Laila Elwi also known as Laila Olwy, Laila Eloui, and Laila Elwy was born on January 4, 1962 in Cairo. She is of mixed race, her father is from Egypt while her mother is Greek. At the age of 7, she participated in radio and television programs, and at the age of fifteen she appeared onstage for the first time in a play by Galal El Sharkawy, prominent Egyptian director, called Taman Sittat (8 Women).
Laila has been honored at Egyptian and international festivals with prestigious awards for most of her roles. She has also been the head – or member – of several jury committees for local and international festivals. She is married to Ala Al Khawaja.