Yasmine Al Massri

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Yasmine Al Massri
Born (1978-11-21) November 21, 1978 (age 39)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000-present
Spouse(s) Michael Desante
Children Liam Desante (b. 2012)

Yasmine Al Massri (Arabic: ياسمين المصري‎) (born November 21, 1978) is a Lebanese-born French actress. She made her film début 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]

Al Massri was born in Lebanon to a Palestinian father and an Egyptian mother. 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.[1]


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,[2] For Caramel she received the Best Actress Award at the 2007 Abu Dhabi Film Festival,[3] and the same year a Best Actress nomination at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.[4] Following Caramel, she starred in the internationally produced films Al-mor wa al rumman, Al Juma Al Akheira, and Miral.[5][6]

In 2014, Massri made her début on American television, in a starring role on the short-lived NBC drama series, Crossbones opposite John Malkovich.[7] 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.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Massri lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, Michael Desante, and their son, Liam.[citation needed]

In May 2016, Massri became a citizen of the United States.[10]


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"


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