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Hanan Turk (Arabic: حنان ترك; also spelt Hanan Tork; born March 7, 1975) is a retired Egyptian actress and ballerina. She was born as Hanan Hassan Muhammad Abd El Karim (Arabic: حنان حسن محمد عبد الكريم), and is sometimes credited as Hanane Turk. She is a sister to two brothers: Hussein and Hossam. Her father owned his own factory for clothes (Al Tourki for Dresses).
Hanan Hassan Mohamed Abd El Karim
March 7, 1975
Mahmoud Malek (m. 2012)
In addition to her work in the arts, Hanan also serves as a worldwide ambassador for the international charity Islamic Relief. She started her career as a ballerina and completed her studies at the Cairo Ballet Institute in 1993. She then became a member of the Cairo Ballet Group and soon after moved to the Classical Ballet Group.
She began her acting career when the famous director, Khairy Beshara saw her, and offered her the chance to act alongside Nadia Al-Gindi in the 1991 movie "Raghba Motawahesha". After that the young ballerina was thirsty for more and received her next role in the television series "Be’r Saba’" with the director Nour El-Demerdash. Among other TV roles were parts in Al Sabr Fel Malahat, Al Mal We Al Banoun and Lan A'esh Fe Gelbab Aby. In 1993, she was offered another role on the silver screen: "Dehk We Le’b We Gad We Hob". Her big chance came when she was chosen by the famous director Youssef Chahine to play a part in Al Mohager in 1994.
In 1997 she acted alongside the singer Mohamed Fouad in Ismailia Rayeh Gai. In the same year she also had the opportunity to work with Chahine once again by starring in his movie Al Maseer. Then in 1999, she had leading roles in Al Akhar and Fata Min Israel. Then yet another cooperation between the young star and the famous director in the box office hit Al Assefa. In the year 2000, the now famous actress appeared in the Ramadan serial Opera Aida. She then saw more success in the following year, with a role alongside the famous actress Samira Ahmed in "Amira Men Abdeen". She also played the leading female role in the comedy movie Ga'na Al Bayan Al Taly, opposite Mohamed Henedi. In 2001 Hanan played a role in the comedy movie Gawaz Be Karar Gomhourey. Then came her large hits Harameya Fi KG2 in 2002 and Haramiyyah fi Tayland in 2003. In 2 In 2007, she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards of Kas w lask film.
In 2005 the film "Dunia" by Lebanese director Jocelyne Saab was released, in which Hanan played the leading role. The movie centers around the title character Dunia, a belly dancer and poet. When the film aired at the 2005 Cairo International Film Festival, it left the audience split between those who supported the film’s call for intellectual freedom and its stance against female circumcision, and those who disapproved of the title character’s desire to physically express herself through dance. It was also controversial that so many scenes were filmed in Cairo’s slums, which could be seen to tarnish Egypt's international image. The film was especially controversial in Egypt for taking up the tradition of female circumcision, among other reasons; it received a good deal of attention in Europe.
In 2006, Hanan she chose to begin wearing the Islamic head scarf, and has been very vocal about this decision. By doing so, Touk has joined a group of actresses who also made the decision, such as Hala Shiha and Abla Kamel. Despite wearing the hijab, she has continued acting,In August 2012 she decided to stop acting and focus on her family. albeit with different roles.
Hanan Turk is a devout conservative Muslim. She was married previously to businessmen Khaled Khatab, they divorced in 2007. Turk has stated that one of the main factors that led to her divorce was her husband's displeasure at her choosing to wear the hijab and was not happy with her "change in behavior", after she became religious. In 2012, she got remarried to Mahmoud Malek the brother of Muslim Brotherhood activist leader Hassan Malik. It was reported that despite her retirement, due to her past background of being an entertainer, Malek's family were against their union. Turk has three children from her first marriage and two from her second. Her husband owns a men's fashion boutique in Cairo.
|Movie||Year||Role / Movie's Poster|
|Dehk We Leab We Gad We Hob||1993|
|Sareq Al Farah||1994|
|Al Assifa'' (The Storm)||2000|
|Harameya Fi KG 2||2001||Reem|
|Etfarag Ya Salam||2001|
|El Hob El Awel (The First Love)||2001||Wafaa|
|Gana El Bian El Taly||2002||Eeffat El Sherbeiny|
|Dail El Samakah||2003||Nour|
|Haramiyyah Fi Thailand (Thieves in Thailand)||2003||Hanan|
|Hob Al Banat'' (Girls' Love)||2004||Ghada|
|Ahla Al Awqat'' (The Best Times)||2004||Salma|
|Kiss Me Not on the Eyes||2005||Dunia|
|"Kalam Fel Hob" (Words about Love)||2006||Salma|
|"El Haya Montaha El Lazza" (Life is so Sweet)||2006||Hanan|
|"Ass Wa Lazq" (Cut and Paste)||2007||Gamila|
|Ahlam Haqiqeya (Real Dreams)||2007||Mariam|
|Al Maslaha (The Deal)||2012||Hanan|
|El mal welbanon||1993–1995||soraya|
|El sabr fi el malahat||1995|
|El zeny brakat||1995|
|Nesf rabe3 el akhar||1996||omaima|
|Lan a3esh fi gelbab abi||1996||Nazera|
|samhony ma kansh asdy||2000||warda|
|Awlad el shaware3||2006||zeinab|
|Hanem bent basha||2009||hanem|
|El Ota elamia||2010||fatma|
|Nona el ma2zona||2011||nona|
- Hanan Turkto take part in opening Saudi Gulf Luxury Trade Fair in London|Saudi Gulf Luxury Trade Fair Archived 2008-10-13 at the Wayback Machine