Sherine Seif Al-Nasr (1967-2024): Gilded goddess

Soha Hesham , Tuesday 16 Apr 2024

Sherine Seif Al-Nasr (1967-2024)


With blond hair and gold jewellery, her blue eyes often set off with bright clothing, Sherine Seif Al-Nasr made an immediate impact when she appeared on the scene in the early 1990s. She had not been heard of for some years, but news of her death at the age of 57 last Saturday shocked her audience.

Seif Al-Nasr was born in 1967 in Jordan, to an Egyptian father, the journalist Elhami Seif Al-Nasr, and a Palestinian mother. She studied law at Ain Shams University, graduating in 1991, and moved to France to work at the Egyptian Embassy before meeting director Youssef Francis, who launched her acting career back in Egypt.

Among her earliest roles was Wagih Al-Shenawi’s television series Ghadboun wa Ghadebaat (Angry Men and Women, 1993), in which she starred alongside Salah Zulfakar, Aida Abdel-Aziz and Sherif Mounir. She also appeared in the second season of Magdi Abu-Emera’s great Al-Mal Wal Banoun (The Fortune and the Progeny, 1995), alongside Hussein Fahmy, Ahmed Abdel-Aziz, Sherif Mounir and Aida Riad, and with Ahmed Abdel-Aziz and Gihan Nasr in Man Aladhi La Yoheb Fatma (Who Doesn’t Love Fatma?) in Ahmed Sakr’s 1996 Man Aladhi La Yoheb Fatma (Who Doesn’t Love Fatma?)

On the silver screen she starred alongside the late legend Ahmed Zaki, Sanaa Gamil and Adel Adham in Sawaa Al-Hanem (The Lady’s Driver, 1994), directed by Hassan Ibrahim. She also appeared with comedy superstar Adel Imam in Al-Noum fil Assal (Sweet Oblivion, 1996), directed by Sherif Arafa and Amir Al-Zalam (Prince of Darknes, 2002), directed by Imam’s son Rami Imam, as well as in the stage play Bodyguard (1999), also directed by Rami.

Seif Al-Nasr disappeared from the public eye from 1996 to 2001, a period that coincided with her marriage and ended with divorce. She had two other husbands. Her last appearance was in Amr Abdeen’s 2007 television series Asaab Qarar (The Hardest Decision).



* A version of this article appears in print in the 18 April, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly


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