menna shalaby
Biography
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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. She has won over 13 awards at international film festivals. Menna was regarded as ‘Best Actress’ by audiences in numerous polls conducted by Arab and Egyptian newspapers and radio stations. An active festival goer, Menna has attended many international film festivals and was selected as a jury member at some of them. Most recently, Menna received the Faten Hamama Excellence Award from the 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), and 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. 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 Egyptian society. Recently, her latest TV show Every Week Has a Friday, which is a Shahid.net original, has premiered on the VOD platform to tremendous success.

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Filmography
  • SoonAlnams w Al'iins (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
  • 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)
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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
  • 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
  • 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.