SAUDI ACTRESS AHD KAMAL TO MAKE DEBUT IN NEW BBC THRILLER SERIES

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Collateral was written by David Hare an Oscar-winning playwright and is being produced by the BBC and Netflix. The beautiful actress will play the role of Fatima, a Muslim woman living in London. The thriller series will take place in the British capital over four days and follow the dramatic investigation of a police detective (Mulligan) trying to solve the killing of a pizza delivery man.

British actress July Namir, who is of Egyptian and Turkish descent will also have a role in the series. “Not in my wildest dreams did I think I would share a screen with her [Carey Mulligan] and now it's happening!” Kamal told the Huffington Post about her new role. Also starring in the series is John Simm (State of Play, Life on Mars) Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful), and Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax, Spooks).

Saudi actress Ahd Kamal grew up in the Saudi city of Jeddah and moved to the United States to attend university. There she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation and Communication from the Parsons School of Design in New York.

She became the first person from Saudi Arabia to graduate with a directing degree from an American university when went on to study directing at the New York Film Academy. Kamal also studied acting at the William Esper Studio and has gone on to animate, direct and act in various films.

Her directorial debut, The Shoemaker, won the special jury mention at the Arab Film Festival of Oran, Algeria. It was furthermore named best short film at the Beirut International Film Festival.
She is best known for her role as Hessa in one of Saudi Arabia's most critically acclaimed films and the first to be submitted to the Oscars – Wadjda.
At the Berlin Film Festival, Sanctity – Kamal's second film, was the first Saudi Arabian submission to be screened. She won the Best Actress Category at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2006 for her acting debut in Razan.

Her new series Collateral will be screened in the United Kingdom on BBC Two.