Egyptian actor Amir El-Masry cast in Netflix’s The Crown

Ahram Online , Thursday 23 Jun 2022

Egyptian actor Amir El-Masry was cast in the upcoming fifth season of Netflix’s historical drama The Crown, according to a PR representative on Wednesday.

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El-Masry will portray the young Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, Egyptian-born UK-based businessman, owner of Hôtel Ritz Paris and formerly Harrods department store and Fulham FC.

The cast of the fifth season also includes Egyptian-British actor Khalid Abdalla who has been cast as Dodi Fayed, Mohamed Al-Fayed's son and late Princess Diana's boyfriend. Abdalla will play opposite Elizabeth Debicki as Diana.

Born in Cairo in 1990 and raised in London, El-Masry's career kicked off with roles in Egyptian films, earning him Best Young Actor at the Egyptian Oscars in 2009.

Graduating from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2013, Amir appeared in Jon Stewart's debut feature Rosewater and various acclaimed TV series before his breakthrough role in The Night Manager (2016), followed by Lost in London (2017), The State (2017) and Age Before Beauty (2018).

Other notable credits include the critically acclaimed BAFTA nominated mini-series The State, a series regular role of Dante in the new BBC series Age Before Beauty and the lead in the first American-Saudi feature The Arabian Warrior.

Following the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, including political and romantic events that have shaped the twenty-first century, The Crown is considered one of the greatest series in the history of drama.

The series has won over 130 awards, including 21 Primetime Awards, of which seven were during the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards in 2021, scooping awards of all categories. 

The first season of The Crown was released in November 2016. Its fifth season is scheduled for release in November 2022.

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