Sharifah Amani binti Syed Zainal Rashid Al-Yahya
June 10, 1986
|Occupation||Actress, director, host|
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 Yasmin Ahmad's 'Orked' trilogy (Sepet, Gubra and Mukhsin).
She is the second daughter of veteran Malaysian actress, Fatimah Abu Bakar. Sharifah is of mixed Malay-Chinese-Arab-Bengali parentage and speaks fluent English, Malay and some Hindi. As a teenage 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.
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). 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. 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.
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. To fulfil 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'.
Following the relative success of Gol & Gincu 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 has started broadcasting the dramedy series Emil Emilda in their Samarinda timeslot, starring Sharifah Amani as the lead role of Emilda. 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.
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". 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. She later claimed that she was misquoted when her statement was translated by the Malay media.
|Denotes film / dramas that have not yet been released|
|1992||Selubung||Palestine Children||Debut film appearances|
|Gol & Gincu||Najihah Hafizam aka Jiji|
|2007||Puaka Tebing Biru||Atilia|
|Mukhsin||Adult Orked||Special appearance|
|1957: Hati Malaya||Ani / Aishah|
|2008||Punggok Rindukan Bulan||Riza|
|Selamat Pagi Cinta||Suci|
|Cicakman 2: Planet Hitam||Iman|
|2009||Sayang You Can Dance||Mia|
|15Malaysia - (Episode: Chocolate)||Short film|
|2012||Pontianak Vs. Orang Minyak||Maria Ogawa|
|2013||Kolumpo||Siti Nur Hayy|
|PSIKO: Pencuri Hati||Wani|
|2014||Terbaik dari Langit||Sara|
|2015||Gangsterock Kasi Sengat||Nian|
|2017||KL 24: Zombies||Independent film|
|2018||Gol & Gincu Vol: 2||Najihah Hafizam aka Jiji|
|2020||Hail, Driver!||Female Passenger 1||Special appearance|
Other film credits
|Year||Title||Role||Director||Notes & Awards|
|2009||Talentime||Assistant Director||Yasmin Ahmad||Best Director Award FFM 22|
|2011||Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa||Assistant Director / Stunt||Yusry Abdul Halim||Malaysia's second highest-budgeted film (£8 million)|
|2013||Hawa||This film is an anthology film in Ikal Mayang|
|2006–2007||Gol & Gincu The Series||Najihah Hafizam aka jiji||8TV|
|2009||Rona Roni Makaroni||Rona||Astro Ria|
|2011||Cita & Cinta||Zalia||TV9|
|2019||Kopitiam: Double Shot||Alia||Viu|
|2009||Antara Garisan||Weeda||Astro Ria|
|2011||Kashaf Imani||Nisa||Astro Ria|
|La Ikro Hafiddin||Nurlisa||Astro Prima|
|2012||Fatihah Untuk Abah||Fatihah||TV3|
|2013||Lembut Bukan Lelaki||Lembut||Astro Ria|
|2014||Nostalgila||Zett||Astro First Exclusive|
|Saloma: Pandang Kasih (Bahagian 2)||Siput Sarawak|
|2015||Melur vs Rajawali||Hannah||TV1|
|2017||Selamat Tinggal Aidilfitri||Dhia||Astro Prima|
|Kembalikan Syawalku||Nurse||Astro Citra|
|Ti Amo Venezia||Nadia|
|2018||Cikgu A+||Teacher Zeti||TV2|
|2020||Dengar Cerita||Narrator||Episode: "2 - Dalam Gambar"|
|Shakma Productions' Podcast||Guest||Episode: "Bold, Beautiful & Blessed"|
|Lepak Seni||Co-host||With Shamaine Othman|
|Kopi Konversations||Guest||Episode: "Sharifah Amani, Malaysian Film, Culture and Everything Else"|
|Ruang Bertamu||Episode: "Acting in Malaysia"/"A Passion for Acting", with Amerul Affendi and Nadiya Nisaa|
|2021||Content Forum: Let's Talk||Episode: "Reel Women" (alongside: Fatimah Abu Bakar, Sofia Jane, Susan Lankester, and Daiyan Trisha)|
Awards and nominations
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)
- Tan, Emily (22 May 2006). "The Secret Life of Sharifah Amani". Sun2Surf.com. Retrieved 24 August 2007.
- Abdullah, Jamiliah (10 July 2005). "Aleya bintang semakin berkilau". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 24 August 2007.
- Possessed Official site: Cast & crew Archived 5 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Blog article @ wordpress.com
- Cinta @ Yahoo! Malaysia movies
- New Straits Times article Archived 15 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine (not available as of 24 August 2007)
- Berita Harian article (not available as of 24 August 2007)
- Gol & Gincu official website
- Blog entries @ blogspot.com
- The Star article (not available to public as of 24 August 2007)
- "Kenapa saya berucap bahasa Inggeris" [Why I spoke English in my speech]. Utusan Online (in Malay). 15 August 2006. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- Puaka Tebing Biru at IMDb
- Kho, Gordon (26 October 2016). "Actress Sharifah Amani's love affair with Japan continues". Star2.com. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
- Drama Cinta 100kg (TV3)