Re-elected Actors' Union head Ashraf Zaki vows to 'support pioneers’

Eslam Omar , Sunday 5 Mar 2023

After he was re-elected on Friday as head of the Egyptian Actor’s Union, Ashraf Zaki expressed gratitude for the general assembly’s trust, promising to exert more efforts, especially for older members.

Ashraf Zaki


Zaki won with a majority of 961 votes in the half-renewal election, defeating Helmy Fouda and Ahmed El-Sayed, who collected 133 votes each.

“The board, with its new formation, pledges to continue efforts in order to uplift the Egyptian arts, to provide all services the union needs, and to support the pioneer artists who dedicated their lives to the arts,” reads a statement published Saturday by Zaki’s new board.

The new board includes Ahmed Bedir, Ashraf Tolba, Ehab Fahmy, Afaf Rashad, Nihal Anbar, and Ali Kamalo.

Many famous actors took part in the election at the union’s headquarters in Giza, including Yehia El-Fakhrany, Ahmed El-Sakka, Riham Abdel-Ghafour, Hany Salama and many others.

The 62-year-old Zaki has led the union during the majority of the past two decades. After his first term ended in 2011, he later led the Actors Syndicate from 2015, succeeding Ashraf Abdel-Ghafour.

Throughout his four-decade career, Zaki starred in dozens of popular TV series like My Aunt Safiya And The Monastery, The Republic of Zifta, Umm Kalthoum, Second Chance, Kalabsh 2, Abu Seada, Caesar, Saheb El-Saada and many others series, films, and plays, some of which he directed.

Zaki is the husband of actress Rogena and the brother of actress Magda Zaki.

He has also filled many important positions including president of the High Institute of the Theatrical Arts.

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