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A prominent Syrian actress, Sulaf Fawakherji rose to fame in the Arab world through her numerous roles on Syrian soap operas, and her subsequent acting career, which established her as one of the leading lights in Arabic cinema.
Originally an arts and sculpture student at Adham Ismail Fine Arts Institute, Fawakherji transitioned towards the theatre, making her debut on stage in plays such as Al Sawt (The Voice) and Hekayat al Shetaa (Winter’s Tales). More recently, Fawakherji starred in the politically motivated film, The BabyDoll Night, Egyptian cinema’s most expensive film and one of the most ambitious ever attempted, with more than 60 actors and actresses from Egypt and the Arab world.
In recognition of her achievements, Fawakherji was chosen as a torchbearer for the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay, carrying the famed flame during the Omani leg of its journey.