Shelley King

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Shelley King
Born (1955-09-25) 25 September 1955 (age 63)
Years active1978–present
Known forJay Harper on "Angels (TV series), Yasmeen Nazir on Coronation Street
Partner(s)Trilby James[1]

Shelley King (born 25 September 1955) is an actress known for playing Jay Harper in Angels (TV series) and Yasmeen Nazir in the soap opera Coronation Street.

Early life[edit]

King was born in Calcutta, India in 1955 to Kelly King, a much respected photographer in India and the UK. King attended La Martinere for Girls and learnt English and French but not the languages of her birth.[2] On 18 April 2018 during an interview on ITV's This Morning King opened up about being a gay woman and discussed her own struggles and difficulties which she had with her own sexuality.[3]

Coronation Street[edit]

Yasmeen Nazir, played by Shelley King, made her first on-screen appearance on 4 July 2014. The character and King's casting was announced on 15 May 2014.[4] Yasmeen is established character Kal Nazir's (Jimi Mistry) mother and the wife of Sharif Nazir (Marc Anwar).[4] The Nazirs were the show's first Muslim family. Formerly a librarian, Yasmeen runs Jamila House; a Community centre, on Victoria Street.


Year Title Role Notes
1978–1980 Angels (TV series) Jay Harper 38 episodes
1985-1987 Tandoori Nights Bubbly Sharma 12 episodes
2003, 2007 Silent Witness Suchvinder Juttla; Professor Jyoti Ibrahim 3 episodes
2008 Holby City Fadwar Kermani 1 episode
2013 EastEnders Mrs. Kayani 1 episode
Atlantis Celandine 1 episode
2014– Coronation Street Yasmeen Nazir Regular role, 302 episodes


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  3. ^ Warner, Sam (18 April 2018). "Coronation Street star Shelley King opens up over her sexuality in live TV interview". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel (15 May 2014). "Coronation Street casts Kal's mother and teenage son". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 May 2014.