Aiysha Hart in Atlantis
With Saudi Arabia lifting its ban on cinemas earlier this year, there has been a greater spotlight on its emerging film industry in the kingdom’s bid to accelerate the growth of its arts and culture sector. In the past, a number of Hollywood movies have used Saudi Arabia as a shooting location along with internationally renowned local productions by none other than Saudi female film director, Haifa Al Mansour.
However, it’s crucial to mention other female names that have also played big roles, and excelled at them, in international film industries, and here they are:
Aiysha Hart is a British-Saudi actress and has been part of some of the highest grossing TV shows in the west including BBC drama "Atlantis", police procedural TV series "Line of Duty", and independent British film "Honour". Still excelling in every role, Hart is set to appear in UK TV series, “A Discovery of Witches” and US film, “Colette.”
Riyadh born Dina Shihabi first emerged when she starred in American film "Amira & Sam" in 2014 and best known for her role as the protagonist in the film. After studying the performing arts in Dubai, she took her father’s permission to move to New York in 2007 to pursue acting, making it a full time career by 2010.
Dina is set to feature in upcoming CIA drama series "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan", alongside John Krasinski, which will be released at the end of August 2018.
Best known for her role as Fatima in the BBC’s mini-series "Collateral", the Jeddah native is also alumni from the New York Film Academy and has directed and acted in Award-nominated short films like "The Shoemaker" and "Sanctity".