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Touriya Haoud was born in Rhenen, Utrecht, the Netherlands on October 1st, 1977 and is a Dutch actress, model and singer of Macedonian, Moroccan heritage. Soon after graduating the private Schoevers education with a communication diploma a friend persuaded Touriya to participate in a modeling contest which started her modeling career.
Touriya then traveled Europe for the next few years, landing European campaigns with Tommy Hilfiger and Replay. In 2003, Touriya succeeded Naomi Campbell as one of the two new faces for the TIM campaign advertising Italy's leading telecom network. In Fall that year Touriya also performed as the leading character in the new Campari commercial for both Italy and Germany. In spring 2004 she featured as one of the two models who appeared in the global campaign for Replay. This campaign lasted until Fall 2004.
As an international model, Touriya has graced the covers of Harper's Bazaar, Donna, GQ, Max and Vogue Gioielli.
In between her modeling, Touriya took various acting classes and landed a lead role in the popular Dutch television series "Hartslag" (a sort of Dutch ER). She also played in one episode of the Dutch television series "Costa". In the winter of 2003 she landed one of the leading roles in the highly acclaimed Dutch independent movie Shouf Shouf Habibi! (Hush Hush Baby). This movie was accepted to the Berlin International Film Festival and honored with the Public Choice Award. The movie has been sold to more than forty countries and fifty-one festivals worldwide. It was screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival and scored positive remarks amongst critics. She has also acted in various video clips and television shows.
Her first U.S. movie is Five Fingers (2006 film). As one of the main characters, Touriya plays Ryan Phillippe's fiancée Saadia, just before he is abducted by terrorist Laurence Fishburne. Following the wrap of shooting Five Fingers in 2006, she moved to Los Angeles. Currently, she can be seen in national commercials for Budweiser Select and TAG Body Spray.