Hi, I'm Dina!
An actor, voice actor, filmmaker, model, improvisor, and comedian...whew! I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida where my love for acting and performing started at a young age. Being a daughter to a mother born in Bethlehem and a father from Nazareth; I am 100% Middle Eastern, proudly speak fluent Arabic, and can belly dance. I'm your real life Princess Jasmine with an edge. I used to put on variety shows and plays for my parents with my little brother, Jack. In my senior year of high school, I was part of a theatre production class where I had the opportunity to work on all aspects of putting on a play. I ended up winning the Best Actress award (the prestigious Golden Mitten award which is basically a Tony) in my school for my portrayal of Renfield, the lunatic asylum inmate (usually played by a man), in Dracula. I still treasure this moment as being one of the most memorable in my life. I remember completely transforming myself so much so that the audience members did not even know it was me. That empowering feeling of breathing life into a character and making her my own ignited a fire in me that I had never known before.
I am passionate about traveling and have had the opportunity to visit many amazing places including some of the wonders of the world such as Petra, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and the Taj Mahal. I'm petite at 5'2'' and people love saying things to me like: "You're so little!" "You're like a mini person!" "That ____ is bigger than you!" "Where do you put all that food!" I know what you're wondering and the answer is: Yes, I can fit into clothing from the children and junior's sections.
The characters I play tend to be described as: sexy, intelligent, professional, neurotic, strong/strong-willed, alluring, exotic, edgy, trendy/stylish, and cool. In sitcoms, I'm the neurotic or materialistic one. My mission is to bring diversity without stereotype to the screen and stage and to tell important stories that inspire, empower, and make others feel like they're not alone. I strive to portray and write interesting and multifaceted female characters. I absolutely love comedy and appreciate how it has gotten me through the toughest times in my life. It's my therapy.
My recent roles include recurring as alluring assassin Nadja Shah in Season 2 of The Family Business on BET Plus and a troubled woman struggling during the holidays in the feature film, The Christmas Ride, coming out in November 2020.
I think this quote from filmmaker Stephen Stull sums me up perfectly as an actor:
"Dina Najjar is an unstoppable force. She has a titanic screen presence that belies her diminutive physical form. The source of her power — and the reason I would be delighted to work with her again on any project — is her unflinching commitment to the role. No matter the scope of the part, Dina will inhabit it completely and breathe a sincerity into the performance that is incredible to behold. She has an auspicious career ahead of her, and I feel honored to have been able to work with her."
In 2015, in an effort to start creating opportunities for myself and my fellow actors, I started making my own films. Seeing your story come to life is a magical experience. My through line is belonging, and I always leave my viewers with a sense of hope. I truly believe it's important to create what you want to be a part of.
And let's create together!
Sasha & Clark
Thursday Night Downtown
What others are saying about me
Dina Najjar is an unstoppable force. She has a titanic screen presence that belies her diminutive physical form. The source of her power — and the reason I would be delighted to work with her again on any project — is her unflinching commitment to the role. No matter the scope of the part, Dina will inhabit it completely and breathe a sincerity into the performance that is incredible to behold. She has an auspicious career ahead of her, and I feel honored to have been able to work with her.
~Stephen Stull, Writer and Director of D is for Demon
Dina is a joy to work with. Not only does she come to set prepared with a grab bag full of interesting choices, she also arrives with a positive attitude and a fantastic work ethic. She is delightfully funny, however incredibly serious about her craft. I look forward to working with Dina again!
~Fred Zara, Director of High Existence
Dina is the definition of a professional actor. She comes to set prepared and with a glowing attitude. No matter the direction given, she’s ready to add her special sauce to it. Any production would be lucky to have her on their team.
~Stefanie Davis, Writer and Director of The Christmas Ride
Dina Najjar is not only a talented actor; but an absolute pleasure to work with. Her care and dedication to the craft is admirable, and I can’t wait to work with her again. It’s not often you find an actor with these many qualities, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with her.
~F.C. Rabbath, Writer and Director of A Brilliant Monster
I had the true pleasure of directing Dina on our film production of Stranded. I had the opportunity of working with Dina on several different occasions, from table reads to dress rehearsal to actual production and, she was always professional and on time.
Dina’s drive and passion is clear in her acting abilities. Her dedication to becoming the character of Sarah was profound. She really dove into the character and became Sarah. She was forced to play a wide range of emotions within this character, and all of the emotions rang through in her performance. She took direction very well and was not afraid to ask questions about her character.
The combination of her talent, drive, passion, beauty, and skills are what make Dina an “Actor's Actor." I would recommend Dina for any role. Dina is an absolute pleasure to work with. I will be keeping her in mind for future projects.
~Kassi Gardner, Writer and Director of Stranded
It has been a great privilege to direct Dina in our film production, The Anniversary. Her dedication to go along with her obvious beauty and intelligence were those attributes that were essential during her performance as Kate.
Her natural instincts and curiosity as an actor came together very well since she was required to play a whole range of emotions for her character; indeed, flawless.
It would be an honor to work with her again!
~Joe Costa, Director of The Anniversary
Dina was a joy to work with. She showed up every day with the best attitude, she gave a terrific performance, and she championed the film from day one. She was such a positive influence during every stage of production. I admire both her drive and skill as a collaborator.
~Dylan Merriman, Writer and Director of Paradox
Dina is a joy to work with. She is a true professional dedicated to her work and any Director should feel lucky to be able to work with her. She is well prepared and understands what makes a screenplay work.
~Brandon Schinzel, Writer and Director of Hunters
Dina is the type of actress every actor hopes to work with. She is professional and carries a high level of integrity. She shows up to set ready to work. She brings a depth to her characters that makes it a joy to work off of. I have had the privilege of working with her on a couple of projects and, the experience left me hoping that our paths cross again in the future. This is an actress who works hard and as a result will go far.
~Scot Smith, Actor
I can't stop thinking of Dina Najjar's performance. We had 3 minutes with her and in that 3 minutes, she made me cry. She is amazing!
~Catherine Walling, Writer and Director of A Night Out in Kabul