The Canadian actor Mena Mansour Massoud, who was born on September 17, 1991, is best known for playing the lead role in the Disney fairytale movie
(2019). Along with playing Jared Malik in the Canadian drama series Open Heart (2015), Tarek Kassar in the Amazon Prime series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018), Ethan Hart in the Hulu series Reprisal (2019), and Prince Thomas in the Netflix original movie The Royal Treatment, he also played a variety of other roles (2022). Gorgit and Mansour Massoud, Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians, were Massoud's parents when he was born in Cairo. Marian and Margaret, his two older sisters, both work in the medical industry.
When he was three years old, he and his family moved to Canada. Massoud was the leader of the improv team at St. Brother André Catholic High School, where he attended as a child in Markham, Ontario. Later, he majored in neuroscience at the University of Toronto with the goal of becoming a doctor or psychologist. He dropped out of this programme and instead tried out for a theatre programme. After transferring, Massoud enrolled in Ryerson University's theatrical performance department, from which he finally graduated in 2014.
He was confirmed to have won the coveted part of "Aladdin" in the Disney live-action adaptation of "Aladdin" in 2018, following a protracted international search and several auditions. The film was directed by
. In the eagerly anticipated series "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan," he plays "Tarek Kassar." Additionally, he appears in the feature film "Strange But True," which was produced and directed by Rowan Athale. He was designated an ambassador by Egypt's Ministry of Migration in September 2019 for their new "Speak Egyptian" project, which aims to protect Egyptian identity among expatriates.