Fawzia Mirza

Fawzia Mirza

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Fawzia Mirza in a sexual assault prevention course at United States Marine Corps Reserve Headquarters in 2011
Born Fawzia Mirza
Nationality Canadian
Education Northfield Junior-Senior High School
Indiana University Bloomington
Occupation actress, writer, producer, comedian
Years active 2006-present

Fawzia Mirza is a Pakistani-Canadian film and television actress, writer, producer and comedian. She is known for her works such as web series Kim Kardashian, Brown Girl Problems and the film Signature Move (2017).[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Mirza is a Canadian writer-actor-comic of Pakistani origin. She grew up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her parents migrated from Pakistan when she was young.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Mirza majored in English and political science in college, and then went to law school. After two years working as a lawyer, she changed professions to become an actor.[5] She has focused on projects relating to the LGBT community, particularly relating to being a queer Muslim woman,[5][6] “to gain visibility for women and brown performers, and find space for queer stories”.[7]

Her one-woman show Me, My Mom and Sharmila explores growing up queer and South Asian;[8][9] in 2015 she performed it at the International Theatre Festival at the National College of Arts in Lahore.[6][10] Also in 2015, she appeared in Emmy-nominated Her Story,[11] a six-part series on the lives of trans and queer women.[12]

Mirza plays Ayesha Ali Trump, a fictional Muslim daughter of Donald Trump, in the mockumentary The Muslim Trump Documentary.[13][14]

In 2016, she announced her film Signature Move (2017) alongside Shabana Azmi and also introduced herself as a lesbian on Twitter. Fawzia co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the movie and won many awards all over the world, including Best Narrative Film at Columbus International, Best Director and Best Actress at Out San Diego, Audience Award for Best Narrative in Connecticut, and Mirza won a Jury prize at the Canadian South Asian Mosaic Film Festival.[15]

She tweeted “I’m a lesbian, Muslim, Pakistani, actor, activist, writer, producer, lawyer & creature of passion,” Many people criticized her and said that you can’t be a Muslim and a lesbian at the same time. However people also supported her. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy tweeted in favor of her.[16]

Films and Web Series[edit]

Year Film/Series Notes
2014 Brown Girl Problems (TV Series)
2015 The First Session Short
2016 Spunkle Short
2017 Signature Move
Actress (25 credits)
  The Red Line (Video short) (completed)
Armina
 2018/VI Shadow (Short) (completed)
Aasia
 2018 I Am Not Broken (Short)
Dharma
 2017 Silhouettes
Nadia
 2017 Signature Move
Zaynab
 2016 Spunkle (Short)
Saira
 2016 6 Angry Women
Juror 3
 2016 Her Story (TV Series)
Kat

Episode #1.6 (2016) … Kat
Episode #1.5 (2016) … Kat
Episode #1.2 (2016) … Kat
Episode #1.1 (2016) … Kat
 2015 The First Session (Short)
Mona
 2015 Plus One (TV Mini-Series)
Gina
 2014 Sugarhiccup (Short)
Marie
 2014 Brown Girl Problems (TV Series)

Curry (2014)
The Gang (2014)
Phone Sex (2014)
 2014 Chicago Fire (TV Series)
Woman

When Things Got Rough (2014) … Woman
 2014/III One Night Stand (Short)
The Thief
 2014 Kiss Her I’m Famous (TV Series short)
Kam Kardashian

The Love (2014) … Kam Kardashian
The Ex (2014) … Kam Kardashian
The Bar (2014) … Kam Kardashian
 2012-2014 Kam Kardashian (TV Series short)
Kam Kardashian

Fashion Forward (2014)
Therapy (2014)
Fan Fiction: Part 1 (2013) … Kam Kardashian
Internment (2013)
 2013 Easy Abby (TV Series)
Bobbie

The Meatball Test (2013) … Bobbie
Martini in the Closet (2013) … Bobbie
 2012 Hatboxes (Video short)
Lena
 2012 Scrooge & Marley
Marshall
 2012 The Throwaways
Jayne
 2011 The Widow (Short)
The Sister (voice)
 2009 Two Sides of Suicide (Short)
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