Laetitia Eido

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Laëtitia Eïdo
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Laetitia Eido, 2017
Ardèche, France
Years active2008–present
Known forFauda television series

Laëtitia Eïdo is a French actress of mixed ethnicity.[1] She is best known for her roles as Fadhma n'Soumer in the 2014 film of the same name, Fahima in Eran Riklis' Dancing Arabs, and Dr. Shirin El Abed in the Israeli political thriller television series Fauda.

Early life[edit]

Eïdo was born to a French father and Lebanese mother.[1] She was born and raised in the south of France in Ardèche, a Department situated close to Lyon.[1]

Eïdo is of Christian-Muslim heritage. In addition, she has some Lebanese Jewish family that came to Israel in the 1970s.[1] and her Lebanese grandfather, murdered on the morning of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, had Jewish origins.[2] She says that her Muslim mother met with criticism when she married Eïdo's Christian father, and said that it is this inheritance which forces her to go beyond religious or ethnic divisions.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Eïdo has played the roles of strong women both on the big and small screens.[2]

In 2014, she took on the role of Fahdma N'Soumer, a drama film shot in the Algerian Berber mountains in the Kabyle language, she takes on the traits of a resistant woman who repels the first French invasion in 1850.[2]

That same year she played Fahima in the drama Dancing Arabs (“A Borrowed Identity” in the US), directed by Eran Riklis.[3]

In 2015, she landed her break-through role as Dr. Shirin El Abed in the Israeli political thriller television series Fauda. She plays a Palestinian doctor working in the West Bank, who becomes romantically involved with an Israeli special forces officer working undercover as an Arab.[1] In a 2017 interview for Arte, Eïdo stated that the series "opens the door for both Israelis and Palestinians in regards to what's going on with their neighbors".[4] She was met with criticism from some of her fellow Lebanese for participating in Fauda which is an Israeli production.[3] Eïdo hesitated when considering to take on the role, but finally agreed when the producers made it clear to her that the show would portray both sides in a fair and balanced way.[5]

In 2016, in Holy Air she took on the role of a Christian Arab from Nazareth who teaches sex education.[2][6]


  • Best Actress - Views of the world Film Fest Montreal (Fadhma n'Soumer feat), 2016
  • Best Actress - Sotigui Awards - FESPACO (Fadhma n'Soumer, 2016


Year Title Role Notes
2008 E Mille Lila (short)
2008 Doom-Doom Copine boite 1 (TV Series)
2008 Paname Follie's L'espagnole
2009 La marche des crabes Sarah (short)
2010 Hero Corp Eshana
2011 The Destiny of Rome Cleopatra (TV Series)
2011 L'histoire d'une mère La mére
2011 Suerte
2012 Mollement, un samedi matin Myassa
2012 Strike Back Markunda (TV Series)
2012 Article 23 Nès, la maîtresse du Président de la Banque
2014 Dancing Arabs Fahima
2014 Fadhma N'Soumer Fadhma N'Soumer
2015 Land of Nothing Aria
2015 Ella Ella (short)
2016 The12Project Born
2017 YES I DO (TV Series)
2017 Holy Air Lamia
2017 Tel Aviv on Fire Maisa
2015-2017 Fauda Dr. Shirin El Abed (TV Series)
2018 Vole comme un papillon
2018 Orgasme et Violons ELLE (short)


  1. ^ a b c d e Berrin, Danielle (15 November 2017). "Q&A with Laëtitia Eïdo: Actress Wants Her Work to Be a 'Link Between People'". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Lesme, Anthony (3 January 2018). "Laëtitia Eïdo, actrice à la lisière de plusieurs mondes et bâtisseuse de paix" (in French). TV5Monde. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b Shavit, Avner (19 March 2015). "Let it Laëtitia: Interview with Laëtitia Eïdo about "Dancing Arabs", "Fauda" and Peace" (in Hebrew). Walla!. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  4. ^ ""Fauda", une série TV entre deux mondes" (in French). Arte. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  5. ^ Edot, Galit (29 April 2015). "Why Did Laëtitia Eïdo Hesitate to Play an Arab Who Has an Affair with a Jew?". Maariv (in Hebrew). Retrieved 9 January 2018.
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