Yasmine Al Massri

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Yasmine Al Massri is an international actress, dancer, video artist and human rights advocate. She was born in Beirut, Lebanon to a Palestinian father and an Egyptian mother.[1] She is a French and American citizen. She made her film debut in the 2007 film Caramel. In 2015, Massri starred as Nimah Amin and Raina Amin, identical twins in the ABC thriller series Quantico.

Early life[edit]

She moved to Paris to live and study, and in 2007 graduated from École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and began her career as a dancer at the Souraya Baghdadi dance company.[2]


Massri has made her big screen début in the 2007 critically acclaimed Lebanese LGBT-themed comedy-drama film, Caramel, directed by Nadine Labaki. The film was presented at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival,[3] For Caramel she received the Best Actress Award at the 2007 Abu Dhabi Film Festival,[4] and the same year a Best Actress nomination at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.[5] Following Caramel, she starred in the internationally produced films Al-mor wa al rumman, Al Juma Al Akheira, and Miral.[6][7]

In 2014, Massri made her debut on American television, in a starring role on the NBC drama series, Crossbones opposite John Malkovich.[8] In 2015, she was cast alongside Priyanka Chopra and Aunjanue Ellis in the ABC thriller Quantico as two characters — identical twins Nimah and Raina Amin.[9][10]

In May 2016, Massri became a citizen of the United States.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Caramel Nisrine Nominated — Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress
2008 Al-mor wa al rumman Kamar
2010 Miral Nadia
2011 Al Juma Al Akheira Dalal
2014 Crossbones Selima El Sharad Series regular, 9 episodes
2015–2017 Quantico Nimah & Raina Amin Series regular, 44 episodes
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tara Episode: "Flight Risk"


  1. ^ “Quantico star Yasmine Al-Massri: “I say no to everyone who tries to tell me who I am””. Women in the World. [13-05-2016].
  2. ^ Canal+. "- Films CANALPLUS.FR". Canalplus.fr. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  3. ^ Santiago, Patricia, Abet (27 April 2010): "La cultura es la mejor forma de superar los clichés entre occidente y el mundo árabe". ABC ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  4. ^ http://www.meiff.com/mediafiles/press_686.pdf
  5. ^ "Yasmine Al Massri - NBC.com". NBC. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  6. ^ Simon, Alissa (15 December 2011): "The absurdities and complexities of life in contempo Amman are presented with pleasingly understated humor in The Last Friday", Variety
  7. ^ "Miral". 25 March 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Yasmine Al Massri of Crossbones talks working with John Malkovich and more". HitFix. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  9. ^ "'Believe' Star Boards ABC's 'Quantico'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "ABC Orders Six Drama Pilots To Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Quantico's Yasmine Al Massri Reflects on Her Refugee Past: 'There Is an Inhuman, Selfish, Uneducated Idea of What a Refugee Is'". People.

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