Layal is an Arab-American actress, producer, humanitarian and journalist. Born in Washington D.C. in 1992 grew up between Dubai, and D.C., she currently resides between New York City and Dubai.
Layal began doing commercials at a young age. At 12 years old, she went to her first audition and won her first TV commercial gig with Disney Channel MENA, alongside her twin sister, Lana Hamdeh.
Growing up, Layal attended various schools but graduated high school from Universal American School, where she studied Drama higher level in the IB Diploma curriculum.
After receiving her B.A. in Media Communication from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, she was recruited by CBS TV Network to work in production at their headquarters in New York City.
While there, she took advanced acting classes at the T. Schreiber Studio and graduate film acting courses at New York University’s renowned Tisch School of the Arts. In 2020, she debuted her first student short film “Small Town Girls”, in which she co-wrote, directed, and starred in.
Layal’s mission as a storyteller is to create and star in films that advance the Arab world cinema scene. Furthermore, As an Arab-American, Layal’s vision is to bridge the gap between the East and West by giving the Middle-East a positive representation in Western popular media, and to ultimately co-produce films in the Middle East region and in Hollywood.
While she is typically casted and “branded” as the valley girl or characters relating to the femininity tropes, she is particularly interested in lead roles of complex characters that inspire audiences.
Layal Hamdeh’s IMDB page: http://imdb.me/layalhamdeh