Basma was born in Cairo. Her father worked as a journalist while her mother (was a women’s rights advocate). Basma’s acting career began in college where she acted in the movie “Al Madina” directed by Yousry Nasr Allah. Prior to performing in “Al Madina”, Basma had tried to enter the world of acting through applying for the state radio and television service. She applied for the position and took the required examinations. However, she was selected by Yousry for the leading role in “Al Madina” before she had completed the application process. Following her graduation from the English division of the Faculty of Literature at Cairo University, Basma worked as an announcer for the Nile Variety channel between 1998 and 2000. (Towards the end of that period) she was contacted by the office of the director Sherif Arafah who had seen her in “Al Madina”. Two weeks after meeting with the director, Basma was offered a role in the movie “Al Nazir,” where she would perform alongside Alaa Waly Al Din, an actor who has passed away since then. Following her performance in “Al Naama wa Al Tawous”, Basma returned to her old job as announcer, only this time she would announce for Dream channel. She held this position from 2001 to 2002. Thereafter, she would assume a leading role in the television series “Rimal” which was broadcast on MBC. Subsequently her acting career took off after having left her old occupation as television presenter behind.