Meryl Fernandes

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Meryl Fernandes
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Fernandes in 2012
Meryl Glynis Fernandes

1983 (age 37–38)
OccupationActress and presenter
Years active1993–present
Notable work
See below

Ackley Bridge
Parent(s)Harold Fernandes (father)
Ghislaine Fernandes (mother)

Meryl Glynis Fernandes (born 1983)[1] is an English actress and presenter. She played Afia Masood, a love interest for Tamwar Masood (Himesh Patel) in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, originally making a guest appearance between 29 December 2009[2] and 5 January 2010.[3] She returned to the role of Afia, on 18 November 2010, this time as a regular character.[4] She departed EastEnders on 7 June 2012.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Born in 1983 to Harold and Ghislaine Fernandes, Meryl was brought up in London and went to Trinity Catholic High School, Woodford Green.[7] Her parents, of Goan Indian ancestry, were originally from Nairobi.[7] Fernandes trained at Millennium Performing Arts in 2000. She is skilled in several types of dance and has kissed Tom Hardy in a play.[8]


Other than appearing in EastEnders, Fernandes has appeared Doctor Who, Demons, Minder alongside fellow EastEnders actor, Shane Richie,[9] It's Now or Never, Clone and Dis/Connected.[8] She has also appeared in the highly criticised YouTube series, Living With the Infidels playing 'Jot'.[8][10] In stage she has appeared in The Lion of Punjab in 2006 and A Small Town Anywhere directed in 2007.[8] In musicals she has appeared in Oliver! as a 'Workhouse Girl', in 1996 and sung in Il mondo della luna at the Royal Academy of Music in 2003.[8] She has also appeared in a film, Ashes where she appeared as the lead role, Amisha, in 2012.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 EastEnders Schoolgirl 1 episode
1995 A Small Addition
2006 It's Now or Never Flower Girl
2007 Dis/Connected Sara
2007 Doctor Who Head Girl
2008 Demons Amber Selway
2008 Clone Jasmine
2008 Minder Roxy
2009–2012 EastEnders Afia Masood 110 episodes
2016 World of Weird Presenter
2018 Ackley Bridge Maryam Quereshi 2 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Living with the Infidels Jot Main Role
2010 Ashes Amisha
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Oliver! Workhouse Girl Musical
2003 Sleeping Beauty Sleeping Beauty Stage
2003 Il Mondo Della Luna Moon Dancer Opera
2005 The Far Pavilions Anjuli Musical
2006 The Lion of Punjab Jindan Stage
2007 Who Asked You? Deborah Smith
2007 A Small Town Anywhere The Samaritan
2007 A Matter of Life and Death Clerk/Nurse
2007 The Man of Mode Harriet


  1. ^ a b "England & Wales births 1837–2006 Transcription". Find My Past. Retrieved 30 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Green, Kris (29 December 2009). "Amira's father Qadim arrives in Walford". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 June 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Green, Kris (5 January 2010). "Lauren's furious to see Peter kissing Zsa Zsa". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 June 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (18 November 2010). "Billy discovers Shirley's secret". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 June 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (23 May 2012). "'EastEnders': Afia Masood to leave Walford". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 May 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Kat's back in the nick of time for Jean!". What's on TV. Retrieved 7 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b "The Goan Voice". 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b c d e f "MERYL FERNANDES Spotlight Actresses 2010/2011". Spotlight. 2010–2011. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Afia Khan played by Meryl Fernandes". EastEnders. BBC. February 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Manzoor, Sarfraz (20 August 2009). "Living with the Infidels: Can a sitcom about terrorists ever be funny?". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 11 June 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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