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Basma at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Basma Ahmed Sayyed Hassan

(1976-12-07) December 7, 1976 (age 45)
OccupationActress, presenter
Years active1997–present
(m. 2012; div. 2019)

Basma Ahmed Sayyed Hassan (Arabic: بسمة أحمد سيد حسن; born December 7, 1976) is an Egyptian actress.

Basma (left), Omar Sharif and Cyrine Abdelnour
Basma (left), Omar Sharif and Cyrine Abdelnour

Early life

Basma's father is a journalist and her mother is a women's rights activist. She is the granddaughter through her mother of the late Youssef Darwish, who was an Egyptian Jew and a communist activist.[1]

Basma studied English literature at the Cairo University.[2]


Basma began her career acting at the university in the film "El Madyna (The City)" where the director Yousry Nasrallah chose her to participate in the film; however, before the movie she tried to be a radio presenter and had already taken an interview in the national radio channel. But before anything, Yousry Nasrallah selected her for the movie "El Madyna (city)".[2] Later on, she acted in the American TV series, Tyrant.[3]

Private life

On 15 February 2012, Basma Hassan married the political activist Amr Hamzawy, who was a Member of Parliament for the Freedom Egypt Party.[1] The couple had a daughter, Nadia, but they separated in 2019.[4]


  • Rasael Al Bahr (Sea Messages), 2010
  • The Traveller, 2009
  • Zay El Naharda (Yesterday is a new day), 2008: May
  • Morgan Ahmed Morgan, 2007: Alyaa
  • Kashf hesab, 2007: Donia
  • Le'bet El hobb (Game Of Love), 2006: Hanan
  • The Night Baghdad Fell, 2005
  • Harim Karim, 2005: Dina
  • Men nazret ain (By a Glimpse of an Eye), 2004: Noody
  • El Na'amah W El tawus (Ostrich And Peacock), 2002: Samira
  • El Nazer, 2000
  • El Madyna (City), 1999: Nadia


  • Best actress award at the Motion Picture Association Festival for her role in "Zay El Naharda" (2009)
  • Best actress award (Egyptian Cinema Awards) for her role in "Morgan Ahmed Morgan" (2008)
  • Best actress award (Egyptian Cinema Awards) for her role in "Game of Love" (2007)
  • Best actress award (Egyptian Cinema Awards) for her role in "The Night Baghdad Fell" (2006).
  • Award of the "Lights of Safi" festival in Safi, Morocco (2006)
  • Best new face and best actress awards in the Arab section of the Alexandria International Film Festival for her role in "Ostrich and Peacock" (2002)[5]


  1. ^ a b Ibrahim, Ekram (16 February 2012), "Love smiles on Egyptian parliamentarian", Ahram Online, retrieved 17 February 2012
  2. ^ a b ""وصفت نفسها بالبطة البلدي وعانت من ديانة جدها ولا تنزعج من جرأتها".. مواقف من حياة بسمة". (in Arabic). 7 December 2019.
  3. ^ "5 Middle Eastern actresses starring in hit American series". 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ "للمرة الأولى... بسمة تتحدث عن كواليس طلاقها". (in Arabic). 30 May 2019. Archived from the original on May 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2014-09-29.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)


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