Lubna Azabal is a Belgian actress, born 1973 in Brussels to a Moroccan father and a Spanish mother. After studying at the Conservatoire royal of Brussels, she began a theatrical career in Belgium. In 1997, she took her first film role when Belgian film-maker Vincent Lannoo chose her to act beside Olivier Gourmet in his short film J'adore le cinÃ©ma. She performs in both French and Arabic films. She was raised trilingual.
Her most widely known role is in the 2005 Palestinian political thriller, Paradise Now. She appears in a smaller role in Ridley Scott's Body of Lies.
Azabal won the Black Pearl Award 2010 for Best Actress for her role in the film Incendies. She also won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the 31st Genie Awards and the Magritte Award for Best Actress at the 2nd Magritte Awards. She starred opposite Ben Foster in the independent film Here.