The Guardian includes Egyptian star Amir El Masry in its list of 2021 Best Actors



Sat, 25 Dec 2021 - 01:08 GMT


Sat, 25 Dec 2021 - 01:08 GMT

File: Amir El Masry.

File: Amir El Masry.

After winning Best Actor at BAFTA Scotland for his role in “Limbo” movie, The Guardian included Egyptian International star Amir El Masry its list of 2021 Best Actors.


El Masry's ‘Limbo’ movie included in BAFTA 2021 films awards long-lists.

El Masry was nominated to Best Actor Award from British International Film Award (BIFA).


Following the international critical acclaim, he received for his role in “Limbo” movie, El-Masry competed with his film in the 42nd edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) that was held from  December 2-10,2020. 

“Limbo” managed to grab three awards from CIFF.




The first award is FIPRECI (Samir Farid) award.


“ The best support is the one that you receive from your country” El Masry said after receiving FIPRECI award.


El Masry thanked the movie director Ben Sharrock.


The second award was Henry Barakat award for best artistic contribution.


After receiving the second award El Masry said “I would like to thank Cairo International Film Festival and Mohamed Hefzy for believing in the movie.”


El Masry thanked Limbo film crew, the director and the producer.



The third award was the Golden Pyramid Award for best film.


“I would like to thank the jury members and Mohamed Hefzy” El Masry said after receiving the Golden Pyramid Award for best movie.



El Masry asked the attendees of CIFF closing ceremony who didn’t watch the movie to watch it, hoping that they like it.

“ Limbo” was part of the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival earlier 2020 and also received the TCM Youth Jury Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival. 


2020 marked El-Masry’s second year in a row taking part in CIFF, where he participated in 2019 with his Danish film Daniel.


After being included within the 2020 BAFTA Breakthrough participants El Masry become the first star of Egyptian origin to join this list after a long repertoire of total 24 international works since 2013.


Directed by Ben Sharrock, Limbo debuted to rapturous  review with Variety saying, “Sharrock also places considerable faith in his excellent lead, British-Egyptian actor Amir El-Masry, to convey unspoken layers of trauma in his character’s psychological makeup... (the film is) balanced out by the weight and grace of El-Masry’s performance, flickering with mirth and rage behind tired eyes”.


The Hollywood Reporter praised Amir El-Masry’s performance in the film stating, “Rising British-Egyptian screen talent El-Masry gives a soulful, quietly hypnotic performance as Omar”.


The Guardian also applauded El-Masry’s role and described it as “Most dramatically there is Omar – a hugely gentle and intelligent performance from Amir El-Masry –... El-Masry superbly conveys Omar’s fear that to play the oud under these wretched circumstances would be an act of futility and disloyalty.... The emotional centre of the film is Omar, and El-Masry’s tremendous performance – particularly in the heart-rending conversations he has with his mother over the phone, demanding detailed recipes in a doomed attempt to eat in exactly the way he ate back home.”


Limbo tells the story of Omar, who is a promising young musician.

Separated from his Syrian family, he is stuck on a remote Scottish island awaiting the fate of his asylum request.


The film is a funny and poignant cross-cultural satire, that subtly sews together the hardship and hope of the refugee experience.


Born in Cairo and raised in London, Amir El-Masry is an Egyptian-British actor who worked with salient stars such as Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, and Woody Harrelson.


El-Masry has had leading roles in successful Egyptian films, including Ramadan Mabrouk Abul-Alamein Hamouda and El-Talatah Yishtaghaloonha.


Shortly after graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Amir started his acting career with Jon Stewart's debut feature Rosewater (2014).


He has since starred in various renowned projects, establishing himself as an emerging British talent.


His breakout role came in early 2016 in the highly praised mini-series “The Night Manager”, alongside Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman. In 2017, El-Masry took part in Woody Harrelson’s film Lost in London, and the critically acclaimed BAFTA nominated mini-series “The State”.


Later on, Amir portrayed the character of Ibrahim in the TV series Tom Clancy's “Jack Ryan”, which is nominated for three Primetime Emmys awards. He also took part in the BAFTA TV Award nominated series, “Informer”.


Among his most prominent works, is the lead role in The Arabian Warrior, the first American/Saudi feature-length film, in addition to his role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.


Amir El-Masry’s series “Industry” was airing on HBO Max.


El Masry participated recently in the Egyptian movie ” Ritsa”.





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