|Occupation||Actress, producer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Fareed Ahmad (div. 1993)|
Manzar Sehbai (m. 2020)
|Awards||Pride of Performance (2011)|
Samina Ahmad is a Pakistani film and television actress, stage performer, producer and director. She is a veteran television actress with over 50 years of work experience in the Urdu entertainment industry. Ahmad performed for many PTV's major successful series, including Waris (1979), Alif Noon and Family Front. One of her most recent roles includes the Geo TV's widely-popular four-part comedy series Kis Ki Aayegi Baraat (2009–2012), and the Hum TV's acclaimed comedy drama series Suno Chanda (2018) and its sequel Suno Chanda 2 (2019). For her contributions towards the television industry, she was honoured by the Government of Pakistan with the Pride of Performance in 2011.
Early life and career
Ahmad was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan on 11 February 1950. Her father was Director Forests, in the West of Pakistan, and her mother was housewife. Her father died in 1965 and mother in 2018. She is the elder among her five siblings. She has done Masters in Home Economics.
Ahmad had started her career with serious plays on Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV), however she is known for comedy plays like Akkar Bakkar, Taal Matol, Alif Noon and Such Gup. She also acted in the famous comedy drama Family Front (1997 Comedy Drama TV Series). She has recently acted in another TV comedy named Side Order. Her switch to the comic roles proved to be highly rewarding for her, and she quickly became a top media person in Pakistan. When asked in an interview about what she values most in life ? ... Her prompt reply was, "Humanity". Samina Ahmad was just an 18 year old college student in Lahore, Pakistan, when she first started working for Pakistan Television Corporation. During her long career, she has also worked at Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore as a Program Director for two decades. Despite her busy professional career, Samina Ahmed has also been an active member of Women's Action Forum in Pakistan.
Ahmad was a programmer director at Alhamra Arts Council in Lahore while also performing on the television. In 1997, she launched her own television company named as Samina Ahmad Productions, which produced the widely-popular TV drama Family Front.
Ahmad was married to a Pakistani filmmaker Fariduddin Ahmed, the son of veteran filmmaker W.Z. Ahmed, who made a popular Pakistani film Waada (1957). The couple has a son, and a daughter together. Fariduddin divorced her, a few years before his death in 1993, the reason being his love for the actress Shamim Ara, who he later married. Ahmad married actor Manzar Sehbai on 4 April 2020, in a private Nikah ceremony in Lahore.
Samina Ahmed has a son and daughter from her first marriage. Son Zain is associated with NAPA and teaches acting, while daughter Zara is not associated with the media industry.
|2018||Load Wedding||Raja's Mother|||
|1979||Waris||PTV||Sughra Niaz Ali|
|1994||Husan Ara Kaun|
|1994||Angaar Waadi||Dr's Hajra's mother|
|1998||Dhoop Mein Sawan|
|2006||Hoo Ba Hoo ||Indus TV|
|2009||Tanveer Fatima (B.A)||Geo TV|
|2009||Azar Ki Ayegi Baraat||Mehr-un-Nisa|
|2009||Bol Meri Machli|
|2009||Noor Bano||Hum TV||Bi Jaan|
|2009||Dolly ki Ayegi Baraat||Geo TV||Mehr-un-Nisa|
|2009||Dastaan||Hum TV||Special appearance as Orphanage care taker, Bano came to Pakistan after partition and stayed in her orphanage.|
|2011||Kitni Girhain Baqi Hain||Hum TV||Episodic role|
|2011||Takkay Ki Ayegi Baraat||Geo TV|
|2011||Akhri Barish||Hum TV|
|2011||Pani Jaisa Piyar||Hum TV||Nuzhat|
|2012||Annie Ki Ayegi Baraat||Geo TV|
|2012-2013||Mirat Ul Uroos||Geo TV||Asghari|
|2013||Dil Muhallay Ki Haveli||Geo TV||Amma Bi|
|2015||Sawaab||Hum Sitaray||her role was Fehmida (Nimra's mother-in-law)|
|2015||Maikey Ko Dedo Sandes||Geo TV|
|2015||Sangat||Hum TV||Adnan and Farah's mother|
|2015-2016||Gul-e-Rana||Hum TV||Jazba Aapi|
|2016||Iss Khamoshi Ka Matlab||Geo TV|
|2016||Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain (Season 2)||Hum TV||Episodic role in Aisa Bus Dramon Main Hota Hai|
|2016||Naimat||ARY Digital||Babar's mother|
|2016-2017||Dil Banjaara||Hum TV||Zubaida Mukhtar|
|2017||Sun Yaara||Ary Digital||Amna, Rafia's sister and Roshni's grandmother|
|2017||Baday Mian||TVOne Pakistan||Telefilm|
|2017||Aangan||ARY Digital||Zaitoon Bano|
|2018||Ustani Jee||Hum TV||Anwar's mother|
|2018||Suno Chanda||Hum TV||Bi jaan|
|2018||Kabhi Band Kabhi Baja||Express Entertainment||Ep:4 Diana Cottage|
Ep:10 "Ammi Nahi Manengi"
|2018||Khatti Methi Love Story||Express Entertainment|
|2019||Do Bol||ARY Digital||Firdous|
|2019||Suno Chanda 2||Hum TV||Bi jaan|
|2020||Kashf||Hum TV||Kashf's grandmother|
|2020||Bandhay Aik Dor Say||Geo TV|||
|2020||Ghisi Piti Mohabbat||ARY Digital||Samiya's phuppo|
Awards and nominations
|1985||Naraaz||Nigar Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|1999||Herself||PTV Awards||Best Director Award by PTV.||Won|
|2005||Herself||The 1st Indus Drama Awards||Best Actress Sitcom in a Leading Role||Won|
|2011||Herself||Pride of Performance Award||Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan||Won|
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