Aamina Sheikh

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Aamina Sheikh
Born August 29, 1981 (34)
New York City, USA
Residence Karachi, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2008–Present
Spouse(s) Mohib Mirza (m. 2005)
Website Aaminasheikh.com

Aamina Sheikh (born August 29, 1981) is a Pakistani actress and former supermodel. One of the most popular and highest-paid actress, she has established a career in the Pakistani entertainment industry, and is the recipient of four Lux Style Award from nine nominations.[1][2]

Sheikh started her career with fashion modeling, during which she garnered international recognition as a spokesperson for the French beauty brand L'Oreal and received a nomination at the Lux Style Award for Best Model. After establishing herself as one of the top female models of Pakistan, she made her acting debut with a leading role in the 2008 telefilm Baarish Mein Deewar. The following year, she appeared in the Geo TV series Dil e Nadan, for which she received the Lux Style Award for Best Emerging Talent. In 2010, she earned critical acclaim for the ARY Digital's romance Daam. She later garned wide recognition for playing leading roles in female-centric serials, including Hum Tum (2010), Ishq Gumshuda (2010), Uraan (2010), Mera Saaein (2010), Main Abdul Qadir Hoon (2010). Sheikh subsequently played more prominent roles in serials like Maat (2010), Mera Saaein 2 (2012), Mirat Ul Uroos (2013), and Jackson Heights (2014). Her performances in the romantic series Agar Tum Na Hote (2009), Umm-e-Kalsoom (2011), and Kuch Is Tarah (2013), earned her Satellite Best Actress and Best Actress Terrestrial nominations at Lux Style Awards.

In addition to acting in television serials, Sheikh made her film debut in the 2012 social drama Seedlings, a box-office hit. Her performance in the film garnered critical appreciation and earned her many national and international awards, including the Lux Style Award for Best Film Actress, New York Film Festival Award and SAARC Film Festival Award. She achieved further critical and commercial success for her role of portrayal of Zarnab, in the romance Armaan (2013), which earned her a nomination for the Tarang Housefull Awards—Best Actress. The following year, she starred in the social drama Josh: Independence Through Unity, a critical and commercial success. Sheikh was widely praised for her role and received nominations in the Best Actress category at the Lux Style Awards and the Silent River Film Festival. In 2015, she served as one of the committee member of the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee.

Early life[edit]

Sheikh was born in New York City to Abdul Sheikh, a pharmacist by profession.[3] Sheikh's paternal side of family have established themselves in the textile business, but her father had a passion for chemistry; he pursued it and became a pharmacist.

Sheikh has spent her childhood in Karachi and Riyadh. She received her primary education from Mama Parsi School and secondary from American International School in Riyadh. Sheikh continued further studies in Karachi and did her O and A levels from St.Joseph's Convent and The Lyceum, respectively. Aamina has majored in film video production from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts and has worked as an assistant at Manhattan-based multi-media company Curious Pictures.[4]


Debut (2003–2007)[edit]

Returning to Pakistan, Sheikh landed a job with Geo Television, where she directed and produced children talkshow Bachey Man Ke Sachey. In 2007, Aamina made her on-screen debut in Sharjil Baloch and Khalid Ahmed's telefilm, Gurmuch Singh ki Waseeyat. It was based on Saadat Hassan Manto's novel, The Will of Gurmukh Singh.[5] Set during the time of partition, it is a story of Sheikh Sahab and his friendship with Gurmukh Singh, a revered elder of the neighborhood. In the wake of Partition, Muslims — with the exception of Sheikh Sahib — are leaving a largely Sikh village. Sheikh Sahib is confident that as long as his friend Gurmukh Singh is there no harm can come to him or his family. On the night of Eid, Gurmukh passes away leaving instructions with his son that sweets should be delivered to Sheikh Sahib's house as had been the tradition for decades. His wish is carried out in the morning but in an unexpected way. The telefilm was well received and caught the attention of drama addicts.[3] Aamina first major serial's offer came soon after that with Wilco, the ISPR and 7th Sky Entertainment's joint venture, where she portrayed a woman from Thar desert.

Television serials, modeling and film (2008–present)[edit]

Sheikh with Mahnoor Khan and Jahanzaib Khan performing on song Ko Ko Korina.

