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Naguib Al Rehani (born 1889-June 8, 1949) was an Egyptian actor. He was born to a Christian Catholic family to an Iraqi father and an Egyptian mother in Bab El Shereya ,Cairo, Egypt , had two brothers.

Was married to a famous Egyptian dancer Badeaa Masabny and they had no children
A great comedian both on stage and in films , his films still bring up smiles on viewers faces
Fuad Al Mohandes , the Egyptian comedian always aknowledged Naguib Al Rihani's effect on him and his style in acting



Youssef Wahbi (Born On July 14, 1900 – October 17, 1982) was an Egyptian actor and film director, a leading star of the 1930s and '40s and a prominent stage actor for four decades. He was born to a high state official in Egypt but renounced his family's wealth and traveled to Rome in the 1920s to study theatre. Besides his stage work, he acted in about 50 films, starting with Awlad al-Zawat (Sons of Aristocrats; 1932) to "Iskanderiya... lih?" (Alexandria... Why?, 1978). He died, sick with arthritis and with a fractured pelvis, survived by his wife.



Amina Rizk ( Born 13 April 1910 in Tanta - 24 August 2003 in Cairo) was a classic Egyptian actress who appeared in over 45 films between 1928 and 1996.

She was popular for her roles as the kind-hearted mother in plays and films, appearing in major pictures such as Doa al karawan in 1959 in which she appeared alongside actors such as Faten Hamama and Ahmed Mazhar. and Bidaya wa nihaya , in which she played the role of the Mother to Omar Sharif , Farid Shawki and Sanaa Gamil.



Ismail Yasin ( Born September 15, 1915-May 24, 1972) was an Egyptian actor specializing in comedy. He is famous for a series of films with his name. He is also credited as Ismail Yasseen.

Ismail Yassin had a difficult childhood in Suez where he was born. His mother died at an early age and his father was jailed thus forcing him to leave school before completing his primary education. He worked as a parking valet to support himself.

He started his career as a monologue singer and headed for Cairo to join Badi'a Masabny's troupe. His break into the movie industry came when Fouad El-Gazaery gave him his first role in the movie "Khalf El-Habayeb" in 1939. He later joined Ali El-Kassar's troupe and started to gain widespread recognition eventually becoming one of most popular stars in the Arab world. A record 15 movies used his name in their titles to capitalize on his fame.

He was not particularly attractive but he had great control of his facial expressions and often made fun of his 'large mouth' in his films. His trademark gimmick was to act terrified bringing his wobbling knees together, stretching his shaking arms infront of him, stammering silently, and suddenly snapping out of his panic with a loud inhalation of air.

In the 1960s his health began to deteriorate and he moved to Lebanon where he participated in a number of films. He later returned to Egypt where he became heavily indebted. He died of a heart attack in 1972.



Taheya Carioca , Or Badaweya Mohamed Karim ( born in Ismaileya in 1915 ) .

Carioca's interest in performing arts came at a very early age, and belly dancer Mahasen discovered her talent and helped her get on the right track.
Then she met Bade'a Masabny, joined her troupe and did various appearances in movies and theatrical plays.

Taheya Carioca's real fame came in 1940 when she performed the world famous Carioca dance in one of Seliman Naguib's shows, and became known for it ever since, hence the nickname.
Carioca has many renowned movies that have greatly affected the Egyptian film industry, and that are still popular and loved till this day. Among those movies are 'Le'bet El Set', 'Shabab Emra'a', 'Khaly Balak Men Zozo'.
In around 1955, Taheya Carioca gave up dancing and concentrated on acting. She was also known for political, social and humanitarian activities, and she excelled alongside her husband Fayez Halawa in many political theatrical pieces, such as 'Robabekya' and 'Yahya El Wafd'.



Farid Shawki ( Born July 3, 1920 in Cairo - July 27, 1998) known as Farid Shawki was an Egyptian actor, scriptwriter and film producer. In his life, he acted in 361 films, 12 play and 12 television series; wrote 22 film scripts; and produced 26 films.

He was also known as Malek El Terso ("The King of the Third Class" - a reference to his popularity among the poor, who bought third-class seats in movie theatres), as "Wahsh Ash shashah Al Arabiyah the Monster of the Arab Silver Screen" in honor of his various roles of beloved hero, as Farid Bay ("Sir Farid", an informal title of respect), and as Abu el-Banat ("father of all girls", a reference to his having five daughters and no sons).

In a career spanning almost 60 years, Shawki starred, produced, or wrote the scenario of over 400 films - more than the films produced collectively by the whole Arab world - in addition to theatre, television and video plays. His popularity covered the whole of the Arab World, including Turkey where he acted in some films there, and directors always addressed his as ' Farid Bay' (Sir Farid) as a sign of respect. As he worked with over 90 Film directors and producers.

For the first ten years he typically cast as a villain. By late 1940's his name alongside that of the late Mahmoud el-Mileegy guaranteed a box-office success. In 1950 he changed that image forever, playing the leading role in Ga'aloony Mujriman ("They Made Me a Criminal"), his own script in which he tackled the problem of homeless children and the first crime thus exposing the failure of government policy and the corruption of state run orphanages and young offenders institutions.

Disliked by the establishment, the film was later awarded the State Prize; Shawki went on to collect 10 best actor awards in many festivals, and four other awards for his scripts in the next thirty years.

Critics referred to him as the "John Wayne" or "Anthony Quinn" of Egyptian cinema and of the Arabic speaking World", and to the masses he was the Beast of the Silver Screen, who championed the underdog, especially women, and the dispossessed using an effective mixture of cunning, physical strength, personal charm, and unbending principles, to overcome the wicked aggressors. With an illiteracy of over 80 per cent at the time, the "Screen Beast" personified the masses' dreams of defeating the wealthy, who were above the law thanks to an unjust class system.

Scriptwriter Abd-el-Hay Adeeb once had to rewrite a scene in a film after it had been released: Shawki's character was slapped on the back of the neck, which is a sign of contempt in southern Mediterranean countries; the cinema audience in the city of Assiut rioted in protest, destroying the building.

In 1969, Youssef Chahine's film al-Ardh ("The Land") ended with the main character being dragged to his death behind the horse of a corrupt police officer. Audiences called for the "Beast" - Shawki - to come to his rescue, despite the fact that Shawki did not appear in that film.

A number of critics spent a great deal of time discussing the phenomenon as it was clear that Shawki lived in the psyche of the nation as an image greater than reality and he represented hope and implementation of justice during the totalitarian military rule in the 1950's and 60's. With the influence of Egyptian cinema on the whole of the Middle East, the "Beast of the Silver Screen" had a similar status in all Arabic-speaking nations, where the main entertainment was, and still to a large degree, Egyptian films.

Film producers and financiers called Shawki - Malek el-Terso - or the King of the Third Class (Terso is an Egyptian slang word derived from the Italian word referring to the cheap third class seats in the cinema from which the bulk of the box office takings came). Shawki was born in July 1920 in El Baghghala neighborhood of Cairo's popular quarter of Al-Sayyedah Zynab, where the majority of residents were the terso- film goers when Egyptian cinema started turning into a big industry. Shawki worked as a civil servant as the Second World War broke out. He was given small parts in Ramsis Theatre group headed by Youssef Bay Wahby, then he worked with Anwar Wagdy doing small parts on the silver screen. He also formed a local theatre group `The National League of Acting' which included his young wife actress Zainab Abd-el-Hady whom he married in 1941, they had one daughter Mona. They were divorced four years later, when he married his second wife, dancer Saneya Shawki, whom he also divorced in 1950.

By 1943 the NLA became The 20 Theatre as the members grew to 20 all became household names in Egyptian theatre and cinema for decades to come. The group specialized in presenting Chekov's plays, and Shawki excelled in playing the leading parts - later on he loved to play classic parts in screenplays of novels by Nobel Prize holder Naguib Mahfouz. One of them was playing the role of Sultan in the film Bidaya wa nihaya.

With success in theatre, and small parts in films, Shawki left his post at the civil service in 1946. Few months later the 20 Theatre became the nucleus of the Higher Institute of Drama. In 1947 he made his mark in the film “Mala’eka Fi Gohanam” ` Angels in Hell'. With his third wife, singer and actress Huda Sultan, whom he married in 1951, they made a famous partnership in more than 80 films. The marriage lasted 18 years and produced two daughters Maha and Nahed who is a successful film producer in her own right. He was working on a script for his daughter in film dealing with homeless young people just before he died.

In 1970, he married Soheir Turk, they stayed together till he died, she also gave him two daughters Rania and Abir.

He was survived by wife Soheir Turk and five daughters Mona, Nahed, Maha, Rania and Abir. His brother was the late General Staff of Egyptian Army Ahmad Shawki. Farid's youngest daughter, Rania, is a well known actress. She has two children from husband Atef Awad, Fareeda and Malak. His other daughter from Soheir, Abir, is a film director with two children as well..



Fouad Al Mohandes ( Born September 6, 1924 - September 16, 2006)was one of the best-known Egyptian actors.

He was a pioneer in the Arab cinema. He was often credited with creating modern Egyptian comedy[citation needed]. Some of the biggest Egyptian comedy stars, for example Adel Imam, were his students. His movies are considered milestones in the Egyptian cinema, as they introduced comedy in a new form, and presented some of the most unique ideas in comedic history.

Fuad Al Mohandes was born on 6 September 1924, in Cairo, Egypt. He was a son of a linguist named Zaki Al Mohandes, the Dean of the Faculty of Dar Al Oloom and a member of the Arabic language Academy of Cairo. Foad AlMohandess was an amateur actor when he was young. Inspired by the plays of comedian Naguib Al Rehani during his study at the Faculty of Commerce, Al-Mohandess decided to pursue a career in drama. He joined a group named Sa'a li Qalbak (An hour to your heart) during its early run.

In 1954, he starred in his first motion picture, Bent El Giran (The Neighbours' Daughter), for Mahmud Thul-Fuqqar. However, he returned to acting as a minor character for about ten years afterwards.

Some of his supporting roles were in:
El Ard El Tayyeba (The Good Earth).
Bein El Atlaal (Among the Ruins).
Amirat El Arab (Princess of the Arabs).
El Sahera El Sagheera (The Little Witch).
Nahr El Hob (River of Love).
Almaz Wi Abdo El-Hamuli (Almaz and Abdu El-Hamuli).
El Shumoo' El Sawda (Black Candles).

His comic role in Aa'ilat Zizi (Zizi's Family), directed by Futin Abd Al Wahhab, was one of the most significant roles in his career. In addition, he and his then-wife, Shuikar, were a well-known acting couple, co-starring in many comedies such as:
Mutarada Gharamiya (An Amorous Pursuit).
Ard El Nifaq (Land of Hypocrisy).
Akhtar Ragul Fil Aalam (The Most Dangerous Man In The World).

He also appeared in more works with Adel Emam, such as the play Ana w Huwwa w Hiyya (Me, Him, and Her) in 1964, and with Sa'id Saleh in a film in 1970. However, he returned to supporting roles with Adel Emam in films like Khalli Balak Min Giranak (Watch Out for Your Neighbours).

The 1960s were Al-Muhandes' golden age. He made some successful plays such as El-Sekerteir El-Fanni (The Technical Secretary), Sayydati El-Gameela (the Arabic adaptation of My Fair Lady), and Hawwa' El-Sa'aa 12 (Eve of Midnight).

Later in his career, his interest shifted back to theater, working in plays like Innaha Haqqan Aa'ila Muhtarama (It is Truly a Respected Family). At the time, he also presented a radio show called Kilmitein Wi-Bas (Two Words Only), which was broadcast daily for years.

Fuad Al Mohandes died on 16 September 2006, 10 days after his 82nd birthday. He is survived by a brother and two sisters, one of whom is Safiyya al-Muhandes, a famous Egyptian broadcaster.



