Bilal Ashraf

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Bilal Ashraf
Born (1979-10-12) 12 October 1979 (age 38)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nationality  United Kingdom
Alma mater Franklin Marshall College
Occupation Actor, model, visual director
Years active 2014–present

Bilal Ashraf is a Pakistani film actor, model and visual effects director. After studying visual effects from the Franklin Marshall College, he started his career as a visual effects director and then pursued his career in acting after making a brief appearance in the 2014 acclaimed thriller O21. Ashraf then starred as an army officer in another acclaimed war drama Yalgaar (2017).[1][2]

Career[edit]

Despite making a cameo appearance in the 2014 film O21, Bilal made his lead acting debut in the 2016 film Janaan alongside Armeena Khan. He has recently appeared in the film Yalghaar which had a decent opening at the box office.[3] He is also expected to star in the upcoming action film Waar 2.

With a double major in Finance and Arts and a Psychology minor, Bilal was working as a hedge consultant in New York.Bilal's passion for art and creativity led him to quit his job in New York and move to London, where he studied animation and visual effects, which has led him to be a visual effects director today.[4]

Education[edit]

Bilal received his early education from St. Michaels Convent School in Karachi. Bilal studied visual effects direction at a liberal arts college, known as Franklin and Marshall in Pennsylvania,United States. He then went on to do a double major in Finance and Arts. Later he went to Escape Studios in London to learn Animation. He claims to have 10 years of experience behind the Camera.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Bilal was on the chubbier side up until the age of Twelve, when he gained a fondness towards sports such as cricket, volleyball and basketball, as well as the use of the gym, which helped to tone and lose his weight. He even bunked classes for sports![6]

Whilst in college, Bilal worked at Starbucks as a barista, and honed the skill of coffee making.[7]

Bilal's inspiration and reason to move back to Pakistan and become an actor stems from his late sister, who was a film director, and had a vision to bring Pakistani cinema to an international calibre.[8]

Filmography[edit]

dagger Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Films Role Notes
2014 O21 Ahmad Cameo appearance
2016 Janaan Asfandyar
2017 Yalghaar Captain Bilal
2017 Rangreza Ali
TBA Jhol dagger TBA Filming
2013 Waar Yes Yes
2019 Superstar Yes Yes