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18 - 20 April 2025

ADNEC Centre Abu Dhabi

Middle East Film & Comic Con


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Find out everything you need to know about May!

Appearance Information


1. May was born in Bahrain to an Egyptian father and Palestinian Mother.

2. May got her real start in her acting career in the UAE when she landed the role in Djinn.

3. Layla is not her only her role in Marvel, she has landed a Voice role in Marvel's Moon GIrl and Devil Dinosaur.

4. May got her B.A. in Theatre Studies from Emerson College in Boston.


May Calamawy is an Egyptian-Palestinian actress and one of the most exciting rising stars in Hollywood. Her breakthrough role came in 2019 as a series regular on Hulu's Peabody-winning and Emmy-nominated comedy series, Ramy. She returns for the show’s highly anticipated third season, which premieres on September 30, 2022.

Ramy tells the story of an American Muslim (portrayed by series creator and star Ramy Youssef) dealing with his faith alongside an array of 20-something topics: love, life, career, and family. May stars as Ramy’s sister, Dena, who struggles to live a life that can at times conflict with the traditions of her family. Her portrayal of Dena has been hailed as an incredibly relatable presence on television and within the industry at large.

This year, May blazed new trails as she joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time with the hit Marvel series, Moon Knight, starring opposite Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke. On the series, she portrays Layla El-Faouly, wife of Isaac's Marc Spector and an archaeologist who by season's end transforms into what Marvel fans instantly recognized as the superhero Scarlet Scarab. The entire first season of Moon Knight is now streaming on Disney+.

Her previous television credits include NatGeo's The Long Road Home, CBS’s Madame Secretary and FBI, and NBC’s The Brave. A native of Bahrain, May studied acting at Emerson College and William Esper. She currently resides in Los Angeles.