She garnered international recognition as a spokesperson for the French beauty brand L'Oreal.[1][2] In 2008, Sheikh appeared in three major telefilms: Aasmaan Chu Lay, Pachees Qadam Pe Maut and Baarish Mein Deewar. Sheikh played a rickshaw driver who's determined to become the soul breadwinner of the family, in Syed Ali Reza's Aasmaan Chu Lay. Sheikh had to learn and drive a rickshaw on Karachi's busiest M.A. Jinnah road and Garden Area, with a massive camera attached to it and had to attract real passengers.[6] In the same year Sheikh made her runaway debut with Rehana Saigol’s fashion show.[3][7] She has done extensive print work for fashion/advertising labels/companies, such as Maria B, Deepak Perwani, Amir Adnan, Nomi Ansari, Niche Lifestyle, Khaadi, Teejays, The Men's Store, Fahad Hussayn, Hang Ten, Maheen Khan, Umbereen Sharmeen, Chinyere, Crossroads and Limited Edition. In the following year, she did her second photoshoot for Niche Lifestyle, with Popstar and actor Atif Aslam.[8]

In 2010, Sheikh did Mehreen Jabbar's mega drama serial Daam and Haissam Hussain's Ishq Gumshuda. Both had huge casts and were received well by the audiences and critics.

In 2011, Sheikh played the role of a grieving mother in Summer Nicks' multi award-winning feature film Seedlings and went on to win New York Film Festival Award for Best Actress and SAARC Film Festival Award for Best Actress. She then went on to play the lead in Iman Paveen's feature Josh before taking on the role of Natasha in the high-octane action spy thriller, Operation 021, produced by Zeba Bakhtiar and directed by Australian filmmaker, Summer Nicks.[9][10]

In 2013, Sheikh was awarded Miss Photogenic Award at the 1st Veet Celebration of Beauty Awards. The following year, Sheikh appeared in two Music videos. One of them was "Urainge" a tribute to the 2014 Peshawar school massacre, where 142 people were killed including 132 children in a Taliban attack. Sheikh appeared along with fifty actors including Mahira Khan, Fawad Khan, Ali Zafar, Javed Sheikh, Sanam Saeed, Mehreen Raheel, Humaima Malick, Bilal Lashari, Hamza Ali Abbasi and many more. Her second music video was 2015 Cricket World Cup special anthem "Phir Se Game Utha Dein", in support of Pakistan to win the World Cup. Produced by Coke Studio (Pakistan), the anthem also included other actors and singers like Atif Aslam, Neelam Muneer, Adnan Siddiqui and Jimmy Khan.

Personal life[edit]

Sheikh is married to seasoned actor and comedian Mohib Mirza.[11] Sheikh had known Mirza since her school days when she was doing English plays with Rahat Kazmi; she officially met Mirza on the sets of Geo Entertainment's Bachay Mann Kay Sachay which she was directing and Mirza was hosting.[3] In 2005, they married each other in an Islamic wedding ceremony at Karachi. The couple gave birth to a daughter, Meissa, who was born on 11 August 2015.[3]

When asked about her family she has a very positive picture of a supporting and caring family: “I take great pride in my family, my support system that is built around me, my husband Mohib Mirza and all our close relations attached to my marriage”.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Love Mein Ghum Herself Special appearance in song "Love Mein Ghum"
2013 Seedlings Maliha Lux Style Award for Best Actress
New York Film Award for Best Actress
SAARC Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2013 Armaan Zarnab Nominated—Tarang Houseful Award for Best Actress
2013 Josh: Independence Through Unity Fatima Silent River Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Lux Style Award for Best Actress
2014 O21 Natasha
2015 Good Morning Karachi Mehwish Cameo Appearance
Year Title Role Channel Notes
2008 Wilco Megha PTV Home
Qisson Ki Chadar Aimen Hum TV Episode: "Tum Aurat Mein Mard"
Mera Naam Hai Muhabbat Huma Geo TV Episode "Ashiq Pan Shop"
Boltay Afsanay Razia TV One Episode: "Daayin"
2009 Dil-e-Nadan Seema Geo TV
Agar Tum Na Hotay Shireen Indus Vision
Qisson Ki Chadar Hajra Hum TV Episode: "Ghutan"
2010 Haal-e-Dil Seerat ARY Digital
Daam Maliha ARY Digital
Saleena Bushra ATV
Tere Liye Simran ARY Digital
Ishq Gumshuda Neha Hum TV
Hum Tum Ammal Geo TV
Uraan Sana Geo TV
Mera Saaein Naina ARY Digital
Main Abdul Qadir Hoon Nell Hum TV
2011 Maat Aiman Hum TV
Umm-e-Kulsoom Umm-e-Kulsoom ARY Digital
Kuch Kami Si Hai Asmee Geo TV
Mora Piya Ujala Geo TV
Ek Hatheli Pe Hina Ek Hatheli Pe Lahoo Hijab Geo TV
2012 Mera Saaein 2 Naina ARY Digital
2013 Mirat Ul Uroos Aiza Geo TV
Silvatein Zaib ARY Digital
Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain Anoushay Hum TV Episode: "Gunhagar Dil"
Kuch Is Tarah Sabina PTV Home
2014 Jackson Heights Salma Urdu 1
2016 Pakeezah Pakeeza Hum TV
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Gurmuch Singh ki Waseeyat Haseena TV One
2008 Baarish Mein Deewar Asma-ul-Haq AAG TV
Waapsi Saba ARY Digital
2009 Bibi Jee Amber ARY Digital
Aik Jaise Khuwab Saba ARY Digital
Yeh Bakra Nahi Chalega Mehreen ARY Digital
2010 Mera Mian Bolay Maen Saima TV One
2011 Bhaag Aamina Bhaag Amina Geo TV
2014 Kanebaaz Shabana ARY Digital
2011 Arrange Shadi Ki Love Story Gullay Laala Hum TV