Hoda Sultan , Or Gamalat Abdel Aal El Hew. ( She was born in 1925 , in a village near Tanta, in the Delta, 100-km north of Cairo ). She is the sister of the late singer Mohamed Fawzy (1918 – 1966). she is considered a landmark in the history of Egyptian cinema. Her career continued for 55 years. Her singing career started in the radio, where she ran for an audition and was approved, to become one of the stars in Galal Mo’awad’s program “Adwa’ El Madina” (“City Lights”).
Later on, director Niazy Mostafa rediscovered her and initiated her in to the movie industry. Later she became a famous movie star in the fifties. Her first movie was “Set El Hosn” (1950).

She got married five times, the most famous of her husbands was Farid Shawky, to whom she was married for 15 years and who is the father of her two daughters Nahed and Maha.
Sultan is most famous for her roles in great movies like “Emraa fel Tareeq”, “Shay’ fi Sadri”, “Al Ekhteyar”,“Wada’an Bonaparte”, “Awdet El Ebn El Dall”, the last three were directed by Youssef Chahin. Her last movie was “Men Nazret Ain” (2003).

In the past couple of years she played the role of the mother in many TV series such as “Wada’an Ya Rabie Al Omr”, “La Ya Ebnati Al Aziza”, “Arabesque”, “Zizinia”, “Al Watad”, and the trilogy of “Bain El Qasrain”, the TV adaptation of the novelist Naguib Mahfouz’s trilogy.



Rushdy Abaza (born August 3, 1926, Mansoura, Egypt and died on July 27, 1980) was a famous Egyptian actor. He died of cancer at the age of 54.

The late Egyptian actor Roushdy Abaza was always a symbol of virility and charm in Arab cinema, a symbol that he remains associated with until this day.
Abaza was born on August the 3rd in 1927. His mother is Italian and his father is Egyptian. He attended the 'Saint-Mark' School in Alexandria. Abaza spoke five languages fluently!

He got into the movie industry when director Barakat discovered him in 1948 and gave him the lead role in 'El Millionaira El Sagheera' (The Young Millionaire). The following year he starred in two other movies: 'Amina' and 'Zo Al Waghain' (Two Faces of a Man), that was right before he decided to head off to Italy in pursuit of international fame. However, he was not destined to succeed over there, and after six months he returned to Egypt to pick up his career with the movie 'Emra'a Men Nar' (A woman Made of fire) in 1950.

Abaza had such a brilliant acting talent that he excelled at impersonating the roles of both the working class macho man, and the well-bred, wealthy heir.

Among his most popular movies are: 'Tamr Henna' in 1957, 'Al Ragol Al Thany' (The Second Man) in 1959 and 'Al Morahekat' (The Teenagers) in 1960.

He's also known for his comic roles in 'El Zoga El Talatashar' (the 13th Wife) in 1962, 'Sagheera Ala El Hob' (Too Young for Love) with Soad Hosni in 1966, and "Ah Men Hawa' with Lobna Abdel Aziz.

Abaza married many famous actresses in his lifetime including Sabah and Taheya Carioca. His last and longest marriage of all was to Samia Gamal. They were a couple for 15 years.



Adel Adham ( Born March 28, 1928 - February 1, 1996) was one of Egypt's most famous actors. He was known for his portrayal of evil and ambiguous characters. In his most recent film before his death, his character was told by another character that he will go to hell. Adham's character's response? "Well, if we go to heaven, we will not find anyone we know!"



Faten Hamama ( born 2 May 1930) is an Egyptian producer and an acclaimed actress of film, television, and theater.[1] She was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres, from melodramas to historical films and occasional comedies, though her greatest successes were romantic dramas. Noted for her willingness to play serious characters, she has also acted in some of the most controversial films in the history of Egyptian cinema.

Hamama made her screen debut in 1939, when she was only nine years old. Her earliest roles were minor, but her activity and gradual success helped in establishing herself as a distinguished Arabic actress. Eventually, and after many major successful performances, she was able to achieve stardom and was nicknamed "The Lady of the Arabic Screen" . Revered as an icon in Arabic cinema, she has substantially helped in improving the cinema industry in Egypt and emphasizing the importance of women in cinema and the Arabic society.

In 1996, during the Egyptian Cinema Centennial, 18 of her 100 films were selected amongst the best 150 films of Egyptian productions. She later received an honorary Ph.D. from the American University in Cairo in 1999 and in 2000 she was chosen as Star of the Century by the Egyptian Writers and Critics organization. In 2001 she received the Arabic Woman award and the Lebanese Cedar decoration, one of the most prestigious Lebanese awards.

In 2000, after a hiatus of seven years, she returned in what was a much anticipated miniseries, Wajh al-Qamar (Face of the Moon). The award-winning show received heed from the media and was broadcasted on 23 Arabic TV channels during the month of Ramadan.



Shadia , Fatima Ahmad Kamal (born 1931), better known by her stage name Shadia , is an Egyptian actress and singer. Now retired, she is famous for her roles in light comedies and drama in the 1950s and 1960s. Her first appearance was in the film el-Aql Fi Agaza (The Mind on Vacation), and she retired after her last film La Tas'alni Man Ana (Don't Ask Me Who I Am).



Hind Rostom (born November 12, 1931) is an Egyptian actress. Hend was born in Alexandria on November 12, 1931. She started her career at the age of 16 with the film Azhaar wa Ashwak or Flowers and Thorns. Her first true success was in 1955 when the famous director Hassan Al Imam offered her a role in Banat el lail or Women of the Night. Her famous films include Ibn Hamidu in 1957, Youssef Chahine's Bab El Hadid or Cairo Station with Farid Shawki in 1958, Salah Abu Seif's La Anam or Sleepless with Faten Hamama, Omar Sharif and Rushdy Abaza in 1958, Sira' fi al-Nil (Struggle in the Nile) with Omar Sharif and Rushdy Abaza in 1959, and Chafika el Koptia or Chafika the Copt Girl in 1963. Hend is known as the queen of seduction in Egyptian cinema, and was known as the "Marilyn Monroe of the East". She decided to quit acting in 1979 because she wanted the audience to remember her at her best.



Omar Al Sharif (born April 10, 1932) is an Academy Award nominated Egyptian actor who has starred in many Hollywood films. He has acted in Arabic, French, and English feature films. Sharif is famous for his roles in Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia .

Sharif was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt to Joseph Shalhoub, a Lebanese immigrant and timber merchant, and his wife, Claire Shalhoub who was an Egyptian of Lebanese and Syrian descent. Omar Sharif graduated from Alexandria's Victoria College, then from Cairo University with a mathematics and physics major. Afterwards, he worked with his father in the lumber business. Their business was less than successful following the investment of a large amount of capital in an endeavor to revitalize papyrus as a viable commodity.

Faten Hamama and Omar Sharif in Sira` Fi al-Wadi

In 1953, he began his acting career with a role in the Egyptian film, Sira` Fi al-Wadi, (English, The Blazing Sun or Struggle in the Valley or Fight in the Valley). Numerous Egyptian productions followed. His first English language film was Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, in which he played the Sherif Ali. This performance earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and worldwide fame. He also played the title role in the 1965 film, Doctor Zhivago by David Lean. After a period in which he made headlines more for being a professional bridge player than an actor, he made a comeback with the film adaptation of the novel Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran.

Raised a Catholic, he converted to Islam to marry renowned Egyptian actress Faten Hamama in 1955 and took the name Omar al-Sharif. The marriage lasted almost 20 years and ended in 1974, producing one child Tarek Sharif (b. 1957), who appeared in Doctor Zhivago as Yuri at the age of 8. Rumours that Sharif would have married actress Sohair Ramzi in 1977, have turned out to be untrue. In fact, he never remarried and his attempt to restore his relationship with ex-wife Faten Hamama after returning to Egypt failed[citation needed].

Hamama and Sharif starred in several Egyptian movies together as romantic leads, including Sharif's first significant role in Siraa Fil-Wadi (The Blazing Sun, Struggle in the Valley, 1953). Others include Ayyamna el helwa (Our Best Days, 1955), La anam (I Don't Sleep, 1958), Sayedat el kasr (Lady of the Castle, 1959) and the Anna Karenina-adaptation Nahr el hub (The River of Love, 1961),

Omar Sharif is fluent in English, Arabic, Greek, and French. He also speaks some Italian and Turkish.

Sharif, once among the world's best known contract bridge players, co-wrote a syndicated newspaper bridge column for the Chicago Tribune[1] for several years. He is also both author and co-author of several books on bridge and has licensed his name to a bridge computer game; initially released in a DOS version in 1992, Omar Sharif Bridge is still sold in Windows and "mobile platform" versions.

Sharif has also been a regular in casinos in France, where he once assaulted a casino employee after losing thousands of dollars on a single roulette bet.

In 2006 Sharif declared both pastimes as ended when he was asked if he still played bridge: "I've stopped altogether. I decided I didn't want to be a slave to any passion any more except for my work. I had too many passions, bridge, horses, gambling. I want to live a different kind of life, be with my family more because I didn't give them enough time.



Sanaa Gamil born Thoraya Youssef Atallah ( Born April 27, 1932 - December 22, 2002), was an Egyptian actress.

Born to a Coptic Orthodox family in Upper Egypt, she moved to Cairo to pursue her acting career and changed her name to Sanaa Gamil.

One of her most notable roles was Nefisah in front of Omar Sharif in the movie Bidaya wa nihaya (A Beginning and an End) directed by Salah Abouseif in 1960. The movie was based on a novel with the same name by the Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz. Sanaa Gamil won the best supporting actress award at the Moscow Film Festival in 1961 for her role in this movie.

She was married to the famous Egyptian journalist Louis Grace and had no children.

She also acted in a number of TV series like Oyoun (Eyes) with Fuad Al Mohandes, and in a number of plays such as The Visit with Gamil Rateb



Hussein Fahmy, ( born 15 June 1935 in Cairo, Egypt ) . He is the brother of actor Mustafa Fahmy.

A leading movie star and the first UNDP Goodwill Ambassador for the Arab States in 1998 and since then has worked hard to convey to his audience in the Middle East important human development messages. Recently he resigned from his post in UN as a result of his refusal to the UN role towards the Lebanese crisis 2006

He worked in film and TV for 40 years, specializing in film directing and appearing in more than 100 movies, on TV and in the theatre.

Was also appointed the president of the Cairo Movie Festival.

In 2006 he hosted a TV show for the first time in his show business career titled "Alnas wa Ana" aired on the Egyptian TV and AlSafwa channel, part of Orbit TV Network

He acted with soad hosny in the very popular movie called: khali balak min zouzou



Nadia Lutfi , ( born Bola Mohamed Mostafa Shafiq in 1938, Cairo ) . She was one of the most popular actresses during the final phase of Egyptian cinema's "Golden Age."

When the 20-year-old was about to make her screen debut in 1958, Omar Sharif was the reigning king of the Arab cinema, and his wife, Faten Hamama, its queen. The star couple had just had a smash hit with the film La Anam with Hamama as "Nadia Lotfy," a willful teen who destroys her father's marriage. Young Bola, also known as "Paula," appropriated the name.

With her fresh new name, the young actress took her first role in a modest, black & white drama, Soultan. Her second picture was a smaller role in one of the film landmarks of its time, Cairo Station, the film that brought filmmaker Youssef Chahine to international attention and acclaim when it played in competition at the Berlin Film Festival.

But in Egypt, as Bab el hadid, the film's story of a crippled newsboy's doomed love for a lemonade stand girl, and its tragic outcome, was abhorred by Cairo critics and audiences. The film wasn't screened again in Egypt for almost 20 years.

Lutfi's career progressed, and it soon became clear how her fans wanted to see her; primarily in light melodramas with a few sprightly musical interludes, a la 1962's al Khataya, with Nadia as a hopeful bride, rejected by her fiancee's father (until the final reel).

