MAD Celebrity Menna Shalaby
MAD Celebrity Menna Shalaby
MAD Celebrity Menna Shalaby

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Menna Shalaby has undoubtedly solidified her name as one of the most in-demand, noteworthy, and beloved actresses in the Arab film and TV industry. Menna began her acting career in 2001 in one of the biggest TV productions and most-watched TV dramas at the time, Hadeeth Al Sabah Wal Masaa (Morning and Evening Talk), which got her starring roles in many films and TV series.

Her natural charm and acting prowess, manifested in all of her performances without fail, propelled her acting career upwards in a very short span of time. Menna owes her skyrocketing success and fame partly to her incredibly versatile abilities; she has excelled in romance, drama, thrillers, comedies, and all the genres in between.

Shalaby performed a variety of roles in comedy, drama, action and romance films. Her famous cinematic roles include El Saher (The Magician) (2001), Baheb El Cima (I Love Cinema) (2004), Ahla al Awqat (Best of Times) (2004), Heya Fawda (Chaos) (2007), screened at Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, Al Ma' wal Khodra wal Wajh al Hassan (Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces) (2016), screened at Locarno Festival, Baad El Mawkeaa (After the Battle) (2012), screened at Cannes Film Festival, Microphone (2010), Nawara (2015) as well as Marwan Hamed’s hits, Al Aslyeen (The Originals) (2017), and Diamond Dust (2018), which won three awards at the 1st Casablanca Arab Film Festival in Morocco. The film generated more than 32 million EGP (1.8 million USD).

Keen on supporting emerging filmmakers, Shalaby played the lead role in director Adam Abd ElGhaffar's short film Fork and Knife, which competed in the Short Films Competition at the 2nd El Gouna Film Festival in 2018.

Furthermore, Menna’s filmography includes Khayal Ma’ata (Scarecrow)(2019), which marks her reunion with superstar Ahmed Helmy after 11 years of their first work.

Shalaby's most successful TV roles include Neeran Sadeeqa (Friendly Fire) (2013), Haret El Yahoud (Jewish Quarter) (2015) and Wahet El Ghoroub (2017). this comes in addition to her 3 series, which premiered on Shahid.net platform, the miniseries Every Week Has a Friday, for which she received her first nomination for an International Emmy Award in the category of Best Performance by an Actress for her performance in the series, making her the first Arab Actress Nominee For such a prestigious award, Nemra Etnein serial drama, in which she starred in an episode, under the title: Awel Embareh (The Day Before Yesterday), opposite Ahmed Malek, directed by Mohamed Shaker and written by Mariam Naoum, and the second season of Leh La'a (Why Not?). Written by Mariam Naoum and directed by Mariam Abou Ouf, the series received a huge audience acclaim and won Menna an honor at the Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival.

Aside from her acting career, Menna was part of several charity campaigns for people with disabilities that raise awareness about the struggles faced by these people in the Egyptian society.Recently, she partnered with OPPO in the Reno6 Series campaign under the slogan “Every Emotion, In Portrait”. This campaign aims to encourage people to cherish their special moments and memories. A short film titled “Photograph: The Space Between Us”, featuring Menna Shalaby along with Nabil Issaw will be part of the promotional campaign.

Shalaby also has previously won numerous awards at local and international festivals, including the Faten Hamama Excellence Award from the 41st edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), in which she was also hosted in an in-conversation moderated by American film critic Jay Weissberg on the side-lines of the CIFF where she reflected on her acting career and milestones along the way. She also received the Best Actress Award at the Egyptian National Film Festival for her roles in El Saher (2001) and An El Eshq Wel Hawaa (2006), the Arabian Cinema Awards (ACA) and the Arab Star Festival, for her role in Diamond Dust (2018), Dubai, Tetouan, Oran, and Cairo Film Society festivals for her role in Nawara (2015), and the Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival, for her role in Banat West El Balad (2005), for which she also won a Special Award at the Damascus International Film Festival.

Menna was also named 'Best Actress' by the audience in numerous polls conducted by Arab and Egyptian newspapers and radio stations. Besides, she was honored by the Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival in Morocco, and won An Honorary Award at Aswan International Women Film Festival (AIWFF) in 2019, in recognition of her astounding cinematic career in Egypt and the Arab world.

She also won several awards for her TV roles, including the Critic’s Award for Best Actress at the Arab Satellite Channels Festival for her role in Wahet El Ghoroub (2017).

Shalaby’s participation in film festivals is not only limited to winning awards, but she was also selected as a jury member at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, including the Cairo International Film Festival, Carthage Film Festival (Official Competition), the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden (Feature-Length and Short Film Competition), and El Gouna Film Festival (Feature Narrative Competition).

Menna's most recent projects include Al’Ins W AlNems (2021), in which she co-stars with comedian Mohamed Heneidy. As well as, two box office hits; El Gareema (The Crime), starring Ahmed Ezz and directed by Sherif Arafa, and Men Agl Ziko, starring Kareem Mahmoud Abdel Aziz and directed by Peter Mimi.

