Hend Sabry’s TV series ‘Finding Ola’ top trending on Netflix

Eslam Omar , Monday 7 Feb 2022

Renowned Egypt-based Tunisian actress Hend Sabry's new Netflix Arabic-language series ‘Finding Ola’ is currently the streaming service's most watched show in the Arab world.

Hend Sabry

In ‘Finding Ola’, Sabry, 42, revives her own popular character of Ola Abdel-Sabour in the 2010 hit series ‘Ayza Atgawez’ (I want to get married).

The six-episode comedy series casts renowned Egyptian actress Sawsan Badr - in the same role of Ola’s mother as in the original ‘Ayza Atgawez’ series - as well as Hani Adel, Nada Mousa, Mahmoud El-Leithy, and Dalia Shawky.

Every episode is dramatically bolstered by guest appearances from prominent actors such as Yousra, Sherine Reda and Khaled El-Nabawy.

The series’ characters are inspired by the characters in the hit 2009 novel 'Ayza Atgawez' by Egyptian writer Ghada Abdel-Aal.

‘Finding Ola’, which is co-written by Maha Alwazir and Ghada Abdel-Aal and directed by Hadi El-Bagoury, follows the quest of a recently-divorced housewife and mother of two to start all over in the search for a new purpose.

The internationally-acclaimed actress served as the executive producer of 'Finding Ola' - via her company Salam Production - in cooperation with Partner Pro and its executive producer Amin El-Masri.

Sabry’s career began in 1994 at the age of 14 when she debuted in the Tunisian production Silence of the Palaces (Samt Al-Qosoor) by director Moufida Tlatli.

Her first appearance in Egyptian cinema was in the 2002 production A Teenager's Diary (Muzakirat Murahiqua), a role that paved her way to stardom. Her later roles include starring in films such as A Citizen, a Detective, and a Thief (Mowaten we Mokhber we Haramy) in 2002, Downtown Girls (Banat West El-Balad) in 2005, and Ibrahim El-Abyad in 2009.

She also appeared in The Yacoubian Building (Oumaret Yacoubian, 2006), alongside an extensive cast of Egypt's biggest stars. Her portrayal of an HIV positive woman in Asmaa (2011) brought her several awards.

‘Finding Ola’, released on 3 February 2022, is available in 190 countries, subtitled in 32 languages and dubbed to four languages.

Netflix is a leading streaming entertainment service with over 214 million paid memberships in over 190 countries.

The service streams TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages.

Netflix has previously produced a number of Arab TV shows including the Egyptian Paranormal and Abla Fahita’s Drama Queen.

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