Yasmine Akram

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Yasmine Akram
Born 1982[1]
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates[1]
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer

Yasmine Akram (born 1982) is an Irish-Pakistani actress, writer and comedian, best known for playing Janine in the third series of Sherlock.[2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Akram was born in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates but her family settled in Drogheda, Ireland when she was just 18-months old. Her father is originally from Pakistan and her mother, Mona, is from Drogheda and still lives in the town. She has a sister named Masooma.[1] She is of Irish and Pakistani descent.[5]

Akram graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she studied acting.[6][7] At the age of 14, she has collaborated with Calipo Theatre, Picture Company and Droichead Youth Theatre.[3]


After graduating from drama school, she started writing comedy sketches for the BBC and Channel 4 and hosted shows for BBC Radio.[8]

She wrote her first play 10 Dates with Mad Mary, a monologue about a young woman's struggles after leaving prison. She performed the play at Project Arts Centre in Ireland in 2010.[9]

She writes and performs as half of London-based comedy duo Ford and Akram with English comedian Louise Ford.[10] The duo's live show in 2011 was directed by Alistair McGowan for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[7][11]

In 2013 she co-wrote and co-presented BBC Radio 4's Irish Micks and Legends with Aisling Bea, with whom she had previously worked on the Channel 4 sketch comedy LOL.[12][13]

In 2014, she portrayed Janine opposite Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes in two episodes of the third series of Sherlock.

Personal life[edit]

As of January 2014, Akram resides in London and is single.[8][14]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Love is the Drug Aisling TV series
2010 Peep Show Yana TV series (1 episode: "St. Hospitals")
2010 LOL Various roles Also writer
2013 Common Ground Restaurant Manager TV series (1 episode: "William & Sinclair")
2013 London Irish Check-in Girl TV series
2013 Irish Micks and Legends Radio; co-writer
2014 Sherlock[15] Janine TV series
2014 The Midnight Beast[16] Jess TV series
2014 The Centre[14] Amanda Menton TV series
2014 Stella[17] Parvadi TV series


  1. ^ a b c Watters, Ian (2014-01-24). "It’s an elementary role!". The Drogheda Leader. 
  2. ^ "Sherlock’s Yasmine happy to be bridesmaid". The Irish World. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Interview with Yasmine Akram". Diatribes of a Dilettante. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Edinburgh Fringe: Glenn Wool/ Jerry Sadowitz/ Ford and Akram | Comedy reviews, news & interviews | The Arts Desk
  5. ^ Fleckney, Paul (11 August 2011). "Edinburgh Festival review - Ford & Akram". London Is Funny. 
  6. ^ PlayographyIreland - Yasmine Akram
  7. ^ a b "LOL". BBC One. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Miss Red: 10 Things You Need To Know About The Bridesmaid In Sherlock - Irish Actress Yasmine Akram
  9. ^ John White (30 January 2010). "Calipo Theatre Company's '10 Dates with Mad Mary' - review". Irish Theatre Magazine. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Mark Monahan (16 August 2012). "Edinburgh Festival 2012: Ford and Akram, Pleasance Attic, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Edinburgh comedy notebook: When it's better to be funny-looking". The Guardian. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Aisling Bea - Bulmers Galway Comedy Festival 2013
  13. ^ "Irish Micks and Legends". BBC Radio 4 website. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Jennifer's got her new comedy role all covered". Evening Herald. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Sherlock series 3: 'The Sign of Three' recap – The end of an era?". Digital Spy. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/dawnsedgwickmgt/status/426454057222701056
  17. ^ 7 things you didn’t know about Sherlock’s Irish woman

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