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. 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 series Every Week Has a Friday, which is a Shahid.net original, has
premiered on the VOD platform to tremendous success. Furthermore, she starred in an episode in
Nemra Etnein serial drama under the title: Awel Embareh (The Day Before Yesterday). Starring
opposite Ahmed Malek, Awel Embareh is directed by Mohamed Shaker and written by Mariam Naoum.
Her upcoming film Al'iins w Alnams, where she is starring opposite the Egyptian comedy star
Mohamed Heneidy, is slated to release in cinemas in 2021.
Menna’s latest work also includes the second season of Leh La'a (Why Not?) , which is now airing on Shahid.net. The series is written by Mariam Naoum, and directed by Mariam Abou Ouf.