Sharifah Amani

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Sharifah Amani
Sharifah Amani binti Syed Zainal Rashid Al-Yahya

(1986-06-10) 10 June 1986 (age 32)
Years active1992–present
Parent(s)Fatimah Abu Bakar (mother)
Syed Zainal Rashid Al-Yahya (father)
RelativesSharifah Aleya
Sharifah Aleysha
Sharifah Aryana

Sharifah Amani binti Syed Zainal Rashid Al-Yahya (born 10 June 1986), better known by her stage name Sharifah Amani, is a Malaysian actress. She is the best known for her role as Orked in the 2005 film of Sepet and Gubra.


She is the second daughter of veteran Malaysian actress, Fatimah Abu Bakar.[1] Sharifah is of Malay-Chinese-Arab-Bengali parentage[2] and speaks fluent English, Malay and some Hindi.[citation needed]As a teen writer for the New Straits Times YouthQuake slot, Amani covered assignments like the Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla press conference, concerts by Bollywood stars, Deep Purple and the 3rd IIFA Awards in Genting Highlands. Sharifah has also dabbled in theatre, having acted as Ophelia in the Bangsar Actors Studio's Hamlet (2005), directed by Faridah Merican.[3]



She is most famous for portraying the character Orked in Yasmin Ahmad's Orked trilogy. The first two films are Sepet and Gubra. In the latest instalment, Mukhsin, Sharifah Amani plays the adult version of Orked who "meets" her 10-year-old self (played by her younger sister, Sharifah Aryana).[4] She previously played the supporting role as a sexually abused teenager in the film Gol & Gincu.

She co-stars in the Malaysian film, Cinta, where she is one of ten actors playing 5 different couples portraying different situations based on the theme of love and relationships. Her mother co-stars with her in this movie.[5] In the Cantonese Malaysian horror movie, Possessed, she plays a supporting role as Fara, the assistant and close friend of a Chinese girl, Lisu, who migrated to Malaysia to make it big as a singer. Unfortunately, Lisu is brutally murdered and Fara, as the only witness of the murder, goes insane and is committed to a mental asylum.[3]

She is the main cast in Muallaf, where she acts with Sharifah Aleysha, another one of her younger sisters. This film is also directed by Yasmin Ahmad.[6] To fulfill her role in the movie, she shaved her head bald because in one of the scenes in the movie her character's head is shaved by the father for being too 'wild'.[7]


Following the relative success of Gol & Gincu[8] in the supporting role as a sexually abused teenager, she reprises this role later in several guest appearances in the TV series based on the movie (Gol & Gincu The Series), as originally broadcast in 2006 on the Malaysian TV channel, 8TV. In 2006, she also hosted a make-over TV show (sponsored by Revlon Silky Girl) on NTV7 with her elder sister, Sharifah Aleya.

In March 2007, TV3 (Malaysia) has started broadcasting the dramedy series Emil Emilda in their Samarinda timeslot, starring Sharifah Amani as the lead role of Emilda.[9] She stars in title role of Emilda, a bespectacled geeky filing clerk working in a fictitious TV station, where she catches the attention of the CEO due to her hard-working nature and passion for the broadcasting industry. The CEO finds out his long-lost son, Emil/Boboi who has been missing following a car accident 20 years ago has been sighted. En route to follow up on the information regarding his son, he dies when his private helicopter crashes. It is then revealed in his will that he has chosen Emilda to be his temporary replacement as CEO until his son can be located to be his rightful heir.[citation needed]


In 2006 at the 19th Malaysian Film Festival, when accepting her award as Best Actress she said "I sound, like, stupid, if I speak Malay, so I'll speak English".[10] This statement had been interpreted by some parties as if Sharifah was ridiculing the Malay language (being an official language used in the ceremony plus at the national level in Malaysia) when she had meant that she was not really fluent in it.[11] She later claimed that she was misquoted when her statement was translated by the Malay media.



