|Born||Laila Abdesselam Rouass
22 June 1971
Stepney, London, England, UK
Strictly Come Dancing
The Sarah Jane Adventures
|Spouse(s)||Abselam Rouass (1990–2003)|
|Partner(s)||Nasa Khan (2005–2008)
James Petrie (2010–2011)
Laila Abdesselam Rouass (born 22 June 1971) is a British actress. She is probably best known for her portrayals of Amber Gates in Footballers' Wives (2004–2006) and Sahira Shah in Holby City (2011–12). She has also starred in Primeval and Spooks and been a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, in which she finished fourth.
Early life 
Rouass worked as a VJ on Channel V in India in the 1990s. While on Channel V, she appeared in a music video for the band Colour Blind, directed by the then creative head of the channel, Shamin Desai.
After moving back to the UK, Rouass became famous for playing the role of Bollywood actress Amber Gates in the cult ITV1 series Footballers' Wives between 2004 and 2006 and, albeit briefly, on the ITV2 spin-off series Footballers' Wives: Extra Time. She also played recurring roles on the British soaps Family Affairs and Hollyoaks, as well as appearing in episodes of I Dream, Casualty and Meet the Magoons. She starred alongside Meera Syal in the television adaptation of Syal's novel, Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee.
In 2009 she appeared as Egyptologist Sarah Page in the third series of the ITV science-fiction series Primeval. She left the show when location of filming was changed to Dublin, for series four and five, saying it would be hard to continue participating as she was a single parent.
She played Maya Lahan, a regular character introduced in the ninth series of BBC One drama Spooks which broadcast from September 2010. She guest starred in The Sarah Jane Adventures in October 2010. Rouass then joined the cast of the BBC medical drama Holby City, appearing from February 2011 as registrar Sahira Shah. She left Holby City on 17 April 2012, after just 14 months on the show, to take a break to spend time with her family. The door has been left open for her to return.
She is also currently one of the presenters of "The Channel 4 TV Book Club". 
Strictly Come Dancing 
She participated in the seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing, a BBC One reality show, paired with professional dancer Anton Du Beke, and alongside Footballers' Wives co-star Zöe Lucker. Controversy arose when Du Beke said that Rouass looked "like a Paki" after applying spray tan; he subsequently apologised for the gaffe.
The pair made it to the last four before being voted off the show on 6 December. She failed to show up for the final on 19 December to reprise her partnership with Anton Du Beke. The show's host, Bruce Forsyth, offered no reason for her absence although he did do so for the other missing celebrity, Phil Tufnell, who had influenza.
Film career 
Rouass' first film was City of Dreams produced by Feroze Nadiawala, in which she starred opposite Lisa Ray and Saeed Jaffery. During the years that she was based in India, early in her career, she acted in some Indian films, Aditya Bhattacharya's Indo-Italian Senso unico (1999) and Dev Benegal's Split Wide Open (1999).
In 2000, Rouass starred in Jag Mhundra's controversial film, Bawandar (English title; The Sand Storm), about revenge rapes in Rajasthan, and she made her English-language film debut in 2002 with a small role in The Four Feathers opposite Heath Ledger.
Personal life 
In 1990, Rouass married Abdeslam Rouass in Tower Hamlets, London. They divorced in 2003. She went through a religious ceremony in 2005 with Nasir Khan, a businessman and millionaire owner of the Accessory People retail chain and Asian Woman Magazine (AIM Ltd), however the two never legally married. In October 2006, Rouass saw a doctor regarding back pains only to find she was six months pregnant. She and Khan split briefly during the pregnancy and then reconciled. She gave birth to a daughter, Inez, in February 2007. She and Khan separated again in 2008, since which time Rouass has raised her daughter as a single parent. She was in a relationship with James Petrie, chef and head of creativity at Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck restaurant between 2010 and 2011. She has since been dating and become engaged to Snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan.
|Split Wide Open||Nandita|
|2001||Family Affairs||Tanya Ayuba||TV series|
|2002||The Four Feathers||Maya|
|The Comedy Lab||TV series (1 episode: "Meet the Mangoons")|
|Casualty||Mandy Kellaway||TV series (1 episode: "You're Going Home in the Back of an Ambulance")|
|Hollyoaks||Dale Jackson||TV series|
|2004||I Dream||Lollie Das||TV series (1 episode: "Toon in Love")|
|Footballers' Wives||Amber Gates||TV series (22 episodes: 2004-2006)|
|2005||Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee||Tania||TV series|
|Footballers' Wive$: Extra Time||Amber Gates||TV series (3 episodes)|
|Meet the Mangoons||Anita||TV series (1 episode: "Stairway to Havan")|
|2006||Casualty||Gina Marshall||TV series (1 episode: "All Through the Night")|
|2007||Shoot on Sight||Ruby Kaur|
|2009||Primeval||Sarah Page||TV series (10 episodes)|
|2010||The Sarah Jane Adventures||Colonel Tia Karim||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Spooks||Maya Lahan||TV series (7 episodes)|
|2011-2012||Holby City||Sahira Shah||TV series (50 episodes)|
|2011||Conan the Barbarian||Fialla, Conan's Mother||Film|
|2011||Sadie J||Maddy||TV series|
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