Manal Awad (born September 29, 1976) is a Palestinian actress who was born and raised in Beit Jala a small town in the West Bank. She has studied acting at the Institution Superiour D’Art Dramatiuqe, Tunisia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theater Directing from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.
Since her graduation she had worked in many projects in theatre, television and cinema. Her presence in the Palestinian cinema industry is thriving; her last film was Salon Huda, with the Palestinian director Hani Abu Assad which will be released in 2021, beside her role in Gaza Mon Amour by Arab & Tarazan Nasser which is recently screening in many film festivals around the world and gaining many awards. In addition to Dégradé by Arab and Tarzan Nasser which won many awards in cinema festivals, The Idol by Hani Abu Assad, The Worthy by Ali Mustafa , Pomegranates and Myrrh by Najwa Najjar and many other short movies.
The work that brought her into the limelight is the satirical TV comedy show Watan A Watar, which won many awards. Worth mentioning that she is one of the creators of the show by acting and writing in it. The show was broadcasted on TV for 10 years.
In theatre Manal has acted in many theatre plays, participated in many theatre festivals all around the world.
She directed the play “603” in collaboration with The Royal Court Theatre in London, in addition to her participation in many projects at the Royal court Theatre.
Manal is mostly famous as a comedian, where she performed many comedy shows and Stand up comedy shows in the Middle East region. Her last Stand Up comedy show called All Inclusive, where she performed in many places and had a tour in Canada.