Her latest 15 episode series Betlou’ Al-Rouh’, directed by Kamla Abou Zekry, screened in Ramadan 2022 on MBC and ShahidVIP

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Filmography
  • 2022 Men Agl Zizo ( For Ziko )
  • 2022 El Gareema (The Crime)
  • 2021 Al'iins w Alnams (The Mongoose and The Human)
  • 2019 Khayal Maata (Scarecrow)
  • 2018 Torab El Mas (Diamond Dust)
  • 2018 Shouka Wa Sekina (Fork & Knife)
  • 2017 Al Asleyeen (The Originals)
  • 2016 Nawara
  • 2016 Al Ma' wal Khodra wal Wajh al Hassan (Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces)
  • 2012 Baad El Mawkeaa (After The Battle)
  • 2011 Bebo We Basheer
  • 2011 Ezaet Hob (Love Station)
  • 2010 Nour Einy (The Light of My Eyes)
  • 2010 Microphone
  • 2009 Badal Faqed (The Replacement)
  • 2008 Asef Ala Al Izaag (Sorry for the Disturbance)
  • 2007 Wahed Mn El Nas (One of the People)
  • 2007 Keda Reda (Satisfied Like This)
  • 2007 Heya Fawda (Chaos)
  • 2007 Alawela fel Gharam (First in Love)
  • 2006 Ouija
  • 2006 An El Eshq Wel Hawa (All About Love)
  • 2005 Banat West Albalad (Downtown Girls)
  • 2005 Ahlam Omrena (Dreams of Our Lives)
  • 2005 Abo El Arabi Wasal (Abo El Arabi is Here)
  • 2005 Fi Mahatet Masr (At Cairo Station)
  • 2005 El-Haya Montaha El-lazza (Joys of Life)
  • 2004 Baheb El Cima (I Love Cinema)
  • 2004 Shabab Takeaway (Takaway Guys)
  • 2004 Ahla Wl Awkat (The Best of Times)
  • 2004 Enta Omry (My Soul Mate)
  • 2003 Kallem mama (Talk to Mom)
  • 2003 Film Hindi (An Indian Movie)
  • 2003 Iw'a Wishshak (Watch Your Face)
  • 2001 Al Saher (The Magician)
Tv Series
  • 2022 Betlou’ Al-Rouh’ (Backbreaking)
  • 2021 Leih Laa 2 (Why Not)
  • 2020 Nemra Etnein (This Other Thing)
  • 2020 Fi Kol Osbu’ Yowm Goma’a (Every Week Has A Friday)
  • 2017 Wahet El Ghoroub (Sunset Oasis)
  • 2015 Haret El Yahoud (The Jewish Quarter)
  • 2013 Neeran Sadeeqa (Friendly Fire )
  • 2010 Al-Gama'a (The Brotherhood)
  • 2009 Harb El Gawasis (Spies War)
  • 2006 Seket Al Helali (El Helaly's Way)
  • 2003 El Banat (The Girls)
  • 2002 Lidawa3y Amnia (For Security Purposes)
  • 2002 Ayna Qalbi (Where Is My Hear)
  • 2001 Hadeeth Al Sabah Wal Masaa (Morning and Evening Talks)
Gallery
Menna Shalaby has been invited to attend many fashion shows, including events for luxury accessories brands. She attended the IWC Schaffhausen’s, Swiss watch manufacturers, ceremony on the sidelines of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
A Festival Fixture
    Menna Shalaby attended the screening of her film After the Battle (Baad El Mawkeaa) by Yousry Nasrallah at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2012. She also took part in the Venice International Film Festival for the screening of her film Heya Fawda (Chaos) in 2007.
Awards & Honors
Shalaby won several awards since the beginning of her acting career in 2000, such as:
Awards
  • 2021 Mennna Shalaby was announced among the International Emmy Awards nominees for Best Performing Actress, for her role in Fi Kol Osbu’ Yowm Goma’a (Every Week Has A Friday). Making her the First Arab Actress Nominee For Emmy Awards
  • 2019 The Faten Hamama Excellence Award from the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival
  • 2019 Best Actress for Diamond Dust at the Arabian Cinema Awards (ACA)
  • 2018 Best Actress for Diamond Dust at the Arab Star Festival
  • 2017 The 2nd Arabian Cinema Awards (ACA) Critics Award at the Arab Satellite Channels Festival for her role in Wahet El Ghoroub TV series
  • 2006 Named Best Actress by the audience in numerous polls conducted by Arab and Egyptian newspapers and radio stations
  • 2015 Best Actress Award for Nawara at Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)- Malmö Arab Film Festival- Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival- Oran International Arabic Film Festival, Egyptian National Film Festival- Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival, Annual Film Society FestivalFor Egyptian Cinema, Arabian Cinema Awards (ACA)
  • 2006 Best Actress Award at the Egyptian National Film Festival for An El Eshq Wel Hawa film
  • 2005 Best Actress Award at the Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival for Banat West El Balad film
  • 2005 Special Award at the Damascus International Film Festival for Banat West El Balad film
  • 2001 Best Actress Award at the Egyptian National Film Festival for Al Saher film
HONORS
  • 2021 A Jury Member at the Feature Narrative Competition - El Gouna Film Festival
  • 2019 An Honorary Award - Aswan International Women Film Festival (AIWFF) for her work
  • 2018 Honored by Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival for her artistic career in Egypt and the Arab world
  • 2009 A Jury Member at the Short Films Competition - Abu Dhabi Film Festival
A Big Warm Heart
    Shalaby appeared in Egypt’s Helm Foundation campaign video to raise awareness about the needs of the disabled in Egypt. She supported the UN’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign by using the hashtags: #OrangeTheWorld and #16Days on her Twitter account.She also featured a video launched by UN Women Egypt that urges women to speak up about sexual harassment stressing that the harasser is a criminal. She started a campaign on her Facebook page calling for clothes and blankets donations to help the poor during winter.
Menna Shalaby Big Warm Heart