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FactShe is an Israeli Arab.

Hiam Abbass is a Palestinian actress and director who has appeared in several films and television series. She was born in Safed, Israel, on July 10, 1960, to a Muslim family. Her father was a grocer and her mother was a homemaker. She has four brothers and two sisters. She attended the University of Haifa, where she studied drama and literature.

Abbass made her film debut in the 1996 film “The Lemon Tree”. She has since appeared in numerous films, including “The Visitor”, “Amreeka”, “Omar”, and “The Insult”. She has also appeared in the television series “Homeland” and “In Treatment”.

Abbass has won several awards for her work, including the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in “The Visitor”. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in “Homeland”.

Abbass is married to actor Ali Suliman. They have two children together.

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Full NameHiam Abbass
ProfessionScreenwriter, Photographer, Film producer, Film director, Actor


ChildrenLina Soualem, Mouna Soualem


NominationsEuropean Film Award for Best Actress, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, European Film Audience Award for Best Actress, Golden Orange Youth Jury's Award, Golden Orange International Film Competition Jury Special Award
MoviesExodus: Gods and Kings, Lemon Tree, The Visitor, Miral, The Syrian Bride, The Nativity Story, Paradise Now, Amreeka, The Source, Red Satin, The Sense of Wonder, The Limits of Control, May in the Summer, Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest, Peace After Marriage, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea, Free Zone, Rock...

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1She is an Israeli Arab.
2Has an Israeli and a French passport.




The Red Tent2014TV Mini-SeriesQueen Re-Nefer
Exodus: Gods and Kings2014Bithia
De guerre lasse2014Raïssa
Peace After Marriage2013Amani
Samarkande2013ShortLa Mort
Rock the Casbah2013Aicha
May in the Summer2013Nadine
Les jeux des nuages et de la pluie2013Blanche
Le sac de farine2012Yasmine
Une bouteille2011Intessar
Do Not Forget Me Istanbul2011
La source des femmes2011Fatima
The Promise2011TV Mini-SeriesOld Jawda
I Am Slave2010
Miral2010Hind Husseini
Le temps de la balle2010ShortHana
Histoires de vies2010TV SeriesZineb
Suite parlée2010'Les fourmis'
Chaque jour est une fête2009Hala
The Limits of Control2009The Driver
Human Zoo2009Mina
Mateo Falcone2009La mère
Amreeka2009Raghda Halaby
Blanche2008ShortLa voisine
Al-mor wa al rumman2008Umm Habib
Kandisha2008Mona Bendrissi
Fatoush2008ShortThe woman
L'aube du monde2008Mastour's mother
Un roman policier2008Fati
Etz Limon2008Salma Zidane
La fabrique des sentiments2008Professeur Sterne
Béthune sur Nil2008TV MovieFarah
The Visitor2007/IMouna
Dialogue avec mon jardinier2007La femme du jardinier
The Nativity Story2006Anna
Azur et Asmar2006Jénane (voice)
Petites révélations2006
Munich2005Marie Claude Hamshari
Le démon de midi2005Rim
Free Zone2005Leila
Sur les traces de Mélanie2005ShortMadelaine
Paradise Now2005Said's Mother
Nadia et Sarra2004Nadia
The Syrian Bride2004Amal (as Hiyam Abbass)
Bab el shams2004Um Youness
Noctambules2003ShortFemme seule
Pierre et Farid2003TV MovieLa mère de Farid
Aime ton père2002Salma
Satin rouge2002Lilia
Fais-moi des vacances2002La mère de Lucien et José
L'ange de goudron2001Naïma Kasmi
Le mariage en papier2001ShortTata Rabiaa
Le pain2001Short
Ligne 2082001Khaled's mother (as Hiam Abbas)
Ali, Rabiaa et les autres2000Rabiaa
Mix-cité2000TV Movie
Histoire naturelle1998Short
Venise est une femme1998TV MovieAïcha's Mother
Vivre au paradis1998
Le juste1997TV Series
Haïfa1996Oum Said (as Hiyam Abbass)
When the Cat's Away1996Une femme dans la cour (as Hiam Soualem)
3000 scénarios contre un virus1994TV SeriesUne cliente
Antoine Rives, juge du terrorisme1993TV SeriesJacqueline Tabet
La nuit miraculeuse1989TV Movie
Blade Runner 20492017filming
À mon âge je me cache encore pour fumer2016
Corps étranger2016Samia
Le goût des merveilles2015Dr. Mélanie Ferenza
Libérable2015ShortMme Karadjan
Nothing Escapes My Eyes2014ShortWomen


Jerusalem, I Love Youannounced
Le Donne della Vucciria2013Short
La danse éternelle2004Short
Le pain2001Short


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly2007acting coach
The Nativity Story2006acting coach
Quelques jours en septembre2006language coach
Babel2006/Iacting coach: Morocco
Munich2005consultant and dialog coach


Le Donne della Vucciria2013Short
Inheritance2012/Iwritten by
La danse éternelle2004Short

Casting Department

Azur et Asmar2006casting: France


Le pain2001Short producer


Munich2005"Black Magic Woman"


Sous les jupes des filles2014thanks


Keepers of the Covenant: Making Exodus - Gods and Kings2015Video documentaryHerself
Blood Relation2009DocumentaryPnina's Voice (voice)
Cinema 32009TV SeriesHerself
Erika Rabau: Puck of Berlin2008DocumentaryHerself
Ein Marienoratorium für die Kathedrale von Chartres2007TV Movie documentary
HBO First Look2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Munich: The International Cast2006Video shortHerself
Faites de beaux rêves2006TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2011Invisible Woman AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsMiral (2010)
2009FICE AwardFICE - Federazione Italiana Cinema d'EssaiBest Actress (Migliore Attrice)The Visitor (2007)
2008Asia Pacific Screen AwardAsia Pacific Screen AwardsBest Performance by an ActressEtz Limon (2008)
2008Award of the Israeli Film AcademyAwards of the Israeli Film AcademyBest ActressEtz Limon (2008)
2008Asian and Arab Competition AwardCinefan - Festival of Asian and Arab CinemaBest ActressEtz Limon (2008)
2003Prix des Enfants de la LicorneAmiens International Film FestivalLa danse éternelle (2004)

Nominated Awards

2012International Jury AwardSão Paulo International Film FestivalBest Feature FilmInheritance (2012)
2009Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Visitor (2007)
2009ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Visitor (2007)
2008European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean ActressEtz Limon (2008)
2008Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceThe Visitor (2007)
2005Award of the Israeli Film AcademyAwards of the Israeli Film AcademyBest Supporting ActressFree Zone (2005)
2005Audience AwardEuropean Film AwardsBest European ActressThe Syrian Bride (2004)
2004Award of the Israeli Film AcademyAwards of the Israeli Film AcademyBest ActressThe Syrian Bride (2004)
2001Golden BayardNamur International Festival of French-Speaking FilmBest Short FilmLe pain (2001)
2001Prize of the City of TorinoTorino Film FestivalBest Short FilmLe pain (2001)

2nd Place Awards

2008BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Ensemble CastThe Visitor (2007)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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