Maya Ali

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Maya Ali[1]
Native name
مایا علی
Born (1985-07-27) 27 July 1985 (age 34)[2]
OccupationActress, model, VJ
Years active2011–present

Maryam Tanveer , know better by her stage name Maya Ali[2] is a Pakistani actress, model and VJ, mostly known for her roles in Pakistani television serials. She made her film debut with 2018 action drama filmTeefa in Trouble opposite Ali Zafar.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Maryam Tanveer Ali (Maya Ali)[4] was born in Lahore, Pakistan,[5] on July 27, 1985.[6] Ali completed her Masters in Mass Communication,[7] from the Queen Mary College, Lahore.[8] Ali then went on to be a VJ. Ali is interested in sports and had played Basketball,Cricket,Hockey,Tennis,Badminton representing her school team.[9] She only has one brother, Affnan.[10] Maya Ali lost her father in 2016.[11]


Maya Ali started her career as a video jockey at Samaa TV, Waqt News and Dunya News.[12] She then appeared in drama Durr-e-Shahwar; and then starred in Aik Nayee Cinderella and Aunn Zara, both along with Osman Khalid Butt.[13][14][15][16]

In 2014, Ali was cast in Shanakht, in which she played the role of Qurat-ul-Ain, who follows Islam but is criticized by her family and society.[17] Ali also starred as Saman in Zid alongside Ahsan Khan.[18]

In 2015, Ali worked in Mehreen Jabbar's Mera Naam Yousuf Hai. She played the role of Zulaikha alongside Imran Abbas.[19] The same year she played the role of Farah alongside Osman Khalid Butt in Diyar-e-Dil, for which they won Hum Award for Best on-screen Couple by Jury.[16][20]

In 2016, Ali starred as Manahil in Mann Mayal along with Hamza Ali Abbasi, for which she won Lux Style Award for Best TV Actress.[21] She then also appeared in Sanam along with Osman Khalid Butt and Hareem Farooq.[16][22]

In January 2017, she signed Ahsan Rahim's debut romantic action[23]-comedy film Teefa in Trouble as a co-star with Ali Zafar. It is the debut of both the actors too in Pakistan film industry, which released on 20 July 2018.[24][25] On 19 April 2017, they both performed in the 16th Lux Style Awards on Zafar's song "Ishq",[26][27] and it was the first time when she performed on the stage of Lux Style Awards.[21] She was the Brand Ambassador of Quetta Gladiators in 2018 Pakistan Super League.[28]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2018 Teefa in Trouble Anya Ahsan Rahim [24]
2019 Parey Hut Love Saniya Asim Raza [29]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Durr-e-Shehwar Mahnoor
2012–2013 Aik Nayee Cinderella Meesha "Cinderella"
2013 Aun Zara Zara
2013 Khoya Khoya Chand Ahmreen
2013–2014 Ranjish Hi Sahi Hiba
2013–2014 Meri Zindagi Hai Tu Meenu [30]
2014–2015 Ladoon Mein Pali Laraib
2014 Shanakht Qurat ul Ain
2014–2015 Zid Saman
2015 Mera Naam Yousuf Hai Zulaikha Yousuf
2015 Diyar-e-Dil Faarah Khan Won Best on-screen Couple award, shared with Osman Khalid Butt[14]
2016 Mann Mayal Manahil "Mannu" Won Best TV Actress award[13]
2016–2017 Sanam Aan [31]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Notes Results
2016 4th Hum Awards Best Onscreen Couple (Jury) Diyar-e-Dil Shared with Osman Khalid Butt Nominated
Best Drama Actress (Popular) Nominated
Best Drama Actress (Jury) Nominated
Best Onscreen Couple (Popular) Nomination Shared with Osman Khalid Butt Nominated
Lux Style Awards Best Actress Drama (Jury) Nominated
2017 Best Actress Drama (Jury) Mann Mayal Nominated
5th Hum Awards Best Onscreen Couple(Popular) Shared with Hamza Ali Abbasi Nominated
Best Onscreen Couple(Jury) Nomination Shared with Hamza Ali Abbasi Nominated
Best Drama Actress(Popular) Nominated
Best Drama Actress(Jury) Nominated
2019 Galaxy Lollywood Awards Best Female Debut Teefa in Trouble Pending
Best Onscreen Couple Nominated with Ali Zafar Pending
Pakistan Achievement Awards Best Female Actor Pending


