Sanam Saeed

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Sanam Saeed
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Sanam Saeed at HUM Awards 2015
Born Sanam Saeed
(1985-02-02) 2 February 1985 (age 30)[1]
London, England, UK[2]
Residence Dubai, U.A.E, Karachi, Pakistan
Nationality British, Pakistani
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 2004–present
Religion Islam
Spouse(s) Farhan Hasan (m. 2015)

Sanam Saeed (Urdu: صنم سعید‎ is a British Pakistani actress, singer and model, who appears in Pakistani films and serials. Through her successful career, Saeed has established herself as one of the leading actress of Pakistan.[3][4][5][6]

Saeed made her screen debut with a supporting role in the 2010 Mehreen Jabbar's serial Daam. She received critical acclaim for her portrayal of unconventional characters, including a troubled wife in the social drama Mera Naseeb (2011), a Pakistani British women in the romantic drama Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu (2012), a Syrian Christian single mother in the social drama Talkhiyan (2012), the revenge drama Kadoorat (2013), the mystery drama Shukk (2013), the romantic drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai (2013) and the family drama Firaaq (2014), all of which rank among the highest rated Pakistani serial.[7][8]

In 2013, Saeed appeared in a telefilm with a supporting role in the romantic drama Dil Mera Dharkan Teri, a critical and commercial success. Her performance won wide critical acclaim, earning consecutive Tarang Housefull Award—Best Supporting Actress.[9][10]

Early life and modelling career

Saeed was born in London, England to Pakistani parents, but the family relocated to Karachi, Pakistan when Saeed was six years old. She did her O-level from Bay View High School Karachi and A-level from L'Ecole College.[11]

Saeed started modelling when she was 16. She has appeared in many commercials.[12] She has won L'Oreal Paris Award for Best Model. In Paper Magazine, Saeed confessed that the reason she quit modelling was due to her increasingly becoming conscious about her looks for the first time in her life.[13]

Acting career

Television debut and breakthrough (2010-2011)

Saeed started her acting career with a supporting role in the 2010 ARY Digital serial, Daam as adaption of Umera Ahmad's novel of the same name opposite Aamina Sheikh and Sanam Baloch. Directed by Mehreen Jabbar, Saeed played the role of Fiza a "selfish and arrogant girl" who develops feeling for her sister-in-laws brother, which later become a burden for her.[14]

The following year she played the lead female role in Adnan Ahmed's Hum TV serial Mera Naseeb, along with Syra Yousuf, Imran Aslam and Imran Abbas Naqvi. Her portrayal of Shazia, an outspoken and rebellious girl, was particularly praised.[15]

Commercial success (2012-2013)

Saeed followed this success with the role of Yamina, a British Pakistani who is married to a materialistic snob, Adam (played by Junaid Khan) and has sold herself to the western ways in Mehreen Jabbar Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu an adaptation of'Farhat Ishtiaq's novel of the same name.

Saeed continues to work in Pakistani television serials, her second serial of 2012 was Bee Gul's Talkhiyan, based on Arundhati Roy's novel The God of Small Things. The drama, directed by Khalid Ahmed, set in Murree, received positive feedback from the critics and Saeed's portrayal of Bibi, a Syrian Christian single mother, was particularly praised.[9][16]

Sultana Siddiqui's romantic drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai an adaption of Umera Ahmad's novel of the same name was Saeed's next serial. Co-starring Fawad Khan, she was cast as Kashaf Murtaza, a very sensible and matured girl, comes from a middle-class family background marked a departure from the glamorous characters that she had a reputation for portraying.[2][17] The pairing of Saeed with Khan resulted in hype over the drama aired and it proved a major commercial success.[18]

Saeed next played opposite Junaid Khan in the 2013 mystery drama Kadoorat aired on Hum TV from Momina Duraid. Her role was Minah, who take revenge from her step-mother and step-sister and later felt guilty.[19]

The same year, she appeared in Geo TV serial Ek Kasak Reh Gaye opposite alongside Mikaal Zulfiqar and ARY Digital's Shukk opposite Adeel Hussain and Ayesha Khan.

Saeed next appeared opposite Ahsan Khan and Sarwat Gilani in the romantic telefilm Dil Mera Dhadkan Teri, her third collaboration with Mehreen Jabbar. The telefilm was the remake of Waheed Murad's 1968 film of the same name. She featured in the role of "rich and spoiled brat". The telefilm received mixed reviews from critics, however Saeed's performance was praised by both critics and viewers.[20]

Saeed also starred in two other Eid special telefilms Kahin Chand Na Sharma Jaye opposite Goher Mumtaz and Tamana ki Tamana opposite Bilal Khan and Mathira.

Recent work (2014–present)

Saeed's first serial of 2014 is opposite Mohib Mirza, Noor Hassan Rizvi and Junaid Khan in the hum TV serial Firaaq which is currently on-air. She is portraying the role of Paiman who struggles to live at her own wills despite of boundaries by her mother.

As of September 2014, Saeed has several upcoming projects in various stages of productions. She has completed Anjum Shahzad's biographical film Mah-e-Meer with Fahad Mustafa and Iman Ali, describing it as the first "glamorous" role of her career. She has also completed her upcoming serial Dayar-e-Dil, based on Farhat Ishtiaq's novel of the same name, alongside Mikaal Zulfiqar, Maya Ali, Osman Khalid Butt and Hareem Farooq.

Music career

Saeed had briefly appeared in third season of Coke Studio Pakistan where she sung songs "Alif Allah (Jugni)" by Arif Lohar and Meesha Shafi, "Aisha" by Amanat Ali and "Chori Chori" by Meesha Shafi as a backing vocalist.[21]

Musical theater

Sanam has worked for Made for Stage Productions in four musicals: Chicago, Mamma Mia!, Carnage, Dhaani and Grease.

Personal life

She married her childhood friend, Farhan Hassan, who is a banker from Karachi, on January 2, 2015.[22][23][24]




Year Award Serial/Movie Category
2009 L'Oreal Paris Award Best Model Won
2012 Pakistan Media Awards Daam Best New Female Actor Nominated
2012 Pakistan Media Awards Mera Naseeb Best New Female Actor Nominated
2013 Tarang Housefull Awards Dil Mera Dharkan Teri Best Supporting Actress Won
2014 Pakistan Media Awards Talkhiyan Best Actress Nominated
2014 Hum Awards Zindagi Gulzar Hai Best Actress Popular Won
2014 Hum Awards Zindagi Gulzar Hai Best Actress Nominated
2014 Hum Awards Zindagi Gulzar Hai Best on Screen Couplewith Fawad Khan Won
2014 Hum Awards Zindagi Gulzar Hai Best Onscreen Couple Popular with Fawad Khan Won
2014 Hum Awards Kadoorat Best Negative Actor Nominated
2014 Lux Style Awards Zindagi Gulzar Hai Best Television Actress - Satellite Won


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  22. ^ Entertainment Desk. "Sanam Saeed ties the knot with childhood friend". Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
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  25. ^ Saadia Qamar (6 December 2012). "A story of bitterness: Meet the women of ‘Talkhiyan’". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 

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