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Moon Knight Star May El Calamawy Biography: Age, Height, Net Worth, & Alopecia Areata



Facts of May El Calamawy

Birth DateOctober 28,1986
Full Name
Other NameMay Calamawy
Birth CityBahrain
Gender IdentityFemale
Height169 cm
FilmographyRami,Moon Knight
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Marvel's new face May El Calamawy has been dominating the internet ever since her appearance in the popular television miniseries Moon Knight as Layla El-Faouly. 

She also received positive responses for her role as Dena Hassan in the American dramedy series Ramy.

Fans cannot stop gushing about her reel character, and we are here to give you details about her real character. 

So, how old is Bahraini-born Egyptian-Palestinian actress Calamawy? How much is her net worth? Is she dating someone? Get all the answers below.

Early Life: Age & Height

May Calamawy was born May El Calamawy on October 28, 1986, in Bahrain and lived in many places, including Doha, Qatar, Houston (Texas), Boston (Massachusetts), and New York City. 

As of July 2022, she is 35-year-old and stands at 5' 6½" (169 cm).

The actress' father was an Egyptian who worked as a banker in the Gulf state and the US, and her mother was Palestinian-Jordanian. Her mom passed away a few years back.

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Young May El Calamawy 

Calamawy in an interview revealed that though her parents didn't give her a 'traditional’ Arab upbringing they were still conservative and were initially against her acting career.

Later, they came to the terms with their daughters' dream and were fully supportive.

May fluently speaks English and Arabic.

After completing high school in Bahrain, Calamawy moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to study industrial design. 

Later, she moved to the United States to pursue acting and joined Emerson College to major in theatre studies. 

She also attended the William Esper Studio in New York City.

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May Calamawy As Layla El-Faouly In MCU's Moon Knight

The Bahraini-born actress became interested in acting after watching the 1992 satirical black comedy film, Death Becomes Her. 

She started her acting career appearing in minor roles in 2006, where she used to be credited with her full name, May El Calamawy.

In her initial days, May appeared in shows like Thursday, Temperance, Santa Claus in Baghdad, Paradise Falls, Djinn, Moi Aussi Je t'aime, etc. 

It was only in 2013 when she finally got her first major film Djinn. Afterward, in 2014, she changed her name to May Calamawy,

Later, in 2017, Calamawy portrayed the roles of Faiza in The Long Road Home, Mina Bayoud in The Brave, and Ameena in BKPI.

Finally, in 2019, she got the role that put her on the map. She appeared in Hulu's American comedy-drama Ramy as Dena Hassan. Calamawy played the sister of Ramy (Ramy Youssef), who is frustrated by the restriction of her overprotective Muslim parents. 

The show premiered on April 19, 2019, and was renewed for its third season in 2020.

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May El Calamawy with her Moon Knight co-stars Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke

Now let's talk about Moon Knight and her character Layla El-Faouly. Though Calamawy was in the industry for many years, Moon Kight is the show which gave her national and international audiences.

Moon Knight is part of Phase Four of the MCU based on Marvel Comics featuring a character of the same name. 

The show stars actors like Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector / Moon Knight and Steven Grant / Mr Knight, F. Murray Abraham as Khonshu, and Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow.

Calamawy plays the role of Layla El-Faouly, an exceptional archaeologist and adventurer

. She is Spector's (one of many Khonshu's avatars played by Isaac) wife and is aware he is Moon Knight. 

The show premiered on March 30, 2022, and is scheduled to run for six episodes until May 4.

The show took the internet by storm, and people also loved Calamawy's performance.

 It is not a small thing to get noticed by fans when you are sharing the screen with the marvelous Oscar Isaac.

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How Much Is The Net Worth Of May Calamawy?

As per the sources, May Calamawy, as of July 2022, is worth $500k. She reportedly earns a salary of around $100k annually.

Apart from acting, she earns from sponsorships, endorsements, and sponsorships.

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Personal Life: Is She Married?

The Moon Knight actress Calamawy is presumably single as of now, as there are no details on her dating life or possible boyfriend.

She is extremely private, and almost nothing about her personal life is revealed to the media. She is also not active on social media, making it even harder to track her social life.

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May El Calamawy

However, in an interview with Harpers Bazaar Arabia, she talked about how her family was disappointed in her for not getting married and instead focusing on acting and performing.

“When I was 27 and leaving Dubai to study acting, my dad and my brother were so worried. They would say, ‘Why? You’re at an age when all your friends are getting married…"

May mentioned that she tried really hard to be the daughter her father expected, but was not able to give up on her dream.

"And I really tried. After my mum passed away I tried to do the ‘right’ thing, find the ‘right’ man and start a family… but I just felt dead inside. I didn’t feel like myself, and I was asking, ‘What is that? I’m just not listening to my true calling.”

Thankfully everything worked out in the end.

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Suffers From Alopecia Areata

Calamawy suffers from Alopecia areata, aka spot baldness, which results in a few bald spots on the scalp, each about the size of a coin. 

She was diagnosed at 22 and often remembered the days as one of the
the most challenging period of her life.

In an interview with Glamour, the actress stated:

"Alopecia areata ("Pee-shah" for short) and I are old acquaintances. She's like that one loud friend you can never quite separate from, who shows up uninvited. And this one causes your hair to fall out."

She further said:

"The mental toll is taxing—especially in a society that determines so much of a woman's value by her appearance."

The condition reappears every six to three months, and though it was very tough for her initially, Calamawy has learnt to embrace it.

Updated On Thu Jul 14 2022 Published OnThu Jul 14 2022 By

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