Leicester graduates in the news: Halla Diyab

Posted by pt91 at Jul 29, 2011 02:00 PM |
One of the Middle East’s most well-known faces studied at the University of Leicester, not that you would have known about it.

Dr Halla Diyab led a curious double-life while she studied here for her PhD. While quietly researching Tennessee Williams in our School of English – research that won her a Best Presentation award in the 2006 Festival of Postgraduate Research – she was also making waves in the Middle East by penning a controversial drama series.

Beautiful Maidens drew big viewing figures and led to numerous TV appearances and presenting roles, and a reputation as a provocative and often outspoken voice for women’s rights.

The Leicester Mercury recently spoke to her about the roller-coaster life she has led since and her experience of being celebrity in the Middle East whilst living the life of a student here in Leicester.

Dr Diyab has since founded Liberty Media Productions and is still scripting dramas, producing documentaries and making TV appearances. She still keeps a foot in Leicester though as offices for the company are based here and in London.