Although a born and bred Londoner, British Egyptian actor Amir El-Masry actually made his film debut in Egyptian cinema, following advice given to him by screen legend Omar Sharif. That film, Ramadan Mabrouk Abou El Alamin Hamouda (2008), earned him the Best Young Actor award at the Egyptian Oscars at the tender age of 18.
After graduating from the UK’s famed LAMDA school in 2013, Amir quickly landed several high-profile roles. First, there was Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater (2014), followed by parts in the multi award-winning series The Night Manager (2016) and the BAFTA-nominated The State (2017). In 2017, he took on a daunting challenge for Woody Harrelson’s Lost in London, performing in the first film to ever be shot and screened live in cinemas across the US and UK. A year later, he scored prime roles in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon-Paramount co-production) and Age Before Beauty (BBC), and also made his feature film lead debut in The Arabian Warrior.
He has two films due for release in 2019: the lead role in refugee drama Limbo (Film4, BFI and Creative Scotland), and a supporting role in Danish film Daniel (Ser du månen, Daniel) alongside Toby Kebbell. He is currently filming Industry for HBO, executive produced and directed by BAFTA winner Lena Dunham.