Zeina (Arabic: زينة‎, born Wessam Reda Ismail El-Degwi, 4 February 1981) is an Egyptian actress.

1 Career

2 Personal life

2.1 Imprisonment

3 Filmography

3.1 Cinema

3.2 Television

4 References

5 External links

Zeina started her career as a model in video clips, using her real name Wesam. She was chosen by director Daoud Abdel Sayed to play the role of Hanna in the movie Ard El kof (Land of Fear), her first film. She also worked as a broadcaster in one of the channels of Arab Radio and Television where she presented technical programmes.

With the entry into the acting world she chose to name herself "Zeina". She was called "Sophia Loren of Arabs" by director Youssef Chahine after he saw her in the movie Montaha El Laza (Joys). She won the title of best actress in 2005 and 2006 in the public polls and she also won the award for outstanding performance for her role in the series "Hdrat El Motaham Aby (My Father the accused)."

Artist Ahmed Zaki called her "Penelope Cruz" for the similarities between herself and the Spanish actress. Zeina participated in a number of cinematographic works, such as El Haya fe Montaha el Laza (Joys of Life), Sayed El Atefy (Lord of the Emotional), Zaza, El Sahabh (Ghost), El gezyra (island), 90 Minutes, Puskas, Trapezoid, Captain Hima, One - Zero, Two Girls From Egypt, Adult and Seven Albermbp.

Zeina also starred in TV series beginning with Shaba ra2 gedan and Wael Nour in 1995. She also appeared in Afaryt El sayala (demons Alsialp), Lel Sarwa Hesabat o5ra (Wealth Other Accounts), Ali Wika, Hadret el Motaham Aby (My Father The Accused), and Layaly.[1]

She has also appeared in some radio soaps such as Sinbad Emad", and "Runaway to Travel".

In January 2008 a court ruling sentenced Zeina to two months imprisonment and a fine of a thousand pounds because a traffic officer and soldier claimed that Zeina has verbally assaulting and beating them while they was issuing a traffic violation. She obtained an acquittal from the Court of Appeals in April of the same year and the government to prove fraud and falsifying records by the officer.[2]


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