Lena Asayran

Played by Dina Shihabi

Lena Asayran

Dina Shihabi will play Lebsanese-American CIA targeter, Lena Asayran, who is obsessed with finding Mughniyeh.

Dina Shihabi will play Lebsanese-American CIA targeter, Lena Asayran, who is obsessed with finding Mughniyeh.

Dina Shihabi

Dina Shihabi is an actress and writer who was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Dubai and Beirut. Most recently, Shihabi completed production alongside Erin Moriarty, Jai Courtney, and Ryan Corr in CATCHING DUST, an upcoming Texas noir marking the feature debut of writer-director Stuart Gatt. CATCHING DUST will have its world premiere in June at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Shihabi also recently starred in Netflix’s supernatural horror drama series ARCHIVE 81 alongside Mamoudou Athie. The series tells the story of an archivist who takes a mysterious job restoring a collection of damaged videotapes from 1994, as he finds himself reconstructing the work of documentary filmmaker Melody Pendras (played by Shihabi) and her investigation into a dangerous cult. The series broke into the Nielsen weekly Top 10 ratings for originals and Netflix announced that the series was watched for 128.47 million hours globally between January 9th and 30th in 2022.

Upcoming, Shihabi will lead the four-part spy drama from Showtime entitled GHOSTS OF BEIRUT. The limited series, directed by Emmy winner Greg Barker (Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden) will be released on May 19, 2023, to Showtime subscribers, followed by an on-air debut on May 21, 2023. GHOSTS OF BEIRUT tells the origin story of 21-year-old Imad Mughniyeh (who is also referred to as “The Ghost”), an elusive Lebanese terrorist who evaded capture from the CIA and Mossad for two decades.

Also upcoming, Shihabi will appear in Peter Berg’s Netflix miniseries PAINKILLER alongside Uzo Aduba, Matthew Broderick, and West Duchovny. PAINKILLER is a highly anticipated drama that explores the origins of the US’s opioid epidemic and the role played in it by pharmaceuticals giant Purdue Pharma. Dina will play the role of ‘Britt,’ a veteran and ruthless sales rep for Purdue.

Previously, Shihabi appeared in the romantic comedy film AMIRA & SAM, as well as a variety of television projects, including ALTERED CARBON, RAMY, and TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN, for which she received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination. Shihabi also appeared in the music video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song, THESE ARE THE WAYS.

At age 18, Shihabi moved to New York City in 2007 and began pursuing a career in acting, which became a full-time profession for her by 2010. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for two years. In 2011, she was accepted at both Juilliard and the Graduate Acting Program at NYU Tisch School for the Arts, making her both the first Middle East-born woman as well as the first Saudi Arabian woman to be accepted to both these institutions. In 2014, Shihabi graduated with her MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Shihabi currently resides in Los Angeles.

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