Yasmine Al Massri
Prior to her work on Quantico, Yasmine Al Massri starred opposite John Malkovich in her US acting debut, the TV drama series Crossbones. Her film credits include Julian Schnabel's internationally acclaimed film Miral, alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Freida Pinto and Willem Dafoe, The Last Friday, which received the Best Film Award at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2011, and Pomegranates and Myrrh for director Najwa al Najjar, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Al Massri's first big break as an actress was the award-winning Lebanese film Caramel, written and directed by Nadine Labaki. The film, Arab's most successful to date, was accepted to the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and also earned Al Massri the Best Actress Award with the film's ensemble of actresses at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival.
Al Massri was born in the Middle East and moved to Paris when she was 20. There she graduated from L'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris with a degree in Multimedia and Live Performances. Al Massri's career began in dance, when in 2000 she joined the Thouraya Baghdadi's Dance company in Paris. Inspired by great choreographers, she explored classical and innovative ways of performing Arab repertoire and opened herself to world folklore, Flamenco, Salsa and African dance. Shortly afterward, she created her own personal style of performance and directed herself in numerous performance videos that have been seen in performance arts festivals around the world.
Yasmine is a truly passionate, diverse and multi-talented artist, with a real gift for learning languages. Besides speaking perfect English, French, Arabic and Spanish, she learned how to speak Touareg, a language spoken only by the indigenous people of sub-Saharan Africa, for her role in Ayrouwen.