But there were a few exceptional films as well. In 1963, she played a Frankish woman warrior of the Crusade era, donning full armor to go into battle against her Christian-Arab lover, in Naser Salah el Dine (occasionally airing on US TV as Saladin and the Great Crusades). In 1964's Lil-Rigal Faqat, or For Men Only Lutfi and co-star Su'ad Husni played women geologists who, denied employment, respond by disguising themselves as men, and going to work, where they find they have to suppress their romantic natures to sustain the disguise.

In the mid-1960's Lutfi starred in two films that were based on stories by Nobel-winning author Naguib Mahfouz, just a few years following the publication of his widely-banned novel of Moses, Jesus and Mohammed, Children of Gebelawi. Lutfi closed out the decade starring in 1969's Abi foq al-Shagara, or My Father Atop a Tree, as a night club dancer who beds a much younger man, then discovers that she once knew his father equally well.

In the 1970s, Lutfi's career quickly wound down as Egypt's "Golden Age" for films came to a close, due to increasing competition from East and West, the growth of home video, and increasing costs for the film industry. Having made close to 50 films in the first 11 years of her career, she only made three in the decade that followed, and hasn't worked in film since 1981.

Early in 2004, Lutfi interceded with the press on behalf of her long-time friend, Omar Sharif, who had rashly told the Arab press that he would allow his grandchildren, one of whom is Jewish, to choose their own religions as they mature. In 2006, Lutfi returned to the spotlight when a video by young Lebanese singer Nourhanne recreated a musical scene from one of her first films, Bain al Qasrayn.



Adel Imam ( Born May 17, 1940 ), is a popular Egyptian movie and stage actor. He is primarily a comedian, but he has starred in more serious works and, especially early in his earlier films, combined comedy with romance.

He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture from Cairo University. Since then he has appeared in over 100 movies and 10 plays. He is probably the most famous actor in the Arab World. He has received critical and popular praise throughout his career. Short, slight, and with a face seemingly more appropriate a character actor than a leading man -- let alone a star whose career has flourished since the late sixties -- Adel Imam is able to portray characters from all social strata and backgrounds.

His roles have displayed a wide range of humor including slapstick, farce, and even the occasional double entendre. His characters tend to be down on their luck rising above powerful outside pressures. This has proved an extremely resilient type in the Arab World.

In January 2000, the United Nations appointed him as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR. Since then, he has worked tirelessly for the cause of refugees.

In 2005, he starred in Sifaara fil'Aimara (Embassy in the Building), playing a Cairene everyman inconvenienced when the Embassy of Israel moves into his apartment building.

In 2006, he appeared as one of the many stars of The Yacoubian Building, a film reputed to be the highest-budgeted in Egyptian cinema and adapted from the novel of the same name. The story is a sharp look contemporary Egyptian life through the prism of a faded downtown Cairo apartment building. Emam portrays an aging roué whose misadventures form a central strand of the film's complex narrative.



Suad Husni or Suad Mohammad Husni El-Baba (January 26, 1942, in Ataba, Cairo, Egypt – June 22, 2001 in London) was an Egyptian actress. She was the 10th sibling from 17 brothers and sisters.

Husni was known as the "Cinderella" of Arab cinema and one of the most influential actresses in the Arabic art world. She ascended to stardom in the end of the 1950s, performing in more than 83 films between 1959 and 1991. A majority of her films were shot in the 1960s and 1970s.

She was murdered in 2001 at the age of 59 by being thrown from the window of her closest friend's flat in London, England. She was under therapy for depression at the time, her death was under investigation and is still generally considered a suicide. Husni sought out treatment in the United Kingdom after sustaining a spinal fracture that forced her to leave Egypt. She died on Abdel Halim Hafez's birthday – one of the many people who influenced her on screen and in her real life. Rumours persist that the two were secretly married for years.

Her final screen appearance was in the 1991 film The Shepherd and the Women, directed by her ex-husband Ali Badrakhan.

Husni started her career at a very young age, through singing Okht El Qamar (Sister of the Moon) in the famous radio children program Baba Sharo.

A family friend, Abd ElRahman ElKhamissy (a writer / director) whom discovered her acting talent and asked an Arabic language teacher at the time to give her singing lessons.

Abd ElRahman was screening for the film ‘Hassan We Na’ima’, and wanted to present Hosny as his new discovery in the role of Na’ima. The film was produced and directed by Henry Barakat.

Husni was married for twelve years marriage to the film director Ali Badrakhan whom she became pregnant from and, shortly after, miscarried. She later married Zaki Fateen Abdel Wahab, the son of Fateen Abdel Wahab (film director) and Leila Mourad. It was rumored that Husni's first marriage was to the famous singer Abdel Halim Hafez and that the reason it was kept secret was due to Halim's fear that his female fans might detest the idea, and so it was decided it was best for him to appear a bachelor.

Husni died in London, England in 2001. This occurred after she had suffered severely from an unknown illness for five years. Husni had sought treatment in the UK after sustaining a spinal fracture which had forced her to leave Egypt. Unfortunately, in 2001, she was found on the sidewalk below the building in which she was living; she had been thrown from the balcony of her apartment. Courts in England could not decide whether Husni had committed suicide or had been killed by her care-taker. In 2002, however, British courts decided that the cause of Husni's death had been a suicide although substantial evidence suggested she had been murdered when she was found.



Mahmoud Yassin ( Born 19 February 1942) , He was the sixth of ten children. Ever since he was young, he was interested in acting and actually joined the National Theater Team in 1963 while he was studying law.

Director Salah Abu Seif helped the talented actor take his first steps in the acting field by giving him a small role in the film Al Kadeya Rakam 86 in 1968. Soon after, the young actor got two more roles in 1969 in She' Men El Khof and Hekaya Men Baladna.
Salah Abu Seif was so pleased with Yassin's performance in their first film together, that he gave him another role in the film Nahn La Nazraa’ Al Shok in 1970. After he pulled it off successfully, he was given his first leading roles in Al Kheit Al Rafea’ - which was a big hit - and Okhtey in 1971.

The year 1972 had numerous roles in store for the now famous actor. He starred in Oghneya Ala Al Marmar, Al Atefa wal Gassad, Hob we Kebreyaa, Hekayet Bent Esmaha Marmar, Al Shaytan Emr'aah, Anf we Thalath 3eyoun, Al Za'era, Sewar Mamnouaa, Shabab Yahtarek and Emra'ah Men Al Kaherah.
By then, the actor had become a star and had succeeded in proving his talents. Yassin starred next in three more movies in the year 1973; Leil we Qodban, Emra'ah Saye'at Alsomaah and Al Hob Alazey Kan. In 1973, he appeared alongside Soad Hosny in Ayna Akley. In the same year, he played the leading role in Al Rosasa La Tazal Fe Gaybey and the film was a big hit and remains one of Yassin's best remembered films till this day.

Among the actor's many films were Habibati with Faten Hamama in 1974, Soua'l Fel hob, Al Zelal Fi Al Ganeb Al Akhar, Gaffat Al Domoua, Al Kadab, Wa Entaha El Hob and Ala Man Notlek Al Rosas. Close to follow were Mowled Ya Donya, La'a Ya Man Kont Habibi, Emra'a Men Zogag and Shaqa Fe West El-Balad. Then he starred once again with Faten Hamama in a box office hit; Afwah We Araneb in 1977. In the same year, Yassin released the movie Al-Azab Emra'ah with Nelly. Other movies that the talented actor played the leading role in were Ozkoreney, Al Sou’oud Elal Haweya, Al Wahm, Wa Tamdi Al Azhan, Enatabehou Ayouha Al Sadah and Al Akhrass.

In 1981, Mahmoud Yassin joined forces again with Nelly in Maa’ Taheyatey Le Ostazi Al Aziz and then with Nadia El-Guindy in Wekalet El-Balah in 1982. In 1983 Yassin surprised his audience with his completely different role in Al-Arbagi and then with another new character in Al-Harafish in 1986. Mahmoud Yassin also appeared in Mawed Maa’ Al Kadar, Shahed Ethbat, Nawaem, Ragol Ded El Kanoun and El Setat.

In 1995, the esteemed actor appeared alongside his daughter Rania Yassin in the film Keshr El Bondok and Elham Shahine in Eghteyal Faten Tawfik. Fata Men Israel and Kawkab El Shark further proved that the actor still had plenty to offer as they were both quite successful upon their release in 1999. As for the television, Mahmoud Yassin had more than his share of roles in it. Among his many series are Al Esyan and Thawret El Harim.



Sanaa Youness is an extraordinary Egyptian comedian, ( she was born in Alexandria in 1942 ) and studied sociology then moved to Cairo in 1967 to start her career as one of the finest comedians in Egypt.

She started off with Edrab el chah’etien (The beggars strike) (is there any more info about this movie?). Fouad Al Mouhndiess was the first to notice her talent and believe in her abilities, she starred with him in two plays that she is well known for So’k alla banatik ( ground your daughters ) ,with the famous quote (Konti seby yemskiha ya fawzya) where she played the role of the elder daughter who is very conservative with her husband.
Then came Hala Habibty (My Beloved Hala) which was a declaration that a new actor was born, she then participated in Al Ghoul (Ogre) directed by the legendary Youssef Shahin. She also took part in El Arnab El Eswead (The Black Rabbit) and Adila Sanaa Youness grew to be one of the matchless comedians in the Middle East

Youness starred in almost 25 plays, 40 movies such as Donia Allah, Raya we Sekina (Raya and Sekina) with Sherihan and Youness Shalab. Harb Al Farawlla (Strawberry war) along with Yousra and Mahmoud Hemieda.and of course Al Gou' (Hunger) and Had Al Sief (The sword‘s edge).

Sanaa is also remembered for her great TV roles, a few are: Al Zawga Akier Men Te3lam (Wife is the last to know) along with Mervat Amin and Hussein Fahmy, Damier Abla Hekmiet and Bachiyer were a few of her outstanding roles. She also played a terrific role last Ramadan in Hor El Ayin the role that lead the critics to rate her as one of the best Arab actors. She also made a significant participation in Amiel 1001 (Agent 1001) where she played a Jewish Egyptian woman who refuses to migrate to Israel.
Sanaa managed to find a place of her own along with the young stars, she played the funny mother and the caring aunt in Ahlam Oumriena (Dreams of our lives ) next to Mona Zaki and Moustafa Sha’aban, and Harb Italiyaaa (Italy’s war) along with Ahmed El Sakka and Nelly Karim .
In 1992, Sanaa Youness was honored for her spectacular role in Al Fedieha (The Scandal) in the Alexandria Film Festival.

Sanaa struggled with lung cancer for over two years, till her last days she was shooting Azka Gaby(The smartest dumb)next to Gihan Fadel and Saied Salah except that the director Hassan Ibrahim had to postpone her scenes till she recover ,sorrowfully Sanaa Youness passed away two days after she checked in to the hospital leaving behind grieving fans. .



Magda El Khatib ( born on 1943 Egypt ) , El Khatib is an icon in the Egyptian cinema history, she left her own touch in every role she performed. She has an artistic history in the cinema. Her first film was in 1968, it was entitled Bint Min El Banat, it was directed by Hassan El Emam, and Magda was co-starring with Ahmed Mazhar, Nour El Sherif, Youssef Chahine and Samir Sabry. Dalal El Masrya and Tawhida are considered as her masterpieces.

Then in 1971, she played the role of Samara in Tharthara Fawq El Nil written by famous writer Naguib Mahfouz, and directed by Hussein Kamal. In 1997, she played the role of Sanaa in El Katl El Laziz movie, directed by Ashraf Fahmy, co-starring in the movie is Mervat Amin, Samir Sabry, and Elham Shahine.

In 1999, she was nominated for the role of queen Nazli in Om Kalthom T.V series, and then in 2001, she participated in Sekoot Hanswar movie which was directed by Youssef Chahine, she was co-starring with Latifa, Ruby and Mostafa Shaaban.

