Born in Cairo, Egypt, Ahmed Magdy is a multi-talented filmmaker, actor and a UNFPA Champion. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Ain Shams University, then joined Al-Tamy Theater Troupe and worked as an actor and assistant director for three years. His debut film is the independent short documentary Magra Al Seil (Riverbed) (2007). Afterwards, Magdy took part in a workshop titled Al Zat Wa Al Madina - Al Qahira (The Self and the City- Cairo), through which he directed his documentary film, Zizo (2007). After that, he directed the film Keika Bel Crema (Cream Cake) (2008) that received the Jury Award at each of the Algerian Independent Film Festival and the Jordan Independent Short Film Festival, in addition to the Silver Hawk award at the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam.
In cooperation with the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) of the American University in Cairo (AUC), Magdy directed the documentary film Ila Al-Bahr (To the Sea). The film participated in the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2009, the festival which he visited again in 2012 as a member of the Short Films Competition Jury. In 2013, Magdy received the SANAD Development Grant from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and the AFAC Production Grant in 2014 for his debut narrative feature, The Giraffe (2018).
In November 2018, The Giraffe world premiered at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF). Written, directed and filmed by Magdy, The Giraffe received wide critical acclaim during its international premiere at the Marrakech International Film Festival, where Lebanese film critic Mohammed Rouda stated that The Giraffe is the best Arab film of the year. The film screened at many regional and international film festivals, including the Festival International du Film Transsaharien de Zagora in Morocco, Aswan International Women Film Festival, Cairo Cinema Days, Festival Cinémas du Sud in Lyon, France, Masr Dot Bokra Film Festival, Aarhus Arab Film Festival in Denmark, Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh, and the Palestine Cinema Days. The Giraffe was theatrically released in Egypt and the UAE.
As an actor, Magdy took part in many highly-acclaimed films, such as Asafeer Al Neel (Birds of the Nile), Microphone, The Gate of Departure, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim, which won him the Best Actor Award at the Trophées Francophones du Cinéma in Sénégal, EXT. Night, Seif Tagreeby (Experimental Summer), Nawara, and Mawlana, alongside a number of successful TV series, including Al Ahd: Al Kalam Al Mubah, El Beyout Asrar, La Tottfe' Al Shams, Le A’la Se’r, Wahet El Ghoroub, and Family Size. Currently airing on MBC4, Magdy stars in the rom-com TV series El Anesa Farah, which is adapted from the American TV show Jane the Virgin. Receiving wide audience acclaim for his performance, he plays Shady, who faces relationship problems with Farah, played by Asmaa Aboul Yazeed. Recently, a second season of the show, El Anesa Farah, has been released and it is currently available on Shahid.net.
As part of his ongoing efforts to raise awareness on protecting the environment, Magdy took part in a campaign that calls for limiting the use of plastic products using #KefayaPlastic (#EnoughPlastic) on his Instagram page. The campaign became a huge success after Magdy appeared in a video to support its cause. Being a women's rights activist, he was honored at the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence event, organized by the British Council, European Union and Cairo University, in November 2019. During his speech, Magdy talked about the character of the abusive husband he played in Naseeby W Esmetak TV series (Gadwal El Darb story) and the importance of ending violence against women.
Through playing different and notable roles in the past few years, Magdy has managed to secure his place in the industry. He recently finished shooting his scenes for his new film 2 Talaat Harb, which he stars in and produces, marking his second production work. Talaat Harb 2 is directed by veteran director and producer Magdy Ahmed Aly.
Ahmed’s latest updates include the new TV drama Forsa Tanya (Second Chance) that aired in Ramadan 2020. Produced by Synergy/Tamer Mursi, Magdy stars opposite of Egyptian star Yasmine Sabry. He was also announced a jury member at the RFF-Revart Film Festival. Hailed as Egypt's first online vertical festival, RFF aims to introduce a modern dimension of creativity to filmmakers during the COVID-19 crisis.
In 2021, Magdy participated in several drama hits including: Qasr El Nil, Bent El Sultan, both premiered in Ramadan 2021, El Anesa Farah 3, which was released earlier this year, and the film Hazr Tagawol (Curfew). Currently, Magdy is working on the new film Talaat Harb 2 that he is co-producing as well, in addition to writing his second feature film, The Crow, which he will also direct.