Sawsan Badr (born Suzan Abu Taleb) is an Egyptian film, stage and television actress who was born in Cairo, Egypt, on September 25, 1957. She graduated from the High Institute of Theatrical Arts in 1979, after discontinuing her studies in the faculty of science. She's appeared in...Read more many theater productions, including "Al Wad Sayyid Al Shaghal." She got her start in film in the British film “Mot Amira” (Death of a Princess) by British director Antony Thomas in 1980. This film made quite a stir at its premiere in Britain, as it infuriated the Saudi Arabian government for its portrayal of the kingdom’s history. Badr was blacklisted from Egyptian and Saudi television, and for this she lost many roles directly following the film. Though it made her very popular, she did try multiple times to leave Egypt, but finally decided on changing her name to Sawsan Badr. She delivered a memorable performance in her second role in the 1980 film “Habibi Da’iman” (Always My Love) directed by Hussein Kamel. She won the best actress award for the play "Al Ard La Tanbit Al Zuhur” and for her role in the television series “Dawlat Fahmy," as well as a number of international awards for her role in “Al Dawair Al Mughlaqa” in 2001. She received the Best Actress Award at the 34th Cairo International Film Festival. Badr was cast to play Nefertiti in Shady Abdel Salaam’s film about Akhnaton, though the great director passed away before finishing the movie.