Then in 2004, she participated in the remarkable film, Alexandria.. New York, directed by Youssef Chahine, the film was about an Egyptian film director, Yehia encounters his first love Ginger as he was being celebrated in New York. Back then they were 19 years old. Yehia, the boy from Alexandria, and Ginger, the American girl, were students at Pasadena Playhouse. 40 years later, they are back together but the world has changed and the American dream is no longer what it used to be. Yehia finds out that he had an American child, a boy. Youssef Chahine in this film reconsiders his past and his ambiguous relationship to America which he loved so much. Co-starring in the movie, Yousra and Mahmoud Hemada.

Her latest film was Akher El Donia, with Nelly Karim, Randa El Behery. El Khatib acted in about 70 movies through her career. El Khatib passed away after a long struggle with illness. She was in a coma for 48 hours before she passed away. She died and left a message to every generation through her art.



Nabila Ebeid (born 21 January 1945 in Cairo), also spelled Nabila Obeid, is an Egyptian actress. She started her career in the early 1960s. Her first feature film was the historical movie adaptation of Rabeaa Al Aadawya which was a remake of another movie with the same name.

She also starred in two television series. The last one was the very controversial show Al 'Ammah Nour. the TV Series was premiered during the month of Ramadan in 2005. The show was broadcasted on major Arabic channels. She is working on a new movie called Ma Fish Ghir Kidah (which translates to Nothing Else). She did not get a high school degree. Nabila Obeid's birthday parties every January are considered a major event in Cairo's society



Nour El-Sherif (born in April 28, 1946) is a contemporary Egyptian actor. His birth name is Mohamad Jeber Hairan Arab .

El-Sherif was born in the working-class neighbourhood of Sayeda Zainab in Cairo . It was named after the mosque in which the shrine of Saint Zainab resides.

El-Sherif was married to Boussy (1972 - 2006) and together they had two daughters, Sarah and Mai. He also played soccer before choosing acting as a career.

Nour El-Sherif is sometimes credited as Nour El Cherif and Nour El-Cherif.



Mahmoud Abdel Aziz ( Born 4 June 1946, Egypt ) , He was really interested in acting and actually took part in some plays in the University. Luck came his way when director Nour El Demerdash met him and decided to give him a role in the television series Al Dawama. His performance was good and he was now well on his way. It was not long before he got a chance to dazzle the silver screen as producer Ramsis Naguib chose him for a role in the film Hata Akher El Omr in 1975. Other films soon followed Waghan Leh Wagh (1976), Khataya , Ma’a Hobi Wa Ashwaki, Ebnaty Wa El Ze'b and Al Shayateen in 1977.

The year 1978 came and brought with it many new roles in numerous films. Among those were: Emra'ah Bila Kalb, Emra'ah Fi Damy, Shabab Yarkoss Fowk AlNar, Shafika Wa Metwalli and Koloub Fi Bahr ElDemou’e. Two more films were released in the year 1979; Al Motawahesha and La Yazal Al Tahkeek Mostamer.
Some of the other famous films that the star played leading roles in are: Banatna Fe El Khareg, Hob La Yarah El Shams, Al Aar, Wekalat El Balah and Al Sadah El Mortasheen. Then came Al Azraa We El-Sha’ar Al Abyad in 1983 that really established the star's name in show business.
Tazwir Fe Awrak Rasmeya in 1984 was no different and was met with the same amount of success. The next film E’dam Mayet was a bit different though than the previous roles as Mahmoud played two kinds of roles; a spy and an Egyptian Intelligence agent. It was also a big hit.

To prove his talents were multiple, the actor turned to comedy in the film Al Keif in 1985. He went on to perform leading roles in Gary El Wehoush, Khalil Ba’ad El Ta’del, Al-Sada Al Regal, Ya Azizi Kolona Losous, Al donya Ala Genah Yamama, Sayedati Anesaty and Abou Kartouna.
In 1991, Mahmoud excelled in the role of a blind man in Al Kitkat. His most recent movies include Al Bahr Beyedhak Leh, Al Gentel, Al Kobtan, Harmonika, Al Nems, Souk El Mouta’a and El Saher.

He is best remembered for his role in the famous and popular television series Ra'fat El Haggan.

As for his personal life, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz is currently married to the beautiful television presenter Poussy Shalaby. He has two sons; Mohamed and Karim, from a previous marriage.



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Mohamed Sobhi or Mohamed Mahmoud Sobhi , (Born 1948), is an Egyptian film, Television and stage actor.

Since he first joined the acting team at his school, he became well known for his special talent in imitating famous Egyptian actors, including Youssef Wahby and Ahmed El Haddad. Consequently, he was motivated to work in the entertainment broadcasting show Sa'aa Lee Albak, where he used to imitate various Egyptian celebrities.

Graduating from the Art of Theatre Institute, Sobhy got the chance to perform the play Hamlet for his final exam, which showed his unique acting talent and paved the way for his success.

Sobhy then started taking secondary roles in several plays, when he first worked with famous actors like Fouad El Mohandes and Mohamed Youssef. Although Sobhy's performance in each of those plays didn't exceed five minutes on stage, yet he was able to impress the audience, due to his unique acting performance.

At 1975, Sobhy was finally able to prove himself, when he took the leading role in the play Entaha El Dars Ya Ghaby, in which he acted as a mentally retarded patient that was treated by his doctor, featured by the great actor Mahmoud El Meleegy. That play, that was written by Linen El Ramly and directed by El Sayed Rady, was highly appreciated by many critics.

Later on, Sobhy had finally succeeded to play an important role in the movie El Karnak, along with the great actress Soad Hosny. That political film was a major turning point in Sobhy's career, as it portrayed some of the government's corruption that was actually present during Nasser's era of presidency.

Throughout Sobhy's acting career, he always tends to perform meaningful plays, and presents them in a simple and funny way that draws his audience's attention. Not only did Sobhy prove himself as a great actor, but also as a brilliant director. He directed the play Bel Araby El Faseeh, which portrayed the conflicts among Arab countries in the Middle East. He introduced new, young actors who first performed in that play. One of the casting crew was Mona Zaky, who has become one of the most popular stars in Egypt.

Watching plays like El Hamagy, Weghet Nazar, and Mama America, would let you realize that the strong will, ambition, and the power of determination are the traits that helped Sobhy become one of the most popular stars in Middle East, and that's why he is worth all of our respect and appreciation.



Ahmad Zaki ( Born November 18, 1949 – March 27, 2005) was one of Egypt's leading film stars. He was characterised by his talent, skill and ability in acting and impersonating . He was born in the Nile Delta city of Zagazig, about 50 miles north of Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from Zagazig's Crafts School in 1967, and then traveled to Cairo to study cinema before he graduated from the Cairo Higher Institute for Drama Studies in 1974.

For 30 years, Zaki impressed his audiences by playing comic, romantic and tragic roles in theater, cinema and on television. He was considered a super star among his generation. Zaki had his first chance to professionally act while he was still studying at the Theatre Institute in 1969: he was cast in a small part as a room service attendant in the comedy play Hello Shalabi; (the original actor didn't show up, and Zaki who was working as Soft Drinks vendor at the time, managed to get the fill-in on one night) he managed to make an impressive comic sketch, notably impersonating the celebrated villain actor Mahmoud El-Meligui which managed to let everyone take note of his impressive, natural performance. Such impersonation was Zaki's favourite hobby, and it was a skill he developed over time.

People in the street often hailed him as Ahmad al-Shair, in reference to his role in the classic comedy play Madrasit Al-Mushaghibin (The School for Trouble Makers). His leap to stardom began when he got a leading role in the successful 1978 comedy play Al-Iyal Kibrit (The Children have Grown Up) then his television impersonation of the blind Egyptian literateur Taha Hussein ("the dean of Arabic literature") in the serial drama of the latter's eponymous autobiography Al-Ayyam (The Days).



Boussy ( Born 1951 ) , Real name : Safinaz Kadri is an Egyptian actress. She was born in Cairo, Egypt. She got married to the Egyptian actor Nour El-Sherif in 1972 and gave birth to two daughters but they got divorced in 2006.



Youssra is an Egyptian actress and singer. She was born Suhair Muhammed Nassim ( on March 10, 1955 in Cairo, Egypt ) .

She first appeared in the 1980 film Athkiya laken aghbiya (1980. English: Smartest yet Stupidest). Increasingly popular with audiences in Egypt and across the Arab world, she went on to co-star with leading actor Adel Emam in several films.

She has made a number of the serial television dramas popular during Ramadan, including 2005's Ahlam 'Adiya (Ordinary Dreams). She portrayed an enterprising con woman in what the English version of Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram called "a major departure from the star's usual Ramadan screen persona, which has consistently verged on the romantic and the demure."

In 2006, she took a supporting role in The Yacoubian Building, a star-laden adaptation of the novel of the same name. The film is reported to have had the highest budget of any Egyptian production to date. Playing an entertainer working in a restaurant, Youssra, according to Variety, "effortlessly stirs old emotional waters when she sings 'La Vie en Rose.'"

Youssra released her first vocal album in 2002.



Elham Shahine ( born on 1960 ) took the movie industry by surprise with her roles in El-Aar and La Tas'alny man Ana. Then in 1985, Elham took on another role in Al-Sayed Eshta and it proved to be just as successful as her previous roles.

Then 1986 came along bringing with it roles in various films like Ebnati Wa Al-Ze'ab, Al-Baree, Mohami Taht Al-Tamreen and Na'saf lehaza Alkhataa. By this time, Shahine had become a familiar face and a prominent name among the movie stars. Al-Zawga Ta'ref Aktar, Al-Harebat, Banat Haretna and Ragol Fi Eyoon Emra'ah were next to come in 1987.

To further her already growing popularity and success as a superstar, Elham played roles in Al-Police Al-Nesa'ey, Al-Awham and Hekayet Noss Million Dollar in 1988. Once year later, the star was ready with more than one new role; namely Ila Omey, Ayam Al-Ghadab and Bostan Al-Dam.

Shahine always released more than one movie each year during that period. So in 1990, she showered her fans with performances in Al-Shaytan, Al-Molk Lelah, Halet Morahka and Maw'ed Maa Al-Rayes. A year later, Elham starred in Morahekeen we Morahekat. Among the other films that further stressed the talents of the star were Donya Abdul Gabar (1992), Al-Tayeb Al-Sharis wal Gamila (1994), Eghteyal Faten Tawfik (1995) and Al-Gentle (1996).

Ya Donya ya Gharami (1996), Al-Qatl Al-Laziz (1997), Dantella (1997), Harmonika (1997), Souk Al-Mota'a (2000) and Al-Raghba (2001) are among Shahine's most recent films. Last year, she made her comeback to the silver screen with a role in Khali Min Al-Cholesterol.

When it came to television, this field was not left untouched by Elham; she played an unforgettable role in the popular television series Layali Al-Helmeya alongside a big number of stars like Mahmoud Al-Sa'dany, Safeya Al-Emarey, Yehia Al-Fakhraney and Mamdouh Abdul Aleim. In 2003, she took on the leading female role in Masalet Mabdaa in 2003 opposite Khaled El-Nabawy. In the same year, she played the leading female role in Negmet Al-Gamahir alongside Mahmoud Qabil. Elham also played the main role in Bent Afandina and Emra'a men Nar.



Hala Sedki , Or Hala Sedki George Younan (born on June 12, 1961 in Cairo) is an Egyptian actress.She began her career with the director Nour Al Demirdash in Rehlet Al Melion and has worked in more than 30 films. She has also received the Best Actress Award from Cairo International Festival. Hala has also worked in many successful TV series such as Awrak Misrya, Arabisk, Zaman Al Aolama and Ynabei El Eshk. She also as finished shooting a big film called "Young Alexander", which is about the story of Alexander the Great.



