El-Masry recently won the Best Actor award at the BAFTA Scotland.
UK publication The Guardian has hailed British-Egyptian actor Amir El-Masry as one of the best actors of 2021 for his role in the 2020 film Limbo.
The film was listed among the best films of the year not only on The Guardian, but also in The Playlist, which described the feature-length film as “equal parts fish out of water and scathing political commentary.” El-Masry was praised for his stoic sense of otherness, which has been described as core to the emotional makeup of the film.
Directed by British filmmaker Ben Sharrock, the movie features El-Masry as a Syrian asylum-seeker who finds himself living on a small Scottish island.
Limbo tells the story of Omar, who is a promising young musician. Separated from his Syrian family, he is stuck on a remote Scottish island awaiting the fate of his asylum request.
El-Masry was born in Cairo and raised in London where he completed his studies and graduated from LAMDA Academy to begin his artistic career with works such as Rosewater (2014).