Jamal Soliman is a prominent Syrian born producer, director and actor of television, stage and cinema. He was born in 1959 in Damascus and studied at the Higher Theatrical Arts Institute in Damascus. He began his career acting on the stage and producing television programs. He continued his studies in Leeds, UK and obtained a Masters degree in theatrical studies from Leeds University. In the 1980's Jamal returned to Syria as a professional actor starring in many successful television series, coming into prominence with the 1990 historical program Salah Al-din, depicting the life of the great Arab leader Saladdin. His popularity and fame spread to a wider Arab audience through his prominent role in the film Halim, and in a starring role in the Egyptian television series Hada'eq el-shaytan (Garden of the Devil). Jamal has received numerous awards for his acting including the Golden Award for Best Actor at the Cairo Television Festival in 2004. He also received the 2005 Murex D'or Award for Best Actor. He serves in many festivals as a distinguished juror. Jamal Soliman received the 2009 Al-attaaward for his outstanding contributions to the film, television and theatrical arts.