Aspiring young Arab and Middle Eastern actresses are steadily making their way into top American TV series, just in time to challenge some long-standing stereotypes.
Here are five actresses who have made a name for themselves in the American TV industry during the past five years:
1. Alia Shawkat
Alia Shawkat is an American actress and producer with roots stretching from Iraq to Ireland.
2. Afsaneh Dehrouyeh
She has been described by The Edge as an actress "on the verge of big things."
3. Yasmine Al Massri
Yasmine Al Massri was born in Lebanon to Palestinian and Egyptian refugee parents during the country's civil war.
She's well known for her role as Muslim FBI twin agents, Nimah and Raina Amin, in popular TV series, Quantico.