Tahirah Sharif

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Tahirah Sharif
Tahirah Amandla Sharif
Years active2012–present

Tahirah Sharif is a British actress from South West London, England.


One of Sharif's first roles was in Film 4 short See Me as the lead. [1]

In 2012, Sharif appeared in each episode of the BBC drama, One Night as Madison as well as appearing in the second series of ITV drama Whitechapel as Chantal Essian. In the same year Sharif played Esther Adams in the stage production of Moon on a Rainbow Shawl at The National Theatre and as Dunyazade in the stage production of Arabian Nights at the Tricycle Theatre.[1] Sharif then appeared in her first feature film, The Invisible Woman as Rosa, starring alongside Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones.

In 2013, Sharif was cast as the teenage daughter of Martin Ashford (Patrick Robinson), Ella in Casualty. Ella was billed as "mischievous, a true troublemaker and determined to cause trouble for Ash [father, Martin]". Sharif's first scenes aired on 4 May 2013[2] and over a year later, on 17 May 2014,[3] Sharif's final scenes aired. This decision was made by producers after Ella's storyline came to a finish and it saw her arrested after her father decided to hand her into the police.

Once she finished on Casualty, Sharif reprised her role as Esther Adams in the stage production of Moon on a Rainbow Shawl for its UK national tour. Sharif starred in the final ten episodes of long-running school drama, Waterloo Road, as student Carrie Norton in 2015. Her storylines included the return of her brother, Guy Braxton (Regé-Jean Page) and her relationship with Lenny Brown (Joe Slater). Sharif went onto play Kile in sci fi short film Pulsar in 2015 alongside Jessie Buckley and David Gyasi. The same year, Sharif played Katie in Firebird at Hampstead Theatre. The play was so successful that it got transferred to west end theatre Trafalgar Studios in 2016.

In 2017, Sharif was cast as Melissa in A Christmas Prince, Netflix's hugely successful foray into holiday films. There were a further two films, as the first film proved incredibly popular. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby released on Netflix in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Sharif also starred as Rebecca Jessel in the Netflix horror anthology series The Haunting of Bly Manor, which was released in October 2020.



Year Film Role Notes
2010 Assessment Rachel Short film
2010 See Me Alicia Short film
2012 Stop Nikki Short film
2013 The Invisible Woman Rosa
2015 Pulsar Kile Short film
2017 A Christmas Prince Melissa
2018 Beautified Belle Short film
2018 A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding Melissa
2019 A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby Melissa
TBA The Kindred Sue Post-production


Year Programme Role Notes
2011 Casualty Shelley King 1 episode: Secrets and Lies
2011 Doctors Aaliyah Clarke 1 episode
2012 One Night Madison Series regular
2012 Whitechapel Chantal Essian 1 episode: Series 3, Episode 6
2013–14 Casualty Ella Ashford Recurring role
2015 Waterloo Road Carrie Norton Series regular (10 episodes)
2020 The First Team Elle 1 episode
2020 The Haunting of Bly Manor Rebecca Jessel Recurring Role


Year Title Role Venue
2012 Crawling in the Dark Amber Almeida Theatre
2012 Moon on a Rainbow Shawl Esther Adams The National Theatre
2012 Arabian Nights Dunyazade Tricycle Theatre
2014 Moon on a Rainbow Shawl Esther Adams Various
2015 Firebird Katie Hampstead Theatre
2016 Firebird Katie Trafalgar Studios
2018 Orange Polar Bear Sarah / Mother National Theatre Company Korea / Birmingham Rep


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