Houda Echouafni is a sensitive and versatile actress of Egyptian/Moroccan origin. She was born and brought up in Casablanca, in the French education system, moving to London at the age of 11. At the age of 17, she co-hosted the Pepsi Chart Show for the Middle East, the first ever official chart show in the region. At the same time, she became the voice behind the Nickelodeon cartoon presenter FACE. Much in demand, she also presented a daily kids show for the Saudi Arabian terrestrial channel and a fashion and lifestyle programme for a Lebanese network.
At the height of her presenting career, Houda decided to go to drama school. After attending the London Centre for Theatre Studies, Houda missed the schools showcase with the blessing of the school to start filming Penny Woolcocks The Death of Klinghoffer in Malta. Other roles soon followed in, among others, Doctors, Waking the Dead and Hotel Babylon.
Houda has recently been working with the Royal Court, translating and acting in plays for their international season. This has resulted in one of her translations being published this year in the book Plays from the Arab World by Nick Hern Books.
Houda is currently starring in the world tour of 1001 nights directed by Tim Supple: Dash Arts website opening June 7th at the Luminato Festival Toronto, then Chicago Shakespeare Theatre followed by the Lycium for three weeks in Edinburgh for the festival.