Laila Eloui , (born January 4, 1962 in Cairo), sometimes credited as Laila Elwy or Layla Elwy, is a famous Egyptian actress.
Invading the world of show business in 1977 through a role in the film Min Agl Al-Haya, Laila Elwi proved that her amazing beauty was backed by a lot of talent. After that role, the star landed a part in Al-Bo'asaa in 1978. Four years later Mekhemar Dayman Gahez was released. It was followed a year later by Tegebha Keda Tegebha Keda, Heya Keda. Elwi moved on and took on numerous roles in films like Al-Khawanah, Al-Shaytan Youghaney, Al-Moshageboun Fi Al-Gesh, Enahom Yakteloun Al-Shorafaa and Samoura Al-Bent Al-Amorah in 1984.

In 1984, Laila also played a role in Matloob Hayan Aw Mayetan and appeared a year later in E'edam Mayet alongside actor Mahmoud Abdul Aziz. The movie proved to be a great hit and increased Laila's already growing popularity.1985 was a busy year for the star and more than one film was released; among which were Al-Gareh, Al-Ragol Alazy Atas and Kharag wa Lam Ya'oud. The latter proved to be a big hit when it was released. The film featured the late Farid Shawky and star Yehia Al-Fakhraney. But 1985 was not over for Laila, she also took on roles in other popular films like Ayam Al-Tahadi, Gababerat Al-Mena, Hekaya fi Kelmeteen, Al-Nesaa, Zawg Taht Eltalab and Wa Tadhak Al-Akdar.

Al-Harafesh was the first to be released in 1986. Al-Onsa, Ah ya Balad, Taht Al-Tahdeed, Azraa wa Thalath Regal, Asr Al-Ze'ab, Kelmet Ser and Min Khaf Selem followed close behind. Next came Al-Akzam Kademoon, Al-Moshagebat Al-Thalatha and Darbet Moalem in 1987. Khalil Ba'ad Al-Ta'del was also released that same year and featured renewed cooperation between Elwi and Mahmoud Abdul Aziz.

Laila also starred in Kol Haza Al-Hob, Al-Motamared, Zaman Al-Mamnou and Gharam Al-Afai. The films were released in 1988. Laila Elwi had come a long way by then and though she had achieved a lot, she dreamed of even more. Elwi took on new roles in films like Ga'heem Taht Elmaa, Ya Azizi Kolona Losous, Samaa Hoss, Ya Mehalabeya Ya, Al-Hagama, Ay Ay, Enzar Belta'a and Kalil Men Al-Hob Katheer Men Al-Onf.

With her roles in Al-Ragol Al-Talet, Esharet Morour, Tofaha, Ya Donya Ya Gharami, Edhak Al-Soura Tetla Helwa and Al-Massir, Elwi was able to prove beyond doubt that an unforgettable star had been born. In 1997, Laila starred in Hala'a Housh. Hob Al-Banat was released in 2003 and again Laila's film achieved the usual success. Elwi's latest film Baheb Al-Cima was released last year and was considered a controversial movie.

As for the television, Laila played numerous roles in popular series like Hadeth Al-Sabah wal Masaa, Taal Nehlam Be Bokra (2003) and Bent Men Shoubra (2004).



Jala Fahmy ( born on 1962 ) , Her first acting role ever was when she was in Port Said School. One would have expected her to get the role of the beautiful Estella in the school's performance of "Great Expectations", but in fact she landed the role of Pip , daughter of the famous late director, graduated from faculty of Arts, English Department in Cairo University in 1986.

Jala decided to invade the acting field after her television program "Al-Hal Howa El-Hal" proved to be quite a success in 1988. Her next step though was not as big as she hoped and dreamed; it was a small role in Youm Helw Youm Morr alongside Faten Hamama. Although she played roles in Kabdet El-Hilali (1991), Keid El-Awalem (1992), Alhob Fe Taba (1992), Banat fe Warta (1993), her real chance came when she managed to land the leading role in El-Jeans in 1994 alongside Farouk El-Fishawey.

A year later she played the leading female role in Ta'ta we Reeka we Kazem Beih. In 1996, Fahmy hit the silver screen with Elelakat Mashbouha and then her next comedy Samaka we Arb'a Koroush in 1997. 1999 was a busy year for the now famous actress; she released Khass Gidan and Kalam El-Leil. Jala also did another movie in 2001; Gala Gala, but it wasn't as successful as she planned. The film revolves around a girl's ghost that comes back to haunt the residents of a house. The actress's latest film was last year's release Awel Marah Teheb Ya Albey alongside the young actor Tamer Abdul Moneim.

Fahmy has not yet given the theater a big part of her time; she only presented Ne Oul Eih. As for the television, Jala participated in two television series Al-Wassaya and Layali El-Helmeya.



Ashraf Abdel Baky ( born on September 11th, 1963, in Cairo, Egypt )

In 1986, he graduated from the faculty of commerce, Ain Shams University. During his school and college days, Abdel Baky was an avid actor, and highly active when it came to drama classes, and drama clubs. He participated in nearly 80 plays, either acting, writing, or even directing.

After graduating from college, Abdel Baky joined the Academy of Theatrical Artsto study drama. During his last year in the academy, he was chosen by one of his teachers - who happened to be a famous director - for his first big role ever in a play called "khashab El Ward" (Rosewood), which kept on showing at the theater for 5 years. His success in this role paved his way to fame; while working on this play, Ashraf was offered many parts in movies, plays and TV series.

Although Abdel Baky is known to be essentially a comedian, recently he started taking up more serious and dramatic roles to diversify and please his audience.

As a person, Abdel Baky's top priority is his work and his audience, which is why he cares about everything and anything that was ever written about him or his work. He studies every criticism trying to learn and improve his style, to achieve the best performances ever.



Sherihan is an Egyptian actress and singer (born on December 6, 1964 in Egypt).
Original Name: Sherihan Ahmed Abd El Fatah al-Shalakani.
Sherihan was known as a somewhat "naughty" actress. However, after she was diagnosed with cancer after a tumor formed on her face, she decided to pursue a religious life and adopted the headscarf.

At the age of 12, she was offered to play her first movie: "Quita Ala Nar" and at 17 she got her big break performing in the movie "Al Khobz Al Mor" together with Farid Shawki.

This appearance paved Sherihan's way to success and she became a hot commodity in the movie business. A year later she starred in "Al Mar'aa Wa Al Qanoun" alongside Nabila Ebeid and Mahmoud Abd El Aziz. Soon enough she started joining big names like: Adel Emam, Mohammed Sobhi and Ezat El Alayli.

Simultaneously Sherihan graduated from Law school. In the meantime she remained paving her way to further stardom. In 1985 she had her real breakthrough with her Fawazeer, directed by Fahmi Abd El Hamid. With this show, Sherihan gained huge popularity. She continued to be the Fawazeer star for two more years.

Her movie career was not short of success, she has performed a total of 25 movies, next to six theatre plays.

In the year 1990 Sherihan was badly injured in a car accident, which caused her backbone to break. With a lot of will she fought against this tragedy only to appear on TV screens once more two years later. She continued on with her career and took on the Fawazeer again in 1993.

From 1994 on, she put the movie world aside and concentrated more on the theater, starring in "Shareigh Mohammed Ali" next to Farid Shawki, Wahid Seif, Hisham Selim and Soheir El Barouni.

Last year her name was constantly in the news following her absence at the 18th Alexandria Film Festival, excused by a letter written by her, asking for prayers for her to pass a critical operation that she was going to undergo in Paris. The day after, news came up saying that she had died short after the surgery, which she went through to remove a tumor in her right cheek. However such rumors were said to be untrue as declared by the star's family and the Egyptian embassy in Paris.
Currently there are no news concerning her condition and the result of the operation is still unclear. We wish her the best and hope to see her healthy again soon.



Khaled Al Nabawy ( Born 12 September 1966, Mansoura, Egypt ) , A graduate of the Academy of Arts, Cairo, Khaled Nabawy was off to real show business the moment he finished college in 1989. A year later, the young actor got his first role in the movie Leila Assal. In 1992, Nabawy landed another role, this time in Al-Mowaten Massri. Two years passed and luck came knocking on his door when international director Youssif Chahine picked him to join the cast of his film Al-Mohager in 1994.

A year later Khaled was ready with Ehna Welad El-Naharda that was released in 1995. The movie was followed by the hit comedy Ismailia Rayeh Gay in 1997. This film was an instant success featuring the young actor alongside singer Mohamed Fouad. By this time Khaled had managed to become a famous figure and a star.

1997 held another great opportunity for Khaled; he got another chance to work with Youssif Chahine. The actor took on a role in the famous director's film Al-Massir.

With no time to waste, the actor starred in Al-Katl Al-Laziz in 1998, then moved on to a role in Zill Al-Shahed the following year. Fatah Min Israel and Omar 2000 were the star's next movies to hit the silver screen and further his success.

Nabawy also appeared in several television series like the famous historical series Bawabet Al-Halwany that featured a number of stars. Nahnou La Nazra'a Al-Shawk was another series that introduced the star in yet another new and different role, this time alongside Athar Al-Hakim. This is in addition to the two successful TV series Ragol Tamouh and Share'e Al-Mawardi.

As if that wasn’t enough; Khaled took on a role in the television series based on Naguib Mahfouz's novel; Hadeth Al-Sabah Wal Masaa. In 2003, the famous actor played the leading role in the series Mas'alet Mabdaa opposite Elham Shahine.

The stage was just another one of the many fields that he invaded during his rich career in show business. Khaled took the stage in a number of plays like Al-Bahr Beyedhak Leih, Al-Ganzeer, Kefah Tiba and Le'b Eyal proving that he could perform a role on stage, television or the silver screen!



Khaled Abo El Naga ( Born 2 November 1966, Egypt ) , He studied Tele-communication engineering and graduated with honors from Ain Shams University, at the same time he was very much interested in acting and singing as a hobby at the Theatre Department of The American University in Cairo, where he studied theatre and acted in most university theatrical productions.

Khaled decided to give his growing artistic hobbies a chance to develop into a career by dedicating the year of 1997 to study film acting, cinematography and directing in the USA, fruiting in a Best short art-film prize of the Cairo biennale for his directorial debut 'Sol Star' in 1996.

In 1999, things started happening for Khaled; first when he was offered to Host TV programs at Nile Variety Channel, part of a new thematic Network inaugurated by state owned ERTU in Egypt.
In a very short period of time, Khaled became the talk of the town with his new fresh style and controversial ways. He hosted many programs including the hit show 'Es-har Ma'ana' and interviewed stars from all over the world.

Khaled left Nile Variety channel in October 2000, and joined the pan-Arab MBC TV in June 2001 to host Muzikana creating massive pan-Arab audience awareness.

In the year 2000 Khaled was chosen by News Dept. (ERTU Ch:1 in Egypt) after he won the title of "Best New TV Announcer" to present "Good Morning Egypt", one of the most widely known programs in Egypt, and continued presenting it till end of 2001.

At the same time, another one of his major dreams came true; acting on the silver screen.
It all started when the well known and respected Egyptian Film maker Daoud Abdel Sayed chose Khaled to act with Salah Abdallah and the controversial singer Shaaban Abdel Rehim in 'Mowaten We Mokhber We Haramy'.

By the end of 2002 Khaled has established a professional status which lead to his nomination to star in many other projects, like the musical comedy "West El Balad" where he sang and performed a contemporary Romeo set in a Cairene downtown alley.

Director Hani Khalifa together with young script writer Tamer Habib picked Khaled to be one of the leads in 'Sahar El Layaly', which turned out to be a massive hit in the summer of 2003.
Khaled won 'Best Actor Award' for the Damascus International Film Festival 2003.

Khaled's latest release, 'Hob El Banat' is a reunion with 'Sahar el Layaly' writer, Tamer Habib. He stars alongside Layla Elwi, Hanan Turk, Ahmed Ezz, Ashraf Abdel Baky and Ahmed Barada.
'Hob el Banat' is currently playing in cinemas across Cairo.



