Industry: Arts and entertainment
Hiam Abbass is one of the Arab world’s most famous actresses, with major roles in Hollywood-produced pictures as well as in the local film industry.
Some of her most famous roles include that of Said’s mother, in Paradise Now (2005) and Raghda Halaby, in Amreeka (2009).
Abbass picked up the best actress award at the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards for the Lemon Tree. Two years ago, she made her feature film directorial debut in The Inheritance, in which she played the character Samira.