Amr Waked is an Egyptian actor who has become a crossover star in Hollywood. Politically active with over 7 million Twitter followers, Waked was involved in the street protests that eventually toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and was also active in the 2013 protests that led to the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. In 2019 an Egyptian military court sentenced him, in absentia, to 8 years in prison for “publishing fake news and insulting state institutions”. Since late 2021 Waked has been producing and presenting an award-winning documentary series on Al-Jazeera called “Decoded” ( Dahaleez in Arabic) which has racked up millions of views on YouTube. He currently lives in Spain.
Source of Influence: Arts & Culture
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