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LAILA ALJ by Aslam Husain
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32 Carlyle Court, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0UQ
Phone: 07817 133349
76 Park Avenue North, London NW10 1JY
Phone: 020-8450 4451
33 Tottenham Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4RR
Phone: 020 7437 3202
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Casablanca-Settat, Morocco
Marrakesh, Marrakesh-Safi, Morocco
Height:5'7" (170cm)
Weight:8st. 13lb. (57kg)
Playing Age:27 - 35 years
Appearance:Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Mixed Race
Nationality:French, Moroccan
Eye Colour:Brown
Hair Colour:Light/Mid Brown
Hair Length:Mid Length

Currently appearing:

"Girls of Riyadh" is on all week on BBC Radio 4 at 10:45 & 19:45.

Television Stage Film Radio Audio Rehearsed Reading Further Credits
2020, Television, Orzala Fayez, Homeland, Showtime/Fox 21 Television Studios, Lesli Linka Glatter
2018, Television, Evelyne Rigaud, Ransom, CBS, Eleanore Lindo
2017, Television, Hadia Maher (Guest Lead), Casualty, BBC, Steve Brett
2016, Television, Receptionist, Birds of a Feather, ITV, Martin Dennis
2015, Television, Laure, Boomers, BBC One, Adam Miller
2013, Television, Nabila, Citizen Khan, BBC One, Ben Gosling Fuller
2012, Television, The Cousin, Skyzo?!, Corner Films/Medi1 TV, Said Naciri/Ilidio Delgado
2019, Stage, Ensemble, Trouf/Scenes from *71 Years, Chris White/Ghazi Zaghbani
2018, Stage, Yvette, A Night in Provence, The Mill at Sonning, Keith Myers
2017, Stage, Writer/Performer, I Am Here, Theatre Absolute, Chris O'Connell
2017, Stage, Mina Ibrahim, Redpilled, Arcola Theatre, Abigail Pickard Price
2017, Stage, Shelley, Haze, The Pensive Federation, Neil J. Byden
2016, Stage, Leilah, Breathe, Theatre Absolute, Chris O'Connell
2015, Stage, Marianne, French Without Tears, Orange Tree Theatre, Paul Miller
2014, Stage, Jamila/Anisa, Waiting for Summer, Swivel Theatre/Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, Diyan Zora
2014, Stage, Chorus, Unto the Breach, Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre, Ahmed Masoud
2014, Stage, Jamila/Anisa, Waiting for Summer, ETCETERA & OLD RED LION THEATRE, Swivel Theatre Company, Diyan Zora
2013, Stage, Layla, 66 Minutes in Damascus, TUSB Theatre Festival (Sao Paolo, Brazil), Lucien Bourjeily
2012, Stage, Layla Ahmed, Ignorance/Jahiliyyah, Hampstead Theatre, Nathan Curry
2012, Stage, Layla, 66 Minutes in Damascus, LIFT Theatre Festival/Shoreditch Town Hall, Lucien Bourjeily
2010, Stage, Annie Markowitz, Anchor Women, The Cell Theatre (New York City), Jeremy Bloom
2009, Stage, Jessica, The Great Recession, The Flea Theatre (New York City), Jim Simpson
2008, Stage, Ensemble, Esperanza Rising, Goodman Theatre (Chicago), Henry Godinez
2008, Stage, Tribe, HAIR, Northwestern University, Bryce Norbitz
2019, Stage, Shakespeare Workshop, Tim Hardy, Alison Skilbeck
2019, Feature Film, Vendor, Last Christmas, Universal Pictures, Paul Feig
2015, Feature Film, Sonographer, The Ones Below, Tigerlily Films/BBC Films, David Farr
2020, Radio, Sadeem, Girls of Riyadh, BBC Radio 4, Emma Harding
2019, Radio, Myriam, Lullaby, BBC Radio 4 / Afonica, Nicolas Jackson
2019, Audio, Elodie Leroux, The Vault, Audible, Emma Hearn
2019, Audio, Yazidi Mother, Our World, BBC
Rehearsed Reading
