|Born||12 June 1948|
Bombay, British India
|Died||3 February 2011 (aged 62)|
|Occupation||Actor, Television personality, Radio personality|
|Spouse(s)||Atiya Sharaf (divorced)|
Saiqa (wife till his death)
|Parent(s)||Zia Sarhadi (father)|
Zahira Ghaznavi (mother)
|Relatives||Zhalay Sarhadi (niece)|
Khayyam Sarhadi was born to a Muslim family on 12 June 1948 in Bombay, in the home of parents Zia Sarhadi and Zahira Ghaznavi and grew up there. Later he moved to Karachi, Pakistan and stayed there for some time and later moved to Lahore, Pakistan. His maternal grandfather, Rafiq Ghaznavi, was a well-known musician and since both his parents were writers, he was into showbiz from an early age. Khayyam travelled to the United States where he got his master's degree in cinematography. He also had a Masters degree in English literature and Fine Arts
Khayyam Sarhadi was married to a film actress Atiya Sharaf. Later, the couple got divorced and he got married to a TV actress Saiqa. He had four daughters one from Atiya and three from Saiqa, one of his daughters is Zarghuna Khayyam. Sarhadi was a son of a famous film director, producer and writer Zia Sarhadi and his mother was a writer named Zahra Sarhadi.
In the 1970s, after the death of his mother, Khayyam Sarhadi returned to Pakistan. In Pakistan, Sarhadi started his career from acting and directing theatre plays and later started working in TV dramas with Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) where he was spotted and picked up by noted PTV producer Yawar Hayat Khan. Since then he had worked in thousands of TV dramas and also directed a few of them. He also worked in some films. His scripts were made in Roman letters because he couldn't read Urdu well.
Death and legacy
Khayyam Sarhadi died of a sudden heart attack during the shooting of a TV drama serial on 3 February 2011 at the age of 62 in Lahore. His funeral was held at his residence in Defence Housing Authority, Lahore.
- Qurbani (1981)
- Bol (2011)
- Jinnah (1998) (played the role of Sardar Abdul Rab Nishtar)
- The Blood of Hussain (1980)
- Waris (TV series) (1979)
- Anokha Ladla (2011)
- Aik Thi Maina
- Parsa (TV series) (2010)
- Dastaan (TV series) (2010)
- Makan (TV series) (2006)
- Manzil (TV series) (2006)
- Mann Chalay Ka Sauda
- Ghulam Gardish
- Mirza and Sons
- Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan (2009 - 2010)
- dil e abaad
- "In memoriam: Khayyam leaves acting poorer". Dawn (newspaper). 13 February 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2019. (Khayyam Sarhadi's profile and obituary on Dawn newspaper)
- "Khayyam Sarhadi died with the heart attack". Dawn (newspaper). 4 February 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
- "Khayyam Sarhadi dies". The Nation (newspaper). 4 February 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
- TV Plays of Khayyam Sarhadi on IMDb website Retrieved 27 April 2019