  1. ^ Speak Your Heart With Saminaa Peerzada (19 July 2018). "Maya Ali's Most Emotional Interview - Teefa in Trouble". Retrieved 4 August 2018 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ a b "مایا علی کو سالگرہ پر ہیکرز کا 'تحفہ'" (in Urdu). Dawn news. 27 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  3. ^ Ahmed Sarym (15 July 2018). "Girls can do anything in a film and that's the way it should be: Maya Ali". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  4. ^ “Biography of Gorgeous & Talented Actress Maya Ali”, “fashion360”, December 12, 2015
  5. ^ “Maya Ali – Pakistani Actress, Model – Biography, Dramas, Work”, on July 13, 2018
  6. ^ “Date of Birth of Top Pakistani Actresses to say them Happy Birthday”,
  7. ^ “Maya Ali Height, Weight, Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Family, Wiki & Biography”, “Much Feed”,
  8. ^ “Maya Ali – Biography, Age, Family, Sister, Husband, Dramas”, “”, July 1, 2017
  10. ^ Sofia. “Maya Ali Family Pictures”, “”,
  11. ^ Tanweer, Maryam. “Maya Ali”, Pakistan Encyclopedia”, January 18, 2017
  12. ^ "THIS Pakistani beauty will debut in Akshay Kumar's next remake of superstar Vijay's Kaththi!". 27 June 2016.
  13. ^ a b ""People in Pakistan are praising Kapoor & Sons; I think we can make better dramas than this"". The News. 3 April 2016.
  14. ^ a b "In conversation with Pakistan's new jori #1: Diyar-e-Dil's Osman Khalid Butt & Maya Ali". Dawn Images. 28 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Aun Zara: The perfect family show for Ramazan!". The Express Tribune. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  16. ^ a b c Saadia Qamar (24 May 2016). "Working with Maya Ali is both easy and challenging: Osman Khalid Butt". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  17. ^ "14 Pakistani dramas that ruled our television screens in 2014". The Express Tribune. 2 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Review: 'Zid' is a mixed bag". Dawn. 23 January 2015.
  19. ^ "TV drama Mera Naam Yousuf Hai plays the filmi card and wins". Dawn. 22 June 2015.
  20. ^ "HUM Awards official facebook page". Hum TV. 25 April 2016.
  21. ^ a b "Here's what went down at the Lux Style Awards 2017". Dawn Images. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  22. ^ Sadaf Siddique (24 September 2016). "New drama Sanam could offer a fresh take on mental illness, but it's off to a slow start". Dawn Images. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  23. ^ "Maya Ali, Age, Biography". pakiplay. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  24. ^ a b "Maya Ali to star opposite Ali Zafar in 'Tifa in Trouble'". Dunya News. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  25. ^ "Maya Ali to make film debut with Teefa in Trouble". Dawn Images. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  26. ^ "Ali Zafar's latest song 'Ishq' is as intense as his new look". Dawn Images. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  27. ^ "Ali Zafar has released a new song but it makes us wonder why?". The Express Tribune. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  28. ^ "PSL - 3: Maya Ali to face up as Quetta Gladiators ambassador". The News. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  29. ^ "Maya Ali to star opposite Sheheryar Munawar in Paray Hut Love". The News. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  30. ^ "Meri Zindagi Hai Tu: The story of a girl who gets obsessed with her aunt's fiance". India Today. 17 March 2016.
  31. ^ "New drama Sanam could offer a fresh take on mental illness, but it's off to a slow start". Dawn Images. 24 September 2016.

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