Tara Abboud first discovered her passion for arts when she was a child. A 4- year-old ballerina at the National Center for Culture and Arts. Since then, Tara got the opportunity to take part in various graduation film projects by emerging directors, who later could establish prominent names within the industry.
Her first foray into the film industry was through the graduation film projects by directors at Red Sea Institute for Cinematic Arts. These included Motaz Matar’s film Min Wara' Albab and Tima Shomali’s film Log In. Afterward, Tara played her first leading role in Princess of the Mountains (2009), by director Amjad Al Rasheed, alongside artist Amer Alkhuffash.
During high school, Tara took a further step playing leading roles in a number of theater performances directed by her school’s Drama Club instructor Diab Shahin. She took part in two more graduation projects for directors at the SAE Institute in Amman; 12 CM (2014) by Zaid Khaled and Hayat (2019) by director Leen Awad, both of which won awards.
At the end of 2020, Tara was selected as one of Screen International’s Arab Stars of Tomorrow at the Cairo International Film Festival. This came after Tara’s memorable performance in the Jordanian TV series Oboor broadcast on Arab satellite channels during Ramadan 2019, which prompted star Saba Mubarak to nominate her for the starring role with her in Amira, directed by Egyptian director Mohamed Diab. In the film, which is an Arab-French collaboration, Tara plays the role of a Palestinian girl who was conceived while her father (played by star Ali Suleiman), was detained in prison. Moreover, Tara has received largely favorable reviews for her outstanding performance in the film, following its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival, where it received three awards. The film also premiered at the 5th edition of El Gouna Film Festival and was shown at the Festival Cinemed Montpellier.
Tara is currently expecting her Disney+’s upcoming UK original series ‘Culprits’, alongside a star-studded cast, including Gemma Arterton, Niamh Algar, Eddie Izzard, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Kamel El Basha, Kevin Vidal, and Ned Dennehy. An eight-part darkly-comedy series, ‘Culprits’ is directed by J Blakeson.
Her latest film, REBEL — which world premiered during the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival and was released commercially on October 5th in Belgium and Luxembourg and on October 6th in the Netherlands — held its Arab world premiere during the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival, marking Tara’s first attendance of the festival.
Tara was among the distinguished guests at Dior's L'Or de J'Adore event held in Dubai, where she joined a dazzling lineup of renowned celebrities from the Arab world. The star-studded gathering included Yasmine Sabri, Huda El Mufti, Tunisian model Rym Saidi, former Miss Lebanon Valerie Abou Chacra.