own flaws, sometimes with unpredictable results.

Originally from Washington Township, New Jersey, Elliot now lives alone on the Lower East Side. He suffers from crippling anxiety, which stems from memories of his difficult childhood. His father died when Elliot was young, and his now-estranged mother was brutally cruel. Elliot has spent most of his adult life isolated from the world around him.

After being arrested for financial hacking, he has been attending court-ordered therapy for almost a year. Elliot, however, prefers self-medication by morphine, an addiction he mediates with suboxone. He obtains both from his next door neighbor, Shayla.

With the arrival of Mr. Robot, Elliot’s world changes entirely. Fsociety’s members and mission offer him a renewed purpose -- though accompanied by a risk of heightened paranoia -- leaving him faced with the question of whether to numbly continue the life he knows or risk everything and participate in Mr. Robot’s revolution. 

Rami Malek stars as Elliot, a young and brilliant programmer, on USA Network’s Golden Globe® Award winning series, MR. ROBOT.

For his work on the hit drama series, Malek received a Golden Globe® Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, a Screen Actors Guild® Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and won a Critics’ Choice® Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

Malek most recently starred in “Night at the Museum 3” opposite Ben Stiller. He has also appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.

Additional film credits include Spike Lee’s “Old Boy” opposite Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen, “Night at the Museum 1 & 2,” “Short Term 12,” directed by Destin Cretton and the DreamWorks feature “Need for Speed,” directed by Scott Waugh, in which he portrayed a car expert whose motivations hinge upon his sense of loyalty and justice.

Malek’s TV credits include memorable arcs on “24” as Marcus Al-Zacar and “The Pacific” as Snafu – a performance that garnered incredible reviews and led him being cast by Tom Hanks in “Larry Crowne” at Universal and Bill Condon in the last installment of “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.”