Film and dramas that have not yet been released

Denotes film / dramas that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
1992 Selubung Palestine Children Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba as child actor
2000 Mimpi Moon as child actor
2005 Sepet Orked Yasmin Ahmad
Gol & Gincu Najihah Hafizam aka Jiji Bernard Chauly
2006 Gubra Orked Yasmin Ahmad
Cinta Arianna Khabir Bhatia
Possessed Fara Bjarne Wong
2007 Puaka Tebing Biru[12] Atilia Osman Ali
Mukhsin adult Orked Yasmin Ahmad Special appearance
1957: Hati Malaya Ani / Aishah Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba
2008 Punggok Rindukan Bulan Riza Azharr Rudin
Selamat Pagi Cinta Suci Norliana Samsuddin
Muallaf Rohani Yasmin Ahmad
Cicakman 2 - Planet Hitam Iman Yusry Abdul Halim
2009 Sayang You Can Dance Mia Bjarne Wong
15Malaysia - (Episode: Chocolate) Yasmin Ahmad Short films
2010 Magika Bawang Putih Edry Abdul Halim
2011 Appalam Siti Dato' Afdlin Shauki Tamil movie Malaysian
Hunters Bjarne Wong
2012 Pontianak Vs. Orang Minyak Maria Ogawa Dato' Afdlin Shauki
2013 Kolumpo Siti Nur Hayy Bront Palarae,
Sheikh Munasar,
Rozi Izma
PSIKO: Pencuri Hati Wani Nam Ron
2014 Terbaik Dari Langit Sara Nik Amir Mustapha
2015 Gangsterock Kasi Sengat Nian Sofi Jikan
2016 Pekak Dara Mohd. Khairul Azri Mohd. Noor
Pigeon[13] Yasmin Isao Yukisada
2017 KL 24: Zombies James Lee,
Gavin Yap,
Shamaine Othman
Independent films
Sindiket Aminah Bade Hj. Azmi
Mencari Rahmat Ratna Al Jafree Md Yusop
2018 Gol & Gincu Vol: 2 Najihah Hafizam aka Jiji Umi Salwana Omar
TBA Zombitopia Film and dramas that have not yet been released Woo Ming Jin Post-production
Sekolahaha Film and dramas that have not yet been released Mat Lufhfi Post-production
Motif that have not yet been released Nadiah Hamzah Post-production

Film crew[edit]

Year Title Role Director(s) Notes & Awards
2009 Talentime Assistant Director Yasmin Ahmad The film director Won The Best Director Awards FFM 22
2010 Sangkar Director Herself This film is a short films
2011 Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa Assistant Director / Stunt Yusry Abdul Halim This film is a film Malaysia second highest budget (£ 8 Million)
2013 Hawa Director Herself This film is an anthologi of short film in Ikal Mayang


Year Title Role TV Network Notes
2006 Gol & Gincu Najihah Hafizam aka jiji 8TV Guest appearance (1 episode)
2007 Emil Emilda Emilda TV3
2008 Sindarela Zoela TV3
2009 Rona Roni Makaroni Rona Astro Ria
Antara Garisan Telemovie
2010 Dalil Cinta Nisa TV3 Telemovie
Tiramisu Melur
Karma Salina Tia Telemovie
2011 Kashaf Imani Nisa Astro Ria Telemovie
Cita & Cinta Zalia TV9
La Ikro Hafiddin Nurlisa Astro Prima Telemovie
2012 Fatihah Untuk Abah Fatihah TV3
2013 Lembut Bukan Lelaki Lembut Astro Ria
Diari Ariana Ariana TV2
2014 Nostalgila Zett Astro First Exclusive Telemovie Raya
Saloma: Pandang Kasih Bhg 1 Siput Sarawak Telemovie
2015 Ajaibnya Cinta Hammara
Melur vs Rajawali Hannah TV1 Telemovie
2016 Cinta 100kg[14] Wati TV3
Fatin Fatin TV3 Telemovie
2017 Selamat Tinggal Aidilfitri Dhia Astro Maya HD
Kembalikan Syawalku Nurse Astro Citra Telemovie Raya (Special appearance)
Ti Amo Venezia Nadia


18th Malaysian Film Festival 2005

  • Most Promising Newcomer Award (Sepet)

19th Malaysian Film Festival 2006

  • Best Actress Award (Gubra) * the youngest winner of the category (20 years old)


  1. ^ Tan, Emily (22 May 2006). "The Secret Life of Sharifah Amani". Retrieved 24 August 2007.
  2. ^ Abdullah, Jamiliah (10 July 2005). "Aleya bintang semakin berkilau". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 24 August 2007.
  3. ^ a b Possessed Official site: Cast & crew Archived 5 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Blog article @
  5. ^ Cinta @ Yahoo! Malaysia movies
  6. ^ New Straits Time article Archived 15 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine. (not available as of 24 August 2007)
  7. ^ Berita Harian article (not available as of 24 August 2007)
  8. ^ Gol & Gincu official website
  9. ^ Blog entries @
  10. ^ The Star article (not available to public as of 24 August 2007)
  11. ^ "Kenapa saya berucap bahasa Inggeris" [Why I spoke English in my speech]. Utusan Online (in Malay). 15 August 2006. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
  12. ^ Puaka Tebing Biru at Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ Kho, Gordon (26 October 2016). "Actress Sharifah Amani's love affair with Japan continues". Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  14. ^ Drama Cinta 100kg (TV3)

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