2019, Rehearsed Reading, Alia, You Bury Me, Gate Theatre/Manara Theatre/Shubbak, Sophie Moniram
2019, Rehearsed Reading, Young Woman, Chronicles of a City We Never Knew, Gate Theatre/Manara Theatre/Shubbak, Diyan Zora
2019, Rehearsed Reading, Maryam, Noura, Global Voices Theatre, Layla Madani
2018, Rehearsed Reading, Erica, Magnanimous Despair, Jonathan Chadwick
2018, Rehearsed Reading, Hana, Niqabi Ninja, AWAN (Arab Women Arts Now Festival), Kate al Hadid
2018, Rehearsed Reading, Hana, Jump, AWAN (Arab Women Arts Now Festival), Kate al Hadid
2017, Rehearsed Reading, Cecile, Quay West, Changing Face, Lucy Curtis
2014, Rehearsed Reading, Karrie, Mrs. Assad and Me, Tristan Bates Theatre, David Mercatali
2014, Rehearsed Reading, Maha, Bitterenders, Sandpit Arts/Mosaic Rooms, Chris White
2014, Rehearsed Reading, Wahid/Sister, The Cost of Eggs, Sandpit Arts/Mosaic Rooms, Tarek Iskander
2014, Rehearsed Reading, Various Roles, Scenes from 66* Years, Arcola Theatre, Chris White
2013, Rehearsed Reading, Marjorie, Asylum Monologues, Ice & Fire, Christine Bacon
2012, Rehearsed Reading, Muna, Afghan Monologues, Ice & Fire, Christine Bacon
Further Credits
2020, Workshop, Yasmin, Burkas and Bacon Butties, RSC, Sepy Baghaei
2020, Voice Over, Voice Over, Gerard Darel SS20 Campaign, Rosco Productions
2020, Voice Over, Voice Over, Sunsilk Hair, Adam & Eve DDB
2020, Short Film, Amena, Al Sarab, NFTS, Riffy Ahmed
2019, Workshop, Shakespeare Workshop, Tim Hardy, Alison Skilbeck
2018, Voice Over, Dhanielle, The Autonomous World: 2050, Here Technologies
2018, Site Specific, Performer, Gendering Memories of Iraq, V&A, Hayv Kahraman
2017, Workshop, Various Roles, Pirates of Sale, National Theatre Studio, Justin Martin
2017, Workshop, Refugee, Light is on a timer, Royal Shakespeare Company, Julia Locascio
2017, Corporate, Fatima, The Accident, AKT Productions, Armen Gregory
2017, Voice Over, Yasmine (French VO), Leviathan, Episode 2, Shezad Dawood
2016, Voice Over, Jordan Animations, Narrartive
2016, Voice Over, Rebel Education, Al Jazeera
2015, Short Film, Mrs. Hassani, The Chop, Cotton Reel Entertainment, Lewis Rose
2015, Workshop, Jericho, Octagon, Nadia Latif
2014, Workshop, Lubna, Fireworks (Al'ab Nariya), Royal Court Theatre, Richard Twyman
2014, Workshop, Karrie, Mrs. Assad and Me, Orange Tree Theatre, David Mercatali
2011, Short Film, Author, The Square, Duncan Pickstock
2009, Short Film, Natalie, Developer, Studio 22, Erica M. Hart


Accents & Dialects:
(* = native)
Algerian, American-California, American-Midwest, American-New York, American-North East, American-Standard*, Arab*, East European, French*, Israeli, Latin American, Mid-Atlantic, Middle Eastern*, Moroccan*, RP
(* = Native/Fluent)
Arabic*, English*, French*, Moroccan*
Music & Dance:
(* = highly skilled)
Alto, Choral Singing, Jazz Singing, Jive, Schottische Dance, Tango
Performance:Mask, Stand-up Comic, Theatre In Education, Verbatim Theatre, Voice Acting, Voice Over
(* = highly skilled)
Stage Combat, Swimming
Other Skills:Computer Literate, Devising, Improvisation, Painting, Writer


Central School of Speech & Drama, MA Acting for Screen, 1 year, 2010 - 2011

Northwestern University, BA Theatre, 2005-2009 (Chicago, Illinois)

Improvisation:The Free Association- Levels 1, 2, 3 (London), One Group Mind Long Form Improvisation (Chicago)

BADA Shakespeare Summer Intensive

YAT Method: Levels 1& 2