Ahmed Helmi ( Born 18 November 1968 Cairo Egypt ) ,A graduate of the Academy of Arts, Higher Institute for Theater Art, class 1993, He started off as a television presenter for the children's program Le'b E'yal. The program was aired on the Egyptian satellite channels and gained huge popularity in a short period of time.

Ahmed Helmy's first real break in the film industry came when he landed a role in the movie Aboud Ala El Hedoud alongside the late comedian Alaa Waley Eldin. Through his relatively small role, Helmy was able to prove he had what it takes to be a good actor and comedian. Moving forward in show business, the ambitious star got another role in Omar 2000 alongside Mona Zaki.

Teaming up once again with Alaa Waley Eldin, Ahmed Helmy later took on a role in the comedy El-Nazer Salah El Din. Then came Leh Khaletney Ahebak. A bigger role came along later on alongside Hany Salama and Hala Shiha in El-Selem Wel Te'ban. Like the previous movies he participated in, this film was also a hit in the box office and Helmy's popularity soared.

55 Isaaf was next. The film starred Ahmed Helmy and Ghada Adel. In his next film, the star teamed up with singer/ actor Mohamed Fouad, Mai Ezz Eldin and Nashwa Mostafa. The film was called Rehlet Hob.

Helmy's next movie included a star-studded cast. Stars like Mona Zaki, Hanan Turk, Ola Ghanem, Sherif Mounir, Khaled Aboul Naga and Helmy all played leading roles. The film Sahar El-Layali was a hit in the box office and even landed several awards in festivals. By now Ahmed Helmy had become a familiar face and a movie star.

In 2003, Helmy decided to take on a leading role in the film Medo Mashakel. The film was followed by yet another leading role in Saye'e Bahr alongside Yasmine Abdul Aziz in 2004. Helmy's latest movie Zaki Chan also starred Yasmine Abdul Aziz.

As for the television, Helmy played roles in television series like Nass welad Nass and Helm El Omr Kolouh. Ahmed also took the stage in the play Hakim Eyoon.

When it comes to his personal life, Ahmed Helmy is married to movie star Mona Zaki. The couple have a daughter called Lily.



Ghada Adel (born 25 / 12 / 1976 ) The famous Egyptian super star. She was raised in Libya cause of her fathers work. Her aunt is the famous Egyptian actress Shams El Barody. Ghada is married to the famous director and producer Magdi El Hawary and they have five children.

Ghada started her career as a model and in some advertisements. Then she appeared in the video clip of Egyptian super star Hani Shakers Tekhsary and then her career started. Ghada first appeared in the famous series Fawazeer Abyad Wa Aswed along with Mohamed Henidy, Ashraf abdel Baky and Alaa Wali el Deen. Ghada then started her career in movies in the super hit of Saedy Fe El Gama El Americia the hit of its time with Mohamed Henidy, Ahmed El Saka, Hani Ramzy and Mona zaki. Then she appeared in Aboud Ala El Hedod with Alaa wali el Deen, Karim Abdel Aziz and Ahmed Helmy.

Ghada met Henidy again in Beliya Wa demagho El Alya. Ghada met helmy again with Mohamed Saad in the super hit 55 Esaaf which was the hit of its time and the three started their real career after that movie. Then she appeared in El Bahs telmeez with Karim Abdel Aziz, Eyal Habeba with Hamada Helal.

Ghada also appeared in Malaky Alex which was said to be one of the Egyptian movies ever with Ahmed Ezz and Nour, then she appeared with Helmy again in Gaaltny Mograman. In 2007 Ghada made her best role ever in the amazing movie Fe Shaet Mar El Gadeda which was nominated for Oscar as the best foreign movie, but didnt reach the final 5. Ghada also appeared in Khalej Neaama with lots of singers and young actors and actresses then she finished 2007 with kalashnkov with Mohamed Ragab.

Ghadas latest news was that she will play Princess Diana in the new movie about her life by Inas El Deghady which will be released in 2008



Dalia El Behery ( Born 1969 ) is an Egyptian actress ,model and TV presenter who was named Miss Egypt in 1990 and represented her country at Miss Universe 1990.
Graduating from the Faculty of Tourism,Helwan University, the Tour Guide Section.
She worked as both a tour guide and a presenter in the Egyptian Satellite Channel.
Her first notable appearance was in a video clips of the song tegeesh neaeesh by Ali El Haggar

Then her big chance came when she met the famous director Ra'fat El-Mehey while preparing for one of her television programs. Not long after, he sent her the script of the movie Alashan Rabena Yehebak in 2000. The young model accepted the role and invaded the silver screen. But she didn't accept any other roles until the film Mohamy Khole’ came her way in 2002. Dalia shared the spotlight in the film with the famous stars Hany Ramzy and Ola Ghanem. Her chance on television was a little late though. It was not until the year 2003 that Dalia appeared on television with a role in Al Banat. In the series, she appeared alongside Omar El Hariry, Samira Abdel Aziz and Hisham Selim among others.

The year 2004 brought further success to the still young actress. Her new film Sana Oula Nasb, in which she starred alongside Khaled Selim, Nour and Ahmed Ezz was a significant hit in the Egyptian Box office. Encouraged by the success of her cooperation with Khaled Selim, Dalia accepted a role in another film alongside the famous singer. The film Kan Yom Hobak is due soon in the theaters but no date has been set for its release yet.

Dalia is also busy off the set. Her hobbies are horseback riding and attending salsa and art classes. As for her family, Dalia has one elder sister and two younger brothers. She is also an animal lover and that shows from her various pets; a parrot, three cats and two birds. Her role models are many and include Souad Hosny, Nadia Lotfy, Ahmed Zaki and Naguib El Rihany.



Ahmed Ezz ( Born 1969 ) had always dreamed of being a super star. Because of his gorgeous look, the very handsome young man soon attracted the attention of modeling companies. Ahmed thought this would open the doors to the cinema, but soon discovered that modeling was not enough. Ahmed is a graduate of Faculty of Arts, English section. He caught the attention of famous director Inas El Degheidy, who gave him a small role in the film "Kalam El Leil" aka Night Whispers.

He is an all time favorite among the new generation- especially girls- but that's not just because he has killer looks. Ahmed Ezz has proven over the years that he has a lot of talent to back his attractive looks and there is still more to come in the future.

A graduate of the Faculty of Arts, English Department, Ahmed Ezz's journey to stardom started with a simple job as a model. But this was as far as his looks would take him and feeling there was still more to his dream, Ezz moved on.

The silver screen was constantly tempting him at this point and it wasn’t long before the controversial director Inas El-Deghedy spotted him and helped him invade show business; she gave him his first acting role ever in Kalam El-Leil in 1998.

Although it was not really a big role, it soon gave way to other offers.

Ezz appeared in Al-Sharaf the next year and then landed the leading male role in Mozakerat Morahka oppositeactress Hind Sabry.

This was the second time for Ezz to work with El-Deghedy and it was even more successful than the previous time; the film was a bit hit.

This was the star's real step into the glamorous world of show business.

In 2001, the young star appeared in Shabab Take Away but the film didn't achieve much success. It was now time to invade the television and take a break from the cinema; Ahmed accepted the leading role in Malak Rohi, opposite famous actress Youssra, in 2003.

The series was a big hit and proved that the young actor had what it takes to be a star and that he wasn't all looks. 2004 was a busy year for Ezz and it brought several roles for him in the cinema; he starred in Sana Oula Nasb- alongside singer Khaled Selim, Nour and Dalia Behery- and Hob Al-Banat.

Ahmed's latest movie was Malakey Iskendria with director Sandra Nachaat.

As for his favorite actors, Ahmed looks up to Omar El-Sherif, Roushdi Abaza, Ahmed Zaki and Nour El-Sherif. His idols on the international level are Nicolas Cage, Mel Gibson, Al Paccino and Robert De Niro.



Ahmed El Sakka ( Born 17 November 1, 1969 ) is an Egyptian actor. Early in his acting career he appeared in popular series like Nesf Rabeea El-Akhar. The role that introduced him to a large audience was a co-starring role with actor Mohamed Henedi in Sa'eedi fil gamaa el amrekeia (Arabic for "A Country Man in the American University") (1998). The following year he co-starred with Mohamed Henedi in Hamam fi Amsterdam, but in a larger role of the tough guy, which seemed to be his role in most of his hit movies afterwards. His next films were all action movies where he played the main character. Probably the most famous of these movies is Mafia (2001) which was a big success for El Sakka and is considered by many as one of the best action movies in the history of Egyptian movies.



Ola Ghanem ( Born 1971 ) , She was always ready for challenges and didn't fear taking a few chances to achieve her dreams. After finishing her studies in Victoria College, Ola first enrolled in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Photography Department. But soon she discovered her true calling was in Cairo. So she left her friends and family behind to follow her dreams. She then joined the High Institute of Theatrical Arts, Acting Section.

With the help of some of her teachers and big names in show business - like director Gamal Abdel Hamid, Ola managed to prove herself as an actress and invaded the television with a role in "Habibti Man Takoun." It was not long after that she appeared in the popular television series "Hadith Al Sabah Wa Al Masaa" that was aired in Ramadan and achieved great success. But Ola's dreams exceeded her humble accomplishments, so she chose a different role alongside Faten Hamama in the series "Wagh Al Qamar" and again was able to prove she had the talent to play various roles.

The lovely star's next stop was the series "Zizinya" and then she moved on to "Gesr Al Khatar." But Ola still had a lot to offer the audience and so decided to participate in several series; "Al Fostat", " Leih Ya Donya Leih", "Dahaya Wa Laken" and finally "Ta’ala Nehlem Be Bokra" alongside Leila Elwi.

What about the cinema? Ola didn't make that many films till now, however, her few roles on the silver screen achieved success and popularity. Her films include "Al Agenda Al Hamra" then the comedy "Mohami Kholea" in 2002 with Hani Ramzy. The star is best known though for her latest film "Sahar El Layali" that was a big box office hit in 2003.

Ola has two other films that are due soon in the Egyptian box office; "Ashtatan Ashtout" and "Al sayyad Wal Yamam", so wish the young star the best of luck .



Nelly Karim ( Born 1974 ) took her first steps in the world of ballet. She lived in Alexandria at the time and it was not long before she moved with her family to Russia.

During her ten year stay there, Nelly not joined a professional ballet school and also took piano lessons. In 1991, the star-to-be accompanied her family back to Cairo.

There was still lots to be accomplished but Nelly knew her way. She continued her studies, but this time in choreography, at the Academy of Arts in the Cairo Ballet Institute.

This was a good time for the young ballerina as her ballet career witnessed a sudden push forward when she was accepted in the Cairo Ballet Company. Nelly had her share of prizes also during her magnificent career.

She was awarded first prize in 1992 in the Cairo Ballet Competition and in the same year she took part in the Moscow International Competition. The competition was held in the Bolshoi Theater and the young ballerina proved her talents when she came in second in the finals.

In 1996, the accomplished classic dancer was chosen to take part in the International Ballet Competition in Japan. As a member of the CairoOpera House, Nelly starred in numerous ballets among which were Don Quixote, Giselle, Swan Lake, Isis Usuris, Nut Cracker, Cinderella, Carmina- Burana and Bolero.

The young star had more in mind than just ballet; namely the acting field. However, it was not until 1999 that Nelly made her first attempt to invade the television. It was through the Fawazir in which she appeared alongside the famous actor Salah Abdullah.

Then she decided to take another step the following year in Shabab Ala El-Hawa with a cast including Hanan Turk and Ahmed El-Fishawey. Soon after, the accomplished star got a chance to act alongside the ever famous Faten Hamama in the television series Wagh El-Qamar, followed by a role in Naguib Mahfouz’s Hadith Al-Sabah Wa Al-Massa.

