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Dina Shihabi
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Dina Shihabi
Born Dina Shihabi
(1989-09-22) September 22, 1989 (age 28)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Residence New York City, United States
Nationality Saudi Arabian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present

Dina Shihabi (Arabic: دينا الشهابي‎; born 22 September 1989) is a Saudi-American actress[1] working in the United States.

Dina Shihabi was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,[2] and was raised in Saudi Arabia,[3] Beirut, and Dubai.[1] She had started dance classes at age 6,[citation needed] and at 13 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.[2] She became a member of her modern professional dance team.[citation needed]

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,[2] Nancy Mock,[citation needed] to pursue an Acting career.[2]

At age 18, with her father's permission,[2] Dina moved to New York City in 2007 and began pursuing a career in acting; this became a full-time profession for her in 2010. In 2011, she was accepted at both Juilliard and The graduate Acting Program at NYU Tisch School for the Arts. Although Dina 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.[2] She is the first Middle East-born woman to be accepted to both the Juilliard and NYU Graduate Acting programs.[4]

Shihabi in New York

In 2018, she played Hanin Ali in the Amazon Video action thriller series Jack Ryan[5]

Filmography[edit]

  • 2011: David - Aishah[6]
  • 2013: Ben
  • 2014: Amira & Sam - Amira Jafari (Shihabi's first major role)[7]
  • 2015: Cigarette Soup
  • 2016: Cul-de-Sac (short film)
  • 2017: Cherry Pop
  • 2018: Jack Ryan