Nadia Lutfi

Nadia Lutfi or Nadia Loutfi (Arabic: نادية لطفي‎; born Poula Mohamed Mostafa Shafiq (Arabic: بولا محمد مصطفى شفيق‎); 3 January 1937 – 4 February 2020) was an Egyptian actress.[1] During her prime, she was one of the most popular actresses of the Egyptian cinema's golden age.

Nadia Lutfi
نادية لطفي
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Poula Mohamed Mostafa Shafiq
بولا محمد مصطفى شفيق

(1937-01-03)3 January 1937
Died4 February 2020(2020-02-04) (aged 83)
Cairo, Egypt
Other namesNadia Loutfi
Years active1958–1993
Spouse(s)Ibrahim Sadek
Mohamed Sabry
Adel El Beshary
ChildrenAhmed Adel El Bashary

Life and careerEdit

Born in Cairo as Poula Mohamed Mostafa Shafiq to an Egyptian father and a Polish mother[2], Lutfi was raised Muslim.[3][4] Nadia began acting as a hobby; when she was 10 years old she participated in a play at her school and did very well. When the 24-year-old was about to make her screen debut in 1958, Omar Sharif was the reigning king of Egyptian cinema, and his wife, Egyptian superstar Faten Hamama, its queen. The star couple had just had a smash hit with the film La Anam with Hamama as "Nadia Lotfy", a willful teen who destroys her father's marriage. Poula adopted the forename and a variation of the surname of the character as her own.[citation needed]

With her fresh new name, the young actress was spotted by director Ramsis Naguib and she took her first role in a modest, black & white drama, Soultan in 1958.[5] Her second picture was a smaller role in one of the film landmarks of its time, Cairo Station. In 1963, she played a Frankish woman warrior of the Crusade era, donning full armor to go into battle against her Christian-Arab lover, in Naser Salah el Dine (occasionally shown on television in the United States as Saladin and the Great Crusades). In Lil-Rigal Faqat (1964), Lutfi and co-star Soad Hosny played women geologists who, denied employment, respond by disguising themselves as men and going to work, where they find they must suppress their romantic instincts to sustain the disguise.[6]

In the mid-1960s, she starred in two films that were based on stories by Nobel-winning author Naguib Mahfouz, just a few years following the publication of his widely banned novel of Moses, Jesus and Mohammed, Children of Gebelawi. Lutfi finished the decade starring in Abi foq al-Shagara (1969) as a nightclub dancer who beds a much younger man, then discovers that she once knew his father equally well.[6] She starred in several films with Soad Hosny, including Al-Saba' Banat (The Seven Girls).[7][8]

In the 1970s, her career wound down as Egypt's "Golden Age" for films drew to a close. Having made close to 50 films in the first 11 years of her career, she only made three in the decade that followed, and did not work in films since 1981. In 2006, she returned to the spotlight when a video by young Lebanese singer Nourhanne recreated a musical scene from one of her first films, Bain al Qasrayn.[citation needed]

In 2014, the Cairo International Film Festival paid tribute to Nadia Lutfi by using her photo on the Festival's official poster.[5]


On 4 February 2020, Nadia Lutfi died in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt at age 83.[9]


  1. ^ "نادية لطفي". ليالينا.
  2. ^ "Famed Egyptian actress Nadia Lutfi dies at 83". Arab News. February 4, 2020.
  3. ^ بالفيديو.. "نادية لطفي" تكشف سر تسميتها بـ"بولا", وأضافت نادية لطفي، خلال حوارها مع الإعلامي أسامة كمال ببرنامج " مساء dmc " أنها اشتركت مع الفنانة الراحلة سعاد حسني في مقابلة وفد بولندي مما جعل الصحفي الشهير كمال الملاخ يطلق شائعة أنها من أصل بولندي، مؤكدة انها مصرية 100% واسم والدتها "فاطمة" ووالدها يدعى "محمد". وروت الفنانة الكبيرة أنها سميت باسم "بولا" نسبة الى الممرضة الراهبة التي كانت تراعي أمها أثناء ولادتها فحينما علمت أن اسمها "بولا" أصرت أن تسمي ابنتها هذا الاسم وأصبح الاسم الحقيقي للفنانة نادية لطفي.
  4. ^ "نادية لطفى: 'والدتى مصرية واسمها فاطمة وسمتنى'بولا' بسبب راهبة'". بوابة الفجر.
  5. ^ a b "PHOTOS: Nadia Lutfi, an Egyptian beauty - Film - Arts & Culture - Ahram Online". Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  6. ^ a b Nadia Lutfi on IMDb
  7. ^ Soad Hosny filmography, Al-Ahram Weekly Online, 28 June - 4 July 2001, Issue No. 540
  8. ^ "Soad Hosny",; accessed 28 August 2015.
  9. ^ "وفاة الفنانة المصرية الكبيرة نادية لطفي". RT Arabic.

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