Verge Meets: July Namir

Photo Credit: Kenneth Lam
July will next be seen playing a lead in the hotly anticipated six-part drama BAGHDAD CENTRAL. The series are premiered in the UK Monday 3rd February at 10pm on Channel 4 and will air on Hulu (US) early 2020.

Listed as one of Broadcast Now’s ‘Hot Picks for 2019’, the show, created by Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom, House of Saddam), is set six months after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The story follows an Iraqi father – an ex-policeman – battling to keep his younger daughter safe in the chaos of Baghdad. Her co-stars include Waleed Zuaiter, Bertie Carvel and Corey Stoll.

Soon after graduating with a degree in Drama, July landed was snapped up to play the lead role in her first feature film TWO SEAS (Matador Pictures) alongside Ria Zmitrowicz. She has since appeared in KILLING JESUS (National Geographic) alongside Kelsey Grammer, Rufus Sewell and Tamsin Egerton, the multi-award winning series HOMELAND (Fox TV/Netflix) as Khadija, THE LOOMING TOWER (Hulu) with Alec Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard, and most recently the BAFTA nominated Netflix series COLLATERAL with Carey Mulligan and Billie Piper.

What attracted you to begin a career as an actress?

I was a really extroverted kid growing up, I wanted to do many things all at the same time. Creativity for me was like a childhood friend. Moreover, I find humans intriguing and complex. I like the figuring it out process, the journey and acting is a vehicle to get to do that with.


What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?

Every step so far has had its moment of blessings attached to it. I am thankful. I am humbled by the process so far but there is still so much to explore, therefore my greatest is yet to come.


Of all the roles you have played in the past, which is your favourite?

So far, Mrouj. She has taught many things and has challenged me. Grateful I got to play her.


What sort of acting roles will you be seeking in the future?

Definitely roles that challenge me. Nuanced characters that are layered and multi dimensional speak to me the loudest.


Have you ever had difficulties with a character? What role and why was it challenging?

Not as of yet. I have been lucky in the sense that the teams (crew and cast), I have worked with have all been so supportive during the creation of these characters.


The series BAGHDAD CENTRAL just released, do you have anything in common with your character?

We are very different people, I would even say opposites lol but that prospect made the process of getting to know her and portray her even the more fun.


If you could choose one series or film have a role in, which one would you choose?

Brandon in Boys don’t cry is up there, it’s one of my favourite films.


If there was an actress that had to play you in a movie, who would you choose and why?

Oh tough one lol. Dafne Keen she’s lovely.


Who do you look up to?

Many people around me inspire me. Everyone who has created, is creating or about to create inspired and inspires me. My mother is my hero though. She’ll be happy I said that haha. It’s true.


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