Music work[edit]

Year Video Singer Notes
2007 "Mann Jaa Vay" Sheraz Uppal Video song from the album "Jhuki Jhuki'"
2008 "Neend Naa Aye" Fuzön Music video
2009 "Ajnabi" Faraz Khosa
2009 "Tere Liye" Tania and Omer
2010 "Narmi Se Chu Jaye" Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
2012 "Yeh Zameen Ga Rahi Hai" R.D.Burman Music video for the band Josh
2015 "Urainge" Ali Zafar Song for the 2014 Peshawar school massacre
2015 "Phir Se Game Uth Dein" Atif Aslam Music video for the 2015 Cricket World Cup

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title Award Category Result
2009 Lux Style Awards Best Model Nominated
Dil-e-Nadan Best Emerging Talent Won
Agar Tum Na Hotay Best TV Actress (Satellite) Nominated
2011 Lux Style Awards Best Dress Female Won
2012 Seedlings New York Film Festival Awards Best Performance by an Actress Won
2012 Seedlings SAARC Film Festival Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Won
2012 Umm-E-Kulsoom Lux Style Awards Satellite Best TV Actress Nominated
2013 Armaan Tarang Housefull Awards Best on screen Couple with Fawad Khan Won
2013 Armaan Tarang Housefull Awards Best Actress Nominated
2013 Veet Celebration of Beauty Awards Miss Photogenic Won
2013 Lux Style Awards Best Dress Female Won
2013 Maat Hum Awards Best Actress Nominated
2013 Seedlings Pakistan Media Awards Best Film Actress Nominated
2013 Josh: Independence Through Unity Pakistan Media Awards Best Film Actress Won
2013 Josh: Independence Through Unity Silent River Film Festival Best Actress Won
2014 Seedlings ARY Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
2014 Seedlings ARY Film Awards Best Star Debut Female Nominated
2014 Seedlings Lux Style Awards Best Actress Won
2014 Josh: Independence Through Unity Lux Style Awards Best Actress Nominated
2014 Kuch Is Tarah Lux Style Awards Best Television Actress - Terrestrial Nominated
2015 021 Tribune Cine Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2015 021 Galaxy Lollywood Awards Best Supporting Actress Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Launch of L'Oreal Paris Makeup Studio". Fashion Central PK. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Profile of Amina Sheikh". 
  3. ^ a b c d e "There's something about Aamina". The Newsline Magazine. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Glamazon: absolutely-aamina". Fouzia Mapara. Dawn. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Gurmukh Singh ki Wasiyat". Video: Channel Unplugged. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Aamina Sheikh Interview". Mag4u. Archived from the original on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Butt, Rabia. "Who will be Pakistan's next top model?". Instep Dawn. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Atif and Aamina for Niche". Desi manzil. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  9. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/517734/chocolate-heros-armaan-has-big-plans-for-small-screen/
  10. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/456379/lamha-does-it-again/
  11. ^ "Marriage, celebrity style". Maliha Rehman. Jang - Instep. 

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