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Mena Massoud

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Mena Massoud
مینا مسعود
Massoud in 2019
Born
Mena Mansour Massoud

(1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 32)[1]
Cairo, Egypt
Nationality
  • Egyptian
  • Canadian
OccupationActor
Years active2011–present

Mena Massoud (Arabic: مينا مسعود; born 17 September 1991) is an Egyptian-Canadian actor. He is known for starring as Aladdin in the Disney fantasy movie Aladdin (2019).

He also starred as Jared Malik in the Canadian drama series Open Heart (2015), Tarek Kassar in the Amazon Prime series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018), and as Ethan Hart in the Hulu series Reprisal (2019), and Prince Thomas in the Netflix original film The Royal Treatment (2022).

Early Life[change | change source]

Mena Mansour Massoud was born on September 17, 1991 in Cairo to Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christian parents Gorgit and Mansour Massoud. He has two elder sisters, Marian and Margaret. He and his family moved to Canada when he was three years old. When asked why his family left Egypt, Massoud stated, "I was born there. We immigrated when I was 3 1/2 years old, to Toronto. But I'm still very, very close to my culture and – back home in Egypt. We're Coptic Christian and my parents just felt like things were getting a little too dangerous when I was growing up in Egypt. They wanted to create a better life for their family so they decided to emigrate to Canada." Massoud grew up in Markham, Ontario, where he attended St. Brother André Catholic High School. He later attended the University of Toronto with a major in neuroscience, wanting to become a doctor or psychologist. He did not finish this degree, and instead auditioned for theatre schools. Massoud eventually transferred to Ryerson University for their theatre performance program, which he graduated from in 2014.

References[change | change source]

  1. "7 Things You Need to Know About Aladdin's Mena Massoud". E!. July 15, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017.

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