As if all that was not enough, Nelly then turned to the cinema and accepted a leading role in Sehr El-Eyoun with Amer Mounib in 2002. Her second movie followed in 2003; Horoub Elmoumyaa but was not much of a success. Her other movies are: Ghaby Menoh Feh along Hany Ramzy, Enta Omry with Hany Salama, Harb Atalia with Ahmed El Sakka, khaled Abou El Naga, Razan and khaled Saleh.

Nelly's latest movie Fe Shaket Masr El Gadida is to be released. Costarring are Khaled Abou El Naga and Ghada Adel.

Nelly Kareem was picked by director Hoda Samir to star in her debut movie Safrout together with Ahmed Rizk.

Nelly plays the role of a girl out of a juvenile penitentiary, who faces many problems. She meets a simple young man and they help each over to face these problems.



Hanan Turk (born March 7, 1975) is an Egyptian actress and former ballerina. She was born as: Hanan Hassan Mohamed Abd El-Karim and is sometimes credited as Hanane Turk and Hanan Turk. She is a sister to two other brothers: Hussein and Hossam. Her father owned his own factory for clothes (Elturki for Dresses).

She started her career as a ballerina and completed her studies in the Cairo Ballet Institute, Egypt in 1993. She then became a member of the Cairo Ballet Group and soon after moved to the Classical Ballet Group.

When the famous director, Khairy Beshara, saw her, he offered her the chance to act alongside Nadia Al-Gindi in the movie "Raghba Motawahesha" in 1991. After that the young ballerina was thirsty for more and thus came her next role in the television series Be’r Saba’ with the director Nour El-Demerdash.

Among her TV roles were "Al-Sabr Fel Malahat", "Al-Mal We Al-Banoun" and "Lan A’esh Fe Gelbab Aby". In 1993, she was offered another role on the silver screen: "Dehk We Le’b We Gad We Hob".

Her big chance came when she was chosen by the famous director Youssef Chahine to play a part in "Al-Mohager" in 1994.

In 1997 she acted alongside the singer Mohamed Fouad in "Ismailia Rayeh Gayy". In the same year she had the opportunity to work with Chahine once again by starring in his movie "Al-Massir". Then two leading roles in "Al-Akhar" and "Fata men Israel" in 1999.

Then yet another cooperation between the young star and the famous director in the box office hit "Al-Assefa". In the year 2000, the now famous actress appeared on the television screen in the whole month of Ramadan in the successful television series "Opera Aida". Then witnessed more success in the following year, with a role alongside the famous actress Samira Ahmed in "Amira Men Abdeen".

She also played the leading female role in the comedy movie "Gana el bian el taly", opposite Mohamed Henedi.

In 2001 Hanan played a role in the comedy movie "Gawaz Be Karar Gomhourey". Then came her true hit in "Harameya Fi KG2" in 2002 and "Haramiyyah fi Tayland" in 2003.

In 2006 she chose to wear the Islamic head scarf. Tork has mentioned many times before during TV & magazine interviews that she is considering the option of wearing the Hijab. Tork now joins a group of actresses who have taken the same decision like Hala Shiha & Abla Kamel among many others.

Tork will continue her work as an actress, and is now amidst the filming of a series called "Street Children" (awlad al shawari), and will continue working on the movie "Real Dreams" (a'lam akikia) as well.



Karim Abd El-Aziz ( Born on 17 Th of August, 1975 ) , it was generally thought he would follow in the footsteps of his father Mohamed Abd El-Aziz, and uncle Omar Abd El-Aziz, and become a director.

Karim indeed started his career in show business assisting his father and uncle in directing films.

After graduating from the Academy of Arts, High Cinema Institute and majoring in directing, Karim felt a deep desire to try out acting.

He had already had a taste of the field when he was as a 5 years old kid, he starred alongside Adel Emam and Soaad Hosney in El-Mashbouh and was thirsty for more.

But as he was offered no opportunities at that time, he went on working as an assistant director for a long time.

Then he had the good chance of meeting director Sherif Arafa in 1998 who offered him his first important role in Idhak El-Sourah Tetla3 Helwa.

He made good use of the opportunity and proved to have acting talents-besides his good looks.

Soon after, he was given the chance to act with another big star, Samira Ahmed, in a television series aired in Ramadan. His role in Emraah Men Zaman Al-Hob pushed his career further ahead.

The next step was another film on the silver screen, Aboud Ala El-Hodoud, with Alaa Waley El-Din. Then, came a new role in Genoun Al-Haya and finally his first leading role in Leih Khaletney Ahebak.

Now Kareem had proven himself in the romantic and comedy roles. So he went ahead and tried out the theater. He took part in Lama Baba Yenam and then Hakim Eyoun.

He continued his success on the silver screen and went on to star alongside Hanan Turk in two movies, Harameya Fi KG 2 (2002) and Harameya Fi Tailand (2003).

Both movies proved to be box office hits. His latest movie was Al-Basha Telmez in 2004 alongside Ghada Adel. Then Abou Aly with Mona Zaki.

His latest film is "Wahed men el nas" with Menna Shalaby, it was one of the most successful films of Karim. The film explores the life, aspirations, and troubles of typical low-income families.

At the center is Mahmoud (Karim Abdel Aziz), a security man working on minimum wage, who, in spite of his daily attempts to secure a living, remains relatively optimistic about the future.

With the support of his young wife, Menna Shalaby, they share the dream of a better life, especially with the expected birth of their baby boy.

But what's strange is that the life of this simple citizen turns upside down.

Concerning Karim's personal life, karim had got married lately from Haidy who is the daughter of a well known Egyptian businessman.

Karim’s favorite stars are Ahmed Zaki, Mahmoud Abd El-Aziz, Mahmoud Yassin and Nour El-Sherif. As for the international actors, his number one star is Al Pacino.



Mona Zaki (born November 18, 1976) is an Egyptian actress. She is married to the Egyptian actor Ahmed Helmi and they have a daughter named Lily.

By the time she was 13, she had already been to England, Kuwait and the UnitedStates. When she was 16, luck changed the course of her life. Upon seeing Mohamed Sobhi's advertisement for new faces, she applied merely in hope of getting a chance to meet the famous Egyptian actor and director. However, she got much more than that; namely her first acting role in his play Bel Araby El Faseeh.

When it was finally time for Mona to go to college, she enrolled in the Faculty of Mass Communications at Cairo University. During that time, she was introduced to director Ismail Abdel Hafez who chose her to play a part in El A'elah, a Ramadan series that marked her TV debut.

Acting became more than just a hobby to Mona after that; she later acted in a number of popular TV series: Khalti Safiya wel Deir, Nisf Rabi' El Akhar, Ahalina, Ded El Tayyar and El Daw' El Sharid.

The promising star's distinguished TV roles opened the doors of the big silver screen for her. Mona invaded the cinema with El Katl ElLaziz, with Mervat Amin, then went on to play lead roles in Idhak El Soura Titla' Hilwa - a performance for which she received an award - Sa'idi fil Gam'a Al-Amrikiya, Omar 2000, El Hobb El Awal, and Leih Khallitni Ahibbak - all of which were box office hits.

But Mona really outdid herself and all her previous roles, when she played the role of Gihan El Sadat in the masterpiece Ayam El Sadat. The young actress was given an award, along with the rest of the cast of the movie, by President Hosni Mubarak, which served as an encouragement for her.

Success remained close to the talented star and her dedication was well rewarded with the huge popularity of her next movies Africano and Mafia. But Mona didn't stop there. She went on from one hit to another, presenting Sahar El Layali, Men Nazret Ein , Khalti Faransa and many more . Each film came with a different role but with the same triumph.

Despite her huge success in the cinema, Mona's heart remained with the theater and during her career presented several plays, among which were Le'b Eyal, Ya Messafer Wahdak, Afrouto and Keda Ok.

As for her personal life, Mona Zaki is living a quiet and happy family life. She married the talented actor, Ahmed Helmy, and is now the mother of a young girl; Lily. Mona's favorite actor and actress are Souad Hosny and Ahmed Zaki.



Hani Salama ( Born 4 July 1977, Cairo Egypt ) , Living in Kuwait during his childhood , He never imagined that he was going to be a professional actor later on in his life. Once he had finished school, Salama returned to Egypt to enroll in the Modern Academy, Computer Science Section. It was not long though before he saw an ad for new talents and decided to try his luck at acting. It was this ad, placed by director Youssef Chahine's company that landed him a role in Arak Al-Balah.

Having proven that he was star material, Hani was lucky enough to get a chance to team up with Youssef Chahine in Al-Massir in 1997. It was another two years though before Hani got another shot at working with the famous director. Chahine gave Hani a role in Al-Akhar in 1999.

Next up was a role in the famous film Al-Assefa in 2001. This time however the young actor worked with director Tarek Al-Eryan. By then, Hani had proven he was a good actor and had managed to build a good fan base - especially among females.

In his next film, Hani Salama took on the leading male role. He teamed up with Hala Shiha in Al-Selem Wal-Te'ban in 2001. The film was a hit in the box office and its popularity spread quickly amongst teenagers and young people in particular as it was a romantic film. But releasing two films in the same year didn't mean the year was over for Hani, on the contrary; he was just getting started. Hani released his next film As-hab Wala Business that same year. The film's cast included a number of stars like singer/actor Mostafa Amar, Monaliza and Nour.

Two years later, Salama hit the box office with Ezzay Tekhali Al-Banat Tehebak. This time, Hani acted alongside three popular actresses; Somaya Khashab, Hend Sabry and once again the Lebanese actress Nour.

Last year, Salama released another successful film in the cinemas. The film Halet Hob featured Hani alongside singer/actor Tamer Housny, Zeina and Hend Sabry. The film revolved around Seif (Salama) who left for France with his father after the 1992 earthquake which he thinks killed his younger brother (Tamer Housny) and his mother. Then he returns as an adult to his homeland on a quest to find his long lost family.

Hani's latest film was Enta Omri which was also released last year. The film starred Menah Shalaby as Hani's wife and Nelly Karim as his newly found love that appeared at the wrong time in his life - when he's a husband and a father. The film was a big success at the time of its release.



Amr Waked ( Born 1978 ) , the latest rising star, started out studying Economics at the AUC, during that time, he joined theatrical groups, participated in his colleagues' graduation projects, such as "Carmen", "Afarit Hamza Wa Fatma", directed by Rasha Al Gamal, "Oedipus", in addition to other plays directed by Abd El Hady El Gazar, and Ahmed El Atar. He even joined the art workshop for two and a half years. Amr received numerous awards from the University.

Hany Khalifa, introduced him to director Osama Fawzi, who gave him a role in film "Ganet El Shayateen" (Devils' Paradise), right after that, director Wahid Hamed chose him for film "DEil El Samaka" (Fish's Tail), in which he received the best Assisting Actor award by the Alexandria Film Festival.

Amr found great interest in documentary short films, he starred in film "Lili", a 45 minutes film, based on a story by Youssef Idriss, and directed by Marwan Hamed. This film was widely acclaimed, earned prizes of the film festivals in France, Ismaileya Film Festival, and Tunisian Film Festival. Amr has also co-starred in film "A Journey to Eternity" for the National Geographic Channel.

The size of the role doesn't really matter to Amr, as he's more interested in the depth of the character he plays, and the proof was that he played a small role in "As'hab Wala Business" for director Tarek El Eryan. Amr says 'I found the role small but very interesting, so I sacrificed another starring role offer in another film just to do this role.'

When asked of the current state of the Egyptian film industry, Amr said 'I think the problems of the Arab Cinema are starting to get resolved. Technically, the sound and picture in the Arab movies are now following the latest technologies, in addition to the opening of many new theaters, which made it possible to screen more films. The scripts and ideas exist, but where are the producers? There are facilities and good actors, who did not get their chances yet.'
'I wish to view an Egyptian movie, which I would not be able to predict its end. I also wish the short films would be screened and available to the audiences in the cinema houses. Some of these short films are really excellent. I believe if we managed to reduce the price of tickets for the short films, both the producer and the audiences would be benefited.'



