Ahmed Helmy

Ahmed Mohamed Helmi Awad is an Egyptian comedian and drama actor. He is married to the Egyptian actress Mona Zaki. Ahmed was born in Banha, Egypt. He graduated from the Higher institute of Dramatic Arts Egypt, decoration department. Helmi is notable for his fast-thinking and witty and smart comedy. Helmi made his first big screen appearance in the film Aboud Ala El Hodoud (Aboud at the Frontier), in which he co-starred alongside Alaa Waley El Din. He quickly made a jump to starring roles in films such as Omar 2000, El Nazer (The Headmaster), El Selem We Al Tho'ban (Snakes And Ladders). Ahmed first started his career, when director Sherif Arafa was watching the children programme Leib Eyal (Kids' Play) on the Egyptian Satellite Broadcast[citation needed], Sherif found in Ahmed the comedian actor he needed for the starring role in Aboud Ala El Hedoud. He is a 1993 graduate of the Academy of Arts, High Institute for Theatre Art. He believes that the most sophisticated role he had done so far was in the film Omar 2000, especially the scene in which he had to bury a dear friend. Ahmed's idol is his father, he finds in him the idealism, kindness and wisdom. Ahmed also admires Ahmad Zaki for his enormous acting talent. As for the comedy, he adores Adel Emam and Samir Ghanem. Ahmed finds the trend of the cinema today, now known as the "Youth Cinema", can be judged only through audiences. 'After three or four days of screening a film, audiences would know and judge the film to be a success or no, it is a matter of supply and demand, commerce, film is a commodity which applies to the terms of supply and demand, In 2007, he topped the Egyptian comedian market in number of audience and revenue mostly due to the great success of his movie Keda Reda.