Sanam Saeed

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Sanam Saeed
Pakistani Actress Sanam Saeed.jpg
Saeed on the sets of Diyar-e-Dil
Native name صنم سعید
Born Sanam Saeed
London, England, UK[1]
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Farhan Hassan (m. 2015)[2]
Website Sanam Saeed on Facebook

Sanam Saeed is a Pakistani actress, singer and model. She was borned in British, and was shifted to Pakistan when she was six years old. She did her O-level from Bay View High School Karachi and A-level from L'Ecole College. Saeed started modelling at the age of 16.[3] In Paper Magazine, she confessed that the reason she quit modelling was due to her increasingly becoming conscious about her looks for the first time in her life.[4]


Saeed started her acting career with a supporting role in the 2010 ARY Digital serial, Daam opposite Aamina Sheikh and Sanam Baloch. Saeed played the role of Fiza.[5] The following year she played the lead female role in Mera Naseeb, along with Syra Yousuf, Imran Aslam and Imran Abbas.[6]

In 2012, Saeed played Yamina, an American Pakistani who is married to Adam, a wife beater (played by Junaid Khan) in Mehreen Jabbar's Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu an adaptation of Farhat Ishtiaq's novel of the same name.[7] Sanam played Kashaf Murtaza in Sultana Siddiqui's romantic drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai an adaption of Umera Ahmad's novel of the same name the same year.[5] In addition, Saeed played Bibi, a Syrian Christian single mother in Bee Gul's Talkhiyan, based on Arundhati Roy's novel The God of Small Things.[8]

Saeed next played the role of Minah opposite Junaid Khan in the 2013 drama Kadoorat.[5][9] The same year, she appeared in a series Ek Kasak Reh Gayi opposite alongside Mikaal Zulfiqar and Shukk opposite Adeel Hussain and Ayesha Khan.[9] Saeed also appeared opposite Ahsan Khan and Sarwat Gilani in the romantic telefilm Dil Mera Dhadkan Teri.[10]

Saeed also starred in two other Eid special telefilms Kahin Chand Na Sharma Jaye opposite Goher Mumtaz and Tamanna ki Tamanna opposite Bilal Khan and Mathira in 2013.[11][12]

In 2014, Saeed played Aiman opposite Mohib Mirza, Noor Hassan Rizvi and Junaid Khan in Firaaq.[9] Sanam was later cast in the role of Ruhina Behroze Khan alongside Maya Ali, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Osman Khalid Butt and Abid Ali in Diyar-e-Dil aired in 2015. She played a middle-class girl who marries her class fellow Behroze Khan (played by Zulfiqar), against his family members' wishes.[13]

In 2016, she was seen in 4 Pakistani films. She made her film debut in Nasir Khan's romantic thriller Bachaana with Mohib Mirza[14] She next appeared in Anjum Shahzad and Sarmad Sehbai's Mah-e-Meer, along with Fahad Mustafa and Iman Ali, describing it as the first "glamorous" role of her career.[15][16] She was also seen in Ahmed Jamal's Rahm. She then appeared in Mehreen Jabbar's Dobara Phir Se, along side Adeel Hussain, Hareem Farooq, Ali Kazmi and Tooba Siddiqui.

Music career

Saeed had briefly appeared in third season of Coke Studio Pakistan where she sang background vocals on "Alif Allah (Jugni)" by Arif Lohar and Meesha Shafi, "Aisha" by Amanat Ali and "Chori Chori" by Meesha Shafi as a backing vocalist.[17]

Musical theater

Sanam has worked for Made for Stage Productions in the following stage plays: Chicago, Mamma Mia!, Carnage, Dhaani and Grease.[18][19][20][21][22][23]

Personal life

She married her childhood friend, Farhan Hassan, who is a banker from Karachi, on 2 January 2015.[2]


Film has yet to be released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Theatre Play Role Notes
2007 Chicago Roxie Hart [18][19]
2009 Mama Mia Rosie [20]
Carnage [21]
2013 Grease Rizz [22]
Dhaani Ruqayya [23]