Hala Shiha ( Born 23 February 1979 in a family full of artists in Alexandria ) , her father Ahmed Shiha is a plastic art artist, Hala Shiha'a father was born in Lebanon. She has 3 sisters, Hana, Maya (both are actresses too) and Rasha.

Hala loved acting since she was young. She had the talent of dancing, drawing fashion designing besides piano and org playing.

Her father had to move to Cairo, Adel Emam was a friend of her father found in Hala the talent of acting so he encouraged her to join the academy of arts.

So Hala joined the academy of arts, and Dr.Samira Mohsen her teacher found in Hala the abilities of a super star so she introduced her to the directors who definitely found in her the look and talent of a super star to be.

Hala Shiha has parlayed her first starring role against Nour El Sherif and Mervat Amin in the TV series "Al Ragol Al Akhar" into a string of coveted film roles.

These series gave the chance for the young lady Hala to star in films "Leih Khaltny Ahbak" with young actor Karim Abdel Aziz and young actress Mona Zaki.

Hala surprised her audience with her amazing role in "El Selim Wel Taaban" with Hany Salama and Ahmed Helmy, the film was very successful and expressing important social issue.

Then performed in the movie "Tayeh Fa Amrica" with Khaled El Nabawy and Mohamed Lotfy. Then "Sehr El Ayoon" with Nelly Karim and Amer Mounib.

Then she played a role in "El Lemby" with Mohamed Saad, and it was a light role with a sense of comedy. Then "Ares men gaha amnya" with the super star Adel Emam and Sherif Mounir.

Her latest film is "Kamel El Awsaf" with Amer Mounib which she appeared in wearing the veil and playing the role of a respectable girl.

Hala didn't have good luck in her personal life, she was engaged to Ahmed Barada, but their engagment didn't stay for a long time so theybroke up, and then she was married to Hani Adel who was a member of Wust El Balad band but also they broke up.

Recently, Hala decided to retire forever from acting and she is currently attending religious lessons.



[color="#FF0000"]Hind Sabry
( Born 1979 ) , Her start in show business came through a role in Samt Al-Qossour in 1996. The film was shown at the Cairo International Festival as well as the Cannes International Film Festival and it landed the cast several prizes. As for the beautiful actress, Hind managed to secure the Best Actress award in the Valencia international film festival for her role in the film. Then several other roles followed. Films like Moussem Al-Dagal, Leila Fi Shahr Yolyou and Al-Kabsh Al-Aswad also pushed the actress forward and shed light on her acting talents.

Then came her true break when she met the famous director Inas Al-Deghedy. The controversial director offered the ambitious actress a role in her upcoming film. The talented actress accepted the offer and took on a role in Deghedy's movie Mozakerat Moraheqa in 2001. In the same year, Hind Sabry released another movie Mokhber wa Mowaten wa Haramey. The movie marked the first acting experience for the popular singer Shabaan Abdul Rahim and starred handsome actor Khaled Aboul Naga.

Two years later, Sabry took on a role in Ezzay Tekhali Al-Banat Tehebak alongside famous stars like Hani Salama, Somaya Khashab and Lebanese actress Nour. By this time, Hind Sabry had become known as a talented actress in both her homeland Tunisia and Egypt. But the star's dreams were bigger than what she had already accomplished by then; one of her many goals was to finish her studies in Law and obtain her Masters Degree and PhD someday.

But though she was always busy with her studies, Hind Sabry always had time to make new movies and secure her place among the many stars in show business. In 2003, the actress played a leading role in Ahla Al-Awkat. The movie was a big success and featured a number of female stars; like Hanan Turk, Mena Shalaby and Hind Sabry, in addition to Amr Waked and other big stars.

Hind's latest film was Halet Hob alongside actor Hani Salama, singer/actor Tamer Housny, Donya and Zeina. The movie was a big success when it hit the movie theaters.



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Posted 03 March 2008 - 11:01 AM

first of all i want to congratulate you on the enourmous effort you did, but i have to comment on sth...
why percisly did u chose those 50??? was there an official poll or those 50 announced by some sort of cinema foundation or a magazine???
i mean i am with you with almost all the old generation,
but completely disagree with the new wave of new acters.. for example how did hala she7a get her place in those 50!!!!!
and i also have comments on other people...
beside i read about couple of movies u said HUGE BOX OFFICE HIT!!!!
c'mon man, get real how can sana ola nasb be a box office !!!

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Post icon  Posted 03 March 2008 - 11:57 PM

a nice topic and a great effort :P

I only have some comments :

- Who chose them :hmm

- they weren't arranged by age or even alphabetically :D

- many infos are old :duh

** Pinned ya 7ag :P


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Posted 04 March 2008 - 12:05 AM

Who chose them ??

we got it from arabic arts sites and translated to english !! :D

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 12:23 AM

thanks a lot for that great info but how can all the new stars be in the these 50 character???? they don't have any history in the cinema to be put in this list all they have is only 10 years of working in the cinema field
i have some comments about the info you mentioned

Tahia Carioca performed the famous dance carioca in 1932 not 1940 and she performed it in a movie at 1935 it was El Doctor Farahat

Roshdy Abaza was born at 1916 not 1926

Nadia Lotfy's last movies were Manzel El 3a'elah El Masmoumah 1986 amd El Ab El Shar'i in 1988 not 1981

Magda El Khatib appeared in several movies before Benta Mn El Banat, her first appear in the cinema was in Lahn El Saada starring by Moharam Fo'ad, Iman, Hussain Riad, Fo'ad El Mohandes and Zaki Rostom then in other movies as example Qasr El Shouq 1967.
her chance to be a star was with Hassan El Imam when he gave her the leading role in Bent Mn El Banat, Imtithal and Dalal El Masriya

Nabila Obaid appeared in the first time in Mafish Tafahom 1960 starring by So'ad Hosni, Hassan Youssef, Hussain Riad, Olwiya Gamil and Zinat Sidki

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 03:49 PM

View Postashekelroh, on Mar 3 2008, 05:23 PM, said:

thanks a lot for that great info but how can all the new stars be in the these 50 character???? they don't have any history in the cinema to be put in this list all they have is only 10 years of working in the cinema field
i have some comments about the info you mentioned

Tahia Carioca performed the famous dance carioca in 1932 not 1940 and she performed it in a movie at 1935 it was El Doctor Farahat

Roshdy Abaza was born at 1916 not 1926

Nadia Lotfy's last movies were Manzel El 3a'elah El Masmoumah 1986 amd El Ab El Shar'i in 1988 not 1981

Magda El Khatib appeared in several movies before Benta Mn El Banat, her first appear in the cinema was in Lahn El Saada starring by Moharam Fo'ad, Iman, Hussain Riad, Fo'ad El Mohandes and Zaki Rostom then in other movies as example Qasr El Shouq 1967.
her chance to be a star was with Hassan El Imam when he gave her the leading role in Bent Mn El Banat, Imtithal and Dalal El Masriya

Nabila Obaid appeared in the first time in Mafish Tafahom 1960 starring by So'ad Hosni, Hassan Youssef, Hussain Riad, Olwiya Gamil and Zinat Sidki

Knt 3aysh m3ahom ? :D

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 07:47 PM

View PostNapoli, on Mar 4 2008, 04:49 PM, said:

View Postashekelroh, on Mar 3 2008, 05:23 PM, said:

thanks a lot for that great info but how can all the new stars be in the these 50 character???? they don't have any history in the cinema to be put in this list all they have is only 10 years of working in the cinema field
i have some comments about the info you mentioned

Tahia Carioca performed the famous dance carioca in 1932 not 1940 and she performed it in a movie at 1935 it was El Doctor Farahat

Roshdy Abaza was born at 1916 not 1926

Nadia Lotfy's last movies were Manzel El 3a'elah El Masmoumah 1986 amd El Ab El Shar'i in 1988 not 1981

Magda El Khatib appeared in several movies before Benta Mn El Banat, her first appear in the cinema was in Lahn El Saada starring by Moharam Fo'ad, Iman, Hussain Riad, Fo'ad El Mohandes and Zaki Rostom then in other movies as example Qasr El Shouq 1967.
her chance to be a star was with Hassan El Imam when he gave her the leading role in Bent Mn El Banat, Imtithal and Dalal El Masriya

Nabila Obaid appeared in the first time in Mafish Tafahom 1960 starring by So'ad Hosni, Hassan Youssef, Hussain Riad, Olwiya Gamil and Zinat Sidki

Knt 3aysh m3ahom ? :D

7aga zai keda :duh
any way welcome

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 07:58 PM

View Postashekelroh, on Mar 4 2008, 12:47 PM, said:

View PostNapoli, on Mar 4 2008, 04:49 PM, said:

View Postashekelroh, on Mar 3 2008, 05:23 PM, said:

thanks a lot for that great info but how can all the new stars be in the these 50 character???? they don't have any history in the cinema to be put in this list all they have is only 10 years of working in the cinema field
i have some comments about the info you mentioned

Tahia Carioca performed the famous dance carioca in 1932 not 1940 and she performed it in a movie at 1935 it was El Doctor Farahat

Roshdy Abaza was born at 1916 not 1926

Nadia Lotfy's last movies were Manzel El 3a'elah El Masmoumah 1986 amd El Ab El Shar'i in 1988 not 1981

Magda El Khatib appeared in several movies before Benta Mn El Banat, her first appear in the cinema was in Lahn El Saada starring by Moharam Fo'ad, Iman, Hussain Riad, Fo'ad El Mohandes and Zaki Rostom then in other movies as example Qasr El Shouq 1967.
her chance to be a star was with Hassan El Imam when he gave her the leading role in Bent Mn El Banat, Imtithal and Dalal El Masriya

Nabila Obaid appeared in the first time in Mafish Tafahom 1960 starring by So'ad Hosni, Hassan Youssef, Hussain Riad, Olwiya Gamil and Zinat Sidki

Knt 3aysh m3ahom ? :D

7aga zai keda :duh
any way welcome

Welcome to you sir! :hmm

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 03:20 PM

Lol Dalia El Behairy and Ghada Adel????
What print exactly did they leave?!

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 12:50 PM

LOL @ Jala Fahmi, this creature makes me disgusting..
I might agree about Dalia and Ghada Adel, but what the hell did Ola Ghanem did for the Egyptian Cinema ??!! :wub:
Besides, where are the greatest Egyptians actors ??
Ahmed Mazhar, Zaki Rostom, Salah Zul Faqar, Ahmed Ramzi, Hassan Youssef, Samir Ghanem, El Deif Ahmed and George Sedhom (The whole tholathy adwa2 el masrah group), Youssef Shaheen, Khaled Saleh and the actresses Sabah, Zebeida Sarwat, Magda, Lobna Abdel Aziz, Mariam Fakhr El deen, Layla Fawzi, Mervat Amin and the list goes on..

OMG, you didn't mention many names that really deserve to be mentioned

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 02:43 PM

View PostMasraawy, on Mar 16 2008, 05:50 AM, said:

LOL @ Jala Fahmi, this creature makes me disgusting..
I might agree about Dalia and Ghada Adel, but what the hell did Ola Ghanem did for the Egyptian Cinema ??!! :wub:
Besides, where are the greatest Egyptians actors ??
Ahmed Mazhar, Zaki Rostom, Salah Zul Faqar, Ahmed Ramzi, Hassan Youssef, Samir Ghanem, El Deif Ahmed and George Sedhom (The whole tholathy adwa2 el masrah group), Youssef Shaheen, Khaled Saleh and the actresses Sabah, Zebeida Sarwat, Magda, Lobna Abdel Aziz, Mariam Fakhr El deen, Layla Fawzi, Mervat Amin and the list goes on..

OMG, you didn't mention many names that really deserve to be mentioned

i ddnt mention thos 50 .. and said that they are da best !!

the tittle of the topic 50 Left Their Prints In The Egyptian Cinema !!

Got it ? :loool


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