4 September 1982 |
Camden, London, England
|Known for||Him & Her, Bad Education|
Sarah Solemani (Persian: سارا سلیمانی, Hebrew: שרה סולימני) (born 4 September 1982 in Camden, London) is an English stage, television and film actress, writer and playwright, best known for starring in the BAFTA award winning sitcom Him & Her and BBC Three's series Bad Education.
After passing her A levels, she took a gap year before reading Social and Political Sciences (now the Human, Social and Political Sciences Tripos) at New Hall, Cambridge and graduating with an MA (Hons).
At Cambridge, she joined the Footlights and became social secretary during her first year, replacing Dan Stevens, and then vice president. Her contemporaries included the members of the sketch group Cowards, Jonny Sweet and Nick Mohammed.
Solemani was a member of the Young Writer's Group attached to the Royal Court Theatre, and a writer at the Young Vic Theatre. Two plays she wrote were produced at Soho Theatre. Another of her works, The Cost of Things (2010), was presented at the Public Theater New York under the aegis of the Old Vic Theatre as part of the TS Eliot Project.
In 2011, she wrote The Baron which received the Old Vic New Voices Ignite award.
In 2012, she appeared as Maryam in the play The House of Bernarda Alba at the Almeida Theatre from 19 January to 10 March 2012. She wrote Up the Royal Borough, part of an evening of plays in response to Owen Jones' Chavs at the Lyric Hammersmith; it was performed to good reviews.
|2000||The Graduate||Elaine||Gielgud Theatre|
|2007||Burning Cars||Hampstead Theatre|
|2012||The House of Bernarda Alba||Maryam||Almeida Theatre|
Television and film
In 2011, Solemani filmed a Channel 4 pilot comedy show, Coma Girl, alongside Katy Wix and Katherine Parkinson, which was broadcast on 9 September. The same year, Solemani and her comedy partner Olivia Poulet co-wrote a sitcom for the BBC, to be produced by Charlie Hanson. She had a role in BBC One's Uptown Downstairs Abbey for Comic Relief.
Solemani wrote and starred in an episode titled Aphrodite Fry in the Sky TV series Love Matters that aired in 2013. In 2014, an episode of The Secrets written by Solemani was broadcast on BBC One.
|2003||Red Cap||Gillian Jennings||TV series|
|2005||Mrs Henderson Presents||Vera||Film|
|2007||Living with Two People You Like Individually... But Not as a Couple||Antonia||TV series – Pilot|
|2007||Roman's Empire||Jenny||TV series|
|2007||Suburban Shootout||Donna||TV series|
|2010–2013||Him & Her||Becky||TV series|
|2011||Silent Witness||Mary Olivant||TV series – episode 109 ("The Prodigal")|
|2011||Coma Girl||Siobhan||TV series – Pilot|
|2011||Uptown Downstairs Abbey||Lady Mary||TV series – special for Comic Relief|
|2012||The Borgias||Magdelena||TV series|
|2012||Skins||Celia Champion||TV Series|
|2012–2014||Bad Education||Miss Gulliver||TV series|
|2013||Love Matters||Aphrodite Fry||TV series – episode 109 ("Aphrodite Fry")|
|2013||The Wrong Mans||Lizzie Green||TV series|
|2014||The Secrets||Charlotte||TV series|
Awards and acclaim
Solemani was awarded third place in the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust/New Statesman Prize for New Political Writing on the subject: "Do women's rights remain the privilege of the developed world?" in 2005.
In 2012, Solemani was named one of the year's Broadcast Hot Shots.
- "Him & Her – Sarah Solemani plays Becky" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 10 September 2010.
- Gilbert, Gerard (21 January 2012). "Where are all the female comics?". The Independent. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Alumnae Achievements" (PDF). The Dolphin (Cambridge: New Hall) (33): 12. Summer 2007.
- Simon Round (16 September 2010). "Interview: Sarah Solemani". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Sarah Solemani". Curtis Brown. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "The Directors". Young Vic. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- Carmel Doohan (17 October 2012). "Chavs at Lyric Hammersmith". Exeunt Magazine.
- Darren Dalglish (23 October 2001). "The Graduate at Gielgud Theatre". London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Darings Pairings at Hampstead". The British Theatre Guide. 5 September 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- Billington, Michael (7 August 2009). "Pornography, Tricycle, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- Daisy Jestico (30 January 2012). "Theatre Review: The House of Bernarda Alba at Almeida Theatre". Islington Gazette. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Him & Her Series 4". BBC Three. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
- "Coma Girl". The British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Comedy Showcase: Coma Girl". Channel 4. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Comic Relief: Kim Cattrall and Joanna Lumley star in Downton Abbey spoof – pictures". The Telegraph. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Bad Education". BBC Three. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Sky Living to show 6 one-off comedies". Custard TV. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Sarah Solemani". New Statesman.
- "New Political Writing Prize 2005". Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "RTS Announces Winners for the Programme Awards 2011" (Press release). Royal Television Society. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Broadcast Hot Shots 2012". Broadcast. August 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Social & Personal" (PDF). New London Bulletin (New London Synagogue). May/June/July/August 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012. Check date values in:
- Liat Elkayam (29 June 2012). "Departures/Arrivals: Who took off from and landed at Ben Gurion Airport this week?". Haaretz. Retrieved 19 November 2012.