So, you know that quiet fire we told you about in June? The one where GQ Middle East’s first ever female cover star – the incomparable Nadine Nassib Njeim – explained how she was on a mission to promote only strong female characters? Well that paid dividends over the weekend, as the Lebanese actress was named Best Arab Actress at the Arab Satellite Awards.
Recognised for her performance in the Ramadan series, Khamse W Nos, she was chosen via a combination of public vote and panel of senior critics – much to the delight of her army of fans.
When Njeim and GQ hooked up in June, the region was into the final week of Ramadan and Khamse W Nos was picking up rave reviews. To the uninitiated, a primetime Ramadan spot is the Arabic televisual equivalent of the World Cup final meets the Super Bowl: a nightly post-iftar timeslot that had actually been dominated by Njeim in recent years thanks to roles in hit shows ranging from Al Hayba and Nos Youm to Samra.
Thanks in part to Njeim’s star power, expectations for Khamse W Nos, which aired on Lebanese channel MTV and co-starred the Syrian actor Kosai Khauli, were achingly high before it launched. Once the dust had settled you could say they had comfortably been blown out of the water. An opinion backed by Njeim’s award on Friday in Cairo.
“I knew the worth of this show before it was even released,” Njeim explained to GQ in June. “But after I saw the positive reception, critically and in terms of numbers, it confirmed to me that this work succeeded because it was close to the heart of the viewers. It focused on society’s problems, on romance, on family issues. It took on a lot of issues, and of course it was just a beautiful story.”
Check out Njeim in her GQ Middle East cover shoot, below...