Roxy Shahidi

Roxy Shahidi

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Roxy Shahidi
Born Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi
(1983-03-12) 12 March 1983 (age 35)
Manchester, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s)
Arsher Ali (m. 2010)
Children 1

Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi (born 12 March 1983[1][2] in Manchester) is an English actress, best known for playing Leyla Harding in ITV soap Emmerdale.

She began her career as part of Contact Young Actors Company in 2004 and went on to work for Peskar Productions as a drama workshop leader in Oldham and Bolton. Her theatre credits include East is East, Janus (for West Yorkshire Playhouse), Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, Freshly Scratched (for the Battersea Arts Centre) and Rafta, Rafta… at the National Theatre. She has appeared on British television in shows such as Sinchronicity and Emmerdale, playing the part of Leyla Harding from 2008 to 2011. She has also acted in radio plays, e.g. Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers. From November 2012 through to January 2013 she played the role of Shahrazad in the Manchester Library Theatre Company performances of Arabian Nights at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, near Manchester.[3] Shahidi returned to Emmerdale on 25 December 2013, with Leyla turning up to her sister Alicia’s wedding to her, Leyla’s, ex-fiancé David.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Ghawam-Shahidi was born to an Iranian father and an English mother, and grew up in Whalley Range in Manchester. She became a vegetarian at the age of 8, and a vegan since the age of 21.[4] She is married to Arsher Ali. They have 1 child together born in 2018.[5][6][7]

Shahidi has set up a Yoga Lunch Club in the Creative Quarter in Hockley, Greater Nottingham where she also is based.[8] She also has a YouTube channel to share yoga videos.[9]

Actress (4 credits)
 2008-2018 Emmerdale (TV Series)
Leyla Harding

Episode #1.8277 (2018) … Leyla Harding
Episode #1.8276 (2018) … Leyla Harding
Episode #1.8275 (2018) … Leyla Harding
Episode #1.8035 (2018) … Leyla Harding
Episode #1.8034 (2018) … Leyla Harding
 2014 Text Santa 2014 (TV Movie)
Leyla Harding
 2013 National Theatre Live: Othello
Bianca (as Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi)
 2006 Sinchronicity (TV Series)
Ivory

Episode #1.2 (2006) … Ivory (as Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (3 credits)
 2017 Lorraine (TV Series)
Herself – Guest / Herself

Episode dated 4 September 2017 (2017) … Herself – Guest
Episode dated 17 August 2017 (2017) … Herself
 2013 The Wright Stuff (TV Series)
Herself – Guest Panelist

Episode #18.9 (2013) … Herself – Guest Panelist (as Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi)
 2010 All Star Family Fortunes (TV Series)
Herself

This Morning vs. Emmerdale (2010) … Herself (as Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi)

 

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