Yasmine Al Massri stars in "Crossbones" on NBC as Selima El Sharad.

Born and raised in Lebanon, Yasmine Al Massri went abroad to study and got her Diplome Nationale Superieure, from l'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris in 2003.

Yasmine started her dance training in Paris in 2000, joining the company of Thouraya Baghdadi, a choreographer and ex-dancer of the Lebanese dance group, Karacalla. The experience allowed her to learn from great choreographers like Salvador Vargas, Mohamad Haydar, Patricio Martin, Hasan Ghorbieh and Nina Dipla. She then got accepted by l'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris, where she made the experimental dance videos, "In Between" and "Boum ... Tac," that were screened at different art and cinema festivals around the world, including Centre George Pompidou in Paris, Thessaloniki Film Festival in Greece, Née a Beyrouth in Lebanon, Festival La Rochelle, and Côté court Film Festival.

She made her professional acting debut in the Lebanese movie "Caramel," directed by Nadine Labaki and shown to critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. She won Best Actress award at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival for the role. She then appeared in the French short film "Manon sur le bitume," with Elizabeth Marr, and "Ayrouwen," a feature film in Algeria, where she had to learn the language of the Touareg or the Blue men, for director Ibrahim Tsaki. In the same year she played the lead role in a Palestinian movie with director Najwa al Najjar, "Pomegranates and Myrrh," alongside Hiam Abbass. The film opened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and Yasmine went on to win the Youssef Chahine Best Actress Award for her performance at the Rabat International Film Festival.

In 2009 Yasmine attended an extensive training workshop in Musical Theatre with Peter Knopp at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

In 2010 Yasmine starred in Julian Schnabel's critically acclaimed film, "Miral," alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Hiam Abbas, Frieda Pinto and William Dafoe. More recently, Yasmine starred in "The Last Friday," which won the Best Film award at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2011.

She speaks fluent English, French, Arabic and Spanish.




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Birthplace: Lebanon
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Husband: Michael Desante


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