Mena Massoud

Mena Massoud (Coptic: Ⲙⲏⲛⲁ Ⲙⲁⲥⲥⲟⲇ, Egyptian Arabic: مينا مسعود‎; born September 17, 1991[1][2]) is a Canadian actor. In July 2017, he was cast to play Aladdin in Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin.[3][4][5] He has also worked in television; his roles include Jared Malik in the 2015 series Open Heart and Tarek Kassar in the forthcoming series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan.[6]

Mena Massoud
Born September 17, 1991 (age 26)[1][2]
Cairo, Egypt
  • Toronto
  • Los Angeles
Alma mater Ryerson University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2011–present
Home town Markham, Ontario, Canada[1]

Early life and education

Massoud was born in Cairo, Egypt, to a Coptic Christian family, and raised in Canada; he grew up in Markham, Ontario.[1] One of his first roles was as Peter Pan in an elementary school production of Peter Pan at St. Patrick's Catholic Elementary School. He first enrolled at the University of Toronto to study neuroscience, but dropped out after a year to pursue Theatre and Acting at Ryerson University.



Year Title Role Notes
2011 What Happens Next Jad Short film
2014 Americanistan Mohammed Ali
2015 Let's Rap John
2017 Ordinary Days Ollie Santos
Masters in Crime Majid Short film
Final Exam Zaid
2018 Strange but True Chaz Post-production
2019 Aladdin Aladdin Post-production
Run This Town[7] Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Nikita Al Qaeda #2 1 episode
2011 Poser Bretten Thomason 6 episodes
2011 Combat Hospital Salman Zawab 1 episode
2011 The 99 Hafiz the Preserver / Dave / Saad 25 episodes
2012 Cut to the Chase Jason
2012 King Malik Atassi 1 episode
2015 Open Heart Jared Malik Recurring
2017 Saving Hope Justin Srinivasan 1 episode
2017 Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Tarek Kassar TV series

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Watch Dogs 2 Various voices Video game


  1. ^ a b c d e Swertlow, Meg (July 15, 2017). "7 Things You Need to Know About Aladdin's Mena Massoud". E!. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Celebrating excellence in our schools". The Catholic Register.
  3. ^ "Live-Action Aladdin Cast Revealed at the D23 Expo". 15 July 2017.
  4. ^ "'Aladdin': Disney Remake Finds Its Leads".
  5. ^ "'Aladdin': Disney Announces Live-Action Cast Including Will Smith As Genie". Access Hollywood.
  6. ^ "Mena Massoud Cast as Aladdin in Disney's Live-Action Reboot".
  7. ^

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