Kinda Alloush is a Cairo-based Syrian actress who started off her acting career in Syrian dramas that were widespread and successful across the Arab world at the time. Eventually, Kinda’s talent and ambition enabled her to make her way through the Egyptian TV and film industry, further establishing herself as singular talent among her peers.
She has an extensive repertoire of notable works with significant directors across the Arab world, including Chaouki Mejeri, Haitham Hakki, Sherif Arafa, Hatem Ali, Khaled Marei, Mohamed Yassin, and Marwan Hamed.
Kinda graduated from the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts in Damascus, where she studied theater criticism. She also studied French literature and briefly dabbled in theatrical direction as an assistant director before deciding to become an actress in 2005.
She made her acting debut in 2005 in a TV drama called Ashwak Naaeima. She then followed that up by working on several successful series, including Shaghaf, Alzzahir Bybrs, Ahkad Khafeya, Fajr Akhar, Sultana, Zel Amra'a, Hassiba, Hokm Al Adala, and Alaijtiah, which tackled the Israeli invasion of Palestinian cities and villages in 2002. The series was directed by Chaouki Mejeri and received an Emmy Award, making it the first Arab work to receive such an award.
In 2007, Kinda made her first foray into the film Industry in Hadetha A'la El Tareeq by Syrian director Rasha Sharbatgy. She then starred in Halawet El Rouh by Syrian director Laila Awad and Altajli Al'akhir li Ghaylan Aldamashqi by Syrian director Haitham Hakki in 2008. The following year, Kinda took part in Mara Okhra by Syrian writer and director Joud Said.
Kinda’s talent attracted a large number of film auteurs across the Arab world immediately, allowing her to take part in several Arab films and TV dramas, eventually appearing in the Egyptian TV hit Hedou' Nesbi by director late Tunisian director Chaouki Mejeri, in which she starred along a large number of Arab TV stars in 2009. In the same year, Kinda also starred in the Egyptian blockbuster Welad El-Am by Sherif Arafa.
Choosing to return to her TV roots, Kinda also worked on the Egyptian drama Ahl Cairo and the Syrian dramas Al A'shk El Haram and Wilada Min Alkhasira.
In 2012, Kinda decided to settle in Egypt to take part in a number of outstanding TV series, including Khaled Marei’s Niran Sadeeka in 2013, for which she won the Excellence Award at the Oscar ART; Al Ahd (El Kalam El Mobah); A'd Tanazoly in 2014; Mohamed Yasine’s Afrah AlQoba in 2016; along with Hagar Gohanam and Ahl Al Gharam in 2017.
Kinda’s filmography also includes a plethora of box office hits, including Al Maslaha (2012) by director Sandra Nashaat, and the highest-grossing romantic film in the history of Egyptian cinema Hepta: The Last Lecture (2016), along with other films that screened at international festivals.
These films include Hady Al-Bagouri’s Wahid Saheeh (2011), in which she played the role of a Christian girl in a love story doomed to fail; the social comedy film Excuse My French (2014) by director Amr Salama, which shed light on religious differences; and the fantasy film The Originals (2017) by Marwan Hamed; as well as other films, like Brtita, Al-Fgomi (2011), and 33 Youm (2013).
In 2020, Kinda was featured in Dai El Amar — a stand-alone episode that addressed the concept of artificial insemination in the Arab world for the first time. Dai El Amar aired on DMC and Watch It and is part of six stories featured in the TV series Ella Ana.
She was also featured in the Shahid original series Setat Beit Al-Maadi, ( Maadi’s Housewives), which was screened in December 2021. Directed by Mohamed Salama and written by Mohamed Ezzat, the series is the Arabic version of the US series Why Women Kill. Alongside Kinda Alloush, it stars Injy El-Mokkaddem, Tara Emad, Sabry Fawaz, Enjy Kiwan, Mirhan Hussein, and Ahmed Wafik, among other guest stars.
In 2022, Kinda starred in Netflix’s THE SWIMMERS, which quickly became a hit, ranking first in the list of the Top 10 movies on Netflix in a number of Arab countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Morocco, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia.
THE SWIMMERS held its world premiere at the Cairo International Film Festival and was the opening film at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival. It was also shown at a number of other film festivals, including the BFI London Film Festival, the Marrakech International Film Festival, and the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.
THE SWIMMERS' success continues to astound everyone, especially after being nominated for a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year. The film was written and directed by Sally El-Husseiny and is based on the true story of Yusra and Sara Mardini — Syrian refugee sisters who made it to the Olympics.
Furthermore, Kinda is starring in the upcoming film Balaleen by director Moataz El-Tony, and Yellow Bus — a co-production between the US, Mexico, India, Jordan, and the UAE that will be available exclusively on OSN as one of its originals following its screenings in theaters and international film festivals
Besides her remarkable history as an actress, Kinda’s work as an assistant director includes a number of distinguished titles, including Haval Amin's film The Nativity and Nabil al-Maleh's Hunting Party. She also directed the documentary film Fi Mahab Al-Rih, which highlighted the suffering of Syrian workers in Lebanon. She also prepared and assisted in directing the documentary series Ighraa Speaks about the Syrian star Ighraa.
Kinda was also selected as a jury member in a number of festivals, including the juries of the Freedom Films Competition at the Luxor African Film Festival, the 32nd and 39th Cairo International Film Festival, the Tropfest Arabia Short Film Festival, the Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries in 2013, and the Short Film Competition within the El Gouna Film Festival in 2020.
On the humanitarian side, Kinda has always been keen to take part in a lot of initiatives that support refugees from around the globe and especially from Syria. Kinda’s support is also not limited to simply being the cause’s ambassador, as she is keen to attend field activities and visit refugee camps in different areas, which got her name on the UN Refugee Agency’s High Profile Supporters List.