Year Film Role Notes
2016 Bachaana Aalia Film Debut[15][24]
Mah-e-Meer Naina Kanwal [15][16]
Dobara Phir Se Samar [15][25]
Rahm Samina [15]
2017 AzadFilm has yet to be released TBA Filming[15]


Year Drama Role Notes
2010 Daam Fizza on ARY Digital[9]
2011 Mera Naseeb Shazia on Hum TV[9]
2012 Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu Yamina on Hum TV[7]
Talkhiyan Bibi on Express Entertainment[8]
Zindagi Gulzar Hai Kashaf Murtuza on Hum TV[9]
2013 Dil Mera Dharkan Teri Beenish on Geo TV (Telefilm)[10]
Kadoorat Minah on Hum TV[9]
Kahin Chand Na Sharma Jaye Mishal/Sameer on Hum TV (Telefilm)
Tamanna ki Tamanna Zainab on Hum TV (Telefilm)[26]
Ek Kasak Reh Gaye Paras on Geo TV
Shukk Sania on ARY Digital[9]
2014 Firaaq Paimaan on Hum TV[9]
2015 Mr. Shamim Maya on Hum TV
Diyar-e-Dil Ruhina on Hum TV[13]
2016-present Dil Banjaara Nida on Hum TV[27]


Year Song Notes
2010 "Alif Allah (Jugni)" on Coke Studio Pakistan (Season 3) as a backing vocalist[17]
"Chori Chori"


  1. ^ Sanam Saeed talks to Fashion Central Retrieved 22 July 2012
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  3. ^ "Sanam Saeed: Biography, Interview, and Pics". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Oh Sanam!". styleonpaper. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Zindagi Gulzar Hai's Kashaf Murtaza: 7 things to know about lovely Sanam Saeed". India Today. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sanam Saeed back as Shazia in Zindagi's 'Mera Naseeb'". Zee News. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "India uses cinema to tell its stories, we use TV: Sanam Saeed". Times Of India. 14 July 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Saadia Qamar (6 December 2012). "A story of bitterness: Meet the women of 'Talkhiyan'". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i Rehman Chagani, Anum. "I like taking on characters that empower women: Sanam Saeed". DAWN. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Sanam Saeed & Sanam Jung: Double act". The Express Tribune. 9 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Zaidi, Amira (23 August 2013). "Drama Review: 'Kahin Chaand Na Sharma Jaye'". Daily Times. 
  12. ^ Khan, Sher (22 August 2012). "Bilal Khan: Acting pushed me out of my comfort zone". 
  13. ^ a b "Diyar-e-Dil: Of love, pride and family values". The News On Sunday. 15 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bachaana' makes Rs20m in three days". Express Tribune. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f Saeed, Mahek (9 December 2015). "Our women don't have much exposure of the outside world: Sanam Saeed". The Express Tribune. 
  16. ^ a b "'Mah-e-Meer' to hit theatres on May 6". Express Tribune. 27 March 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "Sanam Saeed Coke Studio Bio". 
  18. ^ a b Kulsoom (6 January 2015). "Attending Chicago the Musical…in Karachi". Wordpress. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "Chicago in Karachi opens new avenues to art, theatre and a 'wicked' world of possibilities". Saba Sartaj K. 
  20. ^ a b Muniba Kamal. "Mamma Mia! Here they go again!". JANG News. Archived from the original on 24 January 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  21. ^ a b "'God of Carnage' a play by Nida Butt". Pakistan Today. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  22. ^ a b Salima Fareesta (20 January 2015). "Grease The musical delivers a fun night out". Karachista. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  23. ^ a b Rafey Mehmood (20 May 2013). "Dhaani: Great performances lost in vain". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  24. ^ Hassan, Malik (28 February 2015). "Review: Bachaana is a big slice of highly palatable cheese". Daily Times Pakistan. 
  25. ^ Lodhi, Rita (3 September 2016). "'Dobara Phir Se' release date finally revealed". Aaj TV. 
  26. ^ Khan, Sher (22 August 2012). "Bilal Khan: Acting pushed me out of my comfort zone". Express Tribune. 
  27. ^ "Gypsy is not just another drama about wailing women, says Mira Sethi". DAWN. 2 June 2016. 

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