Egyptian actor Amir El-Masry in a scene of Scottish film 'Limbo'
The 31-year-old actor was born in Cairo and raised in London.
El-Masry competed for the award against Marks Stanely (Run) and Vikash Bhai (Limbo); all three were first-time BAFTA nominees.
In addition to El-Masry’s award, Limbo won three other awards: Best Director Award in Fiction, Best Writer Award in Film/Television and most importantly, Best Feature Film Award.
Director Ben Sharrock was selected over other prominent nominees including Kevin Macdonald (The Mauritanian) and Eva Riley (Perfect 10)
In the writer category, Sharrock was selected over Eva Riley and Lucy Brydon (Body of Water).
Produced by Sharrock, Irune Gurtubai and Angus Lamont, Limbo competed with Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché and Run for the best film award.
“It really has been absolutely fantastic to celebrate the inspiring work that’s being produced in Scotland over the past year,” stated BAFTA Scotland Director Jude MacLaverty during Saturday’s special closed show ceremony hosted by Edith Bowman.
Lawrence Chaney received the Scot on Screen Audience Award, James McAvoy (Together) won Best Television Actor category, Abigail Lawrie (Tin Star: Liverpool) won Best Television Actress while Marli Siu (Run) won Best Actress in Film.
Limbo favourably portrays migrants stranded in a Scottish town, focusing on the character of Omar – portrayed by El-Masry – who stays in a house with three other refugees from various countries all waiting in limbo for responses to their asylum requests.
In addition to a number of awards from other festivals, Limbo won the 42nd Cairo International Film Festival’s Golden Pyramid Award for Best Film, as well as the Henry Barakat Award for Best Artistic Contribution and the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award.
Acting since childhood, Amir El-Masry has had a leading role in Egyptian films like comedies Ramadan Mabrouk Abul-Alamein Hamouda (2008) and Al-Thalathah Yashtaghelonaha (2010).
Graduating from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2013, Amir appeared in Jon Stewart's debut feature Rosewater and various acclaimed TV series before his breakthrough role in The Night Manager (2016), followed by Lost in London (2017), The State (2017) and Age Before Beauty (2018).
BAFTA Scotland has been championing films, games and television industries since 1989, celebrating and rewarding excellence through its annual British Academy Scotland Awards.