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Dina Shihabi
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Born September 22, 1989 (1989-09-22) (age 32)
Education New York University (MFA)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present

Dina Shihabi (Arabic: دينا الشهابي ; born 22 September 1989) is a multi-ethnic Arab-European actress working in the United States.

Early life and education

Shihabi was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and was raised in Saudi Arabia, Beirut, and Dubai. Her family is of Saudi-Palestinian and European origins. She described her multi-ethnic background as such: "I consider myself Arab European because my father Ali Shihabi is half-Saudi, half-Norwegian, and my mom Nadia is half-Palestinian, half-German and Haitian, but raised in France." She stated that she enjoyed watching films from an early age.

Career

At age 11 she began taking dance lessons from Sharmilla Kamte, a renowned dance teacher at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre Chaloub Studio, known as the "dancing queen" of the United Arab Emirates. She became a member of her modern professional dance team.

In Dubai she attended Al Mawakeb School, Emirates International School, and Dubai American Academy. Shihabi performed in numerous school plays, and was encouraged by her teacher, Nancy Mock, to pursue an acting career.

At age 18, Shihabi moved to New York City in 2007 and began pursuing a career in acting; this became a full-time profession for her in 2010. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for two years. In 2011, she was accepted at both Juilliard and The graduate Acting Program at NYU Tisch School for the Arts. Although Shihabi did not complete a 4 year Bachelor's degree (she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, an Acting Conservatory from 2008 to 2010), NYU waived the requirement of a Bachelor's degree, and she graduated with her MFA in 2014. She is the first Middle East-born woman to be accepted to both the Juilliard and NYU Graduate Acting programs, as well as the first Saudi Arabian woman accepted to these institutions.

In February 2019, it was announced that Shihabi was cast in the main role of Dig 301 for the second season of Netflix's science-fiction series, Altered Carbon.

Personal life

She has dance as a hobby.

Shihabi's native Arabic dialect is a form of Levantine Arabic.

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Shihabi in New York

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2011 David Aishah
2013 Ben
2014 Amira & Sam Amira Jafari Shihabi's first major role
2015 Cigarette Soup
2016 Cul-de-Sac (short film)
2016 Madam Secretary (season 2) Hijriyyah Al Bouri
2017 Cherry Pop
2018 Daredevil Neda Kazemi Episodes: "Resurrection"; "Please"
2018 Jack Ryan Hanin Suleiman Main role (Season 1)
2019 Ramy Nour Episode: "Between the Toes"
2020 Altered Carbon Dig 301 Main role (Season 2)
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